National Agriculture News

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How does COVID-19 arrive at a farm? Are farmers immune to COVID-19? Can someone contract COVID-19 from animals? Can infected farmers spread it to their animals?

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The coronavirus and cheap oil are hitting the fuel business so hard that ethanol plants are shutting down. Some may never come back.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released March 31 its annual “Prospective Plantings” report. It provides the first look at farmer planting intentions for corn, soybeans and wheat in 2020. Normal survey procedures were conducted during the first two weeks of March before USDA implemented COVID-19 precautions to switch all surveys to online-only.

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OPINION  Following the recent passage of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, called CARES, the National Farmers Union is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to “swiftly and efficiently implement assistance and distribute resources” to family farmers and ranchers as well as rural communities.

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PESHTIGO, Wis. – Three words are golden at Drees Dairy Farm – efficiency, consistency and comfort. So when the Drees family worked on a plan to expand their farm, energy efficiency was an important factor. They made a transition in 2015 from a tiestall barn to a freestall barn with tunnel ventilation and four milking robots. They also switched from single-phase to three-phase electric power with help from Wisconsin Public Service.

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John Deere unveiled at the 2019 Agritechnica farm show in Germany a number of optimization tweaks to its combines for 2020. Increasing throughput, automation and making the machines easier to use are the main changes being adapted across the ranges, according to the company.

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New axles and tire options on JCB’s new Fastrac 4000 Series tractors have the potential of increased payloads and durability, according to the British manufacturer. Another key feature on the refreshed range is a locking front-axle differential, which has the capability to increase traction in the field.

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The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin board of directors re-elected three board members at the organization’s recent virtual business conference. Andy Buttles, Steve Orth and Katy Schultz were re-elected to second three-year terms.

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Compeer Financial, in partnership with the Fund for Rural America, is donating $25,000 to 19 rural hospitals and nursing homes across the upper Midwest. The donation is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a step that brings some much-needed funding to the rural-healthcare community.

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ASHLAND, Wis. – A lot of folks are interested in excellent-quality food. They want to know who produced the food and how it was produced. Better yet they would like to visit the farm where the food was raised.