I arrived at my silent, snowy woodlot Jan. 20 – the recognition date of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

OPINION  The phrase “big dairy” is often used to depersonalize dairy farmers and imply some large, faceless force foisting an agenda. Consolidation has occurred in agriculture for generations and family farms are expanding. But about three-quarters of U.S. dairy farms have fewer than 100 cows on them, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

    Comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s interim rule for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program are being sought by the department's Natural Resources Conservation Service. The program is designed to help landowners protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. Comments are sought for three changes to agricultural-land easements.

      SowBridge is a “distance” educational series offered by Iowa State University for those who work with sows, boars and piglets, and with genetic and reproductive issues. It begins this year’s series Feb. 6; it continues every-other-month for six total sessions. The opportunity pairs electronically provided materials with live presentations via teleconference. SowBridge has since 2005 provided information to grow-finish swine producers and other industry professionals across the United States and around the world. Visit www.ipic.iastate.edu/news/SowBridge2020.html for more information.

      I’d heard the statement dozens of times from farmers and rural folk.

      SHULLSBURG, Wis. – Producing a corn yield of 322 bushels per acre, grain farmer Tim Appell of Shullsburg won awards in the 2019 National Corn Growers Association Yield Contest. He took second place nationally in the conventional non-irrigated category. His yield ranked first place in the same category in Wisconsin.

        SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — David Daniken, a fifth-generation southern Illinois farmer, is good at managing his mixed farm operation, including Christmas trees, pumpkins, a corn maze and row crops. However, he says he’s not as good at telling his farm’s story to the public.

          MANHATTAN, Kan. — A new study from Kansas State University on the treatment of non-responding cases of bovine respiratory disease, known as BRD, conducted by Hans Coetzee and collaborators from Iowa State University, sheds light on the relationship between drug treatments and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.

          The outlook for corn and soybean farmers in Wisconsin and nationwide remains foggy even after the release Jan. 10 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Crop Report.” Moreover the USDA will be re-surveying estimates and reporting again in March.

          President Donald Trump’s phase one trade deal with China offers the promise of more overseas sales for American farmers, but the impact of the agreement remains unclear.

            Many producers put grain into their storage bins last fall at higher moisture contents than normal due to late crop maturity and less in-field drying in 2019.

            For grain stored wetter than recommended through the winter months (above 15% for corn and 13% for soybeans), it is especially vital to monitor grain to get ahead of situations that could cause a loss in condition.

            OPINION  We need accountability and transparency regarding the “Phase One” agreement. Farmers for Free Trade is asking that the administration provide details about the promised $40 billion in agricultural purchases – whether that commitment is contingent on any actions by the United States – and for details on how China will meet that commitment if it’s actually been made.

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