IABRN — Animal agriculture can be a very complex arena to be involved in. Whether it is beef, dairy, pork, or lamb, there are many factors for producers to be thinking about. No matter how intricate the details of animal agriculture can be, the goal is actually very simplistic. Your animal takes its feed and converts it into a marketable commodity. In the case of the dairy cow, that commodity is milk. There is a study underway to see how we can make those dairy cattle better at what they do. Read more
IABRN — The U.S. Senate will take its first look at the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Tuesday if the House sends the implementing legislation to the Senate. Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley announced the hearing after the House passed the agreement, along with articles of impeachment, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chose to hold the articles of impeachment, rather than sending them on to the Senate. However, the hearing is still not on the official calendar for the committee. Read more
(IARN) — Insurance programs for agriculture were really put to the test in 2019. Farmers were diligent about making sure they were covered for many scenarios. However, time was often the enemy. Look no further than the prevent plant acres we saw in 2019. Deadlines were always breathing down farmers’ necks and Mother Nature never gave us a break. So, what can we learn from a year like that? Read more
(IARN) — Weeds have been doing battle with us as long as there have been farmers. The technology in dealing with weeds is ever-changing and the weeds keep adapting. Companies are pouring more and more research dollars into finding complete weed control packages. FMC is delighted to announce they will have a new tool for your toolbox in 2020 with Edge herbicide. Read more
(IARN) — It is no secret that times have been tough for the American dairy farmer. The rate at which we are losing dairy farms is frightening. Dairy farms that have hung on are always looking for that glimmer of hope that things are turning around. We are beginning to see that turn around happening, but there is still quite a long way to go. Having strong advocates in Washington, D.C. is essential for their message to be heard.
Mike Torrey handles government affairs for Edge Dairy Cooperative. He talks about the political climate in D.C. and what needs to be done to get the story of dairy on the minds of people who are busy with other political distractions. He says it is like having one foot on the gas and another on the brake.
Outside of trade, the definition of what constitutes as milk has been a hot-button issue for the industry. Torrey points out that there is more consumer confusion than one would like to see.
For more information, including audio with Mike Torrey, visit iowaagribusinessradionetwork.com.
Story and image courtesy of the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network
(RI) — Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig says 2019 could be characterized as a roller coaster ride for farmers — and not the kind you enjoy. Read more