A Weekly Update from the Red River Farm Network
Monday, April 22, 2019
#1 Source for Daily Ag News– The National Association of Farm Broadcasting has released the first wave of its 2019 Farm Listening Habits research. Radio remains the number one daily source for farm news, markets and weather. This figure is up from similar research in 2017. Farm broadcasters are also rated extremely high for timeliness, accuracy and credibility. The study, which was conducted by Millennium Research, also found farmers are interested in podcasts. The agricultural journalists that make up the Red River Farm Network are proud to provide news and information for the best farmers in the world. That information is provided through the 20 radio stations that make up RRFN; through this e-newsletter; Facebook and Twitter and podcasts like TransFARMation and Weed Management Strategies. Thanks for the trust you put in RRFN.
Don’t Rush into Spring Planting – Farmers are gearing up for the 2019 planting season. According to Peterson Farms Seed agronomist Adam Spelhaug, farmers in eastern North Dakota should be in the field by the end of the month. “The biggest thing is don’t rush. It pays to wait an extra day or two for the right conditions,” says Spelhaug. Deciding when to put the seed in the ground can be challenging. For corn, Spelhaug says to make sure soil temperatures are in the 50-degree Fahrenheit range. The two- to three-day forecast is also important. “If it is 48 degrees with sunny, nice weather in the forecast and the ground is fit, I’d be out there planting corn,” says Spelhaug. “Bean are a little more resilient. We’ve had some pretty good luck with early planted soybeans.”
Take Planting Field by Field – The recent winter storm, combined with flooding in the Red River and James River basins, is pushing back spring fieldwork. Based at Langford, South Dakota, Dairyland Seed District Sales Manager Keith Rekow says soils are saturated. There could be a shift to fewer soybean acres and more corn. When planting time does roll around, Rekow tells farmers to work on a field by field basis. “We still want farmers to have a balanced maturity plan. Don’t have all eggs in one basket,” says Rekow. “Keep yield potential open. We don’t know what will happen this summer, yet.” Listen to the story.
Stocking Up for Spring Planting – Farmers are pulling out the planters in preparation for the 2019 growing season. CHS Devils Lake Agronomy Sales Manager Jeremy Safranski says planting is about three weeks away for area farmers, five to seven days behind average. “There is some corn and soybeans left in the field from last fall, and a lot of the ground didn’t get worked,” says Safranski. In addition, very little fertilizer was applied to fields last fall. CHS is making sure enough product is on hand in anticipation of a spring fertilizer rush.”Our sheds are filled to the rafters, and we also added another piece of application equipment,” says Safranksi. “Just be prepared. When it hits, it is going to come fast.”
Pioneer Agronomy Update with Black River Ag – The Red River Farm Network has joined forces with Pioneer Seeds to bring farmers weekly agronomy updates during the 2019 planting season. This week, the team visited Black River Ag at Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. Pioneer sales representative Luke Forness says it’s been a long winter, but spring is coming. “The upcoming week looks warm and dry, which will bring the remaining frost out of the ground.” In colder soil temperatures, Pioneer field agronomist Zach Fore says seed treatments help protect genetic potential. “Planting dates for corn are probably two or three weeks earlier compared to 20 or 30 years ago. Part of that is because of seed treatments.” View the Facebook Live video here.
Stick to the Plan – The planting season may start later than many of us would have liked, but Bayer District Sales Manager Mark Haugland says farmers can’t afford to cut corners. That’s especially true for weed control. “Stick with using pre’s and multiple modes-of-action as we go through the spring,” said Haugland. “I predict we’ll see warmer season weeds showing up earlier, but you’ve got to stick to the plan because there is so much at stake.” The USDA Prospective Plantings Report forecast a dramatic 30 percent increase in North Dakota corn acreage. “That report surprised many of us; what we were picking up across the countryside was a little different than what was in that report. We’ll have to see how it plays out.”
Spring Wheat and Lentils Being Planted in Western ND – Crops like spring wheat and lentils are being planted in western North Dakota. Coleharbor, North Dakota farmer Paul Anderson is planting lentils. “After that, we’ll follow with wheat, soybeans, corn and sunflowers. We’re starting herky jerky.” When it comes to rotation, Anderson says all eyes are on what’s happening in the eastern part of the state. “Crop rotations probably won’t change unless we hear news beans aren’t getting planted in the eastern part of North Dakota,” says Anderson. “If we get some strengthening in the edible bean market in the next few weeks, we could switch acres to edibles at the expense of soybeans.”
Minot Farmers Start Fieldwork – A few farmers around Minot, North Dakota are getting started in the field. Dakota Agronomy Partners crop advisor Alex Fornshell says they began spreading fertilizer last week. “Within the last few days, a handful of farmers are starting to seed wheat,” says Fornshell. “There is still likely a few days before more join in.” Fornshell is recommending using a seed treatment with cool soils. “Seed treatments can help farmers get the plant out of the ground stronger and a little more,” says Fornshell. “It’s good insurance to put on right now.”
Residue and Soil Compaction Concerns In Wet Fields – Residue management is important for proper seedbed preparation. Golden Harvest agronomist Adam Aarestad says spring soil compaction is also be another concern if the seedbed is too wet. “We want to make sure we’re closing the rows up and make sure our row closers are doing their job,” he says. “As we run equipment through mucky, wet soil, it will create a wall of slime. When it hardens, the roots aren’t able to penetrate through it and this could create issues down the road for standability and nutrient access.”
Side-Dressing Nitrogen Can Buy You Some Time – With a late spring, early-season fieldwork is bumping into planting time. Bayer technical agronomist Derek Pruitt says side-dressing nitrogen can an efficient way to meet the needs of the corn crop. “That way you can adjust what you’re doing; if you see it is going to be a good year, you might benefit from a little extra nitrogen.” Patience is advised; wait until soil conditions are right for planting. “Sometimes you try to force something and that doesn’t always work.”
Significant SCN Issues – Minnesota’s Soybean Cyst Nematode testing program evaluated samples from 28 counties statewide, with the majority of those samples from the northwest corner of the state. Over half of the samples tested positive for SCN. Forty-five percent had egg densities high enough to cause yield loss on soybean varieties resistant to SCN. Seven percent had infestations so high that planting soybeans is not recommended.
Agriculture is Part of the Conversation During Trump Visit – President Donald Trump made a stop in the Twin Cities this past week. Trump was joined by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Trade was part of the conversation. “Our farmers haven’t been treated properly for many years; we’re changing that.” Trump said the U.S.-China trade negotiations are going well.
MN Corn Matters – Corn Matters is a weekly update from Minnesota Corn Growers Association. Ratification of trade agreements continues to be top-of-mind for corn growers. Hear more from MCGA President Brian Thalmann, who participated in a roundtable prior to President Donald Trump’s visit.
U.S. Agriculture Needs a Win – A handful of Minnesota farmers and agribusiness professionals attended Monday’s roundtable discussion with President Trump, including Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap. He says there were no questions from the audience. The president did talk a lot about tax cuts and about the importance of trade. “Once you lose a market, it’s really hard to get back. Let’s start with our closest neighbors, Canada and Mexico,” says Paap. “Let’s get the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement taken care of and then, move onto Japan and other agreements. We need a win in agriculture.” Paap was a little disappointed USMCA wasn’t mentioned. Trump did address infrastructure needs including strengthening rural broadband. This was Trump’s first public appearance in the Twin Cities since becoming president.
MFBF Update – Here’s the latest from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. President Donald Trump paid a visit to Minnesota this past week. Prior to the visit, MFBF took part in a roundtable discussion, and agriculture was apart of the discussion. Listen to the update.
EU Refuses to Include Ag in Trade Talks – The European Union does not want to include agriculture in its trade talks with the United States. The EU has approved the terms for negotiating a trade agreement and it limits the focus to industrial products. Agriculture is a contentious issue for Europe and the U.S. The United States wants more access for its farm products and European Union protects its heavily subsidized farm sector.
Soybean Farmers Disappointed in EU Mandate – The European Union has voted on a mandate to move forward with an EU- U.S. Free Trade Agreement, excluding agriculture. In response, the American Soybean Association says they are disappointed, because this was an opportunity to address the EU’s policies on biotechnology and pesticide laws. The Association is asking the U.S. Administration to push back on the EU and insist the issues are addressed via a Free Trade Agreement or bilateral discussions.
TransFARMation: There is Life After Farming – After a few tough years farming in the 1980s, Randy Koenen found a new career in farm radio. The decision to step away from the farm was difficult. “I was under immense pressure. I couldn’t sleep at night, and I wasn’t eating,” says Koenen. “Once I made the decision to step away, a big weight was lifted off my shoulders.” Koenen still gets his fill of farming, taking vacation every fall to help his brother with sugarbeet harvest. “I can go back and run a tractor anytime I want to, which helps.” Take a listen to the podcast.
Face-to-Face Trade Negotiations on the Calendar – Senior level Trump Administration officials are tentatively scheduled to be in Beijing during the week of April 29. That will be followed by similar trade meetings between the U.S. and China in Washington, D.C. during the week of May 6. That’s on top of the most recent negotiations that have taken place through video-conferencing. There’s speculation a deal could be in place by late May or early June, but the two sides have frequently missed self-imposed deadlines.
Trump & Abe to Meet in DC – The White House has announced President Trump will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later this month. That will be followed by Trump traveling to Japan in late May for an official state visit. Bilateral trade negotiations are underway between the two countries and will be an obvious part of the discussion.
Trade Commission Analysis Highlights Benefits of USMCA – There could be a slight boost to the American economy in the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement. That’s according to the International Trade Commission in its much-anticipated analysis. The analysis says USMCA would raise U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $68.2 billion by the sixth year after it enters into the force. It would also create 176,000 U.S. jobs. Read the full analysis.
Ag Groups Digest Details of USMCA Analysis – In the International Trade Commission’s analysis of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, there is a projected 1.1. percent increase in exports for agricultural commodities. American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Veronica Nigh says that’s the equivalent of $2.2 billion. “When we renegotiated USMCA, we also had to give Canada more access to our dairy and sugar markets,” she says. “The analysis suggests U.S. food and ag imports would increase as well to 1.3 percent.” Other farm groups like the National Corn Growers Association don’t think the analysis fully captures the economic benefits of trade with Mexico and Canada, because it is an update of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Farm groups just want the USMCA ratified. This analysis is considered the last box the administration needs to check off before submitting legislation to Congress. “We’re looking forward to learning more about when the administration would move forward with that,” says Nigh. “Everyone would like to have the new agreement put to bed before the fall arrives.”
WTO Rules on Chinese Tariff Rate Quotas – A World Trade Organization dispute panel has ruled that the Chinese government unfairly administers annual tariff rate quotas. The TRQs include imports of corn, rice and wheat into the country. The decision follows a separate ruling in late February that determined China provides domestic price supports in excess of WTO commitments.
Making Sure Trading Partners Play By the Rules – Following Thursday’s WTO ruling, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said making sure trade partners play by the rules is vital. He also said the announcement is another victory for American farmers and fairness in the global trade system. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the Administration will continue to press China to come into compliance with WTO obligations.
Weed Management Strategies: Episode Five – North Dakota farmers should be preparing to manage resistant weeds. GL Crop Consulting President and agronomist Greg LaPlante says conditions are just right for kochia to germinate. Farmers can rotate herbicides to better manage resistance. “In soybeans, we have to look at what pre-emerge or burndown herbicides we can use that are effective for early kochia so we don’t put early strain on dicamba, 2,4-D or Enlist.” Weed Management Strategies is presented by the North Dakota Soybean Council. Listen to the podcast here, on iTunes or download a podcast app on Google Play.
2018 Farm Bill Addresses Modern Challenges in Ag – Speaking at a recent Farm Bill Summit co-sponsored by the Ohio State University, the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, the University of Kentucky and Farm Credit Mid-America, University of Illinois Professor Jonathan Coppess talked about the concerns in the new bill. “How do our policies adapt to climate risk, yields and the nutrient challenges we have? This is a program that adjusts to risks and realities.” Coppess expects to see more push for nutrient loss reduction. “How do we think about that when we deal with the scale and scope of the gulf hypoxic zone, which is driving policy changes in Illinois right now? Farmers are trying to adapt or find new practices to cut nutrient loss.”
Weighing the Options of ARC and PLC Programs – The Agricultural Risk Coverage Program may be less attractive to corn and soybean farmers than in previous years under the new farm bill. That’s according to the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute director Pat Westhoff. “It’s not like it was in 2014, when we were confident the first few years we’d get big ARC payments,” explains Westhoff. “Essentially, the price guarantee from ARC was higher than the price guarantee from PLC, if you had average yields. That’s not true going forward.” Westhoff says there could be more Price Loss Coverage program participants under this new farm bill. Watch Westhoff’s full presentation during the Farm Bill Summit.
Transportation Bill Continues to Spark Debate – The deadline to pass spending bills in the Minnesota legislature has passed. When session resumes after Easter, Minnesota Corn Growers Association Senior Public Policy Director Amanda Bilek the transportation bill will be contentious. “The gas tax is only included in the House bill,” says Bilek. “The Senate transportation bill proposes to use existing sources with the general fund and capitol investment to pay for road and bridge infrastructure in Minnesota.”
MN Senate to Consider Financial Support for New Crush Facility – Included in the Minnesota omnibus Senate agriculture finance bill is funding for a Crookston soybean crush and biodiesel facility. Callaway farmer Bill Zurn says the $5 million available for the Soy Innovation Campus at the University of Minnesota Crookston would help get things started. “That will help the university bring in more students and then, they can do on-the-job training at the Soy Innovation Campus.” Zurn says overall funding for the facility is off to a good start. “We’re on step seven or eight of 1,000, but we’ve come a long way. We have a few meetings coming up, starting to discuss more of this publicly with more area farmers.”
Bonding Bill Heads to Conference – Amendments made in the North Dakota bonding bill Friday removed funding for the Ag Products Development Center on North Dakota State University campus. The bill passed in the House on Monday. Now North Dakota Grain Growers Association Executive Director Dan Wogsland says the bill will likely go to conference committee. “The Senate must not concur and we’re confident they won’t. I expect to see a conference committee meeting this week.” Wogsland says the association will work hard to make sure the conference committee adds the funding back into the bill. The Ag Products Development Center would replace Harris Hall, bringing together meat sciences, cereal sciences and the Northern Crops Institute in one building.
Burgum Signs Corporate Farming Bill – Governor Doug Burgum has signed a corporate farming bill allowing second cousins in the mix of ownership. The legislation allows corporations with up to 15 shareholders to own farms or ranches, as along as the owners are related.
A Push for Dairy Reform – Dairy industry reform was the theme for the Dairy Together Roadshow discussion in Greenwald, Minnesota. Local dairy farmers, the National Farmers Organization and state Farmers Union organizations met to discuss solutions for the dairy industry challenges. University of Minnesota Professor Emeritus in Economics Richard Levins told attendees there is a price problem and a structural problem. He says fixing dairy prices doesn’t solve both problems. As a solution, he presented the Family Dairy Farm Relief Act as an emergency stopgap to address the crisis. “It works through the FSA offices. You can bring in your production statement and you’d get a payment for the difference between your operating costs and the lowest for the month. It’s a very simple program.”
Exports a Bright Spot for U.S. Dairy – One of the brightest spots for the U.S. dairy industry is exports. Midwest Dairy CEO Lucas Lentsch explains in 2018 there was a record-high 16 percent of all dairy solids exported. There is market growth potential in Mexico and Asia. “About 1.4 billion Chinese people today are eating a pizza once every 45 days. If you have 1.4 billion people eating pizza once each month versus once every 45 days, that’s an uptick of opportunity,” says Lentsch. “There’s also no question the Middle East and Africa will also be looking to get more reliable dairy nutrition into their diets.”
WestBred Wheat Report – The WestBred Wheat Report is heard Fridays on the Red River Farm Network. This week, WestBred Technical Product Manager Grant Mehring talks seeding rates, which are critically important and should be adjusted as time goes on. Listen to the update.
Canada Explores New Options for Canola Exports – China’s cancellation of canola import licenses of Richardson and Viterra has stopped canola exports to China. The Canola Council of Canada President Jim Everson told the industry Thursday reopening the market is the top priority, followed by looking at ways to diversify canola exports. Canadian Canola Growers Association CEO Rick White added the Canadian government is well aware how important it is to get the Chinese market open again. “They’re in touch with the severity of the issue and the risk of uncertainty farmers are facing,” said White. “That allows us to have a good conversation with senior government officials to express farmer’s concerns.”
Canola Minute – The Canola Minute is made possible by the Northern Canola Growers Association.Trade and tariffs remain top of mind for canola growers. Hear more from NCGA Executive Director Barry Coleman about tariffs on canola oil in this week’s update.
Demand for Credit Remains High, Loan Volumes Increase – According to the new Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City report on agricultural finances, the volume of non-real estate loans increased nine percent from a year ago. The volume of farm operating loans remained relatively steady, but there was more financing for livestock and machinery. The Fed report says smaller banks have increased loan participation and Farm Service Agency loan guarantees. Delinquency rates on all types of farm loans at commercial banks increased slightly from one year ago, but remain low from a historical perspective. Farmland values remain relatively stable.
Rural Perspectives: Episode 12 – The Red River Farm Network has teamed up with AgCountry Farm Credit Services in a podcast series called Rural Perspectives. China’s problem with African swine fever is certainly making headlines. In episode 12 of Rural Perspectives, AgCountry Farm Credit Services Market Education Specialist Katie Miller says the virus is a factor in both the livestock and grain markets. Listen here.
Funding Available for Tracebility – USDA is investing $1 million to fund animal disease traceability and electronic identification projects in cattle. The goal is to determine the effectiveness of radio frequency identification tags in “high-volume, fast-paced environments.” Projects will track cattle movement and collect health information.
April 1 Cattle on Feed Inventory at 12 Million – According to USDA, there are 12 million cattle on feed for slaughter as of April 1. This is a two percent increase from one year ago, and the highest April 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. The inventory included 7.4 million steers, down one percent from the previous year. Heifers accounted for 4.5 million head, up eight percent from 2018. Placements in feedlots during March totaled 2.01 million head, up five percent from 2018. Net placements were 1.9 million head. March marketings of fed cattle totaled 1.7 million head, a three percent decrease from one year ago.
Demand for Fed Cattle Remains Strong – With a new calf crop on the ground, cattle producers in the Northern Plains are beginning to monitor fall prices. NDSU Extension livestock economist Tim Petry says the big item to watch is corn. The corn market may continue to show volatility, impacting feeder cattle prices. “If we do plant three million more acres of corn and have a record crop, that’d be good for cattle but not good for those selling corn,” says Petry. Nationwide, the cattle industry is on track for another year of record beef production. The U.S. cowherd has increased to nearly four million head over the last four years. “From a price standpoint, the demand side is really helping. Right now, fed cattle are seven dollars higher compared to last year at this time.”
Calving Continues in the Northern Plains – Calving continues for many producers in the Northern Plains. At Badger, Minnesota farmer and rancher Shayne Isane has reached the halfway mark. “We calve out about 300 head, so that’s a sizeable group.” While Isane says it’s been a long winter, calving is going well. “We only got about three inches of snow in the most recent system. The weather is starting to warm up and conditions are starting to dry up a bit.” However, Isane adds it will be a while before fieldwork begins.
Watch for Sick Calves this Spring Season – Scours can be a problem in calves this time of year. NDSU Extension veterinarian Gerald Stokka says a majority of cases occur when calves are three to 16 days old. Inadequate nutrition, poor weather conditions and overcrowding in lots can increase the chance of scours. “The main symptom producers see is a depressed, dehydrated calf,” says Stokka. “For treatment, those calves need fluids and electrolytes. Antibiotic treatment is needed when a bacterial infection has gone beyond the intestinal tract.” Stokka also advises producers to watch for respiratory infection and coccidiosis in young calves. Hear more in this interview.
Pasture Rents Hold Steady – North Dakota pastureland values and cash rents have been steady over the past four years. Pastureland values are averaging $913 this year. Since 2016, those prices have gone up by an average of 0.6 percent per year, which is lower than the annual rate of inflation. According to the County Rents and Prices Annual Survey, statewide cash rents for pasture ground are averaging $18.30 per acre. Those values have also gone sideways over the past four years.
Beet Stock Update – According to Acres & Shares, 150 American Crystal Sugar Company beet shares traded through brokers this past week at $3,425 per share.
The Sugarbeet Report – The Sugarbeet Report is made possible by SESVanderHave, Syngenta, Premium Ag Solutions, H&S Manufacturing and Corteva Agriscience. This week, American Crystal Sugar Company general agronomist Tyler Grove shares reminders going into the 2019 spring planting season. Listen here.
Tunisia to Import U.S. Beef, Poultry and Eggs – Export certificates have been finalized to allow imports of U.S. beef, poultry and eggs into Tunisia. Initial estimates indicate the country would annually import $5 to $10 million worth of product from the U.S. In 2018, U.S. agricultural exports to the country topped $264 million. Over 90 percent were corn or soybean exports.
RRWMB Approves Funding Requests – The Red River Watershed Management Board managers have approved funding for a variety of projects. The list includes the Red Lake Watershed District for the Thief River Falls Westside Damage Reduction Project, the Wild Rice Watershed District Goose Prairie project. The Red River Watershed Management Board is also working with the International Water Institute to develop a watershed delineation mapping tool.
Dairy and Beef Breed Groups Partner on a Branded Program – The American Simmental Association and Holstein USA have launched a new branded beef program. This is the first time beef and dairy breed organizations have established a program of this kind. The HOLSim brand is designed to provide additional revenue for dairy farmers and offer a new marketing avenue for beef seedstock producers. To qualify for the brand, calves must come from registered Holstein dams and be bred to a qualified SimAngus bull.
Roving Grain Buyer Claims Filed with PSC – Claims against a 21 year old roving grain buyer are now approaching $11.5 million. Sixty farmers and other businesses, including large grain elevator companies, have filed claims with the North Dakota Public Service Commission against Hunter Hanson. Hanson’s businesses where shut down last year after reports of insufficient funds began to surface. Hanson is now in jail for felony theft.
Dry Bean Scene – NDSU Soil Health is bringing a new SHARE Farm site to Larimore, North Dakota, where utilizing cover crops in a pinto bean rotation will be one focus. Get the details in this week’s Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.
EPA to Consider Fate of Chlorpyrifos – The Environmental Protection Agency has until mid-July to determine the future availability of chlorpyrifos. In August, a three-judge panel called for a ban of the insecticide, but there was enough dissension to have the case heard by the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The case originated with the activist group, Earthjustice, claiming the product is unsafe. Chlorpyrifos is marketed by Corteva Agriscience under the Lorsban trade name.
Miravis Ace Approved for ’19 – Syngenta has announced the registration of its Miravis Ace fungicide premix for the 2019 growing season. This product offers a new mode of action for head scab in wheat. Miravis Ace also has a wide application window, from as early as 50 percent head emergence up to flowering.
West Central Adds New Starter Fertilizer and Adjuvant – West Central Distribution has introduced two new products; a starter fertilizer called Paralign and an adjuvant called Last Chance. Paralign contains the chelate found in Levesol and an enzyme to boost nutrient uptake. The Last Chance adjuvant is called a strong addition for any crop protection plan utilizing glyphosate. West Central is a subsidiary of CHS.
Canadian Pork Company Sold – Thailand’s largest agriculture company, CPF, plans to acquire Canadian pork producer HyLife Investments. CPF is paying $498 million Canadian to own 50.1 percent of HyLife. The remainder is held by the Itochu Corporation of Japan. CPF said this acquisition will expand its North American presence.
Former DuPont Employee Sentenced for Stealing Trade Secrets – A former DuPont manager is getting three-and-a-half years in prison for stealing trade secrets. Josh Isler left DuPont in 2013 to take a job with a competitor, but before he left, Isler downloaded internal company files about the ethanol fuel business. The files included pricing information, yield data and a list of DuPont customers.
SD Corn Comments – Recently, USDA released it’s 2017 Census of Agriculture data. Hear more about the report in this week’s Corn Comments, a weekly feature from the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council.
A Change for ADM – The president of ADM’s grain business, Wes Uhlmeyer, has stepped down. Chris Boerm, who is president of ADM’s transportation division, will now oversee the transportation and grain business. Boerm previously was president of ADM’s grain trading division.
Hanes to Lead Beef Checkoff – Greg Hanes is the new CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, overseeing the beef checkoff program. Hanes currently works for the U.S. Meat Export Federation as vice president of international marketing programs. He previously served as the USMEF liaison to the beef industry and worked closely with a variety of national and state beef organizations, also living in Japan for nearly 11 years. Hanes begins his new role June 17.
Tom Heads to Rome – The Senate has confirmed Indiana farmer Kip Tom as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. Tom was once rumored to be a candidate for the agriculture secretary job now held by Sonny Perdue.
Nelson Joins USDA Advisory Committee – A Lakota, North Dakota farmer has been appointed to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee. Scott Nelson will serve a two-year term. This committee advises USDA on research needs and policy priorities.
Last Week’s Trivia- Easter is the second largest candy-eating holiday. Of course, Halloween is number one. Mark Mettler of PreferredOne was the first to respond with the correct answer and is our weekly trivia winner. M. Vincent Restucci of R.D. Offutt Farms, Ramsey County farmer Paul Becker, McIntosh farmer Joan Lee and Kristal Rick of SES VanderHave earn runner-up honors. The ‘first 20’ rounds out with Mandy Kvale of Farm Credit Services of Mandan, advertising guru Greg Guse, Jim Altringer of Dakota Plains Ag, Fessenden farmer David Clough, Brian Brandt of Farmers Business Network, Angie Skochdopole of broadhead, Bob Brunker of J.L. Farmakis, Hilary Paplow of Graff Feedlots, Bruce Miller of Minnesota Farmers Union, Carver County feedlot officer Alan Langseth, Dianne Bettin of LB Pork, Kevin Praska of Stone’s Mobile Radio and Evonne Wold of Vigen Construction.
This Week’s Trivia- What meat is the most popular pizza topping in the U.S.? Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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