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KASM Dairy Forum
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:48:11 +0000

Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Mark Dorenkamp will be on the ground for Brownfield’s affiliate radio station KASM Dairy Forum on Wednesday, April 4th in Albany, MN.

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Indiana counties eligible for disaster assistance
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:23:15 +0000
Indiana counties eligible for disaster assistance

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has issued a disaster emergency for four more counties: Gibson, LaGrange, Vanderburgh, and Vermillion.

Widespread flooding has caused infrastructure damage in several counties. The announcement brings the list of counties to 35.

A disaster declaration allows the state Department of Homeland Security to provide expanded emergency services.

The other counties covered are LaPorte, Noble, Posey, Wabash, Warren, Jackson, Kosciusko, Newton, Porter, Harrison, Jasper, Ohio, Pulaski, Benton, Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Jefferson, Spencer, Warrick, Carroll, Dearborn, Elkhart, Fulton, Lake, Marshall, Perry, St.

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Review of Global Dairy Trade SMP auction completed
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:46:34 +0000

A review by Global Dairy Trade of their March 8th auction event found a reasonable explanation for higher-than-usual Ultra High-Temperature Skim Milk Powder prices.

Global Dairy Trade says the price outcomes from March 8th event 207 reflect that multiple bidders had strong needs to secure higher quantities of high-temp powder than was available for the event.

In a statement issued over the weekend, GDT says no evidence was found indicating a breach of trading rules when the index shot up 44.8%. 

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House Democrats want to see farm bill language
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:45:23 +0000

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Democratic Members of the House Ag Committee say they are done negotiating the farm bill until Republicans release the draft language.

Democrats on the committee are unanimously opposed to major changes in the SNAP nutrition program, which include expanded work requirements for recipients and the “heat and eat” provisions states like Michigan and Wisconsin use to determine eligibility for SNAP and heating assistance.

Congressmen David Scott and Jim Costa wrote a letter to Ranking Democrat Collin Peterson asking him to abstain from further negotiations with Chairman Mike Conaway until they see what’s in the bill. 

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New Taco Bell item sells a lot of cheese sauce
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 03:04:28 +0000
New Taco Bell item sells a lot of cheese sauce

Fast food chain Taco Bell’s latest menu addition has been good news for dairy and potato producers.  Their Nacho Fries debuted in January on their dollar menu, but have already sold more than 53 million orders.  That’s more than 780-thousand gallons of cheese sauce since January, and that’s not counting the cheese and cheese sauce the chain sells for other menu items.

Parent company Yum! Brands recently announced the limited-time item has been extended into early April. 

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Plant ’17 returns
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:30:00 +0000


An ag meteorologist is calling for a cool, wet start to the planting season.

“I think we’re looking at delays and cold soils as well, especially with limited sunshine, frequent wet weather that’s anticipated and wouldn’t be surprised if we have some very significant late seasons snows.”

Greg Soulje  says the significant rains that moved through the Southern Lakes Region and parts of the Corn Belt have left the ground saturated which could mean flooding similar to last year’s planting season. 

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Williams: Giving away opportunities
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:29:48 +0000
Williams: Giving away opportunities

David Williams is among the farmers concerned about the future of U.S. agriculture trade.  The Michigan Soybean Association President tells Brownfield 60 percent of his state’s soybeans are exported and his specific worry is slow progress on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“I think we’re just giving away some of our opportunities,” Williams told Brownfield Ag News at Commodity Classic.  “Trade is so important, and if lose our trading partners, I’m not quite sure what we’ll do with all our production.”

Williams says he was disappointed when the U.S.

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Conservationist had soil health all wrong
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:26:29 +0000
Conservationist had soil health all wrong

A renowned conservationist says until a few years ago, he and many others completely missed the mark on soil health.

“I missed that the soil is not just a growing medium, it’s alive.”

That’s Ray Archuleta, who spent 30 years with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Now retired, he tells Brownfield farmers must embrace the soil health movement.

“I was taught that I controlled the ecosystem, that I forced it to get more yield. 

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