morning! Welcome to the February 19th
edition of Farm News and Views. This is Bob Bragg.
couple of ag headlines bring home how weather often has a negative
impact on farmers and ranchers. For example, an estimated 300,000
head of cattle were drowned due to flooding in northern Queensland,
Australia, last week. The heavy rains have followed a drought that
has plagued farmers and stockman in that state for the past seven
Good morning! Welcome to
the February 12th edition of farm news and views.
Abraham Lincoln was born in
1809, 210 years ago today, in Hardin
County, in northwestern Kentucky. His father, Thomas, was a
farmer who eked out a living on hard scrabble farms first in
Kentucky, where they lived until Abraham was seven years old. After
his father lost his farm in a land title dispute in 1816, they moved
100 miles northwest to Spenser County Indiana. His mother died there
two years later, and his father remarried in 1819. Abraham grew up
on the Spenser county farm, which probably helped form Abraham’s
work ethic and character. In 1830, Thomas gave up on that densely
wooded, hilly, and rocky farm, and moved his family, with help from
his 21 years son, to Macon County Illinois, south of Decatur.
Abraham then when out on his own and worked at a number of different
jobs before practicing law and entering politics with election to
the Illinois State Legislature in 1834.
Good morning. This is Bob Bragg with the February 5th edition of farm news and views.
has been a hot topic in agricultural news over the past week. When
it was reported last Friday that Chinese negotiators announced that
China would purchase 5 million metric tons of soybeans, the futures
markets reacted with a giddy uptick on soybeans. But by Saturday
morning, the balloon had burst, because everyone realized that there
was no time table associated with the sale. While 5 million tons
of soybeans sounds like a lot of beans, the phantom sale amounted to
less than 4% of 2018’s total crop of 4.6 billion bushels, and
soybean exports to China are already running way behind the quantity
of beans that U.S. farmers had sold to China by this time last year.
Good morning. This is Bob
Bragg. Welcome to the January 29th edition of Farm News
The end of the government
shutdown is a relief for the 800,000 federal workers who haven’t
received a paycheck since the shutdown started on December 21st
. At this stage, it is unknown how fast the USDA will get the
normal programs back on track, but farmers and ranchers who’ve not
been able to negotiate loans, sign up for government crop and
conservations programs are ready to get to work on planing for the
2019 growing season.
morning! Welcome to the January 22 edition of Farm News and
Views. This is Bob Bragg.
If the cold weather and
snow is getting you down, keep in mind that the mountain snow bank is
receiving some good deposits that we can withdraw this summer. And,
remember, spring will be here in eight weeks!
President Trump’s speech at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s
Convention in New Orleans on January 14th,
he spent most of the time justifying the boarder wall, but he assured
Farm Bureau members that trade negotiations were going to result in
long term gain for farmers. “We’re doing trade deals that are
going to get you so much business that you’re not even going to
believe it. Your problem will be, what do we do? We need more
acreage immediately! We need to plant!” Trump said. I noticed
that the audience was silent after this remark, unlike the standing
ovations that he got when listing accomplishments of tax reform,
repeal of the EPA Waters of the U. S. rule, modifications to the
estate tax, and passage of the farm bill. read more
morning! This is Bob Bragg. Welcome to the January 15th
edition of Farm News and Views.
to a new Government Accountability Office report published last week,
nearly two million College students who may be eligible for food
assistance might not be enrolled in the program and it suggests that
should help these
students sign up for SNAP benefits.
The study found that low-income
college students who
eligible for food stamps usually
have at least one
additional risk factor for food insecurity. This
includes being a
first-generation college student or they
The report also
encourages college administrators to help students understand that
the program is
available to them.
An article in the Michigan Farm News about the dramatic decline of Eastern Monarch butterflies in the U. S. got my attention recently. It detailed how the population of this iconic insect has fallen from an estimated 1 billion to maybe 80 million in less than three decades due to habitat loss. The point with this decline is that the key habitat for Monarchs is common milkweed, a plant that used to be found in abundance in fence rows, wood lands, pastures and other non-crop areas throughout the Midwest. Without milkweed, the Monarch is doomed. read more