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Biden names Wisconsin lawyer as ag and rural policy advisor

Biden names Wisconsin lawyer as ag and rural policy advisor

President Biden has selected another Wisconsinite to serve in Washington D.C.  Attorney Kelliann Blazek was Governor Tony Evers’ director at the Office of Rural Prosperity.  Now, she will serve as a special assistant to Biden for agriculture and rural policy. Blazek received her law degree at the University of Wisconsin, taught food law and policy,…Read more »

Wisconsin seeks comment on  potential Linex 4L registration

Wisconsin seeks comment on potential Linex 4L registration

Wisconsin’s ag department is considering a special registration to allow a weed killer in sandy soils with restrictions.  The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection is taking comments until March 15th on whether to allow expanded use of Linex 4L.  The product is allowed on other crops in heavier soils, but DATCP says the…Read more »

US red meat exports face some challenges in 2021

US red meat exports face some challenges in 2021

The head of the US Meat Export Federation says global demand for US red meat remains strong, but there are challenges ahead. President and CEO Dan Halstrom says the US is still struggling on variety meat capture rates at some of the plants and they’re still struggling some specifications that require additional labor for the…Read more »

Johnson proposes EPA use modern greenhouse gas model

Johnson proposes EPA use modern greenhouse gas model

A Congressman says his Adopt GREET Act would force the EPA to use the Department of Energy’s more modern and complete method of evaluating greenhouse gas emissions in biofuels. South Dakota Republican Dusty Johnson authored the bill. “It was just a couple of years ago, we were talking about ethanol being 20% less carbon-intensive than…Read more »

Live cattle start the week higher

Live cattle start the week higher

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle closed higher and feeders were mostly higher ahead of widespread direct cash business.  April live cattle closed $.32 higher at $119.35 and June live cattle closed $1.15 higher at $119.15.  March feeder cattle closed $.75 higher at $135.35 and April feeder cattle closed $.65 higher at $139.67.  A…Read more »

Provysol could offer more control with additional EPA approvals

Provysol could offer more control with additional EPA approvals

Specialty crop growers battling powdery mildew and cercospora leaf spot will have an additional disease management tool at the ready earlier in the season following additional EPA approvals. Technical service representative Ken Deivert with BASF says while Provysol has been available to growers since 2019, it can now be used during a larger window preharvest…Read more »

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: March 8, 2021

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: March 8, 2021

Mar. corn closed at $5.65, up 3 centsMar. soybeans closed at $14.37 and 3/4, up 3 and 1/2 centsMar. soybean meal closed at $418.30, down $1.70Mar. soybean oil closed at 54.06, up 68 pointsMar. wheat closed at $6.46 and 1/2, down 7 and 1/2 centsApr. live cattle closed at $119.35, up 32 centsApr. lean hogs…Read more »

Michigan Cattlemen’s Association expects strong demand in upcoming sales

Michigan Cattlemen’s Association expects strong demand in upcoming sales

The Michigan Cattlemen’s Association’s sale events this month will mark the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic, but expectations remain undiminished for beef demand. Executive vice president George Quackenbush tells Brownfield although their spring events were canceled last year in the early days of the outbreak, consumers continue to have a robust desire for beef…Read more »

Soybeans up, closing just above day’s lows

Soybeans up, closing just above day’s lows

Soybeans were modestly higher on commercial and technical buying but finished the session just above the day’s lows as contracts are at least a little overbought. Most forecasts have more harvest delaying rain in parts of Brazil, also impacting quality, and uneven rainfall in parts of Argentina. Those harvest delays in Brazil have pushed truck…Read more »

E30 study points to carbon and money saving benefits

E30 study points to carbon and money saving benefits

A recent study by the University of Nebraska says E30 would produce less carbon and be more cost effective than E15. The yearlong study used 50 vehicles split between E15 and E30 blends and found if 10 percent of non-flex fuel vehicles in Nebraska moved to E30, ethanol consumption would increase by nearly 19 million gallons a…Read more »