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USB Sets Sights On Ways to Provide More Profit Opportunities For U.S. Soybean Farmers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:32
EVENT
USB SETS SIGHTS ON WAYS TO PROVIDE MORE PROFIT OPPORTUNITIES FOR U.S. SOYBEAN FARMERS

The United Soybean Board (USB) will hold its next meeting Feb. 21–24 in Biloxi, Miss., to measure progress on soy-checkoff-funded efforts to increase demand for U.S. soy and strategize on new ones that can help keep U.S. soybean farmers profitable. The 69 farmer-directors have four objectives for the U.S. soy research and promotion program:  increase the value of U.S. soybean meal and oil; ensure U.S. soybean farmers have the freedom and transportation infrastructure to operate; and meet the changing needs of U.S. soy customers.

USB welcomes all members of the media to attend the open sessions, beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Feb. 21. A copy of the full meeting agenda is available upon request.
DATES
Feb. 21-24, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Central
LOCATION Beau Rivage
875 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, MS 39530

If you would like to preschedule an interview or cannot attend and would like to schedule a phone interview, please call Erin Hamm at (888) 235-4332 or e-mail your request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
ON-SITE CONTACT
Erin Hamm with USB Communications, (314) 412-6982
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U.S., China Sign Plan of Strategic Cooperation in Agriculture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Communications   
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:17

Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 16, 2012—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and China’s Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu today signed an historic Plan of Strategic Cooperation that will guide the two countries’ agricultural relationship for the next 5 years. The plan was signed as part of the U.S.-China Agricultural Symposium held today at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. The symposium focused on bilateral cooperation in the areas of food safety, food security and sustainable agriculture, as well as enhanced business relationships between the two countries.

 

“This symposium and plan are a product of a vision I share with my dear old friend Minister Han for the United States and China to work more collaboratively in the future to benefit our nations and agriculture around the world,” Vilsack said.

 

“This plan builds on the already strong relationship our nations enjoy around agricultural science, trade, and education. It looks to deepen our cooperation through technical exchange and to strengthen coordination in priority areas like animal and plant health and disease, food security, sustainable agriculture, genetic resources, agricultural markets and trade, and biotechnology and other emerging technologies,” he added.

 

Xi Jinping, China's vice president, opened the symposium and stressed the importance China places on supporting farmers and rural development, as well as on food security.

 

“China attaches great importance to food security, and ensuring a sufficient food supply for 1.3 billion people,” Xi said.

 

In the 2011 fiscal year, China became the top market for U.S. agricultural goods, purchasing $20 billion in U.S. agricultural exports. The value of U.S. farm exports to China supported more than 160,000 American jobs in 2011, on and off the farm across a variety of sectors.

 

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Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association Annual Meeting & Conference To Feature Dr. Brink PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Denise Schwab   
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:09
Area hay and forage producers are invited to attend the 29th Annual Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association Annual Meeting and Conference on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Buzzy’s in Welton. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the program scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

This year’s conference features Dr. Geoff Brink, Research Agronomist at the US Dairy Forage Research Center. The title of his presentation is "Growing, Harvesting, and Storing Cool-Season Perennial Grasses". Brink will discuss management practices to get the most from often-neglected forage that is experiencing resurgence in interest. Dr. Brink’s research interests include quality of grazed and harvested grass and legume forages; sward structure - dairy cow utilization relationships in rotationally-grazed pastures; management and persistence of legumes in pastures; and management effects on temperate grass productivity.

Brian Lang, ISU Extension & Outreach forage agronomist, will discuss alfalfa production and management. Other speakers include Virgil Schmitt, ISU Extension Field Agronomist, and Denise Schwab, ISU Extension Beef Specialist, with regional updates.

The annual meeting of the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association (EIHPA) will take place shortly after lunch and will include their election of officers and directors.

Registration for the conference is $30 and includes a membership to EIHPA and meal. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Certified crop advisor credits have been applied for. This conference is sponsored by EIHPA, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, and the Iowa Beef Center.

The Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association provides educational workshops and field days for forage producers in Jackson, Jones, Clinton, Cedar, Scott and Muscatine counties. However, forage producers from other counties are also welcome to participate. For more information contact Denise Schwab at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Kevin Brown at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or
563-872-4475.

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FEATURE – VILSACK TESTIFIES BEFORE SENATE AG COMMITTEE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Communications   
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:54

 

INTRO:  A new Farm Bill and the President’s proposed budget were main topics at a recent Senate Agriculture Committee hearing where Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified. The USDA’s Bob Ellison has more. (1:49)

 

TESTIFYING BEFORE THE SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK EMPHASIZED THE NEED FOR STREAMLINING AND FLEXIBILITY IN A NEW FARM BILL.

 

Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary: As you consider the Farm Bill I hope that you’ll recognize the importance of streamlining the number of programs that we have, providing us the flexibility to be able to use these programs creatively and adjust them.

 

COMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW AGREED CALLING THE FARM BILL A JOBS BILL WITH RURAL DEVELOPMENT AS A MAJOR COMPONENT.

 

Sen. Debbie Stabenow-Michigan (D): This can mean helping small towns build a safe drinking water system, or affordable broadband internet access, or it can be in the form of streamlined programs that are more accessible for the people who use them.

 

ON THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET, SOME SENATORS QUESTIONED PROPOSED CUTS TO THE CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM.

 

Sen. Pat Roberts-Kansas (R): Madame Chairman this is the number one issue that we have heard about in every hearing that we’ve had in regard to what farmers need and what they rely on.

 

Vilsack: The president when he looked at the agricultural budget basically had to decide whether or not to focus on a balanced approach, an approach that basically took resources from farm programs, conservation programs and nutrition assistance programs. He opted not to take money from nutrition assistance programs. In the President’s view these insurance companies are perhaps in a better position to withstand these difficult times than the folks who are currently struggling with tight budgets and can’t afford to put enough food on the table for their families.

 

VILSACK ADDED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS COMMITTED TO A STRONG SAFETY NET FOR FARMERS.

 

Vilsack: We do recognize that part of that safety net is some process by which revenues can be protected during difficult times. The fiscal constraints that we’re working under will require us to modify existing programs to provide that safety net.

 

FOR THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE I’M BOB ELLISON.

 
State Fair Award to Recognize Iowa's Farm Families PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 20 February 2012 15:39

DES MOINES, IA (02/16/2012)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair, Tractor Supply Co. and WHO News Radio 1040 are searching for six farm families to recognize with the Way We Live Award at the 2012 Fair, August 9-19. These families must exemplify farm values derived from hard work and a love for the occupation of farming.

To enter, submit an entry form along with a 500-1500 word essay describing how living on a farm and choosing the occupation of farming has shaped the family's life. All entries must include a family picture that illustrates the family's commitment to their farming operation. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Iowa State Fair web site: http://www.iowastatefair.org/competition/the-way-we-live-award/. All entries must be postmarked or e-mailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by May 1.

Nominated families should show dedication to animal agriculture in their daily lives and in the lives of their family members. Winners will receive a prize package including $250 cash, Fair admission tickets, parking, Fair food coupons, and recognition in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center during the Fair.

Eligible families must be residents of Iowa whose farming operation is centered on animal agriculture and may nominate themselves or be nominated by others.

Send entries to:

The Way We Live Award

Iowa State Fair

PO Box 57130

Des Moines, Iowa 50317-0003

Or e-mail all materials to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For questions about the award, contact Emily Brewer at 515.262.3111 x244 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit www.iowastatefair.org.

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