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Highly pathogenic avian influenza detected in South Dakota dairy herd
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) and the Animal Industry Board (AIB) have received confirmation from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) of the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a dairy cattle herd in South Dakota. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in a dairy operation in South Dakota.
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Gov. Holcomb to travel to Brazil, Mexico to target global growth in agbiosciences innovation, leadership
Governor Eric J. Holcomb will lead an international economic development trip to Brazil and Mexico next week to cultivate innovation and growth of the agbioscience and agricultural economy. This marks the Governor’s second international economic development trip of 2024 and his first official visits to both Brazil and Mexico.
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Cattle producers lose industry insight as USDA cancels July inventory report
An extension livestock economist says the UDSA’s decision to cancel the July Cattle Inventory Report is a huge loss for the industry.
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GOP senators propose subsidy boost for buy-up crop insurance
Some Republicans on the Senate Agriculture Committee are calling for increasing premium subsidies for crop insurance policies that will cover up to 85% of a farmer’s revenue risk without jeopardizing their eligibility for farm bill commodity programs.
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April WASDE offers old-crop tweaks, South American updates
Following USDA's March 1 Grain Stocks report, Thursday's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report should reduce corn's U.S. ending stocks and may reduce the export estimate for soybeans. Traders will also note changes to USDA's South American production estimates.
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Growth Energy launches campaign to preserve summer access to E15
Growth Energy launched a new ad campaign calling on the Biden administration to protect summer access to E15, an affordable, cleaner-burning fuel option. The digital advertising campaign will run across multiple platforms, including key news sites and YouTube.
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Nutrien Ag Solutions announces multi-year commitment to National FFA
Nutrien Ag Solutions recently announced a multi-year commitment of nearly $850,000 to the National FFA Organization in support of its commitment to shape future agriculture leaders.
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Pork producers pushing lawmakers this week to halt regulation 'patchwork'
Pork producers are on Capitol Hill this week to push for a measure preempting state-level animal confinement laws like California's Proposition 12 and Massachusetts' Question 3.
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Three percent of U.S. corn planted
Early U.S. corn planting continues to inch forward.
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Researchers continue to look for transmission source of avian influenza in dairy cows
As the influenza virus is found in more dairy herds in several states, veterinarians and researchers continue to find out more about the illness. So far, no cows have died, but the virus already has caused about 20% income loss in affected operations.
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NMPF, IDFA concerned with final WIC rule reducing access to dairy
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) expressed disappointment in the final rule released today to update the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which maintained the proposed rule’s cuts to dairy in the WIC food packages. WIC is a vital program ensuring that pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children have access to key nutrients that may be lacking in their diets, so decreasing the amount of dairy decreases the nutrients they are accessing through it.
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Corn demand takes a hit in EPA's new tailpipe rule
Motor gasoline use is expected to decline in the future even under a baseline case, but new tailpipe emissions rules really put the pedal to the metal – rapidly accelerating that process. This would be a major shock on demand for corn used to produce ethanol spurring potentially devastating impacts on farmers and the rural economy.
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EPA Administrator highlights $4 billion in 'Green Fund' for rural communities
EPA Administrator Michael Regan on Friday spotlighted rural investments in new green funds while saying the Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies (GREET) model update is coming in the "very near future" and efforts to help farmers with agricultural chemicals are hampered by funding restrictions by Congress.
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Continuous E15 availability requires emergency waiver now
The President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association says farmers and the fuel industry need the Biden administration to decide now if they will grant another summertime E15 emergency waiver.
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Coalition created to advocate for farmers' access to critical crop protection tools
Grower and industry groups from across the country have joined together to support a new coalition, the Modern Ag Alliance, to protect American farmers’ access to critical crop protection tools farmers need to ensure a robust and affordable food supply.
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February pork exports remain robust; strong month for beef export value
Fueled by growth in the Western Hemisphere, South Korea and Australia, U.S. pork exports posted another excellent performance in February, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef export volume was slightly lower year-over-year, but export value climbed by 10%.
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Global food commodity prices stop decline
An index of world food commodity prices edged up in March after seven straight months of decline, largely driven by price increases for soybean and other vegetable oils.
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NCGA asks Trade Commission to reject Corteva petition for 2, 4-D duties
The president of the National Corn Growers Association on Thursday called on the U.S. International Trade Commission to reject a petition for tariffs to be levied on imported 2,4-D from India and China.
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Recent South Korea trade mission opportunity to grow exports of U.S. ag goods
South Korea is the fifth largest market for U.S. agricultural goods and a recent trade mission is helping ag officials to further develop that relationship.
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FAA exemption opens up possibilities for agricultural drone 'swarming'
The Federal Aviation Administration has paved the way for a Texas-based drone company to allow one operator to pilot “swarms” of up to three drones without a visual observer. Others could soon follow suit.
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K-State, The University of Kansas Health System announce partnership to support rural health care and communities
Through the K-State 105 initiative, Kansas State University and The University of Kansas Health System announced today that the organizations are working together to explore ways to support health care in rural Kansas communities.
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Bipartisan B20 law benefits Illinois environment, industry, drivers, and farmers
Implementation of a bipartisan bill to encourage the use of higher blends of biodiesel takes effect on Monday, April 1. Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Chairman Ron Kindred and other supporters call the new law a landmark statute that will benefit all Illinoisians as well as the state’s environment.
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USDA rolls out $1.5 billion for conservation and climate-smart ag under RCPP
Using a roundtable discussion in Mankato, Minnesota, as a backdrop, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack opened the USDA purses on Wednesday to announce $1.5 billion available this year for groups under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.
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Ethanol stocks gain again
Ethanol stocks have swelled for three weeks in a row.
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Farmers Mutual Hail acquires California-based crop insurance provider
Crop insurance provider Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. of Iowa has acquired the California-based Global Ag Insurance Services, expanding its presence in the specialty crop sector.
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Farmers, ethanol industry workers call for summertime E15 waiver
Nearly 1,000 farmers, ethanol industry workers and other supporters from across the country sent a letter to President Biden calling on his administration to take action to allow continued access to E15 throughout the upcoming summer driving season.
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Highly pathogenic avian influenza detected in Ohio dairy herd
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) received confirmation from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) of the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a dairy cattle herd. This is the first case of HPAI in a livestock operation in Ohio.
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Cal-Maine egg facility tests positive for high-path avian influenza
One of the poultry facilities for the nation’s largest egg producer, Cal-Maine Foods, has tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza.
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