Senators Eye Changes to Ag Committee Farm Bill

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Senators Eye Changes to Ag Committee Farm Bill By Andy Eubank – May 14, 2012 Senators Eye Changes to Ag Committee Farm Bill Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn will try to amend the Senate Agriculture Committee’s farm bill in order to cap crop insurance premium subsidies. It’s been reported that Coburn’s spokeswoman says the Senator is hopeful the Senate will engage in debate and vote on amendments to the measure that would include the Government Accountability Office’s recommendations and save taxpayers one-billion dollars. According to the GAO – that would be the annual savings from a 40-thousand dollar cap. The GAO has also said USDA’s data mining program could be improved with better coordination between the Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency and insurance companies.Coburn – along with Senator Dick Durbin – have told the leaders of the Senate Ag Committee that they support further reforms to the federal crop insurance program that would be consistent with the GAO’s findings and recommendations. Coburn and Durbin further stated that further investigation into the efficacy of reducing premium subsidies is warranted. As for those who say crop insurance programs have been cut enough already – Coburn and Durbin say further reductions do not reflect opposition to the program. Instead – they say it’s critical to make good programs better to ensure they’re performing as intended and are fiscally sound taxpayer investments.David Graves of the American Association of Crop Insurers says the same types of questions about crop insurance have been raised for over 30 years – and during that time – Congress has expanded the role of federal crop insurance. He says all farmers are subject to forces they can’t control – and it’s important that all farmers have an opportunity to participate in a program that helps them with those risk factors that are beyond their control.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleCorn and Bean Planting Near a Month Ahead of Year AgoNext articleSE Indiana Catching Up On Planting Andy Eubank Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Even with Irrigation a 30 Percent Yield Reduction in Northern Indiana

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE The farmers at Tom Farms in northern Indiana have a pretty good idea about growing conditions in that part of the state in 2012. The operation is based in Kosciusco County and handles 18,000 acres that spans an additional six counties. Given the moisture deficits this year, Kip Tom calls it a tough year.“If we look at the 20 different rain stations that we collect data from, from April 1st to August 30th we averaged a little over 9 inches of rain. Typically we usually see 15-18 inches of rain in that time frame if we look at our averages. So yields were impacted.”Tom expects to finish harvest this week and yields will be off by about 30 percent. Not good, but better than previous years of drought.“If I would go back to some similar drought years like 1974 we’ve seen a much larger impact with 70-80 percent reductions, so let’s face it, technologies, biotechnology, the seeds and genetics we have today, some of that advanced agronomic solutions that we’re using today to operate our farm, help us weather the storm a little. Mother Nature still holds the trump card but we’re doing the best we can to pull levers to increase yields.”Tom Farms irrigates about half of its acres, but 2012 presented a real challenge for those units to keep up with the level of moisture needed.“We had some units we started the 20th of May and never shut off until the end of August. You know in Indiana and a lot of the Midwest, when we design an irrigation system we design it to get a little supplemental rainfall along the way. This summer we were dealing with Tucson, Arizona type weather and it was just very difficult to keep up.”Tom also has about 4,000 acres in Argentina where planting season is nearing the end. But he confirms it is wet there.“We’re very wet and have been that way for about 3 weeks now,” he told HAT. “There is some corn going in the ground and a few people getting beans in the ground. Everybody is a little concerned about some of the disease issues in the wheat with this much moisture right now. But typically we plant corn in September-October. In years like this farmers down there are starting to back off a little bit and plant in November and December, so I guess it’s not too late to plant corn. They can still get some in and get good yields, but yet it is wet.”Tom was with the nation’s farm broadcasters last week in Kansas City promoting the annual AgConnect Expo. It is scheduled for late January in KC but will be held in Indianapolis in 2015.[audio:|titles=Kip Tom harvest update] Even with Irrigation a 30 Percent Yield Reduction in Northern Indiana Previous articleIndiana CCA Conference to Cover Drought and 2013Next articleSeed Consultants 11:53 update with Gary Wilhelmi 11/15/2012 Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Nov 14, 2012 Home Indiana Agriculture News Even with Irrigation a 30 Percent Yield Reduction in Northern Indiana Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Rabobank Report Shows Coming Challenges for U.S. Cattle Feeders

first_img SHARE By Gary Truitt – Feb 10, 2013 Home Indiana Agriculture News Rabobank Report Shows Coming Challenges for U.S. Cattle Feeders The Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory group released a new report about how the availability of cattle for shipment is expected to post a steep decline this year – leaving the U.S. cattle feeding industry looking for ways to make up for the reduced supply. Over the last two to three years – record high feeder and calf prices in the U.S. factored into a surge of exports to the U.S. – according to Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory Vice President Don Close. He says the severe drought in 2011 specifically prompted a notable increase in exports to the U.S. – making levels unsustainably high.Mexico has become an aggressive exporter of feeder cattle to the U.S. during the past 30-years – and the U.S. has relied on these imports to supplement supply. Going back to the 1980s – Close says the U.S. would usually get five-percent of the Mexican calf crop – and that shipment was nothing more than a residual of the Mexico market. However – as time has passed – Mexico has become an increasingly sophisticated and much-needed supplier network to the U.S. and Southern Plains cattle feeding industry. At the end of 2012 – Close says 10-percent of the cattle on feed supply in the entire U.S. was of Mexican-origin. It’s even jumped to 25 and 27-percent of the total cattle on feed in the TCFA area and Arizona and California because of the freight advantages. With lowest calf crop since 1958 and that share of Mexican cattle – he says the U.S. is looking at some very serious contraction of available supplies.Close says cattle feeders are going to need to change several aspects of how they procure cattle – beginning with becoming more dependent on feeders from the southeast cow-calf complex. Overall – he says southern U.S. cattle feeders will be forced to look further north and be more price-competitive in the central and western U.S. – in spite of a freight disadvantage. Since the U.S. cow-calf herd is at a 50-year low – Close says new competition is likely to force feeders with weaker supply sources or weaker operating finances out of the market. He says it can also be expected that U.S. cattle feeders will be required to return to Canada for available feeder cattle numbers. SHARE Facebook Twitter Rabobank Report Shows Coming Challenges for U.S. Cattle Feeders Facebook Twitter Previous articleA Few Thoughts on God Made A FarmerNext articleEPA Approves New Fueling Configuration for E15 Gary Truittlast_img read more

Time is Now to Lock in Great Ag Lending Rates

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – May 11, 2014 Ross on ag lendingDuring planting season and the many hours in the cab, farmers have plenty of time to be thinking about the future and planning for immediate and future needs. That can include land and equipment and right now loan rates are very attractive. Eric Ross handles farm lending for Security Federal Savings Bank’s Carroll County office. He says a farmer with a lot of short term debt might want to consider moving that to a longer term.“Fifteen year fixed rates around 5 percent, the 20 is about 5 3/4, a 25 year is around 6, and even a blended rate where maybe he’s got long term locked in and then short term to get the lower rate can be a good idea,” he told HAT. “But I think that with the fact that rates are historically low that farmers need to be looking at getting the rates locked in because we don’t know what the future is going to bring and it’s more than likely going to increase sometime in the future, we just don’t know when.”Of course, as always, when meeting with a banker have the necessary documents ready for them.“We really like to see at least 3 years’ tax returns, 3 years of production records. We like to see their leases. We like a personal financial statement, corporate financial statement, projection for the next year, and we like to come and visit the farm and talk to them individually. We like to sit down with them at their kitchen table or their office and try to give them financing that is going to be tailor made to them.”Ross says the chance to meet on the farm helps the banker really understand all that equipment and technology that’s being financed.“You know today there is so much equipment and everything is so encompassing that just to have the opportunity to get them in their environment and see what they’re looking at and get a feel for their operation, we really appreciate that and enjoy meeting with them directly.”Security Federal is headquartered in Logansport with other branches in Kokomo and Lafayette. Hear the full interview with Ross, VP for the Delphi branch:Eric Ross SHARE Previous articlePioneer Agronomy Update 5/9/14Next articleMillennial Food Trends Present Opportunities for Meat Industry Andy Eubank Time is Now to Lock in Great Ag Lending Rates Home Indiana Agriculture News Time is Now to Lock in Great Ag Lending Rateslast_img read more

Rain Helping Some Indiana Crops Finish Well

first_img Significant rains alleviated dry conditions in select fields across the state for the week ending August 17, 2014, but were overall too intermittent to provide relief to the whole state according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Average temperatures for the week ending August 17 ranged from 64 to 75 degrees, and from 8 degrees to 2 degrees below normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 41 degrees; the highest, 88 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 67.8 degrees, 5.0 degrees below normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.07 to 3.31 inches, with a statewide average of 1.09 inches.By region, corn doughing was 76% in South, 72% in North, and 70% in Central. By region, soybeans setting pods was 94% in North, 88% in Central, and 87% in South.Corn in most areas is tolerating the dry weather well, although the same weather poses a developmental risk to soybeans currently setting pods. Irrigation is running at full capacity. Additionally, some southern districts have reported cases of Sudden Death Syndrome in soybean fields. The dry weather was excellent to finish hay’s second cutting, but is now slowing hay growth for third cutting. Farm activity for the week included hauling grain, cleaning bins, and roadside mowing. Home Indiana Agriculture News Rain Helping Some Indiana Crops Finish Well SHARE Indiana corn was rated at 73% good to excellent with soybeans rated as 67% good to excellent.   Rain Helping Some Indiana Crops Finish Well By Gary Truitt – Aug 18, 2014 center_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleThe Potential and Pitfalls of Drones for AgricultureNext articleThree “I” States Have Best Corn in the US Gary Truittlast_img read more

Perdue Pleased with New Margin Protection Program for Dairy

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Perdue Pleased with New Margin Protection Program for Dairy SHARE Previous articleCan Trump Administration Really Protect Farmers in a U.S. – China Trade War?Next articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for April 11, 2018 Eric Pfeiffer Perdue Pleased with New Margin Protection Program for Dairy Facebook Twitter Perdue Pleased with New Margin Protection Program for DairyThe U.S. Department of Agriculture has reopened enrollment for the Margin Protection Program for Dairy. Signup for the 2018 coverage year will run from now until June 1. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says he was very pleased that Congress was able to “plus up” the program.“It was not very effective as it was, but we hope this better program will be recognized by the producers to be helpful. Dairies, certainly smaller dairies under 350 cows, (are under) a lot of stress right now. They are probably operating in the red, and that puts a lot of stress emotionally and psychologically on farm families.”John Newton, market intelligence director for the American Farm Bureau Federation, agrees that changes needed to be made because the program didn’t work during its first two years of existence. He explained some important modifications to the program under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.“Increasing the catastrophic coverage level from 4 to 5 million pounds, and then making the program trigger monthly instead of every two month period. Combined, it makes the program much more affordable and timelier in terms of delivering program payments to dairy farmers.”Newton says the improved MPP provides dairy farmers with tools they need to successfully run their business.“It gives dairy farmers an opportunity to go back, pencil out, and see if MPP would work for them for the 2018 coverage year. The secretary did make coverage retroactive for all of 2018, providing important safety net protection for dairy farmers during this time of low milk prices.”USDA has a web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. That tool can be found here. Facebook Twitter By Eric Pfeiffer – Apr 11, 2018 SHARElast_img read more

Lt. Gov. Crouch Looks Back on 2020

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.As we look back on 2020, it started with optimism for Indiana farmers. After dealing with trade headaches in 2019, the Phase I trade deal with China was signed in January and the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement was set to take effect July 1. Then, just as planting season was underway in March, COVID hit.In April, the two largest meat processors in the state, Tyson Foods in Logansport and Indiana Packers in Delphi, had to temporarily shut down due to COVID. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch says those closings were a big blow and brought farmers a lot of angst.“I know that (Indiana State Department of Agriculture) Director (Bruce) Kettler implemented weekly calls with BOAH and with our ag stakeholders to be able to stay on top of the situation and worked with the Department of Health to reopen those industries, ensuring that the food supply chain was not be disrupted. And we fared well in Indiana compared to other states.”While the coronavirus brought many challenges, farmers enjoyed suitable weather for both planting and harvesting and are now enjoying higher commodity prices to close out the year. Crouch described 2020 as “interesting” for Hoosier farmers.“While farmers were certainly challenged, they went about doing the business that they do and they continued to stay focused on what it was that agriculture is all about and that is feeding Hoosiers, feeding our nation, and feeding the world.”Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler added that 2020 did bring growth to Indiana’s ag business sector.“You look at things like Advanced Agrilytics, the Elanco Animal Health announcement, Taranis on the ag tech side is coming to Indiana. So, we continue to have businesses that invested here.”With 2020 in the rearview mirror, let’s look ahead to 2021 with Lt. Governor Crouch. How does rural broadband fit into the new state budget? Tune in tomorrow to find out. SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Lt. Gov. Crouch Looks Back on 2020 By Eric Pfeiffer – Dec 29, 2020 SHARE Lt. Gov. Crouch Looks Back on 2020 Previous articleMake Every Bite Count: USDA, HHS Release Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020 to 2025Next article2021 Soybean Export Demand Could Lead to 2021 Acreage Battle Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more

U.S. Hog Inventory Drops One Percent

first_img U.S. Hog Inventory Drops One Percent Facebook Twitter Previous articleNPPC: Anti-Meat Group Shows “True Colors”Next articleLooking Back at 2020: Economy Trending Up at the Start of the Year NAFB News Service As of December 1, U.S. farms contained 77.5 million hogs and pigs, down one percent from December of 2019, and down one percent from September of 2020. Those numbers were published last week by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.Of the 77.5 million hogs and pigs, 71.2 million were market hogs, while 6.28 million were kept for breeding. Between September and November of this year, 35 million pigs were weaned on U.S. farms, down one percent from the same period last year, while U.S. hog producers weaned an average of 11.05 pigs per litter.Hog producers intend to have 3.12 million sows farrow between December of 2020 and February 2021, and 3.12 million sows farrow between March and May of next year.Iowa producers held the largest inventory among the states at 24.8 million head. Minnesota was next with 9.4 million head, and North Carolina finished third with nine million head. Indiana was one percent higher than a year ago with 4.45 million head.To get the most accurate measurement possible of the U.S. swine industry, NASS surveyed more than 6,000 producers across the nation through the first half of December. Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News U.S. Hog Inventory Drops One Percent SHARE By NAFB News Service – Dec 27, 2020 last_img read more

The109: Former President George W. Bush’s visit may cause traffic disruptions

first_imgChandler Highfill Linkedin Chandler Highfill ReddIt FW Parking app receives warm reception Twitter Chandler Highfill Cliburn in Sundance Square Former President George W Bush’s visit may cause traffic disruption TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless Facebook Chandler Highfill Former President George W. Bush campaigns for his brother Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in North Charleston, S.C. center_img Chandler Highfill Former President George W Bush’s visit may cause traffic disruption Facebook ReddIt printCommuters could experience some congestion while driving near TCU later this week.Former President George W. Bush will be the keynote speaker at TCU’s 14th annual Investment Strategies Conference on Feb. 26.The conference will include two different functions. The first is a series of morning sessions in the D.J. Kelly Alumni Center off Stadium Drive. Later that day, Bush will give the keynote address at a luncheon in the Brown-Lupton University Union.TCU police Sgt. Kathy Moody said TCU and Fort Worth police will be working that day to keep traffic flowing smoothly.“There will be two police officers assisting with crossing Stadium Drive during the lunch hour,” Moody said. “There will be restricted access to the BLUU Ballroom area, but the goal is to not cause a disruption to student activities.”In addition, two visitor parking lots will be closed for the day and designated for “trustees and distinguished guests,” Moody said.Fort Worth police Sgt. Steven Enright said the department can’t release the route of the former president’s procession due to security concerns. Linkedin ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis Previous articleMoot Court team to hold tryouts next monthNext articleHonors college announces new distinguishment award Chandler Highfill RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter + posts Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods last_img read more

Women’s tennis power past Dartmouth

first_imgLinkedin Twitter ReddIt Women’s tennis prepares for ASU, Ohio State Kennedy Stadler + posts Kennedy Stadler Kennedy Stadler TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Women’s tennis downs UT-Rio Grande Valley printThe women’s tennis team extended their four-game winning streak in a 6-1 win over the Dartmouth Big Green. Head coach Lee Walker said the Frogs played nearly a complete match with a sharp doubles performance and a sweep across all six courts in the opening set of singles, but the team began to struggle as the match dragged on.“It’s kind of like boxing that in if you get distracted, you can get hit pretty hard,” Walker said. In doubles, the Frogs quickly gained leads across all three courts with Chloe Hule and Stevie Kennedy finishing first with a 6-1 win. Ellie Douglas and Aleksa Cveticanin clinched the doubles point on the top court, making it the duo’s sixth straight doubles victory. Douglas and Cveticanin jumped to the No. 27 spot in the latest Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) doubles rankings. Douglas carried her momentum into singles with a demanding 6-0, 6-0 victory on the top court. Douglas also came in at No. 112 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings. “Ellie is easily 20 in the country,” Walker said. “She didn’t play in the fall season, but she could climb all the way between now and May.” Fellow first-year Mercedes Aristegui added her 15th singles win with her straight set victory over the Big Green’s Nina Paripovic.  “Mercedes is great, and she brings great energy to each match,” Walker said. “She’s a great athlete and we just need to keep her focused.”Walker said he noticed the team beginning to check out as the Frogs lost some leads in the second set of singles. “When you win the first set, you have to reset and completely disregard it. It’s like you’re starting a brand new match; for some people, that’s really hard to do,” Walker said. Cveticanin and Kate Paulus ultimately pulled out wins despite a three-set battle on courts two and four. Walker said Cveticanin was battling a left leg injury after accidentally slipping into the splits during a match last weekend.First-year Addy Guevara secured the match victory in a hard-fought 6-3, 6-4 win on court six. Up next, TCU will host Texas Tech Saturday to continue conference play. The Red Raiders edged the Frogs in a 4-3 win in Lubbock in February. “It’s been hard to keep the girls focused on these past four matches because they’ve been so fired up for Tech, but I’m glad we got these wins,” Walker said. Twitter Facebookcenter_img Kennedy Stadler is a second year student at Texas Christian University studying journalism and Spanish. Kennedy is from Danville, California and enjoys sports as well as traveling. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebook Kennedy Stadler Kennedy Stadler Women’s tennis to begin conference play at Baylor ReddIt Previous articleTCU360’s guide to filling out your bracketNext articleHorned Frogs fight past slow start to advance to second round of NIT Kennedy Stadler RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Women’s tennis starts off strong in Big 12 playlast_img read more