GRAINNET News and Information for the Grain, Milling, Feed, Seed and BioFuels Industries Oklahoma Farmers Battle Drought Conditions By Planting Sorghum (High Plains Journal) Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:58:23 EDT U.S. Drought Monitor: Conditions Ranging From Dry to Less Than Normal Precipitation; Soil Moisture Reduced Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:24:08 EDT Five Star Cooperative to Construct 1.1 Million Bushel Capacity Grain Storage Facility in Scarville, IA (Forest City Summit) Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:52:16 EDT Dry Conditions and Appearance of Stripe Rust Continue to Negatively Impact KS Winter Wheat Crop (Agriculture.Com) Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:46:20 EDT Iowa State University Extension Economist Says Grain Prices to Stay Slumped Into Next Year (Globe Gazette) Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:43:21 EDT 70-Year Old Clallam Co-Op Grain Elevator in Sequim, WA Purchased By New Owner (Sequim Gazette) Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:18:08 EDT Arkansas Plant Board Rushes to Implement Law Requiring Businesses That Sell Grain to Acquire State License (Democrat Gazette) Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:04:23 EDT National Council of Farmer Cooperatives Commends Introduction of Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:55:54 EDT Washington, D.C. — March 25, 2015 — The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) today applauded the introduction of The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, by Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.). The legislation would create a national, science-based standard for the safety and labeling of food products containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). "This legislation is vital to giving both farmers and consumers the certainty they deserve when it comes to labeling of food containing GMO ingredients. "At the same time, it would preserve choices in the marketplace for both groups," said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of Central For Rural Affairs Criticizes USDA Proposed Definition of "Actively Engaged in Farming" Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:47:34 EDT Lyons, Nebraska and#151; Today USDA issued their proposed rule to define what it means to be “actively engaged in farming,” and therefore eligible to receive federal farm payments. “The purpose of revising the actively engaged definition was to make farm payment limits more effective,” said Traci Bruckner, Senior Associate at the Center for Rural Affairs. “USDA is, however, clearly more interested in defending the interests of mega-farms by preserving loose definitions that will continue to allow the nation’s largest farms to avoid meaningful payment limits.” “This is not reform,” added Bruckner. “In 2007, while campaigning in Iowa for his first Shortage of Water in CA Prompts Farmers to Move Farming Locations and Switch Crops (Western Farm Press) Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:29:52 EDT Corn Planting Earlier in Season May Be Less Susceptible to Southern Rust Issues (Southeast Farm Press) Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:45:36 EDT Kansas Department of Agriculture Elects Commissioners to Agriculture Commodity Commissions (Midwest Producer) Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:37:57 EDT AgriLife Extension Service Provides Update on TX Crop Conditions (Chron) Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:36:15 EDT EPA Seeks Superfund Listing For Freeman, SD Grain Elevator to Remove High Levels of Toxic Pesticide (Spokesman-Review) Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:24:14 EDT NDSU Extension Ag Engineer Ken Hellevang Advises Farmers on Grain Storage Practices as Temperatures Shift (Grand Forks Herald) Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:02:12 EDT GEAPS 510: Grain Facilities Planning and Design I Distance Education Course ... April 20 - May 22 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:59:54 EDT USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:10:17 EDT KS Wheat Condition Fall Slightly as OK and TX Wheat Conditions Improve (Farm Futures) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:30:37 EDT Demand From China to Be Key to U.S. Grain Sorghum Crop in 2015 (Southwest Farm Press) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:14:06 EDT Informa Economics Reduces Estimate For U.S. Farmers to Swing From Corn to Soybeans; Highlights Growing Sorghum Appeal (Agri Money) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:04:15 EDT NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts Deadline to Renew ... March 31 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:32:28 EDT Washington, March 23, 2015 — Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who signed Conservation Stewardship Program contracts in 2011 with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have until Tuesday, March 31, 2015 to renew those expiring contracts. These farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have the option to renew their existing contracts non-competitively if they are willing to adopt additional conservation activities aimed at helping them achieve higher levels of conservation on their operations, said Jason Weller, Chief of NRCS. Changes in the 2014 Farm Bill will allow CSP participants with expiring contracts to renew them by exceeding stewardship thresholds Illinois Soybean Association 2015 Soybean Summit Has Record Attendance Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:20:48 EDT Bloomington, IL — March 23, 2015 — With concerns about soybean profitability prevalent in 2015, a record number of soybean farmers, crop consultants, agronomists and university students recently joined Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) directors and staff in learning new management strategies and innovative practices to boost yields and maximize profits. The 2015 ISA Soybean Summit was held Jan. 30 in Effingham, Ill., and March 6 in Peoria, Ill. More than 600 participants -- a 30 percent increase from 2014 -- attended the events. "We are pleased the Soybean Summit continues to grow in popularity," says Bill Raben, soybean farmer DTN/Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index Reveals Ag Producer Confidence Reaches All-Time Low Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:12:56 EDT Craig Haugaard of North Central Farmers Elevator (Ipswitch, SD) Finishes Third In World Cup Championship of Futures Trading (Aberdeen News) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:41:20 EDT Oklahoma Wheat Crop in Good Condition Despite Lack of Soil Moisture in Jackson County, OK (Altus Times) Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:40:05 EDT