USDA Celebrates 150 years

first_img SHARE [audio:|titles=USDA Celebrates 150 years] The United States Department of Agriculture marked its 150th year of existence on Tuesday. Created by President Lincoln an May 15, 1862, the agency has grown to become one of the largest and most far reaching departments of the federal government.   USDA has a presence in almost every county in the nation, plus offices in about every nation on earth. It serves breakfast and lunch to 32 million school children every day, and 1 in 7 Americans receives food assistance from USDA.  Yet, as Secretary of Agriculture Tom Villsack pointed out during a celebration in Washington, at its core, USDA is still there to serve farmers, “The USDA annually provides credit to get people into the farming business and works to create markets both domestically and internationally to make sure farm families have a source of income.”  Vilsack says the productivity of American agriculture, fostered in part by USDA, has given the US food security. Praise for the Department poured in from all sectors of agriculture. National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer, “We have evolved from a time when corn planting used mule-drawn plows to an era of technically sophisticated tractors, multi-row planters, and GPS systems.  Over the past 150 years, the USDA has helped advance American agriculture, spur economic growth, conserve natural resources, and build stronger communities.” Steve Wellman, President of the American Soybean Association, said, “USDA has worked alongside soybean farmers for decades in the best interest of agriculture, developing international markets , fostering rural development, encouraging conservation, alleviating hunger, improving nutrition, and enhancing food safety.” American Farm Bureau Deputy Executive Director of Public Policy and former USDA senior staff member, Dale Moore, says this new bio-based sector represents the mission of USDA for the next 150 years, “It’s not just about the gasoline or the fuel that we put in our cars and trucks. It’s also about wind energy. It’s about biomass conversion, so that we’re making full utilization of the various crops and commodities that we’re raising to improve the economy.” The original purpose of USDA was to foster research to increase food production.  Vilsack said the agency has been very successful at accomplishing that mission, “In my lifetime, corn production has increased 300% and soybean production 200%.” He said this kind of productivity has not only allowed American agriculture to feed the world but has now created a new bio-based economy. By Gary Truitt – May 15, 2012 Facebook Twitter USDA Celebrates 150 years Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, used the occasion of the USDA anniversary to call on Senate leadership to bring a new Farm Bill to the Senate floor, “It is critical that we pass the Farm Bill before the current bill expires in September. We passed a very strong bill out of Committee, with real reforms that cut the deficit by $23 billion – and we did it in a bipartisan way.” Villsack noted that one of the challenges his agency faces in the next 150 years is bringing a new generation of farmers onto the land.  During his remarks, he urged Congress to make changes in the tax laws to make it easier for farms to be transferred to the next generation. History of USDA Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS Facebook Twitter SHARE Home News Feed USDA Celebrates 150 years Previous articleLugar Joins Push for Senate Action on Farm BillNext articleUpdate to Study Improves Ethanol’s Gas Price Impact Gary Truittlast_img read more

Hope for Soybeans but Timing Now Critical

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleFunding for Drought Stricken Producers and Landowners in IndianaNext articleNew Computer System Will Improve Farm Bill Implementation Andy Eubank Hope for Soybeans but Timing Now Critical SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Hope for Soybeans but Timing Now Critical SHARE After rains fell last weekend the soybean market dropped on the assumption the bean crop would benefit from those rains. But Tony White, Monsanto Products Development Manager in soybeans says it’s tough to predict just how quickly a soybean plant can rebound from a good rain.“It depends on the amount of rain that we received and the temperatures throughout that period of time. This upcoming week is supposed to be hot but then it’s supposed to cool off and that’s going to be really important for the soybean crop that it starts reducing some of that heat and moisture stress and it can continue to put on flowers. If you look at the crop stage at this point in time it depends on where you’re at but we’re at the late R3 stages, meaning that we’re starting to set pods and the pods are continuing to grow.”White says that’s a good place to be because the potential to put on pods still exists. But with the bean crop anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks ahead of schedule, the middle to third week of this month is when the window starts to shut.“If we can get some good rains and cooler temperatures between now and then we’re really going to set ourselves up for a little better soybean crop. It won’t be perfect by any means, but much better than what we had anticipated with the challenging weather that we’ve had.”What farmers really need is help from Mother Nature, but it can also be beneficial to scout for diseases and insects even though those have been held to a minimum this year.“There have been some spider mites around that farmers are spraying for and I think that’s really important to stay on top of. But scouting for diseases and thinking about yield opportunity with some of the plant health products that can be sprayed are things to consider as we move forward, especially if we can get some of these additional rains.”White says we are just past the point of herbicide applications but he encourages producers to consider soil applied residual herbicides as part of the 2013 program, even though those products didn’t get good activation in the 2012 drought.[audio:|titles=Tony White on 2012 soybean possibilities]Hear the full interview:[audio:|titles=Tony White Monsanto]Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS By Andy Eubank – Aug 8, 2012 last_img read more

HSUS CEO Looking to Get Spot on Tyson Board

first_img Previous articleOil Ends at 2-Month Low as Demand Woes Flare UpNext articleFocusing on the Root of Healthy Soybeans Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Oct 3, 2012 HSUS CEO Looking to Get Spot on Tyson Board SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News HSUS CEO Looking to Get Spot on Tyson Board SHARE Facebook Twitter In an effort to convince Tyson Foods to phase out its use of gestation crates – Humane Society of the United States President and CEO Wayne Pacelle will seek a seat on the company’s Board of Directors. He’s doing so with the support of Carl Icahn – who Pacelle notes has re-engineered some of the biggest companies in America. Pacelle admits he has a remote chance of getting elected to the board – but says he can add a valuable perspective to the company if his campaign is successful. Icahn is supporting Pacelle’s bid because he believes eliminating gestation crates will prevent cruelty to animals and improve Tyson’s business prospects by putting the company on equal competitive footing with the bulk of the industry that is already rejecting gestation crates. HSUS has been pressuring pork producers to eliminate the use of gestation crates. Smithfield Foods, Hormel Foods and Cargill have started to phase out individual sow housing or have committed to a timetable to do so.Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson says the company is committed to humane animal treatment and expects the same from the farmers who supply it with chickens, hogs and cattle. He notes experts have said both gestation crates and group housing are humane for mother pigs when managed properly.HSUS owns stock in Tyson – as well as a dozen other companies that use animal products – providing its representatives the opportunity to attend shareholder meetings and submit proposals for what they consider improved animal welfare policies.Source: NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

Seed Consultants Market Watch 2/15/2013 Weekly Column With Gary Wilhelmi

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE US stock indices held near their tops, while European equities slide down on weak GDP reports. 4Q US GDP off .1% was not too hot, but it was better than European results. The dollar, therefore, gained ground on competitive currencies, at 80.53 Friday morning with resistance at 82.The State of the Union address did nothing to provide leadership and offered only politically taunted vague proposals. The sequester kick in is just two weeks away and all we hear is political carping. Rather then coming together in a compromise, forming a decision, the extremes have been digging in and widening the gap and you and I are left in the middle.Grain and soybean markets ground down to test support levels at $6.90 on March corn, $14.00 March soybeans and March wheat $7.00. There was a little, light volume short covering coming into Friday, but bullish motivation may be a few months away, that is if the prevailing drought continues. The Chicago area snow fall is 40% of the norm, and even less than last year. We have had heavy snow up north and better moisture is the east, but the vast middle and plains remain ultra dry. Under normal conditions it will take two to three years to recover from last year. A good established way to monitor the extent of dryness is by watching the Palmer Drought Index.Conditions in South American, net out fine as any loss in Argentina is more than made up for in Brazil. Brazilian beans are 12% harvested versus 7% average. There have been over 80 ships waiting to load at Brazilian ports, but that is not unusual.Chinese New Year will wrap up Sunday. 230,000 tons of soybean sales were cancelled Friday, but such readjustments are normal.Cattle recovered some ground on short covering, out an extremely over sold condition. Cash cattle dropped $2 to $123. Boxed trade was mixed. The sequester activation would furlough meat inspectors, and that caused the mid week break to the lows in both cattle and hogs. April hogs support is at $84.02 so watch Friday’s close. The markets are over done on the downside, but hogs have been reluctant to bounce. Higher pay roll taxes are taking a bite out of disposable income and that shows up at the meat counter. Rising prices for gas also takes a chunk out of demand for meats etc.Gold futures were pounded down to $1606 off $29 early Friday on positive manufacturing index and U of Michigan consumer confidence reports. The lead futures are bracketed by $1550 support and $1775 resistance. Facebook Twitter Home Market Market Watch Seed Consultants Market Watch 2/15/2013 Weekly Column With Gary Wilhelmi SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Feb 15, 2013 Seed Consultants Market Watch 2/15/2013 Weekly Column With Gary Wilhelmi Previous articleSeed Consultants Market Watch 2/15/2013 11:18 update With Gary WilhelmiNext articleAg Committees Spar Over Sequestration Plan Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

ASA Celebrates Big Wins in Appropriations Bill

first_img The fiscal year 2014 omnibus spending package approved by the House and Senate combines all 12 appropriations bills for spending categories including Agriculture, Energy and Water and other areas that impact farmers into one measure – allocating funding for programs within each category. The farmers of the American Soybean Association welcomed action on the bill – noting that several of the programs represent significant policy priorities for soybean farmers. The bill’s energy and water section includes provisions that will significantly increase funding for waterways components. The provisions are strongly supported by ASA and have been priorities for the Water Resources Development Act. The increase in spending for port and navigation channel improvements is another victory for ASA. The bill provides one-billion dollars from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for port and navigation channel maintenance and dredging. ASA President Ray Gaesser says waterways infrastructure is critical for soybean farmers. He says the work of the appropriations committee is not only a policy victory for ASA and other waterways stakeholders – but also a positive sign the WRDA conference committee may be nearing completion with similar provisions for waterways funding in future years.In the spending measure’s agriculture section – ASA applauds the allocation of 316.4-million dollars for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. From innovations in weed science and biotechnology to new ways to manage water and inputs – Gaesser says the products and practices yielded by agricultural research are what have made U.S. agriculture great. The Food for Peace and McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition programs also received funding in the agriculture section of the bill. Both programs provide nations in need with assistance in the form of American-grown agricultural commodities – including in many cases – soybean meal and soy flour. Also provided is funding for USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. NASS is directed to resume previously-suspended reports and begin compilation of several Current Industrial Reports formerly conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. ASA led efforts to provide adequate funding to NASS to resume the reports.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Jan 20, 2014 SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleTaking Charge of Soil Health Wednesday in VincennesNext articleHoosier Ag Today Adds Programs to Lafayette Radio Station Andy Eubank Home Energy ASA Celebrates Big Wins in Appropriations Bill ASA Celebrates Big Wins in Appropriations Billlast_img read more

Avian Influenza Reaches Midwest Egg Operation

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Avian Influenza Reaches Midwest Egg Operation Avian Influenza Reaches Midwest Egg Operation SHARE How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States All quotes are delayed snapshots SHARE Name Sym Last Change By Andy Eubank – Apr 21, 2015 Previous articleUSDA Announces Funding for Rural Electric Infrastructure ProjectsNext articleShowcasing Farmers and Food Banks Andy Eubank RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Facebook Twitter Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza has now impacted 5.3-million laying hens on an Iowa egg operation – Agri-Pulse reports. The operation represents about 1.5-percent of the total layer population in the United States. Bill Northey – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture – says the egg farm is a significant producer and highlights how important it is that everything possible is done to contain the disease and work to prevent its spread. Northey says poultry farmers in Iowa are very focused on implementing biosecurity best practices. The operation has been quarantined and all birds will be destroyed.Source: NAFB News Service Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program last_img read more

Chinese Officials Expect Rise in Soybean Imports

first_img China will likely import six percent more soybeans during the 2015-2016 marketing year. A Chinese official expects the country to import 83 million metric tons of soybeans during the current marketing year, up 4.65 million metric tons from last year. Pro Farmers First Thing Today reports the forecast from Wang Lin, managing director of COFCO Futures, tops the current USDA forecast for China. USDA’s latest forecast suggests China will import 80.5 million metric tons of soybeans. Lin, however, explains that hog margins are attractive, which should boost feed demand. He also noted Chinese corn imports are likely to be subdued due to efforts to reduce its stockpiles. Previous articleUSDA’s Krysta Haden Joins DuPontNext articleDonnelly Joins Republicans to Advance GMO Label Bill Hoosier Ag Today SHARE SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 3, 2016 Home Indiana Agriculture News Chinese Officials Expect Rise in Soybean Imports Facebook Twitter Chinese Officials Expect Rise in Soybean Imports Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

USMEF Wants Level Playing Field in Japan

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News USMEF Wants Level Playing Field in Japan Facebook Twitter USMEF Wants Level Playing Field in Japan Japan is an important trading partner for U.S. agriculture, especially when it comes to beef and pork producers. That was the main topic of a panel discussion during the recent USDA Outlook Forum. USMEF Economist Erin Borror says that Japan is the leading value destination for both U.S. beef and pork. 2018 exports are expected to reach $2.1 billion and $1.65 billion, respectively when year-end data is available.She also warns that the competitive terrain in Japan has gotten much steeper for U.S. exports. That’s because of Japan’s potential trade agreements with Australia, the European Union, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, and Chile. That situation will only get worse unless the United States can establish similar access to Japanese markets.The U.S. beef export value per head of fed slaughter averaged a record $320.72 in 2018, shattering the previous high of $300.36 that was set in 2014. Japan accounts for one-fourth of that total at $82.75 a head. That ratio is similar for U.S. pork, which averaged $51.46 per head slaughtered in 2018. Japan accounted for 26 percent of the total per-head value.Source: NAFB News Previous articleBayer-Monsanto Update and U.S. Farmers Still Waiting for Action on Trade on the HAT Wednesday Morning EditionNext articleAg Labor Fix is Tough to Predict Andy Eubank SHARE By Andy Eubank – Feb 27, 2019 Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Indiana Grown’s Monumental Marketplace Takes Over Monument Circle Friday from 10-2

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Grown’s Monumental Marketplace Takes Over Monument Circle Friday from 10-2 Previous articleU.S., China Reach Tentative Truce on TariffsNext article‘2020 Will Be…Confusing’- Beck’s Provides Unbiased Perspective on Herbicide Systems Eric Pfeiffer Indiana Grown’s Monumental Marketplace Takes Over Monument Circle Friday from 10-2 SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Jun 27, 2019 Facebook Twitter Indiana Grown’s Monumental Marketplace Takes Over Monument Circle Friday from 10-2More than 150 farmers and Indiana-based businesses will be taking over Monument Circle in Indianapolis today from 10am-2pm for the 3rd annual Indiana Grown Monumental Marketplace. The pop-up market will feature everything from locally grown food and drinks to homemade wares and food trucks. Attendees will be able to sip, sample and shop from an assortment of Indiana products, as well as support the farmers and businesses behind them.Bruce Kettler, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, told HAT, “Of course, there’s food, but we have vendors that have other things besides food there. The part that I really think is a lot of fun is to see that these people then get a chance to actually talk to the farmers, the growers, the entrepreneurs that have set up these businesses and begin to talk to these people directly. Those conversations are fun to listen into because it gives people a real perspective of what an entrepreneur is doing, and it gives them a perspective about agriculture that they may not always get.”Kettler adds that Indiana Grown is also celebrating its 4th anniversary this month and he’s very proud of the growth of the program.“Starting from no members to now just under 1,500 members in that short period of time. I think it’s a testament to the team and the people that really wanted to have a program that allows us to identify products that are raised, grown, or processed in the state of Indiana.”To learn more about becoming an Indiana Grown member, visit And don’t forget to show your support for the Monumental Marketplace today from 10-2 on the circle in downtown Indianapolis. Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Braun: ‘Take What China Will Give, Don’t Depend Upon Them in…

first_img Facebook Twitter Braun: ‘Take What China Will Give, Don’t Depend Upon Them in the Future’ Facebook Twitter Previous articleThe HAT Soil Health Podcast- Using Cover Crops on Specialty CropsNext articleTraditional Lt. Governor Candidate Debate Addresses Ag Issues Eric Pfeiffer Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.At an Indiana Corn Growers Association and Indiana Soybean Alliance Shop Talk event on Wednesday, Senator Mike Braun discussed agricultural trade with farmers. China has committed to purchasing $36.5 billion in ag goods this year and they have made some recent purchases of corn and soybeans, but Braun says you just can’t trust China when it comes to trade.“Take what the Chinese will give, don’t depend upon it in the future because I think they’ll do that mostly as political pressure is put upon them or when they are at a point where we’re the only supplier that can do the job. Of course, we’re the biggest producer and that’ll happen now and then. I just wouldn’t be beguiled that we want to throw in in the same way we became dependent on them up to this point. I think the idea of finding other markets, this is now the time to do it. Take what the Chinese will give in the short run, don’t depend upon it in the long run.”Those new markets though are hard to come by right now. Braun also stressed the importance of diversifying your farm, but says sadly, that’s much easier to do when times are good.“That doesn’t help when you’re in a pickle like agriculture is now. So, I think in the short run we’re going to have to do everything, including having the kitchen sink thrown at it, to get to where the essence of what many farmers are doing now, which is producing corn and soybeans, that you diversify, that you look for those other things to do. How you do that in the moment, there’s no real good solution. Each farm is different.” SHARE SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Aug 19, 2020 Home Indiana Agriculture News Braun: ‘Take What China Will Give, Don’t Depend Upon Them in the…last_img read more

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