Farmers warn of high milk prices without farm bill

From: The Tribune

By M.L. JOHNSON — Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Dairy farmers expressed frustration this week with Congress’ failure to pass a farm bill, saying the uncertainty made it hard to do business and some could go under without changes to the federal milk program.

Farmers also worried that if a current nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill expires with no action, a 64-year-old law will kick in, sending milk prices spiraling. While that might provide short-term profits, they say, it’d hurt them in the long run because no one wants to buy milk at $6 a gallon.

Pay your farmers a fair price, group tells big stores

From: Yorkshire Post

by Ben Barnett, 
Agricultural Correspondent

Britain’s biggest supermarkets could and should take greater action to offer a fair deal to farmers and reduce the risk of another food scandal rocking consumers’ trust, the Campaign to Protect Rural England warns today.


The campaign wants supermarkets to pay farmers a fair price for their produce by having supermarket pricing formulas take into account fluctuations in costs faced by producers – for fertiliser, diesel and animal feed.

Farmers’ businesses are vulnerable, with provisional Defra figures showing total income from UK farming down by 14 per cent (£737m) following the impact of a devastating year of erratic weather on harvests.

Farm Progress Show displays state of the art innovations

From: News Talk 650 CKOM

Reported by Kevin Martel

It’s a show featuring new products and technology not seen anywhere else, a show of eye-popping machinery, and a show that will draw in thousands over the next three days in Regina.

Wednesday is the opening day of Canada’s Farm Progress Show.

“In one word it’s massive. It’s the largest agriculture trade show in the country,” said show manager Rob O’Connor.  The event helps promote agricultural equipment and technology, where some of the newest innovations and ideas are on display for people from around the world. O’Connor said they expect 45,000 to come through the gate. That includes 700 delegates from about 50 different countries.

Cultivate careers in agribusiness

From: Green Bay Press Gazette (Another View)

I am going to major in agriculture.”

If you heard that comment at a high school graduation party 10 years ago, you would probably have reacted with stunned silence or a quizzical look.

But if you react that way this high school graduation season, you are behind the times. Careers in agribusiness have become a hot topic with growing appeal to young people.

That’s a trend Wisconsin should encourage. Bringing more bright young minds into agriculture bodes well for tapping the rich resources of America’s Dairyland to create jobs and income.

My Way of Thinking: Ag Retailer Employees Invest Long Hours

From: AgProfessional

Rich Keller, editor

Each ag retailer has the records to show the percentage of income generated per month, but I wouldn’t doubt 50 percent of a full year’s income by many ag retailers that provide custom application services in the Midwest is generated during a two-month period each spring.

This year, two months of income, or at least the work associated with that income, might have been squeezed into one month. I know that the payments don’t come in during one or two months because of pre-pay or invoices with provisions for scheduled payments.

Bulletin shares static electricity risks during refueling

From: Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

“ULSD…Not Your Same Old Diesel Fuel Anymore” is a new best practices guidance bulletin from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM); the bulletin warns of the greater static electricity ignition hazards associated with use of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD).

With federal regulations mandating ULSD use, AEM undertook the educational outreach to help inform machine operators and others on the farm or construction jobsites about ULSD characteristics that can affect safety during refueling.

2013 Environmental Respect Award U.S. State Winners Announced

From: Environmental Respect

2013 Environmental Respect Award U.S. State Winners Announced

 Twenty-nine top farm supply retail businesses have been selected as Environmental Respect Award winners in the United States for 2013. Members of the 2013 selection committee included (top row left to right): Bruce Barganz, Frontier FS Coop; Ray Forney, DuPont; Bob Magee, DuPont; (bottom row left to right): Jeff Green, DuPont; Michelle Hummel, Agricultural Retailers Association; Sarah McLallen, CropLife America; Paul Schrimpf, CropLife.
“Protecting the environment is not just an investment for our company’s future, it is an investment in the future of agriculture as a whole. The agriculture industry needs to take the lead in protecting our environment by showing that we are true caretakers of the land.”
Jim Banken, location manager at South Dakota Wheat Growers, Chamberlain, SD

Chinese Trade Delegation Visits Iowa Farms


MAXWELL, Iowa — Chinese trade delegations are in Iowa on Thursday on a visit that could generate new business for local farmers.

Officials said Iowa’s agricultural exports to China are up 1,300 percent since 2000.

Grant Kimberley is a sixth-generation family farmer in Maxwell.

“China is the No. 1 importer of U.S. grain, specifically soybeans. They import every fourth row of soybeans you see in the United States,” said Kimberley.

Officials said Chinese delegations are in Iowa to strengthen ties and learn more about advanced agriculture technology.

ARA, TFI Begin Work On Fertilizer Code Of Practice Initiative

Editor’s Note:  Under the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act and OMB Circular A-119, agencies “must use voluntary consensus standards… in lieu of government-unique standards” whenever practicable.  The statute and implementing gudiance make clear that OMB policy includes support for “non-consensus standards developed in the private sector….”

From: CropLife

The Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute have embarked on a Fertilizer Code of Practice Initiative.

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), in partnership with The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), has embarked on a Fertilizer Code of Practice Initiative. This member-led effort will lead to uniform safety guidelines for handling, storage and distribution of fertilizer products throughout the industry, and third-party inspections to ensure compliance with those guidelines. Safety for our members, employees, and the communities in which they live and work is of paramount importance to everyone in the fertilizer business. This Initiative embodies that commitment.

ARA Helps Industry Take Best Path Foward After West Fertilizer

From: CropLife

In the wake of the West Fertilizer tragedy, the Agricultural Retailers Association has been reaching out to educate policy makers and regulators.

By Michael Kennedy

On April 17, 2013, an explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer facility in West, TX, while emergency services personnel were responding to a fire at the facility. At least 15 people were killed, more than 160 were injured and more than 150 buildings were damaged or destroyed.