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|Vilsack: Mexico and U.S. have some common NAFTA goals|
|Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:36:46 +0000|
A dairy industry leader says the U.S. and Mexico have some common goals when re-opening the NAFTA trade agreement. Dairy Export Council President Tom Vilsack tells Brownfield one area of agreement involves sanitary and phytosanitary rules restricting market access. The other involves an ongoing battle with the European Union. “There’s also I think a consensus between Mexican and American producers that we want to avoid the use of geographic indications involving cheese products that have common names.”
Vilsack also says the NAFTA talks might happen at the same time the European Union is discussing trade with Mexico.
|Not all dairy groups back Dairy Pride labeling bill|
|Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:13:22 +0000|
Two top dairy groups don’t agree on the Dairy Pride imitation dairy product labeling bill. If passed, Dairy Pride would prohibit imitation dairy products from using “milk” on their labels.
International Dairy Foods Association President Michael Dykes says they have members on both sides of the imitation milk labeling issue. “It kind of tends to pit farmer against farmer, and when we think about almond farmers versus a dairy farmer or soybean farmer versus a dairy farmer, so it’s a very difficult issue for our membership.
|Dairy cow genomic feed efficiency study nearing completion|
|Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:01:46 +0000|
A University of Wisconsin research professor is nearly finished with a study on genomic selection for feed efficiency in dairy cows.
Dr. Kent Weigel is the chairman of Dairy Science department, specializing in breeding and genetics. He says, “We’re trying to do 8,000 cows, we’re over 6,000 so far, and form a genomic reference population that then we can use to make predictions for feed efficiency. You know, using those data (sets), we can predict the feed efficiency of any heifer calf or the feed efficiency daughters of any bull at any breeding company.”
Weigel tells Brownfield the study has required a lot of labor over the past five years, making detailed measurements of each cow.
|Nebraska ag leaders frustrated with tax reform direction|
|Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:32:55 +0000|
Nebraska ag leaders are expressing frustration with the direction of tax reform in the Nebraska legislature.
The Nebraska Agriculture Leaders Working Group says a Revenue Committee proposal to take money from the property tax credit fund and use it to fund income tax cuts is “the exact opposite” of what the group wants to see done. They want the legislature to focus solely on property tax relief.
But Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts tells Brownfield income tax cuts need to be part of the tax package.
|NFU pleased AHCA bill has been pulled|
|Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:24:24 +0000|
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says NFU is pleased with today’s decision to pull the American Health Care Act. The Republican bill did not have the votes needed to pass.
He says the Obamacare replacement bill “would have had serious negative impacts on millions of people’s access to affordable health insurance coverage, (especially) family farmers, ranchers and rural citizens.”
|Northey: trade tops list of concerns connected to U.S. Ag Secretary delay|
|Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:10:27 +0000|
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says his biggest concern about the delay in confirming a U.S. Agriculture Secretary is trade.
“And in these conversations, these tensions around auto parts and refrigerators, we need to make sure that pork and dairy and soybeans and corn do not get lost in that conversation,” said Northey, during an agriculture roundtable radio program Thursday on Brownfield Ag News affiliate KCLN Radio in Clinton, Iowa. “Having a secretary would be a big part of that.”
USDA functions, such as program sign-ups at local FSA and NRCS offices continue uninterrupted, said Northey, but in addition to the vacancy in the secretary’s office, there is also no U.S.
|Soybeans, corn extend recent losses|
|Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:04:18 +0000|
Soybeans were lower on commercial and technical selling. Contracts followed through and extended Thursday’s move to multi-month lows. Conditions in South America are generally good overall and the trade expects record production. That should lead to a lot more export competition, but domestic demand should stay strong. Soybean meal and oil followed beans lower.
Corn was lower on commercial and technical selling. Corn was also watching South America and expecting record production.
|Cattle placements slow down|
|Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:55:27 +0000|
The USDA says placements of cattle into feedlots have slowed, with the February 2017 total down 1% on the year at 1.694 million head. Placements had been up sharply for three months in a row, so operations likely scaled back in order to keep the offering current.
Marketings were up 4% on the year at 1.648 million head as those cattle placed last fall were sold and the total number of cattle on feed was slightly above a year ago at 10.772 million head.