• Josh Flint

    Dealing with Animal Welfare Groups: It's Time to Get Proactive

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     by Josh Flint
     on June 23, 2009

    During today's Illinois Agricultural Legislative Roundtable session, representatives from the state's major animal ag groups gave a fairly glum status report.   In a nutshell: 1. Pork producers are entering 20 months of losses. 2. Milk producers are getting half the price for milk they were a year ago. 3. Beef producers saw prices tank with the economy. 4. Lastly, each of the groups are concerned about attacks from animal welfare groups.   Mark Gebhards, Illinois Farm Bureau executive…

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    New Rendering Rule Is Classic Over Regulation

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     by Josh Flint
     on June 17, 2009

    I'm not a big fan of over regulation courtesy of Uncle Sam.   While the new administration is ripe with fresh examples, one in particular isn't getting a lot of press. I'm talking about the new rendering requirements put into place by the FDA as of April 27.   The new rule requires rendering companies to remove the brain and spinal cord prior to processing cattle carcasses 30 months and older. Otherwise, the animal cannot be used for byproducts and must be placed in a landfill, buried or…

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    Hay Expo Provides a Break From Corn Talk

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     by Josh Flint
     on June 10, 2009

    There's an oft-repeaded phrase in Illinois, "Corn is king." For the past several months, delayed corn planting has been the hot topic. However, this week, I traveled to Hixton, Wis. for the Farm Progress Hay Expo. It's been fun to take a break from corn to discuss alfalfa -- a crop that doesn't get a lot of publicity in central Illinois. At the Expo, I met a couple of farmers from southern Indiana who raise a few hundred acres of alfalfa for local horse owners. Both said the delayed planting…

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    Farm Progress Show's Seed Technology Plots Ready for Emergence

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     by Josh Flint
     on June 2, 2009

    Looking back through my day planner, I have "FPS Planting" crossed off four times through April and May. That's how many times rain pushed back the planting date for the Farm Progress Show seed plot planting. Mother Nature finally gave us a break on Monday, June 1. While taking photos of plot planting, I was reminded of an adage often used in construction -- "Measure twice, cut once." For seed plot planting, I'd tweak the saying a bit -- "Check the bag twice, plant once." If you check out…

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