With the Republicans now having control of both the senate and the house there will be changes in committee leadership including the two Ag committees. Who is expected to hold those positions and what issues may they be addressing in 2015. A lobbyist from AFBF shared his insights.
DMI and the National Dairy Board have had quite a bit of success forming partnerships with companies to increase dairy product consumption, especially in the cheese category. Now they are hoping to accomplish more positive results in the fluid milk sales through new partnerships formed with 7 companies.
With planting starting late, and now the harvest being challenged by far from ideal weather, No one was really expecting any exceptional yields this year. That is why it's been a pleasant surprise to hear of some 200 bushel plus yields and the news that a Seymour area farmers has set a new yield record for Outagamie County.
Despite efforts by area growers to take advantage of every weather window they get, the harvest pace is still lagging behind the norm. And while harvesting corn for silage went past Halloween, the grain harvest is projected to go past Thanksgiving as well.
With more and more agronomists and soil specialist encouraging producers to use more cover crops. the agronomists from the Marshfield experimental farm was asked to share some of his field results on various cover crop options during the NWTC Fall Field Days.
With farmers playing catch-up all year and concerns over compaction rising some producers are thinking twice about their fall tillage. Also during NWTC's fall field day a big focus was on the benefits on good surface and core soil treatment, and the impact tillage has.
During the annual convention of the National Milk Producers Federation CEO Jim Mulhern stressed priorities that the industry needs to address now. Right near the top of the list was the F.A.R.M Program, an effort that National Milk has made mandatory for its members to be a part of to show that animal care is a priority in producing milk and dairy products.
With consumers wanting to know more about how their food is produced, and with so much misinformation on the internet, dairy farmers are being encouraged to be more active in telling their story. And DMI is providing options for them to educate the consumer.
Forecasters are starting to share their estimates of where they feel the class 3 price will be in 2015. Most agree prices and margins will be lower than what they were this year and some feel the average class 3 in 2015 will be at least four to five dollars a hundred below this year, prompting many to suggest dairy producers consider the milk margin protection program
With jobs being a key emphasis for this fall's elections. if you wanted to highlight a field were job opportunities are readily available for qualified applicants you would be talking about agriculture. And that was what representatives and students of FVTC were showcasing during their recent Ag career day