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Farm Bureau plans Federal Milk Marketing Order forum in Kansas City

From staff reports The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling on all dairy industry stakeholders to attend a Federal Milk Marketing Order Forum the organization will hold Oct. 14-16 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. After hearing a litany of complaints about Federal Milk Marketing Order shortfalls, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last December called …

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BigIron Auctions to acquire Sullivan Auctioneers LLC

From staff reports Online auction giant BigIron Auctions has agreed to purchase another of the nation’s largest real estate and farm machinery auctioneers in the country, Sullivan Auctioneers LLC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The combined company will have more than 300 employees across locations in Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota. BigIron …

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Rural Strong Media President Brent Adams purchases company from Sotera LLC

August 2, 2022 CHARLESTOWN, Indiana— Rural Strong Media President Brent Adams has purchased the startup media company from Cape Girardeau, Missouri-based Sotera LLC. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. Billed as the Definitive Voice of Rural America, Rural Strong Media was founded in November 2021. It is focused on the creation of media …

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CLAAS introduces Class 7 combine, half-track tractor

From staff reports Farm equipment maker CLAAS today announced the release of two new machines—a Class 7 combine and the first half-track tractor with full suspension—to the North American Market. “Innovative, efficient, reliable and bold are a few words I would use to describe the TRION 740 and AXION 900 TT,” Eric Raby, Senior Vice …

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U.S. ag tractor, combine sales fall below five-year average in May

From staff reports U.S. ag tractor and combine monthly unit sales in May 2022 fell below the five-year average for the first time since March 2020, which Canadian sales remained above the line, according to the latest data, released Friday by the Association for Equipment Manufacturers. U.S. total farm tractor sales fell 14.5 percent for …

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Farm Bureau’s Duvall talks shipping challenges with President Biden

From Staff Reports American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall on Wednesday had a conversation with President Biden regarding challenges being experienced by U.S. farmers and ranchers, and used the opportunity to push for final Congressional action on the Ocean Shipping Reform Act to address the backlog at the nation’s ports. “I had a good …

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Right to repair lawsuits filed against John Deere consolidated to Midwest court

From staff reports There are now nine cases that will go before the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in Illinois regarding the right to repair issue with John Deere. DeLine Farms filed the latest suit, a large operation that has locations in Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, and Arkansas. They own many John Deer Units and …

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USDA announces new food and supply chain framework

Photo courtesy of Envato Elements From staff reports With continued lasting effects as a result of the pandemic and now the Russia-Ukraine conflict causing supply chain shortages, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a major change to the food system that the USDA says will create more options, markets, and opportunities for small to …

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Country’s largest meat processing plant to come online

Photo courtesy of Envato Elements From staff reports South Dakota and South Carolina-based Kingsbury & Associates have announced that they will be constructing a 1-million-square-foot meat processing plant near Rapid City, South Dakota. The proposed plant aims to be the sing-largest beef processing plant in the U.S. The plant will have the capacity to process …

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Federal grant money to research food pathogens

Photo courtesy of Envato Elements From staff reports More than $5 billion is being dedicated to the Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria National Action Plan 2020-2025. The investment money is coming from the national Institute of Food and Agriculture, a department that falls under the USDA umbrella. “Pathogen resistance to antimicrobials is a complex problem, encompassing human …

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