Sunday, October 30, 2022

Saturday October 29 Ag News

FAQ for Fire Damage to Unharvested Crops and Harvested Ground
Ben Beckman - Extension Educator
Alfredo DiCostanzo - Extension Educator
Leslie Johnson - Animal Manure Management Extension Educator
Mitiku Mamo - Extension Crops and Water Educator

Fires have been widespread in Nebraska this harvest season. We’ve received questions on what to do when both unharvested and harvested fields have been burned. Additional information about range/pasture damage and stocking rates were shared in this May 2022 FAQ. Make sure to contact your insurance company.

Q: What to do with unharvested corn?

A: Fire damage to unharvested fields can leave stalks remaining with a combination of ears attached to them and on the ground. One could take a sample of corn ears from across the pivot and send them in for feed analysis and also grain analysis. Ultimately, our recommendation is to harvest the corn like you normally would. Your local grain elevator may have insight into whether they would accept grain from an affected field and how this could affect quality or pricing.

Depending on grain analysis, one could take the grain to the elevator or mix with other grain in a ration for feeding. Cattle have been fed burnt corn grain before. The biggest concern would the loss in protein availability, depending on the extent of kernel damage. A fast fire may not have had enough time to burn through the starch and into the germ. That appears to be the case from the pictures we see. A measure of acid detergent insoluble crude protein would confirm how available crude protein is.

Q: What to do with corn ears on the ground? How to safely graze this?

A: One thought was to harvest what they could and disk the field. Then consider getting the ground covered with rye or wheat.

For those who would like to graze, Dr. Mary Drewnoski, beef systems specialist, shares the following recommendations:
Fire-damaged grain, if not completely destroyed, will have an appearance ranging from a slight brownish tint to black. This grain can be salvaged and fed to cattle. Common methods used by commercial labs for evaluation of energy content such as NIR analysis will not provide an accurate estimate of the energy availability from heat-damaged corn. However, color can be used as a crude indicator of the relative energy available for cattle. Based on research conducted at Iowa State, the amount of starch from brown and black corn that was digested in the rumen was about 30% less than normal corn. However, this corn would still have a significant amount of energy and can be used as an energy source.

The corn in burnt fields can be gleaned through grazing. However, cattle will need to be adapted to corn — similar to working cattle onto a finishing diet before turnout — or have limited access to avoid acidosis. Strip grazing is one method. Due to the fire removing the residue in the field, cattle will need to have a roughage source, such as hay, provided when grazing.

Grazing weaned calves on burnt corn fields could be a great way to use this feed resource. It is recommended to have them used to consuming at least 5 lbs of corn before turnout. In addition to a roughage source, these calves will need supplemental protein to make use of the best energy in the corn. Alfalfa hay could be used as a source of protein and roughage. Another option would be to provide free-choice grass hay plus 2 lbs of dried distillers.

Cull cows would be the next best option, as the corn can be used to put on extra weight and increase their value. Before turnout, producers should start feeding grain and work them up to at least seven to 10 lbs/hd of grain over a week to 10 days. If you don’t want to feed corn before turnout, then strip grazing can be used to adapt the cows to consuming corn. This Excel tool can be used to determine how much area to allocate.

Q: How can soil be protected from erosion in burned fields?

A: We realize we’re in the middle of a drought. We still recommend trying to get winter small grains (winter wheat, triticale or cereal rye) planted as a cover crop in these fields. Rye will germinate at soil temperatures of 34°F, while winter wheat germinates at 39°F. Later than ideal, winter small grains can still be planted until the soil freezes, usually sometime in December. They likely won’t provide any cover this late fall and winter but will emerge in the spring to provide much-needed protection from erosion (wind and water).

Seeding depths of 1.0 to 2.0 inches and seeding rates of at least 50 pounds per acre are recommended. However, higher seeding rates (80-100 lbs/ac) could be warranted to provide quicker cover and biomass in the spring. Fungicide/insecticide seed treatments are usually not necessary when seeded as a cover crop.

If you haven’t seeded cover crops before or want to learn more, Nebraska Extension and the Midwest Cover Crop Council has “getting started on cover crop guidelines” after soybean and corn.

Spreading manure — especially manure with any bedding in it — can also be beneficial if one has availability to this at a large scale.

Cooling Low-moisture Corn in Bins

Nebraska Extension educators have been receiving questions about low-moisture corn ranging from 8-13% and whether cooling the grain would also reduce moisture when air is run in the bin. Dr. Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension agricultural engineer, helps address these concerns in the following Q&A.

Q: Should low-moisture corn be cooled in bins? Will running air remove much more moisture?
A: The temperature of the corn will change many times faster than any moisture content change. We can estimate the cooling time by dividing 150 by the airflow rate. So, if the airflow rate is 1.0 cfm/bu, it will only take about 15 hours to cool the corn. To change the moisture content of all the corn at that airflow rate will take about 40 days. Even at a typical aeration airflow rate of about 0.2 cfm/bu, it only takes about three days to cool the corn.

Anytime we cool the corn, there will be a minor (fraction of a percent) reduction in moisture. Therefore, with dry corn, running the fan at night during higher humidity conditions is beneficial. I would run the fan all day and night for the most rapid cooling, and just at night if willing to be controlling the fans.

I encourage farmers to cool the corn whenever outside temperatures are 10-15 degrees cooler than the corn, so they certainly could utilize the cooler air to cool the corn.

With the corn at moisture contents of 13% or less, it will store at the warmer temperatures for a while, so there is not a problem with waiting. They will need to cool the corn for winter storage at some time to limit the potential for moisture migration and wet corn at the top of the bin. This occurs if there is consistently at least a 20-degree difference between outdoor air temperature and the corn temperature.

Extension sets virtual financial record-keeping course for December

The next session of “Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options,” Nebraska Extension’s four-part record-keeping course, will be held virtually from 1 to 3 p.m. Central time on Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Participants should plan on attending each of the four workshop dates. The course requires participants to have an internet connection.

This course is designed to help farmers and ranchers understand their current financial position and how big decisions like large purchases, new leases or changes in production will affect their bottom line. Participants will work through the financial statements of a case study farm, watch pre-recorded videos, complete assignments and participate in video chats. Upon completion of this program, participants will have a better understanding of how financial records can be used to make decisions and confidently discuss their financial position with their family, business partners and lenders.

The course fee is $20 per person and class size is limited to 20 people. Register by Nov. 23 at

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2020-70028-32728.

NCGA Announces 2023 Action Teams

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announced the slate of new and returning farmer leaders who will serve as members of its action teams and committees beginning on January 1, 2023. These volunteer farmers will actively shape the future of their industry by guiding programs and carrying out the policies and priorities that drive the association.

Current 2022 teams, committees and members will remain in place until the beginning of the new calendar year.

Leadership for NCGA’s seven major teams in 2023 will be:
    Ethanol Action Team: Kelly Nieuwenhuis, chair; Rick Gruber, vice chair; Bob Hemesath, board liaison.
    Market Development Action Team: Troy Schneider, chair; Denny Vennekotter, vice chair; Randy DeSutter, board liaison.
    Member and Consumer Engagement Action Team: Dan Nerud, chair; James Kanten, vice chair; Dan Wesely, board liaison.
    Production Technology Access Action Team: Patty Mann, chair; John Pickler, vice chair; Jed Bower, board liaison.
    Risk Management Action Team: Bill Leigh, chair; Richard Preston, vice chair; Gary Porter, board liaison.
    Stewardship Action Team: Bryan Biegler, chair; Mikayla Colehour, vice chair; Kelly Harsh, board liaison.
    Sustainable Ag Research Action Team: Jason Lewis, chair; Mike Berget, vice chair; Brian Thalmann, board liaison.

The action teams and committees will have their first set of meetings in St. Louis in January.

Scoular announces scholarship funding for three Midwestern universities

Students demonstrating leadership in their community are among those who will benefit from Scoular Foundation scholarship funding for three Midwestern universities.

Scoular announced the funding today for Kansas State University, Bellevue University in Nebraska and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“These are outstanding universities that make a big economic impact providing talented graduates for our company and our region,” said Scoular CEO Paul Maass. “We are thrilled we can give back to our communities by helping support the college and career plans of deserving students.”

The schools and scholarships are:

Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
    Five, $5,000 scholarships as part of the new Faith Legacy Scholarship Program honoring Scoular’s modern-day founder Marshall Faith and David Faith, Chairman of Scoular’s Board of Directors, both K-State alums. Scholarships will be based on such factors as need, leadership in academics and the community, and grade point average, with preference to those demonstrating compassion and community service.   

Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska
    $10,000 in scholarships as part of the Faith Legacy Scholarship Program.  
    $10,000 toward the school’s American Dream Scholarship Program for students in need with an emphasis on first-generation, diverse student populations who otherwise wouldn’t have a chance for a degree.
    $10,000 toward the school’s Student Emergency Grant Fund, which helps students overcome unanticipated health or family situations, temporary job loss, and other obstacles that might prevent a student from remaining enrolled.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
    $10,000 in scholarships as part of the Faith Legacy Scholarship Program.

Scoular is committed to community engagement where our employees live and work, as well as developing a pipeline of diverse and high-caliber talent for the agriculture industry for the future.

2022-23 National FFA Officer Team Elected During 95th National FFA Convention & Expo

The 2022-23 National FFA Officer team was elected today during the final session of the 95th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

Students from Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia were elected by National FFA Delegates today to serve as 2022-23 National FFA Officers. They will lead the organization for the next year.

These members were selected from 35 candidates vying for the honor. Candidates take part in an extensive interview process with the National FFA Officer Nominating Committee leading up to the selection.

Andrew Seibel of Virginia was elected national president. He is a former member of the Lord Botetourt FFA Chapter.

Jessica Herr of Pennsylvania was elected national secretary. She is a former member of the Garden Spot FFA Chapter.

Ryan Williamson of Texas was elected western region vice president. He is a former member of the El Campo FFA Chapter.

MacKenna Clifton of North Carolina was elected southern region vice president. She is a former member of the West Rowan FFA Chapter.

Karstyn Cantrell of Oklahoma was elected central region vice president. She is a former member of the Skiatook FFA Chapter.

Gracie Murphy of Illinois was elected eastern region vice president. She is a former member of the Macomb FFA Chapter.

Each year during the National FFA Convention & Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as national officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary, and vice presidents representing the country's central, southern, eastern, and western regions.

Throughout their year of service to the National FFA Organization, the officers will interact with business and industry leaders; thousands of FFA members and teachers; corporate sponsors; government and education officials; state FFA leaders; the general public; and more. The team will lead personal growth and leadership training conferences for FFA members throughout the country and help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and the next generation of leaders.

The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 850,000 student members as part of 8,995 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Clean Fuels Highlights Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Role in California’s GHG Drop

Today, Clean Fuels Alliance America hailed California’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory for 2020, which reported a 16% decrease in transportation carbon emissions due in part to increasing use of biodiesel and renewable diesel. The state’s analysis notes that the percentage of biodiesel and renewable diesel in the total diesel pool grew from 0.4% in 2011 to 20.8% in 2020 through the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). According to California Air Resources Board data, biodiesel and renewable diesel generated 44% of the LCFS credits in 2020.

“As California aims to continue its progress in reducing carbon emissions, it is relying on increased production, import and blending of clean fuels like biodiesel and renewable diesel,” Clean Fuels’ CEO Donnell Rehagen stated. “Continued growth of the clean fuels sector is vital to maintaining progress in meeting carbon reduction goals and increasing climate benefits across the country.”

Without renewable fuels like biodiesel and renewable diesel, the analysis notes, California’s tailpipe fossil CO2 would have been 15 million metric tons higher in 2020. The reduction is equivalent to taking 3.2 million passenger vehicles off the road for the year.

Clean Fuels Director of State Governmental Affairs Floyd Vergara added, “Heavy duty transportation is a particularly tough sector to decarbonize just like aviation, rail, and marine transportation. California’s analysis demonstrates the critical role low carbon fuels are playing to achieve carbon reductions today. Additionally, using biodiesel and renewable diesel substantially reduces particulate matter emissions and the health impacts and costs associated with them.”

A Health Benefits Study conducted in 2021 by Trinity Consultants demonstrated reductions in cancer cases, asthma attacks, restricted activity days, and premature deaths for communities that reduce petroleum diesel use by using biodiesel. The study calculated substantial savings for California communities such as San Bernardino, Oakland, South Fresno and the port of Long Beach.

Vergara continued, “As California’s report notes, the transportation of food and essential consumer items returned to normal levels by the end of 2020, following the initial impact of the pandemic. But we can still anticipate progress in carbon reductions as California’s blend of clean fuels grew to roughly a third of the diesel pool in 2021.”

Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue Applauds NASEM Findings on L-band Use

The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue applauds the September 2022 findings of the Congressionally-mandated National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) review of Ligado’s L-band spectrum and GPS. The outcome supports the FCC’s 5-0 decision in 2020 to deploy the lower midband spectrum to “make more efficient use of underused spectrum and promote the deployment of 5G…[with] stringent conditions to prevent harmful [GPS] interference.”  

One of America’s most urgent national security priorities is the allocation of wireless spectrum for 5G-related innovation to combat the Chinese government’s technological aggression. China’s control over its public and private sectors streamlines its ability to deploy spectrum. A rapid, bipartisan U.S. response is required to close the gap.

“It is critical that our 5G networks are built with trusted technology to safeguard our freedom and maximize economic opportunities for Americans,” said Keith Krach, Chairman of the Institute and former Under Secretary of State. “Spectrum allocation is essential to our national interest and lower midband spectrum is an important part of our country’s advancement of 5G, 6G, and beyond.”

The FCC and its engineers studied the benefits of deploying L-band spectrum and determined that America’s GPS system would be protected. The National Academy has confirmed that L-band can be deployed safely. Purdue experts have also corroborated the findings of the FCC and NASEM. We encourage Ligado, DoD, NTIA, and the Department of Commerce to continue working together toward a mutually agreed upon solution leading to rapid implementation.

“As I have previously argued in Forbes regarding C-band, we must deploy available spectrum for 5G with urgency. L-band’s unique characteristics enable faster 5G deployment while also accelerating the use of C-band and other spectrum for 5G,” said Dr. Mung Chiang, incoming President of Purdue University and former Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State. "This NASEM review is yet another validation of the sound technical work of the FCC, and we know GPS and L-band spectrum for 5G can be made to safely co-exist while helping advance next generation U.S. technologies.”

The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue believes that when America leads in technology, freedom advances. When the U.S. Government and the private sector come together around this principle, the most difficult problems can be solved. Americans deserve the economic and national security benefits that will come with U.S. leadership in 5G and beyond, and we support the immediate deployment of L-band spectrum toward that end.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Thursday October 27 Ag News

 Crop Input Costs, Drought, Top Concerns for Nebraska Farmers, Ranchers

The drought, crop inputs, and other farm costs expected in 2023 are top of mind concerns for farmers and ranchers across Nebraska according to a non-scientific poll conducted by Nebraska Farm Bureau. According to the survey, producers' top concerns over the next year continue to be input prices (35%), followed by drought (32%), supply chain disruptions (20%), and crop and livestock prices (11%).

“It is abundantly clear rising input costs, and the drought are among the top stories for Nebraska agriculture this year. Rising costs clearly impact the current and future financial health of agriculture and it will eventually trickle down and impact Nebraska’s economy. Agriculture remains critically important to the economic prosperity of Nebraska. When agriculture does well Nebraska does well,” said Mark McHargue, president of Nebraska Farm Bureau.

According to Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Senior Economist Jay Rempe, input costs for farmers and ranchers have risen significantly since January 2021.

“Diesel and fertilizer prices are well above levels seen over the past decade. The fertilizer price index earlier this year was 94% higher than the January 2021 index, nearly doubling. The diesel index was up 118%. The chemical price index has risen 55% over an 18-month period. Hay prices (a proxy for feed costs) have also seen increases, with the index increasing 28% compared to January 2021. History shows hay prices are greatly influenced by drought,” said Rempe.

The extraordinary cost increases to absorb in a short period of time has created tremendous management challenges for farmers and ranchers.

“These increases are occurring because of the strong demand, higher energy cost and the supply disruptions due to COVID, the war between Russia and the Ukraine, trade policy, and drought. These challenges are especially difficult to manage for young people who are just getting started in agriculture,” McHargue said.

Rempe also analyzed how the drought would impact crop producers, but to do that it's important to imagine what production would have been in the absence of drought. For crop producers overall, production will be down with the impacts becoming better understood as harvest continues.

“Making some assumptions regarding yields and prices in a world without drought, the value of this year’s corn crop could be $1.1 billion less compared to what might have been. And the value of the soybean crop could be $674 million less. Adding an estimated figure for the forgone value of wheat production—wheat production this year was 31 percent less than what might have been expected—the total loss in value to Nebraska’s corn, soybean, and wheat producers could reach nearly $2 billion. But it’s likely to be worse because these estimates do not account for other crops like sorghum, sugar beets, sunflowers, and dry beans,” Rempe said.

Those who raise cattle and other livestock have also felt the impacts of drought. Much of Nebraska’s pasture and rangeland is rated in poor or very poor condition. Alfalfa production is projected to be down 22 percent this year compared to last year. Other hay production is expected to be off 18 percent compared to 2021. Less forage production means higher forage prices. Additionally, the cost of other feedstocks like corn and distillers grains have risen too. These impacts—less forage production, stressed pastures, and higher feed costs—stem largely from the drought.

“Nebraska cow/calf producers are making decisions whether to keep the herd intact and pay higher feed costs or liquidate cows to reduce costs. Nebraska’s beef cow herd was already shrinking prior to the onset of the drought. Several factors point to the decline continuing in 2022. First, the average weekly beef cow slaughter for region 7 (Nebraska; Iowa; Missouri; Kansas) through early October was 34 percent higher compared to the same period last year. Second, weekly heifer slaughter numbers through mid-September were running 5 percent ahead of last year,” Rempe said.

The Livestock Market Information Center (LMIC) reports heifers are entering feedlots at a higher rate this year. So, selling cows and marketing calves earlier can mean increased revenues this year, but the sales that shrink herd size will impact the operations in the years to come.

“Fewer cows mean fewer calves. Fewer calves mean fewer cattle to sell next year and fewer available for feeding and ultimately for processing into meat. Thus, the impacts of this year’s drought on cow/calf producers and other cattle sectors could linger for years,” Rempe stresses.

International association honors Hejny’s service in heading LEAD Program

Terry Hejny, director of Nebraska LEAD Program, has been saluted for outstanding service by the International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leadership (IAPAL). The association has selected him as its 2022 Outstanding International Leadership Program Director.

Hejny has headed the LEAD Program, Nebraska's only comprehensive state-wide agricultural leadership development program, since 2007. LEAD participants, who are currently active in production agriculture and agribusiness, are selected each year for a two-year fellowship in which they develop their leadership skills and deepen their understanding of Nebraska institutions and public issues.  

Bobby Soileau, director of the Agricultural Leadership Development Program at Louisiana State University, presented the award to Hejny during IAPAL’s 2022 annual conference hosted by the Rural Ontario Institute and held Oct. 18-22 in Ottawa, Canada.

“When I’m asked by our alumni in Louisiana about other agricultural leadership programs,” Soileau said, “I always discuss the Nebraska LEAD Program. They are one of the few gold standard programs. Dr. Terry Hejny is one of my most trusted colleagues. His ability to educate and lead the Nebraska program is truly impressive.”

IAPAL is a consortium of agricultural and rural leadership development programs in almost 40 U.S. states and Canadian provinces. The association’s membership also includes several other countries including Australia, New Zealand and Scotland.

Hejny grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in Seward County. He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and began his career as an agricultural education instructor, FFA advisor and Young Farmers advisor for the Geneva Public Schools in Filmore County. During his 18 years with the school system, he was a head or assistant coach in football, track and field and volleyball.

He received a master’s degree in curriculum from Doane University and in 1998 became an Extension educator for UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Much of his programming involved marketing, risk management and cropping systems education for producers.  

After becoming director of the Nebraska LEAD Program in 2007, he received a doctorate in Human Sciences with a specialization in leadership studies. He was a participant in Class 20 of the LEAD Program, which is part of IANR. The current class is 41.  

Applications are now being accepted for the next LEAD class at

The program is governed by the nonprofit Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council in cooperation with IANR and 13 other institutions of higher education throughout Nebraska.

“You admire the trail blazed by others and wrap your arms around their tradition,” Soileau said of Hejny during the IAPAL award presentation. “At the same time, you set the direction for the future. There is no doubt in my mind that the Nebraska program is in great hands with Dr. Terry Hejny.”

IANR celebrates third consecutive year of record-breaking research funding in 2022

Researchers in UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources received nearly $71 million in externally sponsored research funding during the 2022 fiscal year – the highest annual total in the institute’s history.

The total 2022 awards exceeded the previous record of $63.9 million in 2021 by nearly 11%, and extends average annual increases of 6 percent since 2013. In all, University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers within IANR received 511 sponsored awards during the 2022 fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, including 14 awards of $1 million or more. This is the highest number of awards of $1 million or greater in a single year over the past decade.

“IANR has seen huge strides in its research funding over the past decade, which is a testament to the amazing work of our faculty, post-docs, students and staff across the institute,” said Mike Boehm, NU Vice President and Harland Vice Chancellor for IANR. “We’ve hired many extraordinarily talented, hardworking, creative and collaborative scientists in the past decade, and the sharp rise in research funding is a direct reflection of their dedication and talent, and the talent of all of our faculty.”

Nearly 81% of 2022 external awards were sponsored by federal agencies, with around 8% coming from industry partners. The USDA was the top single funding agency, contributing about 45% of federal awards. Other top funding agencies were the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation.

Researchers in all disciplines of study across the institute received funding for a wide variety of projects to advance agriculture and natural resources resilience across Nebraska and around the world. Highlights of awards received in 2022 include:
    $1.19 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to explore the role of a nanoparticle found in chives that could help suppress inflammation that contributes to many obesity-related diseases.
    $1.9 million from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to better understand how genetic properties of sorghum can protect against sugarcane aphid.
    $1 million from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to advance knowledge and utilization of cover crops for conservation measures in Nebraska.
    $1 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for mosquito control research that could reduce instances of malaria worldwide.
     $998,000 from the U.S. Air Force Weather to support the National Drought Mitigation Center’s work to develop a Global Composite Drought Indicator, which could help identify areas across the world at risk for severe drought and corresponding civil unrest.
    $770,000 from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agricultural to work toward the development of an effective vaccine for African swine fever.
    $743,000 from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to enhance underrepresented minority participation in the agricultural STEM workforce through training on an innovation platform that connects crop trait inception to product marketplace delivery.

Archie Clutter, dean and director of IANR’s Agricultural Research Division, said the upward trend in sponsored awards is helping IANR fulfill its land-grant mission.

“Our faculty, post-docs, students and staff are incredibly passionate about advancing Nebraska agriculture and supporting our state’s natural resources,” Clutter said. “That was central to our mission when IANR was founded 50 years and ago and remains true today. The integrated research programs of our faculty teams are helping to ensure resilient cropping and livestock systems and advances in workforce development and human health, not just in Nebraska, but across the United States and around the world.”

Deere, ISU Announce New Demonstration Farm Partnership

Deere & Company announced a strategic partnership with Iowa State University to establish a demonstration site consisting of four different fields and processes that will enable Deere to test sustainable solutions for large grain production systems in real-world scenarios.

"Farmers are working in constantly changing environments where every decision will impact their end result, which means they can't afford to adopt experimental practices that aren't proven to deliver the yield they anticipate," said Jill Sanchez, Director of Sustainability at John Deere.

"This demonstration farm, in partnership with ISU, allows us to experience the same uncertainties and challenges as our customers, so that we can test and identify which methods are successful, and deliver proven, innovative, and sustainable solutions to farmers."

The 80-acre demonstration farm will allow Deere and ISU to test sustainable farming practices in real world scenarios and experience successes and failures through trial and error. Over a five-year production cycle, four different crop production systems will be implemented. The data and insights collected will measure crop productivity, economic cost of production, soil health, water quality, carbon intensity, and biodiversity.

"ISU has a longstanding relationship with John Deere, which has allowed us to translate agronomic sciences to practice through field demonstrations to unlock opportunities for farmers," added Matt Darr, Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at ISU. "This new research allows us to test new sustainability solutions, so that farmers can adopt practices they have confidence in."

The demonstration farm will not only enable Deere and ISU to prove the success of sustainable practices at scale, but it will also provide significant opportunities for educating employees and students, dealer and customer outreach, and equipment demonstrations.

This partnership builds on Deere's Leap Ambitions, which are focused goals designed to boost both economic value and sustainability for customers, ensuring that every hour, every drop, every seed, every pound, and every pass counts to optimize their operations.

NPPC Taps Kelly Cushman for New Role as Vice President of Domestic Policy

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has appointed Kelly Cushman as its new vice president of domestic policy. In this newly created position, Cushman will oversee U.S. government engagement, advocacy and lobbying efforts on behalf of the U.S. pork industry.
“Kelly comes to NPPC with a proven track record as an effective leader and political strategist, developing and executing government affairs outreach programs,” said Bryan Humphreys, chief executive officer, NPPC. “We are pleased to have her step into this new role at a consequential time when policies such as the Farm Bill, visa reform and funding for foreign animal disease are on the table.”
Cushman is a seasoned public affairs and communications professional with over 25 years of experience. She has a blended background of political, government agency and corporate experience and has served as a trusted thought partner and strategic advisor to elected officials, major corporations and trade associations across the globe.
“I am excited to support America’s pig farmers who prioritize the health and well-being of their animals to provide consumers with high-quality and affordable pork products,” Cushman said. “I look forward to expanding and integrating NPPC’s government affairs engagement in Washington and across the country.”
Cushman has a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Clemson University and a Master of Science in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University.

AGCO’s Fendt Donates to the National FFA Organization Thanks to Collaboration with Luke Bryan

AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO), a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery and precision ag technology, today donated $25,000 to the National FFA Organization, the premier youth organization that prepares members for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture, at the 95th National FFA Convention & Expo. The donation is tied to Fendt and Luke Bryan’s collaboration to harvest and sell limited-edition popcorn.

Fendt & Luke Bryan’s Boldly Grown Popcorn, packaged in Bold Butter and Chart Toppin’ Churro flavors, was made available for purchase in August. As a strong supporter of FFA’s educational mission, AGCO announced its intent to donate to the National FFA Organization once the limited supply of Boldly Grown Popcorn sold out.

“As a farmer-first company, we are delighted by the enthusiastic reception generated by our collaboration with Luke and we’re still amazed that the popcorn sold out in minutes,” said Conor Bergin, senior brand manager for Fendt. “Boldly Grown Popcorn proved to be a fun opportunity for AGCO, Luke, and his fans to help FFA prepare tomorrow’s farming leaders.”

AGCO representatives attended the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis to make the $25,000 donation in person and celebrate the next generation of leaders.

“We appreciate AGCO’s continued support of FFA and our mission to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population,” said Christopher Bell, FFA's regional director for corporate contributions. “This latest donation will help our organization continue to develop our young members’ potential through hands-on experiences to achieve real-world success.”

USDA Announces Early Release of Select Commodity Tables for Agricultural Projections to 2032

On November 7, 2022, at 3 p.m. EST, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release selected tables from the upcoming USDA Agricultural Projections to 2032 report prepared in support of the President’s annual budget process as defined in the Budget Control Act. These tables will include 10-year projections for major U.S. crops and livestock products and will be followed in February 2023 by USDA’s Agricultural Projections to 2032 report that will include a full discussion of the commodity supply and use projections, and projections for farm income and global commodity trade.

These projections, commonly referred to as the “USDA Baseline,” assume that current laws affecting federal spending and revenues remain in place throughout the projection period, and do not attempt to predict global policy or political outcomes, abnormal weather events, or other external shocks that could affect market outcomes. Instead, they reflect USDA’s assessment of how markets would evolve under current conditions, existing laws, and normal weather patterns. Rather than serving as a prediction of the future, they are intended to serve as a neutral benchmark for measuring the effects of proposed legislation or external developments that could have enduring effects on agricultural markets.

These projections use the October 12, 2022, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report as the starting point, and macroeconomic forecasts developed in August 2022.

The data will be simultaneously posted in MS Excel tables to the Office of the Chief Economist’s (OCE) website at and will be uploaded to the Economic Research Service’s (ERS) Baseline database at USDA ERS - Agricultural Baseline Database.

USDA Opens Registration for the 2023 Agricultural Outlook Forum

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that registration is now open for the 99th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF), USDA’s largest and premier annual event. The two-day event will be held in-person at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott on February 23-24, 2023, and all sessions will be livestreamed on a virtual platform.

The 2023 Forum will feature a keynote address by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a presentation on the 2023 agricultural economy by USDA’s Chief Economist Seth Meyer, a plenary panel of distinguished guest speakers, and 30 breakout sessions organized by agencies across USDA and covering a range of timely issues impacting the agriculture and food sector.

More than one hundred government, industry, and academic leaders will share insights on a wide array of topics including commodity and food price outlooks, U.S. and global agricultural trade developments, supply chain disruptions, and innovations to mitigate impacts of climate change.

Participants can attend the Agricultural Outlook Forum in person or virtually. Registration is required for both virtual and in-person attendance. There is no cost to attending the Forum virtually.

To view the 2023 Forum program and register, visit the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum website.

About USDA’s Outlook Forum

USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum began in 1923 to distribute and interpret information developed through economic forecasting to farmers so they had the tools to read market signals and avoid producing beyond demand. Since then, the event has evolved into a unique platform where key stakeholders from the agricultural sector in the United States and around the world come together every year to discuss current and emerging topics and trends in the sector. More than 4,500 people attended the 2022 virtual Forum.

The Agricultural Outlook Forum, which is organized by USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist together with other USDA agencies, is independent of commercial interests and aims to facilitate information sharing among stakeholders and generate the transparency that supports more, better, and fairer markets for producers and consumers alike.

Warden® CX II Soybean Seed Treatment Receives EPA Approval

Warden® CX II soybean seed treatment from WinField United is now registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Warden CX II provides broad-spectrum protection against early-season diseases and insects to help improve root health, plant vigor and optimize yield potential.

“Warden CX II is built from the same formulation growers and retailers have come to know and trust through years of proven performance,” said Joe Rickard, crop protection product manager, WinField United, “This innovation builds on our existing offering to provide a superior solution for soybean disease and insect protection.”

Warden CX II has proven success in varying planting conditions, providing growers with more flexibility and less risk when it comes to early planting or planting in less than ideal conditions.  Through extensive Answer Plot® testing and field trials, the improvements we’ve made have translated into a 2.2 bu/ac yield advantage compared to Warden CX.

“The technology in the product combined with our retail network’s agronomic expertise pack a powerful one-two punch when it comes to getting soybeans off to a strong start as part of a total acre solution for ensuring varieties reach their genetic potential,” said Rickard.

With four fungicide active ingredients (AI) and an insecticide, Warden CX II protects against a wide spectrum of early-season diseases, including Pythium and Phytophthora, as well as Fusarium, Rhizoctonia, seed-borne diseases and early-season insects. Such diseases cause reduced plant stands, root rot, stunting and limited yield potential.

Warden CX II features a new fungicide AI, picarbutrazox, an important resistance management tool. This AI is critical for controlling Pythium, which has become one of the most common early-season soybean diseases with resistance becoming more prevalent in major soybean-growing areas of the USA. As U.S. soybean growers continue to plant earlier with reduced seeding rates, early-season Pythium protection is more important now than ever before.

Warden CX II is a premix formulation with a low use rate, allowing for flexibility to add in additional treatments. It contains additional polymer and enhanced colorant for improved seed flow and handlings.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Wednesday October 26 Ag News


The University of Nebraska–Lincoln will officially mark construction of the Feedlot Innovation Center at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center near Mead during a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 4.

In concurrence with the groundbreaking, Greater Omaha Packing Co., a supplier of premium beef, has announced a $700,000 pledged gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation to support the construction of the state-of-the-art facility. In recognition of its philanthropic support, the university will name the new center’s animal handling and instructional classroom building for the company. The naming is pending approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

The center will provide new capacity to develop and evaluate emerging technology used in managing animals in feedlot settings. Featuring the latest innovations, a commercial-scale feedlot and an animal handling facility will be used in teaching, research and extension efforts by the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The project was approved by the Board of Regents on June 23. With an estimated cost of $7.5 million, it is being funded through a combination of private giving, grants and IANR program funds.

Henry Davis, CEO of Greater Omaha Packing Co., said its support of the Feedlot Innovation Center symbolizes the company’s 100-plus-year commitment to the continuous improvement of the American cattle industry and the communities in which it operates. It also reflects the long-standing relationship between Greater Omaha Packing and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

“We all have a stake in the long-term success of the beef industry,” Davis said. “In partnership with the University of Nebraska and other contributors, Greater Omaha Packing is confident that our support of the Feedlot Innovation Center will lead to groundbreaking research, technology and insights that will help advance the industry, strengthen and expand the entire supply chain and ultimately drive value back to family farms.”

Mike Boehm, Harlan Vice Chancellor for IANR and University of Nebraska vice president for agriculture and natural resources, said the center will offer many opportunities for collaboration.

“The Feedlot Innovation Center presents an incredible opportunity to bring together industry partners, cattle producers, and UNL researchers and students to advance sustainable beef production,” Boehm said. “IANR has a long-standing and productive partnership with Greater Omaha Packing, and we are thrilled with their support of this project and that of others and look forward to continued collaboration.”

Fundraising is ongoing for the project. Other lead contributors who have announced gifts for the center include John and Beth Klosterman, JBS USA and Farm Credit Services of America. For information about supporting the center, contact Marcia White at the University of Nebraska Foundation at 402-458-1249 or give online at

Pending approval by the NU Board of Regents, the center will be named the Klosterman Feedlot Innovation Center in recognition of the Klostermans, who are longtime supporters of the university and its ag programs.

The center will include a complex with cattle comfort and research buildings, a feed technology facility, innovative open lots and an animal handling facility that contains instructional classrooms. It will create real-world facilities to test new precision technology, solve environmental challenges facing the feeding industry, and improve cattle performance and welfare while comparing different environments and housing systems. The project will also allow for innovation in manure collection and management that will innovate both new and possible modifications for existing operations.

The center will allow students to gain hands-on experiences while being exposed to the newest research and technology and is a key component of the university’s Beef Innovation hub, which aims to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement of beef production, economic vitality and natural resources stewardship through innovative research, education and extension.

IANR strives to innovate new ways to produce food, fuel, feed and fiber for a growing world in a way that promotes resilience of natural resources and a high quality of life for people engaged in agriculture.

NC - Cuming Co Feeders Host Meeting Nov 2 in West Point

The Nebraska Cattlemen Market Reporting Service would like to extend you an invitation to a Market Outlook meeting on Wednesday, November 2, at 6:30 p.m.

Please join other area cattle feeders and us for a night of food, fellowship, and information. Jeff Stolle, Nebraska Cattlemen Vice President of Marketing will present a market outlook as well provide information on our Market Reporting Service. This meeting will also include a Nebraska Cattlemen update.

When: Wednesday, November 2 - Social at 6:30 p.m. - Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Nielsen Community Center (200 Anna Stalp Ave, West Point)
Why: Market Update by Jeff Stolle, Nebraska Cattlemen VP of Marketing

RSVP to Bonita (402) 450-0223 (voice or text)  

Research Backs Lean Beef as a Heart Healthy Option at NCVPRN Conference

The Nebraska Beef Council recently participated in the Nebraska Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Network’s (NCVPRN) annual conference.  2022 marked the 40th anniversary of NCVPRN and the Nebraska Chapter was recognized as the program of the year by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.  At the conference, NBC hosted a lecture session featuring Registered Dietitian Megan Hovendick of Ogallala combined with outreach by Director of Nutrition and Education, Mitch Rippe.

Hovendick gave a presentation titled, “From the Clinic to the Kitchen: Practical Applications of Heart Health.” She gave a history of clinical research and how it has influenced nutrition recommendations from the 1940s to today. Hovendick says she focused on what consumers should be eating to have a heart healthy diet, instead of what to stay away from as she said people often do.

“When we are incorporating all the things we need, naturally our diets start to work away from all the items that we don’t need,” said Hovendick.

Rippe’s part of the presentation focused on lean beef’s impact as a positive food for heart health, and how it can be used as a source of protein as part of a heart healthy lifestyle.
“Understandably a lot of people fall short in fruit, vegetable, and whole grain consumption, but we enjoy and eat beef in Nebraska,” said Rippe. “We can now utilize lean beef as a vehicle in a heart healthy diet with the right portion sizes, eating 3 to 6 ounces of lean beef.”

Both Hovendick and Rippe said the audience of healthcare professionals were actively engaged in the conversation and found a lot of benefit in how they could apply this information both professionally and personally.

“As healthcare professionals, it’s our job to care for others but we can’t forget to take care of ourselves!” said Hovendick. “On a professional level, I hope that this presentation may change how they talk about nutrition with their patients with a more positive spin. It should be an exciting and interesting conversation.”

Over 100 nurses from across Nebraska attended the conference. Rippe says the Nebraska Beef Council has an established and positive working relationship with NCVPRN.

NCTA-UNK launch 2+2 pathway

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis and the University of Nebraska at Kearney are partnering to expand statewide career opportunities for agribusiness students and professionals.

The NCTA-UNK 2+2 Agribusiness / Business Pathway is set to launch next fall.

The Pathway will make it easier for students who start their agribusiness education at NCTA in Curtis to then earn a bachelor’s degree online or at the university campus in Kearney, NCTA Dean Larry Gossen said this week.

“We are seeing more of our Aggie students who want to earn a 4-year degree in agribusiness, particularly while they are working in their new careers,” Gossen said. “This new NCTA-UNK Pathway is an ideal opportunity for our NCTA graduates to earn a living here in rural Nebraska and take classes through UNK at the same time.”

The first two years (60 credit hours) are taken at NCTA, which offers an Associate of Applied Science degree or Associate of Science degree in Agribusiness Management Systems, said Professor Mary Rittenhouse, agribusiness academic lead.

Students can follow a semester-by-semester course plan or take classes at a pace that better fits their schedule.

Through UNK, pathway options for the bachelor’s degree in Business Administration are accounting, finance, management, marketing, supply chain management, or a minor in marketing/management.

It is not uncommon for college students to revise their college plans as they make decisions for life choices and career goals, said Rittenhouse.

“How do we figure out what we want to do?” asks Bree Dority, associate dean of the UNK College of Business and Technology. “We try things, and as we invest in ourselves we often realize we need more knowledge and understanding. Start with your associate degree but know there are options to seamless transition to UNK and earn your business degree.”

A Nebraska education, flexibility and increased career opportunities were foremost as the NCTA-UNK discussions began several years ago.

Faculty discussions rapidly progressed during the summer. Rittenhouse and Dority finalized the pathway with administrators in October.

NCTA agribusiness graduates are in high demand by employers throughout the state, particularly regionally by agricultural cooperatives, banks, sales, farm and ranch production enterprises, and livestock companies.

“Students are comfortable at our small, rural campus in Curtis. They look forward to their careers and making a living that meshes with their life choices, their interests and perhaps continuing to live in a rural atmosphere,” Rittenhouse said.

“If they decide to pursue a four-year degree they have an excellent opportunity nearby, at Kearney,” she added. “The program is ideal for geographic location, size of campus, and excellent academic opportunities.”

Dean Gossen said more pathway partnerships may be in store between NCTA and UNK.

“It’s a win-win, overall,” said Gossen. “The transition is seamless, and the student can remain in a familiar environment, within the University of Nebraska system.”

For more information on the agribusiness / business pathway program, contact NCTA Agribusiness Professor Mary Rittenhouse at or 308-367-5275 or Bree Dority, associate dean of UNK College of Business and Technology, at or 308-865-8343.

Lindsay Corporation to Ring NYSE Closing Bell Oct. 27

Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN), a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology, will ring the Closing Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Thursday, Oct. 27, commemorating the company's 25th anniversary of being listed on the exchange. Lindsay President & CEO Randy Wood will ring the Closing Bell, accompanied by members of Lindsay's leadership and board of directors.

"We are proud to celebrate our 25th anniversary of being listed on the New York Stock Exchange. We thank our shareholders and investors for their continued support," said Wood. "Today and moving forward, we're focused on providing innovative solutions that conserve natural resources, expand our world's potential and improve the quality of life for people around the world."

A live feed of the NYSE Closing Bell (3:59 p.m. ET) can be found at

Deputy Secretary Bronaugh To Lead East Africa Agribusiness Trade Mission

Representatives from 32 agribusiness and farm organizations will join Deputy Agriculture Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh for an agribusiness trade mission to Nairobi, Kenya, and Zanzibar, Tanzania, Oct. 31 - Nov. 4.

“I am excited to lead this delegation to foster stronger ties and build economic partnerships between the United States and Kenya and Tanzania as both of these countries present a growing opportunity for U.S. agricultural exports,” Bronaugh said. “This trade mission will provide firsthand knowledge of market conditions and opportunities in East Africa and expand awareness about U.S. agricultural and food products in the region.”

Both Nairobi, Kenya and Zanzibar, Tanzania, serve as strategic ports in East Africa, attracting many U.S. exporters and investors. Last year, the United States exported more than $60 million worth of agriculture, fish, and forestry products to Kenya, and $6.9 million worth of agricultural products to Tanzania.

During the week-long trade mission, U.S. participants will meet with potential importers, processors, and distributors from Kenya and Tanzania, as well as other East African nations, to establish trade relationships and expand opportunities for U.S. agricultural exports. In addition, U.S. federal and state officials will engage with government counterparts on trade-related policies that will advance U.S. interests and strengthen bilateral relations in the region.

Officials from the Kansas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon, and Nebraska agriculture departments, as well as representatives from the following companies will join Deputy Secretary Bronaugh on this trade mission:
    805 Wines, Paso Robles, Calif.
    Ag World International Corp., Bloomington, Ill.
    Arkansas River Rice, Pine Bluff, Ark.
    Blue Diamond Growers, Sacramento, Calif.
    Exim Promotion, Inc., Dover, Del.
    Food Export Association – Northeast and Midwest, Chicago, Ill.
    Global Export Marketing Co. (Gemco), New York, N.Y.
    Health Enhanced Foods, Inc., Rockaway, NJ.
    Intertribal Agriculture Council, Billings, Mont.
    Jacaranda Bloom LLC, Hampton, Ga.
    JM Grain, Garrison, N.D.
    National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Arlington, Va.
    Nebraska Corn Board, Lincoln, Neb.
    Raw Human LLC, Sacramento, Calif.
    Red Lake Nation Foods, Billings, Mont.
    SUSTA, New Orleans, La.
    URUS, Madison, Wis.
    United Sorghum Checkoff Program, Lubbock, Texas
    U.S. Grains Council, Washington, D.C.

    U.S. International Foods LLC, St. Louis, Mo.
    U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc., Mount Horeb, Wis.
    U.S. Meat Export Federation, Denver, Colo.
    U.S. Soybean Export Council, Chesterfield, Mo.
    World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Program, Washington, D.C.

    WUSATA, Vancouver, Wash.
    Yellowstone River Beef, Williston, N.D.
    Zafi Beverages, Bensenville, Ill.

For additional information about the East Africa trade mission visit:  

Weekly Ethanol Production for 10/21/2022

According to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association for the week ending October 21, ethanol production expanded 1.7% to 1.033 million b/d, equivalent to 43.39 million gallons daily and the largest weekly output since July. However, production was 6.6% less than the same week last year and even with the five-year average for the week. The four-week average ethanol production volume lifted 4.8% to 967,000 b/d, equivalent to an annualized rate of 14.82 billion gallons (bg).

Ethanol stocks climbed 2.0% to 22.3 million barrels. Stocks were 11.9% higher than a year ago and 6.3% above the five-year average. Inventories built in the Gulf Coast (PADD 3) and West Coast (PADD 5) but thinned across the other regions.

The volume of gasoline supplied to the U.S. market, a measure of implied demand, increased 2.9% to 8.93 million b/d (136.90 bg annualized). Yet, demand was 4.2% less than a year ago and 3.7% below the five-year average.

Refiner/blender net inputs of ethanol rose 0.8% to 915,000 b/d, equivalent to 14.03 bg annualized. Net inputs were 0.2% higher than a year ago as well as the five-year average.

There were zero imports of ethanol recorded after 28,000 b/d hit the books the prior week. (Weekly export data for ethanol is not reported simultaneously; the latest export data is as of August 2022.)

RFD-TV Cattlemen to Cattlemen Episode Focuses on the Importance of Beef and Corn Exports

Viewers of Cattlemen to Cattlemen on RFD-TV will get a firsthand look at the value of corn and beef exports at the Port of New Orleans. The episode will re-air on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:30 PM CT. National Corn Growers Association's (NCGA) Market Development Action Team (MDAT) funded this initiative. In 2021, beef and pork exports accounted for 537 million bushels of corn usage.

“The U.S. is the world’s leading exporter of corn and when you pair that with the success of exports of the beef industry, it is an important demand driver for corn farmers,” said National Corn Growers Association President and Minnesota farmer Tom Haag. “Being at the Port of New Orleans for this episode was a great backdrop because of the amount of agricultural goods and product that goes out of this port.”

Panel participants include Tom Haag, NCGA President and Minnesota farmer; National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President and Minnesota farmer Don Schiefelbein; NCGA Market Development Action Team Chair and Colorado corn and beef producer Troy Schneider; and Kyla Hamilton, a Texas corn and beef producer who also serves on MDAT. Special interview segments are also a part of the show this year, with Janine Mansour who is head of business development for the Port of New Orleans and Dean Meyer, Chair-Elect of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

NCBA's Cattlemen to Cattlemen is a television show for cattlemen created by cattlemen. Colorado cattle producer Kevin Ochsner hosts the show.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $2.2M from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program for Nebraska, Iowa School Districts

Today, the Biden-Harris administration announced the fiscal year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding nearly $2.2 million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to six school districts in Nebraska. The grants will help school districts purchase six clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”

“The announcement of nearly $2.2 million for Nebraska school districts to purchase six clean school buses could not come at a better time,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Meg McCollister. “As EPA wraps up Children’s Health Month, this investment in electric school buses represents the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to the health of our children and to reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases in our communities.”

Nebraska school districts receiving clean school bus funding through today’s announcement include:
    Hay Springs Public Schools – One school bus for $305,000
    Hershey Public Schools – One school bus for $395,000
    McCool Junction Public Schools – One school bus for $395,000
    Raymond Central Public Schools – One school bus for $395,000
    Southern School District 1 – One school bus for $395,000
    Summerland Public Schools – One school bus for $395,000

Iowa school districts receiving clean school bus funding through today’s announcement include:
    Albert City-Truesdale Community School District – One school bus for $395,000
    Andrew Community School District – Two school buses for $790,000
    BCLUW Community School District – Two school buses for $790,000
    IKM-Manning Community School District – One school bus for $395,000
    Central Lee Community School District – Two school buses for $790,000
    Coon Rapids-Bayard Community School District – One school bus for $395,000
    Delwood Community School District – Two school buses for $790,000
    Easton Valley Community School District – Three school buses for $1,185,000
    Logan-Magnolia Community School District – Five school buses for $1,975,000
    North Iowa Community School District – Two school buses for $60,000
    Sidney Community School District – Three school buses for $1,185,000
    Twin Cedars Community School District – Four school buses for $1,580,000
    West Sioux Community School District – Two school buses for $790,000

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and  overburdened by pollution.

USDA Launches Loan Assistance Tool to Enhance Equity and Customer Service

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a new online tool to help farmers and ranchers better navigate the farm loan application process. This uniform application process will help to ensure all farm loan applicants receive equal support and have a consistent customer experience with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) regardless of their individual circumstances.  

“USDA recognizes more must be done to ensure all customers have equal access to our programs and services,” said FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “The Loan Assistance Tool is another example of USDA taking accountability and ensuring we update our existing systems, processes, and policies to make them equitable for all customers. The tool will help loan applicants better understand the application process and gather the needed documents before the process even begins.”  

USDA experiences a high rate of incomplete or withdrawn applications, particularly among underserved customers, due in part to a challenging and lengthy paper-based application process. The Loan Assistance Tool is available 24/7 and gives customers an online step-by-step guide that supplements the support they receive when working in person with a USDA employee, providing materials that may help an applicant prepare their loan application in one tool.

Farmers can access the Loan Assistance Tool by visiting  and clicking the ‘Get Started’ button. From here they can follow the prompts to complete the Eligibility Self-Assessment and start the farm loan journey. The tool is built to run on any modern browser like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or the Safari browser, and is fully functional on mobile devices. It does not work in Internet Explorer. 

The Loan Assistance Tool is the first of multiple farm loan process improvements that will be available to USDA customers on in the future. Other improvements and tools that are anticipated to launch in 2023 include:
    A streamlined and simplified direct loan application, reduced from 29 pages to 13 pages.
    An interactive online direct loan application that gives customers a paperless and electronic signature option, along with the ability to attach supporting documents such as tax returns.  
    An online direct loan repayment feature that relieves borrowers from the necessity of calling, mailing, or visiting a local Service Center to pay a loan installment.

USDA provides access to credit to approximately 115,000 producers who cannot obtain sufficient commercial credit through direct and guaranteed farm loans. With the funds and direction Congress provided in Section 22006 of the Inflation Reduction Act, USDA is taking action to immediately provide relief to qualifying distressed borrowers whose operations are at financial risk while working on making transformational changes to loan servicing so that borrowers are provided the flexibility and opportunities needed to address the inherent risks and unpredictability associated with agricultural operations.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Tuesday October 25 Ag News

Manure nutrients complete the production cycle
Alfredo DiCostanzo, NE Beef Systems Extension Educator

In a previous column we demonstrated how gross returns to grain or forage crop production may be computed to determine on-farm value of forage or grain crop.  This approach was used to conceptualize how cropping operations support beef production and vice versa.  

More importantly, this approach revealed that responses measured in the feedyard, which generally relate to performance (gain or feed conversion), also determine how gross return to crop acres is affected by these measures.  These observations point to a fact that is often forgotten or overlooked when the entire beef production system is evaluated:  cattle and crop production are interrelated and dependent on each other.  A third critical element of this system is the utilization of nutrients derived from cattle manure.   

Manure was previously dismissed by some as a pollutant of air or soil.  Some of this perception was likely linked to the relative ease with which chemical fertilizer nutrients could be applied.  Yet, continued demand for animal protein by humans maintained a steady supply of this natural fertilizer.  Concurrently, improvements in manure application equipment contributed to increasing application accuracy.  

In addition, some report that World supplies of phosphate fertilizer are in decline.  This contributed to producers and agronomists paying closer attention to nutrient value of manure.  Benefits of recycling manure nutrients are not confined to recovering phosphate from manure.  Other manure nutrients and organic matter are important to maintaining soil health and structure.  

Various datasets containing manure nutrient values have been analyzed over the years.  It is interesting to note the consistency of nutrient value averages across datasets.  A dataset we analyzed in 2013 contained samples from open lots and confinement barns (bed pack or slatted floors on pits).  Concentrations of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash in solid manure from open lots or bed packs were similar:  16, 11 and 15 lb/ton or 16, 9 and 15 lb/ton, respectively.  Concentrations of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash in liquid manure from pits were 50, 23 and 37 lb/1,000 gallons.

The simplest method to determine value of manure as fertilizer is to use prices for chemical fertilizer.  This method does not take into consideration the positive response by crops to other nutrients such as sulfur or zinc delivered during manure application or the effect of building organic matter in the soil from manure applications.  Yet, using only chemical fertilizer prices as a reference, it follows that as oil prices increase carrying along the price of chemical fertilizers, the value of manure increases.  

Using current fertilizer prices, manure yield of 3 ton per head yearly, and manure nutrient values above, limiting application of manure to meet phosphate needs, manure has a value of $14/ton.  Yearly, manure nutrients contribute $42 per head space or $11.50/head for every 100 days on feed.  

When considering the entire process (from raising the crop to feeding the cattle and applying resulting manure), feeding 1,000 550-lb calves to a finish weight of 1,500 lb gaining 3.30 lb when consuming 22.3 lb daily (6.8 lb feed/lb gain) resulted in 473 ton of beef gain.  In this projection, the diet contained 52% dry rolled corn produced from 454 acres (150 bu/acre).  The net worth of this corn crop was $8.72/bu without considering the value of manure.  Manure nutrient value increased crop worth another $0.61/bu.  

In this example, feeding corn grain through cattle increased corn grain worth $1.72/bu (above $7.00/bu).  Adding manure value to this calculation increased corn grain worth a total of $2.33/bu (above $7.00/bu).  Also, applying manure nutrients to the soil from where corn grain was raised returned nearly 60% of the fertilizer needs of the corn plant.

When considering the production cycle from feeder to fed cattle, all elements of the cycle: cattle, crop and soil are interdependent, and their association benefits each other.  At the end, beef product is removed from the system but the benefits of capturing solar energy in the form of grains and forages is trapped as a highly nutritious (and delicious) protein rich in iron and zinc.  Yet, during their life cycle, cattle contribute a co-product that sustains the soil with nutrients and organic matter to ensure the future of sustainable beef production.  


One way the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) supports the next generation of ag leaders is through the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC), a group of college students working together to share their passion and knowledge about agriculture with young people across the state. NDA is proud to sponsor NAYC and announce the 2022-2023 Council members.

“The future of agriculture relies on the next generation of producers, innovators, educators and leaders, and these NAYC members have a bright future in ag,” said NDA Director Steve Wellman. “NAYC has a long-standing tradition of excellence in Nebraska, and I look forward to watching these Council members grow their leadership skills.”

NAYC members coordinate and participate in a wide range of ag-focused activities and events throughout the year. They visit elementary schools to talk about where food comes from, take students on farm tours to experience life on a farm, and visit with high school students about career opportunities in agriculture.

The primary focus of NAYC is to coordinate the annual Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI), a five-day summer conference for high school juniors and seniors with speakers, workshops and networking opportunities. NAYI is in its 52nd year and is the longest running event of its kind in the nation. It is made possible through the donations of many generous sponsors.

Here is a list of the 2022-2023 NAYC leadership and their hometowns:
• Head Counselors: Jadyn Fleischman (Herman); Ethan Kreikemeier (West Point);
• President: Taylor Ruwe (Hooper);
• Secretary: Kendra Loseke (Blair);

• Vice President of Communications and Social Media: Madison Kreifels (Syracuse);
• Vice President of Alumni Relations: Logan Hafer (Long Pine);
• Vice President of NAYI Improvement and Promotions: Madison Stracke (Stuart);
• Vice President of Youth Outreach: Abby Miller (Mead); and
• Vice President of Sponsorship: Kaleb Senff (Axtell).

Additional NAYC members include: Laura Albro, Bayard; Keegan Doggett, West Point; Vickie Ference, Ord; Ben Kamrath, Columbus; Jenna Knake, Syracuse; Jessie Lamp, Ashland; Kendall Prior, Imperial; Levi Schiller, Scribner; Emma Snoberger, Aurora; Evan Svanda, Nehawka; Seth Wert, Hordville; and Kailey Ziegler, Waco.

“The student leaders who serve on NAYC dedicate their time to promoting Nebraska agriculture and providing valuable insight and advice to young Nebraskans about the many different careers available in Nebraska’s ag industry,” said Christin Kamm, NDA Director of Communications and NAYC Advisor. “Agriculture is the largest industry in Nebraska, and NDA continues to look for and find ways to bring, keep and support people in the ag industry.”

To learn more, visit NAYC’s website at or search for Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute on Facebook.


The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Center for Agricultural Profitability will host a webinar focusing on avoiding crop insurance fraud that will include a discussion with a Nebraska farmer who was convicted of fraud. The webinar will take place at noon Oct. 27.

The webinar will be hosted by Cory Walters, associate professor and crop insurance specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics. He will cover insurance reporting requirements and speak with Ross Nelson, a producer from Newman Grove, about how the insurance fraud leading to his recent conviction occurred, the toll it took on his life and family, and other consequences.

In 2015, Nelson received an indemnity check for more than $700,000 based on his reported soybean losses. After also submitting a claim for a loss in his corn crop the same year, the USDA Risk Management Agency and the Office of the Inspector General for the USDA investigated due to yield discrepancies between what Nelson and neighboring farms reported. Nelson was found to have submitted false information for both crops and was sentenced to four years of probation for making a false statement. Under the terms, he is required to serve 16 weekends of intermittent confinement, pay a $30,000 fine and make $1 million in restitution payments.

“Crop insurance fraud is a very serious issue with consequences, and we are pleased that Mr. Nelson is willing to share his story to help others keep from making the same mistake,” Walters said.

Federal crop insurance requires producers to meet policy deadlines, pay premiums and report accurate losses immediately. Policy holders must certify how they calculated their yield — with scale tickets, counting the number of trucks or other methods. The webinar will focus on reporting accurate production, which Walters said is not discussed often, even though it can have profound consequences if done incorrectly or fraudulently.

“Our goal with this webinar is to inform producers about the crop insurance process and help them understand the impact that fraud can have on an operation so they can avoid finding themselves in a similar position,” Walters said.

The webinar is free to attend. Registration is required on the Center for Agricultural Profitability’s website,

10th Annual NCBA National Anthem Contest Finalists feature a Nebraskan

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announces the four finalists in the 10th annual National Anthem Singing Contest, sponsored by Norbrook®. The winner receives a trip to the 2023 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans to perform the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Opening General Session on Feb. 1 as well as during the evening event on Feb. 3.

Introducing the four finalists:

Bree DeNaeyer of Seneca, Nebraska, has raised Red Angus with her family in the Nebraska Sandhills for more than 20 years.

Nicholas Kertz of Auburn, Alabama, is a graduate student at Auburn University studying genomic-based approaches to improve heifer fertility and helps on his family’s cow-calf farm in Illinois.

Franki Moscato of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, whose family has been farming since 1857, first sang the National Anthem at the age of 11 and now travels across the country speaking at teen suicide awareness events.

Kendall Whatley of Wray, Georgia, is studying beef cattle nutrition and forages and manages her own business providing genomic and breeding consulting services, sale cattle photography, farm/ranch lifestyle photography, chute-side services and ad design.

Videos of the finalists will be available for viewing and voting at beginning Nov. 1. The public can vote for their favorite singer once per day per person through Nov. 15, and the winner will be announced Nov. 18, 2022.

The winning singer will receive roundtrip airfare to New Orleans, hotel room for four nights, convention registration, a meet-and-greet hosted by Norbrook®, plus a pair of boots, jeans and a shirt from Roper or Stetson.

For more information and to register for convention and reserve housing, visit

IDALS Receives Notice of Bankruptcy for Global Processing, Inc.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has been notified that Global Processing, Inc., based at 945 150th Street in Kanawha, IA, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the State of Iowa effective October 24, 2022. Global Processing, Inc. holds grain dealer and warehouse licenses in Iowa, which were suspended earlier this month.

Anyone with unpaid grain sold to this dealer and/or grain delivered for storage before October 24, 2022, may file a claim with the Iowa Grain Depositors and Sellers Indemnity Fund. Claims must be made in writing and filed with Global Processing, Inc. and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Grain Warehouse Bureau, within 120 days (February 21, 2023).

Claims can be mailed or personally delivered to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Grain Warehouse Bureau, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, Iowa, 50319. Failure to file a claim within 120 days relieves the Iowa Grain Depositors and Sellers Indemnity Fund of its obligation. Failure to make a timely claim against the Iowa Grain Depositors and Sellers Indemnity Fund does not relieve Global Processing, Inc. of its liability to the claimant.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Grain Warehouse Bureau regulates and examines the financial solvency of grain dealers and grain warehouse operators to protect Iowa farmers. The Grain Warehouse Bureau is responsible for administering the Iowa Grain Depositors and Sellers Indemnity Fund, which was created in 1986 to provide financial protection to farmers with stored grain. The indemnity fund covers farmers with grain on deposit in an Iowa-licensed warehouse and grain sold to a state-licensed grain dealer. In the case of a failure in a state license warehouse or grain dealer, the indemnity fund will pay farmers 90 percent of a loss on grain up to a maximum of $300,000 per claimant.

If claimants have questions, they can contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Grain Warehouse Bureau at 515-281-5987.

Registration Open for Integrated Crop Management Conference

The Integrated Crop Management Conference, set for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa, provides crop production professionals with information and research updates on the past growing season and the tools to prepare for 2023.

Now in its 33rd year, the annual event is hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State. This year’s conference will feature 34 workshops to choose from.

“The ICM Conference is a great opportunity for farmers, industry, ag retailers, agronomists and educators to network with each other and interact with their university specialists,” said Erin Hodgson, professor and extension entomologist at Iowa State. “Attendees appreciate the opportunity to hear new information from our guest speakers each year.”
    Ben Gleason, Iowa Nutrient Research & Education Council, will discuss utilizing ag retailer data to measure conservation practice adoption by Iowa farmers.
    Bill Johnson from Purdue University will share information on waterhemp control and challenges.
    Laila Puntel, University of Nebraska, talks about precision nitrogen technologies for corn production.
    Jordan Reinders, University of Nebraska, provides a Nebraska perspective on western corn rootworm resistance management.
    Darcy Telenko, Purdue University, will share information on the impact of tar spot of corn and management options for the future.

Additional topics include weather and crop market outlooks, carbon markets, fertilizer prices, conservation practices, soil compaction, updates to fertilizer recommendation guidelines and weed and crop disease management updates.

A new addition this year is the Learning Zone, a space for attendees to browse information from Iowa State programs, research posters and interactive displays. Or, guests can take CropsTV, the virtual crops education program, for a test drive. Extension publications will also be available for purchase.

The conference is approved for up to 14 continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors. Iowa commercial pesticide applicator recertification for 2022 is also available in categories 1A, 1B, 1C and 4.

To register, visit the ICM Conference website, Pre-registration is required to attend. Early registration is $225 and ends at midnight, Nov. 18. After Nov. 18, the fee increases to $275, and registrations will be accepted until noon, Nov 28. No registrations will be accepted at the door

Retail Fertilizer Prices Trend Mostly Lower

The starter fertilizer 10-34-0 led the average price drop on five of eight fertilizers tracked by DTN in the third week of October, continuing to show a significant drop for the third consecutive week.

The average price of 10-34-0 came in 12% lower compared to one month ago at $759 per ton. DTN defines a significant drop in price as 5% or higher. Two fertilizers recorded price drops of 2% including MAP and DAP. The average price of DAP came in at $930/ton while MAP was $986. The average price of potash fell by 1% to $863/ton. The price of UAN28 dropped fractionally to $576/ton.

Three fertilizers tracked by DTN showed increases in average prices. Anhydrous recorded a 3% increase to $1,419/ton, urea a 2% hike to $826/ton, and UAN32 was up 1% to $678/ton.

Despite lower prices in recent months, all fertilizers continue to be considerably higher in price than one year earlier. MAP is 14% higher; DAP is 15% higher, urea is 12% higher and 10-34-0 is 15% higher; potash is 21% higher; UAN28 is 28% more expensive; UAN32 is 38% higher and anhydrous is 51% more expensive compared to last year.

USB Launches Soy Innovation Challenge to Increase Value for Soybean Meal

The United Soybean Board (USB) and The Yield Lab Institute (YLI) challenge companies to create innovations that increase the use and value of soybean meal in existing markets through the Soy Innovation Challenge.

"Soybean oil demand is increasing as a feedstock for renewable energy, creating unique opportunities for soybean farmers. But an increase in expanded crush for oil means higher meal supply. With U.S. soybean meal's strong reputation as a high value product, additional pathways are necessary to advance consumption both domestically and internationally," said Ralph Lott, USB Chair and farmer from New York.

The Soy Innovation Challenge will enhance the value of soybean meal in existing markets and uses by targeting:
    Innovations that increase use and value for soybean meal in animal agriculture, aquaculture, pet foods and soyfoods for human consumption.
    Innovations that advance the commercial viability of existing uses and segments in both food and feed spaces, overcoming the technical challenges of increasing soybean meal usage.
    Innovations that advance the transportability and storage viability of soybean meal.

“With clear sustainability differentiators, such as soil health and land stewardship, this competition has the potential to create unique revenue streams for U.S. soybean farmers in meeting customers’ evolving preferences,” said Mac Marshall, USB vice president of market intelligence. “Sustainability is the future of our industry, and these new innovations will enhance the profit opportunities for our farmers.”

Soybean meal is used as a feed ingredient for animal agriculture. These markets are limited by demand constraints of poultry and livestock volume, competition from alternative ingredients, storage capacity and transportation challenges. The Soy Innovation Challenge aims to solve these problems.

The application period is open October 25 through December 6. USB and YLI invite ag-tech startups, project/research teams and groups to submit applications online. This includes entities that operate in the soybean meal value chain and have an innovative solution that can enhance known uses and markets of soybean meal. The challenge is sponsored by USB and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The selected teams will compete for:
    $170,000 in cash prizes courtesy of USB.
    $5,000 in in-kind technical services and credits per finalist courtesy of AWS.

All selected teams will receive mentoring and resources to help advance their ideas in the areas of technical, business and financial impact.

“With a favorable market for soy, an increased interest in enhancing the existing value of soybean meal is often forgotten in the equation. This innovation challenge will uncover ideas and technologies that will drive more value for soybean meal and its constituents within existing markets and uses. This is truly an exercise in circular economy and optimizing the bean,” said Brandon Day, COO of YLI.

PIC and National Pork Board Creating Framework to Help Industry Quantify Environmental Benefits of Genetic Improvements

PIC and the National Pork Board announced today they are teaming up to develop a framework that will demonstrate the critical role genetics play in creating a more sustainable protein supply.

Choosing the right genetics is critical to producing healthier, more resilient pigs. Healthy pigs typically eat better, use less water and reach market weight sooner, which can create significant environmental benefits. To date, the pork industry has not been able to quantify the environmental benefits accomplished through genetic improvements. Further, genetics have not been accounted for in corporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting or utilized as an intervention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Corporations are increasingly interested in addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. When we use genetic improvements to increase the health and resilience of our herds, it improves feed efficiency and reduces waste, making protein production more sustainable,” said Bill Christianson, Chief Operating Officer of PIC. “We’re proud to be collaborating with National Pork Board to establish a framework that will show genetic improvements are an effective way to mitigate emissions, allowing corporations to claim greenhouse gas reductions.”1

Many food system stakeholders have made aggressive climate pledges and are seeking opportunities to mitigate their environmental footprints. To make progress towards these climate goals, they will need to reduce Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions resulting from their up and downstream value chain partners, including pork producers. The framework will establish a standardized process for corporations to understand and measure how genetic improvements make pork production more efficient, supporting their climate commitments.  

“America’s 60,000-plus pig farmers are dedicated to building on the progress already made in the sustainability of pork production, and National Pork Board’s collaboration with PIC will create an innovative opportunity to advance this commitment,” said Ashley McDonald, vice president of sustainability for National Pork Board. “This work will create a universal framework that empowers genetics suppliers and pork producers to quantify the value of the work they’re doing to enhance the industry’s environmental performance and support their customers’ sustainability goals.”

PIC and National Pork Board will start developing the framework this fall.

NMPF Unanimously Endorses Marketing Order Modernization Plan in Annual Meeting

National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) leadership unanimously endorsed a proposal to modernize the Federal Milk Marketing Order milk-pricing system at its annual meeting in Denver, which concludes tomorrow. It also welcomed new directors -- as well as a new member.

“Dairy is positioned to be a trusted anchor in an uncertain world,” said NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney in remarks at the meeting, part of a joint event held by NMPF, the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board and the United Dairy Industry Association. “Together we can seize opportunities to feed the world. Our product is one of the most nutritionally valuable foods available. We create vibrant rural communities that keep America strong by helping to retain local schools, build energy independence, preserve the environment, and ensure food security for everyone.”

Central to discussions was recommendations developed on federal milk pricing after more than 100 meetings that have taken place over the past year. NMPF’s Board of Directors endorsed a proposal that:
    Returns to the “higher of” Class I mover;
    Discontinues including barrel cheese in the protein component price formula;
    Extends the current 30-day reporting limit to 45 days on forward priced sales on Nonfat Dry Milk and dry whey to capture more exports sales in the USDA product price reporting;
    Updates milk component factors for protein, other solids and nonfat solids in the Class III and Class IV skim milk price formulas;
    Develops a process to ensure make-allowances are reviewed more frequently through legislation directing USDA to conduct mandatory plant-cost studies every two years; and
    Updates dairy product manufacturing allowances contained in the USDA milk price formulas.

NMPF continues work on the Class I milk price surface as it examines information on county-level Class I price differentials. That work is expected to be completed later this year. Any final proposal will be reviewed by the organization before it’s submitted to USDA to be considered for a federal order hearing.

“We have made tremendous progress and are moving forward with the strong level of consensus in the producer community that we will need to achieve our goals of modernization,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “We’ve had many challenging conversations that were important to getting to a national consensus because of the regional nature of federal milk orders. But the give and take that’s needed to get to anything important done will place the entire industry on a sounder footing, creating a lasting benefit for all.”

NMPF, whose member cooperatives produce more than two-thirds of the nation’s milk, also welcomed Burnett Dairy Cooperative to its membership. Burnett Dairy Cooperative, based near Grantsburg, WI and founded in 1896, is one of the nation’s few remaining full-service cheese-producing cooperatives. It is a frequent winner at both national and worldwide cheese contests.

New directors elected to the Board of Directors and approved by NMPF delegates in 2022 include:
    Jeff Sims – Lone Star Milk Producers
    Kevin Ellis – Upstate Niagara Cooperative
    Cory Vanderham – California Dairies Inc.

Jackson County Regional Livestock Market, LLC to host 2023 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Qualifying Event

The first of three regional qualifying events for the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) will be hosted by Jackson County Regional Livestock Market, LLC in Ripley, W.Va., on October 29, 2022.  

Opening ceremonies will commence at 9:30 a.m. (ET), with the awards presentation following the competition. A total of 28 contestants will compete for a top 10 placing, granting them a spot in the semi-finals for the 2023 WLAC at Arcadia Stockyard in Arcadia, Fla.

Each qualifying event is a live sale where each contestant auctions eight drafts of livestock (traditionally cattle) to actual bidders. Contestants are judged on the clarity of their auction chant; professionalism; and their ability to conduct the sale while catching bids.

Contestants competing are Rob Bannister, Kent, N.Y.; Tyler Bradfield, Baker, W.Va.; Spencer Cline, Kingston, Ark.; Dylan Crall, Bethesda, Ohio; Dakota Davis, Waukomis, Okla.; Conner Faucette, Creedmoor, N.C.; Andrew Finlay, Topeka, Kan.; Philip Gilstrap, Pendleton, S.C.; Marcus Kent, Dunnellon, Fla.; Takoda Kiser, Wytheville, Va.; Lynn Langvardt, Chapman, Kan.; Ed Leist, Gaylord, Mich.; Jeremy Miller, Fairland, Okla.; Justin Moore, Barnesville, Ohio; Ben Morgan, Organ Cave, W.Va.; Ross Parks, New Concord, Ohio; Chris Pinard, Swainsboro, Ga.; Mason Plumly, Somerton, Ohio; Patrick Prather, Richmond, Ky.; Jack Riggs, Glenns Ferry, Idaho; Jay Romine, Mt. Washington, Ky.; Trevor Ruff, Malta, Ohio; Austin Schaben, Dunlap, Iowa; Marcus Showalter, Bridgewater, Va.; Jeff Showalter, Broadway, Va.; Shawn Silverberg, Fort Collins, Colo.; Marshal Tingle, Nicholasville, Ky.; and Scott Twardowski, Swanville, Minn.

The public may attend the livestock auction and competition free of charge. It will also be streamed live on the Livestock Marketing Association’s Facebook page.

Qualifying events are balanced regionally across LMA membership. The second qualifying event will be held at Longview Livestock in Longview, Texas, on December 1, 2022. The final qualifying event will be held at Windsor Livestock Auction Co., Inc. in Windsor, Mo., on January 4, 2023.

Registration & Housing Open November 15 for 2023 Commodity Classic in Orlando

Online registration and housing for the 2023 Commodity Classic will open on November 15, 2022. America’s largest farmer-led agricultural and educational experience will be held Thursday, March 9 through Saturday, March 11 in Orlando.

To register, reserve hotel rooms, sign up for email updates, and register for optional tours in and around Orlando, visit A list of exhibiting companies, a map of the trade show floor, and the registration brochure can also be found online.

Early discounts on registration end January 20, 2023.

Commodity Classic features a robust schedule of over 30 educational sessions, a trade show with more than 330 exhibitors featuring the latest technology, equipment and innovation, top-notch entertainment, inspiring speakers, unique tours, and the opportunity to network with thousands of farmers from across the nation.

“Commodity Classic brings together a huge trade show with the best farmers, education, technology, and innovation — all under one roof,” said George Goblish, a Minnesota farmer, ASA member, and co-chair of the 2023 Commodity Classic. “It’s unlike any other agricultural event because every experience, educational session, and speaker is selected by farmers, for farmers.”

A schedule of events is available at Make sure to follow Commodity Classic on Twitter at @ComClassic and on Facebook for continued updates.

ADM Reports Third Quarter Earnings per Share of $1.83, $1.86 on an Adjusted Basis

ADM (NYSE: ADM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2022.

“I’m proud of our team for delivering yet another quarter of strong results by supporting the global food system and providing needed nutrition to billions,” said Chairman and CEO Juan Luciano. “Global demand remains robust, and our adjusted EPS of $1.86 is a reflection of our team’s expertise in managing dynamic market conditions, as well as the unique benefits of our integrated global value chain and our product portfolio.

“Today’s ADM is a resilient company, with a broad global footprint and an array of innovative capabilities that are driving performance for customers, consumers and shareholders. And with strong cash flows, we’re advancing productivity initiatives to enhance cost efficiencies and returns; driving innovation efforts to build new capabilities and growth engines across all of our businesses; and continuing to return capital to our shareholders. We’re well positioned to end 2022 strong, and carry that momentum into 2023.”

Quarterly Results of Operations

Ag Services & Oilseeds delivered substantially higher year-over-year results.
    Ag Services results were significantly higher than the third quarter of 2021. The short crops in South America supported U.S. exports, driving improved volumes and margins in North American origination, which had significant negative impacts from Hurricane Ida in the prior year. Better margins in global ocean freight, driven by good execution amid dynamic global trade flows, powered better results in Global Trade. South American origination saw improved volumes and margins driven by increased farmer selling in addition to higher volumes through our export facilities.

    Crushing results were significantly higher, with margins driven by resilient global demand for both meal and oil. Strong rapeseed margins in EMEA, driven by robust oil demand and continued market dislocations, along with positive impacts from an insurance settlement, helped drive improved results. North American soy crush margins continued to benefit from renewable diesel demand. Also, net positive timing effects in the quarter were about $175 million, as compared to the approximately $70 million in the prior-year quarter. Positive results were partially offset by lower crush volumes, including impacts from idled facilities in Ukraine and Paraguay.

    Refined Products and Other results were higher year over year in a strong margin environment for both refined oils and biodiesel. Robust performance in global refined oils was driven by healthy demand and elevated refined oil margins amid supply chain disruptions.

    Equity earnings from Wilmar were much higher versus the third quarter of 2021.

Carbohydrate Solutions results were significantly higher than the prior-year quarter’s.
    The Starches and Sweeteners subsegment, which includes ethanol production from our wet mills, delivered much improved year-over-year results amid steady global demand for sweeteners and starches. Corn co-products — including continued robust demand for corn oil — as well as effective risk management drove higher execution margins in North America. Wheat milling had a strong performance, delivering improved volumes and margins to meet healthy demand for flour. In EMEA, the business delivered solid volumes and margins and managed through a dynamic energy environment to drive stronger results.

    Vantage Corn Processors results were substantially lower. Ethanol margins were pressured by lower domestic demand and elevated corn costs. In addition, the prior year’s results included contributions from the now-sold Peoria facility.

Nutrition delivered revenue growth of 10%, and 16%1 on a constant currency basis; operating profit was similar to the prior-year quarter’s, and 7%1 higher on a constant currency basis, with continued strong demand offset by some demand fulfillment challenges.

    Human Nutrition results were higher than those of the third quarter of 2021. Strong demand for plant-based proteins, as well as solid performance in texturants, drove continued growth in Specialty Ingredients. Flavors results were impacted by adverse currency translation effects in EMEA, partially offset by continued strong demand growth in the region; demand fulfillment challenges in North America and lower demand in APAC — driven partly by lockdowns in China — also negatively impacted results. Health & Wellness was lower versus the prior year, which included higher income from the Spiber fermentation agreement.

    Animal Nutrition results were down versus the prior-year quarter. Pet results were lower in Latin America on lower volumes, partially offset by strong volumes and margins in North America. Softer animal protein demand affected feed volumes.

Other Business results were significantly higher than the prior year. Higher short-term interest rates drove improved earnings in ADM Investor Services, partially offset by increased claim settlements in captive insurance.

Total Acre and Sound Agriculture Join Forces to Optimize Nitrogen Usage

Total Acre has formed a strategic partnership with Sound Agriculture to empower growers to optimize crop nutrient usage, maximize return on investment and pro-actively promote climate-smart commodities, aiming to reduce nitrogen usage by 10 million pounds.

This national, multi-year partnership is focused on generating Climate-Smart Commodities—agricultural commodities that are produced using farming practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or sequester carbon. Through the partnership, Total Acre members will be able to become more efficient with nutrients, optimize crop inputs, and reduce overall fertilizer use.

The program has an aggressive goal of removing 10,000,000 pounds of nitrogen this season and over 63,000 metric tons of CO2e over the next three years. This is a significant step propelled by producers that are proactively looking for solutions to replace synthetic fertilizer. Achieving this goal would be equivalent to removing more than 20,000 metric tons of CO2e, or 4,500 cars from the road each year.

The key to the program is SOURCE®, a novel chemistry that activates both nitrogen fixing and phosphate solubilizing microbes to provide sustainable nutrition at the root zone when crops need it the most. Using SOURCE, growers can decrease nitrogen fertilizer use without sacrificing yield. Supporting agronomists will evaluate technology, application strategies and product options to ensure the best fit for every field.

“I am really excited to be hooked up with the Sound Agriculture team,” said David Hula, instructor and partner with Total Acre. “With SOURCE Corn we’ve seen some terrific results out in the field this year. The product helped us get the most out of every acre while taking into account each farm’s unique field characteristics, improving plant health, and maximizing ROI. And I’m just thrilled to get our Total Acre growers engaged in the fight to tackle one of Ag’s biggest challenges."

Total Acre is tightly aligned with producers and excited to bring together leaders in agriculture to tackle two of the biggest challenges being faced by farmers today.  First, input prices continue to place increased cost pressure on farmers attempting to remain profitable. Second, nutrients not fully used by the growing plants can be lost from the fields and negatively impact air and downstream water quality. By improving the efficiency of nutrients being applied, farmers can increase their ROI and decrease the amount of nutrients leaving the field.

SOURCE gives growers the confidence to fully optimize crop nutrients and allow plants to empower the chemistry to help draw nutrients more sustainability. Creating a more resilient crop, healthier soil and cleaner water systems. SOURCE uses a proprietary chemistry to activate existing soil microbes that allows plants access to more nitrogen and phosphorus. The product was created over a decade ago, and launched commercially for the 2019 growing season. Nearly five years later, SOURCE boasts win rates over 70%, creating positive yield environments that bottom-line increase ROI across the United States.