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Minneapolis Moline A4T-1900-revisited

Max Armstrong returns for an update on the 1969 Minneapolis Moline A4T-1900; offering "the rest of the story." Max shares more information about Mike Verhulst, Ottumwa, Iowa, who had passed away a few days before last week's report on this special prototype tractor.

Max's Tractor Shed is a regular feature of This Week in Agribusiness. If you have a tractor story you'd like to share for this feature, contact Max at [email protected]

This Week in Agribusiness - May 19, 2018

Note: Start the video and all parts will play through as the full show

Part 1

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong open this week's show talking markets in-depth with Jerry Gulke, The Gulke Group. They cover a range of issues from livestock markets to global trade.

Part 2

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong continue their market conversation with Jerry Gulke, The Gulke Group. Chad Colby, Colby AgTech, offers a look at some very interesting mobile ag tech including some new scouting tools. Agricultural Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at weather in the Western United States. And Max Armstrong continues the series Plan Smart, Grow Smart with a visit to an Indiana operation.

Part 3

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong share a look at the work of groups to help tell the farm story to consumers. Tim Andriesen, managing director, CME Group, explains why it's important to share that information. Robert White, Renewable Fuels Association, also shares his thoughts on the need to educate the consumer. And Max offers a look at vintage construction equipment including an International crawler, including a talk with its owner Albert Warner from central Illinois.

Part 4

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong open this segment with a look at the progress of the wheat crop with a report from Russell Nemetz in Montana. Ag Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at weather for the Eastern United States. And in Max's Tractor Shed, Max Armstrong returns for an update on the 1969 Minneapolis Moline A4T-1900; offering "the rest of the story." Max shares more information about Mike Verhulst, Ottumwa, Iowa, who had passed away a few days before last week's report on this special prototype tractor.

Part 5

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong talk with Farm Broadcaster Lynn Ketelsen, Linder Farm Network, Owatonna, Minn., who shares what's on the minds of farmers in that part of the country. In the Bayer Farm Challenge of the Week, Bryce Knorr, Senior Editor, Farm Futures offers insight on what growers should be considering at this time of year for their risk management plan.

Part 6

Orion Samuelson profiles Callaway FFA in Callaway, Neb., chartered in August 2016. And Member Isaac Stallbaumer shares a highlight of his tenure in the organization. In Samuelson Sez, Orion Samuelson shares his annual farm safety sermon including his focus on the slow-moving vehicle sign, he also wants drivers to slow down in the country. And he shares his thoughts on another key topic - GMO labeling. Ag Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at weather for the week ahead, including his four-week weather outlook.

Part 7

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong close this week's show with some farm bill talk including the news that the House version of the measure was voted down. Coverage on that measure will continue.

Praise, outrage over failure of Farm Bill

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The farm bill Rep. Mike Conaway tried to shepherd through the House with no Democratic support failed this morning on a 213-to-198 vote. 

“The rejection of the House version of the 2018 Farm Bill highlights the host of concerns that family farmers have with this failed legislation,” said National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson. “At a time when farmers and ranchers are in significant financial strain due to years of depressed prices, this bill does not make necessary improvements to the farm safety net. It eliminates conservation programs and funding that provide them with the tools they need to be the best possible stewards of our natural resources. It reverses progress toward expanding their access to local, regional, and specialty markets. And it makes unnecessary cuts to programs that feed hungry Americans.”

“The House farm bill was deeply flawed, and would have undermined decades of collaborative work by farmers and advocates to advance sustainable farm and food systems in the U.S.,” the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition said in a statement. “As it stood, H.R. 2 would have gone down in history as the most anti-family farm and anti-environment farm bill of all time. The bill sought to unravel critical conservation, local food, business development, and organic agriculture programs with long track records of success. H.R. 2 also would have created a multitude of new loopholes, allowing unlimited, unchecked taxpayer subsidies for the wealthiest mega-farms.”

“Today’s vote should prove once and for all that Congress cannot pass a bill this important by dividing Republicans and Democrats; dividing what’s right for farmers and what’s right for families; pitting the largest farms against the smallest,” said Lindsey Lusher Shute, co-founder and Executive Director of NYFC. “We need a farm bill that works for, and includes, all of us. One that supports farmers and ranchers struggling through an economic downturn or growing amidst a drought, and one that can sustain farming as a viable livelihood for future generations. NYFC farmers brought members of Congress to their farms, wrote op-eds, and sent countless letters with one theme: We cannot wait another farm bill to address the structural barriers holding our generation back. The House farm bill presented today didn’t heed that call. The House was right to defeat it, and let’s hope it’s back to the drawing board.” 

But others disagreed.

“We are already starting to hear from farmers across the nation, many of whom are perplexed and outraged at this morning’s vote,” said American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. “They are facing very real financial challenges.”

The farm bill went down because of a dispute over immigration within the Republican caucus. Farm organizations and the leader of the Senate Ag Committee called on members of Congress to regroup and pass the bill.

“I commend Chairman Conaway for his efforts on behalf of our nation’s farmers and ranchers,” said Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas. “I urge the House to try again in hopes that a majority can recognize the difficult time in the farm economy.  I look forward to a bipartisan Senate Farm Bill and moving forward with the process to give our farmers and ranchers the certainty and predictability they need and deserve.” 

“Plain and simple: the farm bill matters," said ASA President and Iowa soybean grower John Heisdorffer. "U.S. soybean growers and everyone involved in agriculture depend on this vital piece of legislation.”

“We call on all members of Congress not to use farmers and ranchers as pawns in a political game,” Duvall said. “The risk management tools of the farm bill are too important, particularly at a time of depressed farm prices. We urge the House to pass H.R. 2 as soon as possible.”

“Farming is unpredictable, and the huge costs of doing business can be lost in a single storm or lack thereof,” said Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst. “With crop and livestock prices entering their fifth consecutive year of low prices, farmers need a full five-year farm bill that will provide more certainty, not a one-year patch that further destabilizes the industry. We need a full five-year farm bill now more than ever.”

"NCGA urges House leaders to quickly find a way forward to pass a new farm bill as soon as possible,” said North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “Depressed commodity prices, the increasing threat of a trade war, and disruptions in the ethanol market are creating uncertainty across rural America. Our farmers need clarity on the prospects of a new farm bill signed into law this year.”

Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, said he wanted to see the vote go differently, but he remains committed to getting a Farm Bill passed.

“ . . . I have faith that once members have to go home and face their producers they will rethink today’s outcome and will focus on the needs of Rural America,” Marshall said. “This effort is far from over.”

Congress has until Sept. 30, 2018, to pass a Farm Bill.

Source: NFU, AFBF, Missouri Farm Bureau, National Corn Growers Association, ASA, National Young Farmers Coalition, Office of Sen. Pat Roberts, Office of Rep. Roger Marshall, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

7 ag stories you might have missed this week - May 18, 2018

Collage with corn harvest, capitol building and angus beef cattle

Need a quick catch up on ag news? Here are seven stories you might have missed this week.

1. The top two leaders of the House Agriculture Committee have starkly different views of HR2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, aka, the farm bill. The bill failed to pass the House in a Friday vote. – Delta Farm Press, Farm Futures

2. The European Court of Justice ruled May 17 in favor of limits the European Commission imposed on neonicotinoids in 2013. Bayer and Syngenta issued statements opposing the ruling.  – Farm Futures 

3. Growers in the U.S. and Canada will have more options for fighting corn rootworm as a result of a licensing agreement reached by Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, and Monsanto Company. – Farm Futures

4. Six key reasons why grazing livestock are a necessity to manage, heal and build the landscape. – Beef Producer

5. Fifteen Minnesota agricultural organizations sent a joint letter to Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders requesting a $50-per-acre property tax credit for farm acres that are required to be removed from production to comply with the state’s buffer law. – The Farmer 

6. A new study published in the journal Nature finds that water distribution is becoming more extreme due in part to agriculture. The study was based on data produced by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment. – Newsweek 

7. China ended its anti-dumping investigation into U.S. sorghum, a move that drew praise from sorghum growers. – Farm Futures

And your bonus.

Ever visited Brazil? Missouri Ruralist Editor Mindy Ward shares photos from a recent trip to Brazil’s Agrishow. The major crops there are soybeans, corn, sugar cane and coffee. – Missouri Ruralist 

Land trends: Are we losing the supply of our valuable ground?

Amanda Radke Land

As a millennial producer, purchasing a large chunk of ground is a nearly impossible task. There are tons of buyers, few acres selling, bloated prices and the bank tends to hesitate about giving a young couple mega bucks for investing in land.

Of course, that hasn’t stopped Tyler and I from saving for the future, and we are constantly keeping our eyes peeled for the perfect plot of land that would work in a grazing situation, fit into our budget and become a solid investment for our retirement years and a legacy to pass on to our children.

I recently read a few articles on land trends that are worth discussing. Just like any market, land trends are cyclical; however, it can be difficult to know when is a great time to buy and when to pull back and save for a better time.

READ: 5 variables to consider before investing in land

The first article, written by Randy Dickhut, Farmers National Company senior vice president of real estate operations, explains why despite ongoing low commodity we aren’t experiencing a farm crisis like we experienced in the 1980s.

Dickhut writes, “For those of us involved in production agriculture during the 1980s ‘farm crisis’ and saw land values drop 50%, it takes a moment to understand why current land prices have not fallen off more since the recent historic highs. There are some major differences today compared to 35 years ago that fundamentally support current agricultural land values.”

First, Dickhut says the stability of today’s ag land prices can be credited to the overall farm sector debt-to-asset ratio being half of what it was in the early 1980s.

He explains, “High debt levels and high interest rates during that time created financial stress that brought larger amounts of land on the market driving, down land prices. Currently, overall debt is relatively low and interest rates at this time are still historically low.”

Second, the supply of land for sale is far less than usual, meaning buyers are competing against each other on the few plots of land for sale and driving up the price per acre.

READ: 5 things I would pay more for

Dickhut says, “Normally, about 1% of the more than 900 million acres of crop, grazing, and timber land are sold in the open market in any given year. Right now, we are seeing less than 1% trading hands, therefore keeping the supply side of the land market equation in balance with the cautious demand.”

He lists several other factors that support land prices, as well, including increasing productivity due to advances in agricultural technologies, effective crop insurance programs reducing the risk for producers and a societal shift in accepting that agricultural land is a solid long-term investment.

Read the entire article here: “Where’s the crisis?”

VIEW: Road trip of cow country west

The American Farmland Trust looks closer at the availability of farm and ranch land in a new report titled, “Farms Under Threat: The State of America’s Farmland.”

As reported by The Fence Post, the “Farms Under Threat” report reveals that 31 million acres of farmland have been lost from 1992-2012.

According to the article, “Nearly twice the area of farmland was lost than was previously shown; 11 million of those acres were among the best farmland in the nation. Development disproportionately occurred on agricultural lands, with 62% of all development occurring on farmland, and expanding urban areas accounted for 59% of the loss. Low-density residential development, or the building of houses on 1-to-20-acre parcels, accounted for 41%.

In looking at these statistics, this national report analyzes previous farmland losses state by state and looks at ways to effectively protect farmland across the country.

"Farmland is critical infrastructure, akin to roads and bridges," said John Piotti, AFT's president and CEO, in an interview with The Fence Post. "Without farms, there's not only no food, but there's no future. We need farmland to feed us and sustain our economy — but also to help restore our planet.

"Action is needed now because lost farmland is irretrievable. Farmers are aging, and the land they steward must be passed on to the next generation. If the trends of the last two decades continue over the next two decades, America will face a future with too few farms."

READ: The decline of rural populations & its implications on the U.S.

According to the American Farm Trust, “The goal of the release of this study is to get people to appreciate the urgency of the situation, help them see the importance of farmland to our society and understand what can be done to stem the loss.

"Allowing large-scale farmland loss to continue imperils our ability to feed our growing population. It challenges our economic prosperity. Agriculture accounts for $1 trillion of the U.S. GDP, each dollar stimulating $1.27 in additional activity. It protects wildlife and helps reduce air and water pollution. Farmland sequesters carbon in soil and plants, holds more water in drought, suppresses fire and provides for flood control in extreme weather conditions. And farmland contributes to the lifestyle we all treasure — as well as scenic views, open space and recreation.”

The full report can be viewed by clicking here.

Urban sprawl is a reality we must contend with; however, working with lawmakers, city planners and community members to discuss best ways to protect and preserve this precious farm ground is a difficult challenge we must take on.

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of or Farm Progress.

MIDDAY Midwest Digest, May 18, 2018

Twenty percent of American car owners are likely to go electric with their next purchase, says a survey from AAA.

Nearly 40% of the country is abnormally dry, according to latest Drought Monitor. This can impact the battle.

School resource officers have been thrust into the spotlight with recent school shootings.

2018 Parasite & Pest Management Product Listing

Flies on cattle

Parasite and pest management is an ongoing job on the ranch. Make your work easier with this comprehensive listing of available products for worm, grub and insect control in your cow herd. The products are categorized by:

  • Anthelmintics/Wormers
  • Feed-Thrus/Oral Larvicides
  • Insecticide Ear Tags
  • Flukes
  • Grub Control

Find more information about each product on the company website listed behind each product in the directory below.

MORNING Midwest Digest, May 18, 2018

Ford Motor Company will restart F150 production. 

A fire destroyed a funeral home.

Work continues on the farm bill, as well as trade issues important to farmers.

An Illinois police department started a school resource officer program 20 years ago. The resource officer was able to help contain a school shooter on Wednesday.

Farm Progress America, May 18, 2018

Max Armstrong explores the move by a range of companies using the term 'milk' in their products. The cow's milk dairy producers are working to manage the labeling of these products that are made from nuts and other products but still called 'milk' and even 'butter.'

Farm Progress America is a daily look at key issues in agriculture. It is produced and presented by Max Armstrong, veteran farm broadcaster and host of This Week in Agribusiness.

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


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Squirrel trails can get knotted together because of tree sap. 

Writer Tom Wolf died this week. His writing was vivid.