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Michigan Ag Safety Grant Program gives $15 million to support critical farm, food-processing worker safety

The grant program will target worker safety, with funding available to cover testing costs, personal protection equipment, and facility needs to help mitigate risks of COVID-19 exposure and spread. Application begins July 15. Photo courtesy of Prelipp Farms and Greenhouse



The state of Michigan has approved a $15 million Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program to assist Michigan farms and agricultural processors in their efforts to mitigate risks of the COVID-19 virus among

essential workers. Funding for the grant program came through state legislative approval of Senate Bill 690, sponsored by Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland), calling for an appropriation of federal funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the package into law the first week of July, noting the grants will provide much-needed funding to Michigan’s agricultural processors and farms in support of a critical industry in the state. “Michigan’s food and agriculture sector has been especially hard hit by the COVID-19 virus, and this investment will provide critical resources to ensure the safety of the state’s food production industry and its workforce,” Whitmer said in a statement. Michigan Farm Bureau President Carl Bednarski applauded the creation and funding of the grant program, saying it will help ensure the agriculture sector can continue to go above and beyond in adapting and responding to the changing food production environment. “Michigan Farm Bureau was proud to support Senate Bill 690 to create the Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program to assist farms and agricultural processors in their efforts to protect their employees,” Bednarski said. “Our farmer-members were some of the first to proactively adopt new measures to keep their families and employees safe and strengthen existing safety standards.” The Michigan Agricultural Safety Grants are divided between agricultural pro-

cessors and farms: • $10 million in grants will be provided to processors statewide, with a minimum grant of $10,000 and a maximum grant of $200,000. • $5 million in grants will be available to farms statewide, with a minimum grant of $10,000 and a maximum grant of $50,000. Applicants must apply as either a processor or a farm — but not both — and funds will provide grants of up to $1,000 per employee to fund COVID-19 mitigation costs, including but not limited to testing costs, personal protection equipment, facility needs, increased sanitation costs, employee training, and upgraded safety procedures for farm-provided housing. Employee testing and PPE continue to be a great need to protecting the agriculture workforce, both on-farm, and in the processing industry, according to Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell. The program will cover costs incurred from June 1 through Sept. 15, 2020, with eligible applicants able to apply for funding beginning on July 15, 2020. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all funding has been awarded. Grant applications will be processed by GreenStone Farm Credit Services which will also host the application portal, complete an initial screening of all applications and supporting documentation and recommend applications to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for final approval and

disbursements of the grants awarded. GreenStone will also provide a report to the MEDC of all applications that were denied in the review process. The authorizing legislation for the program also requires reporting on Oct. 15, 2020, to the Legislature and State Budget Office on the Agricultural Safety Grant Program’s results, and that report will also be available on To qualify for grant support, applicants must be a farm or agricultural processor located in Michigan and meet the following requirements: • A minimum of 10 employees in Michigan, with supporting documentation. • Provide proof of good standing with the state of Michigan, as applicable (Certificate of Good Standing). • Attest that the business is current on all state, local and real estate taxes, or is otherwise contesting them in good faith. “We are continuing to leverage every resource available — whether federal, state or local — to ensure our small businesses across Michigan are able to receive the support they need to not only survive COVID-19 but be in a position to thrive and drive economic recovery moving forward,” said MEDC CEO Mark A. Burton. “Working in partnership with MDARD and GreenStone, we are confident we can get this critical support into the hands our farms and agricultural processors quickly and effectively to keep our workers and our food supply safe,” he added.

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Weekly Price Outlook

Surprises from USDA drive corn prices higher The Acreage and Grain Stocks reports, released on June 30, produced some surprises for the corn market, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs. “The drop in acreage spurred a rally in corn prices and injected some optimism into the corn outlook moving into the 2020 marketing year. The market turns to weather forecasts and the upcoming WASDE report for price formation over the short term,” Hubbs says. Corn producers reported they planted or intended to plant 92.01 million acres of corn this year, 2.31 million more than planted in 2019. Corn-planted acres came in 3.2 million acres lower than the average trade guess and 4.98 million acres smaller than March planting intentions. Compared to March planting intentions in major producing states, the June survey revealed lower corn acres in all states. In particular, the western Corn Belt saw substantial acreage reductions with North Dakota (800,000 acres), South Dakota (600,000), and Nebraska (700,000) leading the way. The eastern Corn Belt saw 1 million acres of corn dropped from March intentions with Illinois and Indiana at 400,000 acres each. “The 5 million acres drop in corn acres did not move into other principal crops and hints at expanded prevent plant acreage for corn this year,” Hubbs notes. Producer intentions to plant principal crop acreage show a 9.3 million acre increase from 2019, Hubbs explains. The USDA estimates that acreage planted to principal crops will total 311.9 million acres. The planned increase in total planted acreage from a year ago came from increases in feed grains and soybeans. Sorghum acreage came in 355,000 acres higher than a year ago at 5.62 million acres. Barley and oats increased by 76,000 and 324,000 acres, respectively. Soybean planting intentions indicated farmers plan to plant 83.8 million acres of soybeans, up 7.7 million acres from 2019. The soybean acreage came in at the low end of market expectations.

“An additional 2.24 million acres of corn remain unplanted at the time of the survey and brings into question whether those acres may end up in alternative crops or unplanted,” Hubbs states. “The surprise in corn planted acreage led to a strong rally in corn prices. The market’s focus now turns to demand and weather.” Hubbs explains that while the acreage report revealed a positive surprise for corn prices, the June 1 stocks report came in much higher than expected. June 1 corn stocks came in at 5.224 billion bushels, slightly higher than last year and about 273 million bushels larger than the average trade guess. “The higher-than-expected stocks total revealed a lower level of feed use in the third quarter of the marketing year. Feed and residual use during the first three quarters of the marketing year sits at 4.729 billion bushels,” Hubbs states. To reach the projected 5.7 billion bushels of corn, the USDA projects for feed and residual during this marketing year, feed and residual use in the fourth quarter must equal 971 million bushels. “Fourth-quarter feed and residual use has not equaled that level since the 2005-06 marketing year. Based on the current stocks estimate, it appears feed and residual use this year may not reach the projection of 5.7 billion bushels and may see the USDA lower the estimate in the next WASDE report on July 10,” Hubbs says. A lower feed and residual amount points toward a larger carry out into the next marketing year, Hubbs explains. “The potential for the current marketing-year ending stocks eclipsing 2.2 billion bushels, while not sure, looks high,” he says. Ethanol production continues to recover from the weakness seen in April and May. Corn use for ethanol in the third quarter totaled 955 million bushels, down 387 million bushels from the third quarter of the last marketing year. For the week ending June 26, ethanol production

came in at 900,000 barrels a day, up almost 18% from a month ago. “The recent uptick in Covid-19 cases and subsequent policies enacted around the country to fight the spread insert a considerable level of uncertainty into ethanol use projections,” Hubbs states. “Corn use for ethanol may flatten out as the virus’s resurgence mitigates economic activity during the peak driving season and may carry over into the next marketing year. An expectation of USDA lowering corn use for ethanol by 50 million bushels in the next WASDE report seems reasonable,” he adds. Corn exports appear on track to hit the USDA estimate of 1.775 billion bushels for the current marketing year, Hubbs notes. Outstanding sales as of June 25 sit at 332 million bushels. Exports through June 25 for the marketing year total near 1.38 billion bushels. “While the export pace sits slightly below the USDA estimate, some light Chinese buying and strong domestic prices in Brazil hold positives for corn exports. Higher corn prices and the potential for slow global growth may prevent an acceleration of exports as the calendar

moves into the next marketing year,” Hubbs says. “A higher carry out, despite lower acreage, places an added emphasis on yield potential,” Hubbs notes. “Some dryness in major corn-producing areas looks feasible over the near term. The recent drought monitor showed areas in North Dakota, Illinois, and Indiana poised to come under stress if dryness continues. “The overall impact on the crop is challenging to predict now. An extended dry period as the early-planted crop moves into pollination will push corn yields lower. The projection for harvested corn acres sits at 84 million acres, 2.7 million more than harvested in 2019. If USDA’s yield projection of 178.5 comes to fruition, corn production comes in near 15 billion bushels with the present acreage intentions, up around 1.37 billion bushels from 2019.” Corn prices already reflect lower acreage and weaker demand, Hubbs says. “Subsequent rallies in corn prices rely on the weather. The prospect of the market building a weather premium seems high over the next week given the current weather forecast,” he concludes.

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NMC webinar addresses protocols to harvest optimal milk quality

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Crop Progress


EAST LANSING, MI -- A hot and dry week had many producers wishing for rain, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending July 5, 2020. Daytime high temperatures across the state averaged from the mid-80s to the upper 90s while almost no precipitation fell during the week. Late planted crops with short root systems were beginning to show signs of stress as topsoil moisture levels decreased significantly over the past week. There were several reports of corn leaves rolling from the heat while both soybeans and dry beans were showing signs of stress from lack of moisture. Oats continued to head out while wheat was maturing quickly in the heat; some producers expressed concern that the

lack of rain could negatively impact grain weight in small grain crops. First cut hay was winding down, and while second cut has begun, reporters noted that regrowth has been poor. Other activities included scouting for pests and spraying herbicides and insecticides in row crops as conditions allowed. Hot, dry weather was the norm last week and while good for disease management, it was not particularly good for fruit size development. Growers applied supplemental irrigation to help in this regard. Peaches in the Southwest were 1.75 inches. The estimated harvest date for Red Haven in central Berrien county was August 4. Early season varieties were expected to begin harvesting soon. In the East, peaches were 1.25 to 1.38 inches; pit hardening was beginning and thinning continued. Tart cherries in the Southwest were red and harvest was begin-

ning. Some growers have no crop or a crop that was so light that there will be no harvest. In the Northwest, tart cherries continued to size. The crop was varied with some growers having a full crop while others had a crop that was lighter than they had previously expected. Apples in the Southwest ranged from 30 to 45 millimeters. In the Northwest, growers wrapped up thinning their apple crop; growers were happy with their thinning this season. In the East, apples were 1.38 to 1.5 inches; June drop had nearly ended. Apple maggot and apple rust mites began to show up; growers controlled these insects. Potato leaf hopper counts also rose last week. In the Southwest, early blueberry varieties like Bluetta and Duke had ripe berries and harvest was underway. In the West Central, blueberry harvest for the fresh market began in Weymouth and Duke; fruit

quality was excellent. Irrigation and scouting activities were prevalent this week, as sustained hot, dry weather increased pest pressure and moisture stress in crops. Early sweet corn was silking in the South and some corn earworm was detected in low numbers. In the East, sweet corn planting came to a close. Pepper planting neared completion in the South, while some early peppers began flowering. Cole crops continued plant development, with the canopies of early plantings coming together. Early garlic harvest began in the East. Hoop house cucumbers and tomatoes were harvested in the East and limited snap bean harvest began in the Southwest. Cucurbit downy mildew remained a concern for melon and cucumber growers, as a few more cases were confirmed this week.

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Hot and dry weather persisted throughout most of the State, though scattered early week rains brought relief to some areas, according to USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Field Office. Topsoil and subsoil moisture levels decreased from the previous week. The average temperature for the week

was 78.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 4.8 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 1.57 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.62 inches. There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 5. Spotty rains left some fields saturated,

while others were showing signs of drought stress by the end of the week. The more significant rain events were confined to the southern part of the State. Corn silking was running behind the five-year average, while soybeans were blooming just ahead of schedule. Crop conditions decreased slightly for both corn and soybeans. The dry weather

allowed for significant progress with winter wheat harvest and hay cutting. Livestock were reported to be in good condition, but pasture conditions also suffered from the hot and dry weather. Other activities for the week included pesticide applications and scouting fields.

REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Hot and dry weather came back into the state causing drought stress in crops, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture decreased from 69 percent adequate or surplus last week to 30 percent adequate or

surplus this week. Average temperatures for the week were approximately 5 degrees above historical normals, and the entire state averaged less than 0.2 inch of precipitation. There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 5. Farmers applied herbicide to soybeans,

sprayed weeds, baled hay, and harvested wheat. Winter wheat harvested was at 51 percent, ahead of the five-year average by 10 percentage points, boosted by the warm, dry weather. Soybeans blooming was at 27 percent, 11 percentage points ahead of the fiveyear average. Alfalfa hay first cutting

reached 100 percent, 12 percentage points ahead of the five-year average. Fifty-three percent of corn was considered good or excellent and 66 percent of pasture and range was considered good or excellent compared to a five-year average of 59 percent.



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Rural Point of View Chewing the Cud

Trump delivers on new deal replacing NAFTA Amanda Radke

Rancher & Former National Beef Ambassador

One of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises in 2016 was to renegotiate trade deals to benefit America’s farmers, ranchers, consumers and workers. While the bitter battle with China seems like ages ago, in light of the global pandemic that has dominated the news cycle in 2020, the reality is that producers certainly felt the pinch of an ongoing trade war, with many doubting Trump would actually pull through. On July 1, Trump finally pulled off his campaign promise, signing into effect the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which the White House touts as a better deal than 24-yearold North American Free Trade Agreement. In an op-ed piece, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said, “President Trump is laying the foundation for a stronger farm economy through USMCA and other fairtrade deals. When President Trump first promised to re-negotiate NAFTA, the The sound will take you back to your childhood on a hot summer day with the distant hit and miss of a tractor in a hay field. Your mind may suddenly be flooded with memories of your grandfather pulling into the farmyard on his old John Deere A. Or maybe if you closed your eyes your memory will take you to a summer parade with a long line of antique tractors showing off their new paint. I recently posted a photo on social media of my John Deere B with an American Flag proudly attached on the back. It was a simple photo that I thought would bring some temporary contentment in a world of opposing views. And it did. I was surprised by the popularity of this picture of Americana. And ever since I’ve contemplated the bold voice of that tractor and flag. That old John Deere came off the assembly line in 1950. And with its shiny This is one of those stories that sound so unbelievable that you’ll know I didn’t make it up! Mike studied the bloodlines. He checked performance records. He knew his herd like the top two layers of his tool box! He was a good young cattleman. When he decided on the course of action to improve his herd’s genetics he called the breed association rep. They discussed his needs. Plans were made for the fieldman to attend a bull sale in Texas with the express instructions to buy exactly the right bull. The call from Texas delighted Mike. The fieldman had bought in the perfect yearlin’ bull that would carry Mike’s cows into the 21st century. $10,000...for half interest. He agreed that the co-owner, a purebred breeder from Oklahoma, could use the bull that fall. Then he would ship him to Pine Ridge country of northwestern Nebraska in time for Mike’s spring breeding.

universal hue and cry from agriculture was “do no harm.” Not only has he done no harm, but USMCA is a better agreement than NAFTA on almost every front. “The implementation of this deal sends a strong signal to other important export markets such as the United Kingdom and the European Union that President Trump and Congress are serious about pursuing and enacting future agreements that create better economic opportunities for all parties involved. The United States is open for business, and our farmers are ready to export more of their wholesome and nutritious products to consumers around the world. I thank President Trump for successfully renegotiating and updating this dusty trade agreement and setting the stage for Americans to succeed and grow our economy for years to come.” Agricultural groups were quick to respond to the successful implementation of the USMCA trade deal.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent a joint letter to thank the leaders of all three nations. It was signed by NCBA President Marty Smith, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association President Bob Lowe, and CNOG President Oswaldo Chazaro Montalvo. Here is an excerpt: “International trade is fundamental to the success of North American farmers and ranchers and the full value of the products we sell can only be achieved when we have access to the markets that most value them. In the face of the economic hardships of COVID-19, it is timely and welcome that USMCA enters into force, providing a foundation of economic stability for our rural communities and food systems.” Meanwhile, American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist said, “On the back of a struggling farm economy, on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is welcome news, improving what’s been a long and successful agreement for U.S. agriculture. Farmers were excited about USMCA implementation. We have three wins on the trade front last year when you think about the Phase One agreement, about USMCA, and the Japan-U.S. agreement. So, farmers are very excited, especially the wheat producers, dairy producers, and poultry producers. They’re going to get better and more fair access into the Canadian market.” Speaking on the White House lawn, Trump said of the USMCA deal, “When I ran for President, I made a solemn prom-

Truth From the Trenches

A universal symbol of rural Americana Melissa Hart

Dairy Farmer, Farmer's Wife & Writer

green paint and its fresh hit and miss engine, she made her place on the farm as a valuable tool. Maybe she raked hay or hauled manure. She may have plowed a furrow or two or pulled some firewood up to the farmhouse to keep the family warm and the cookstove hot. Over the years she was replaced with more horsepower and updated technology. She may have been relegated to keeping the pasture mowed and only used

In February arrangements were made to put the bull on the back of a load going as far as Sterling, Colorado. The trucker would call Mike on arrival. Mike waited anxiously. Several days passed and nobody called. He called his partner only to find they’d left Oklahoma territory a week before! Feeling uneasy, Mike called the Sterling sale barn. “No?” “No,” they didn’t remember any bull. “Let us check.” They suggested possibly the bull Mike was lookin’ for had been bought by a trader! “What’d he pay?” asked Mike. “Fifty-six cents a pound.” In a panic he tracked down the trader. He’d run the bull through the Brush sale. The trader said he broke even. Packerland had bought him as a baloney bull! Mike drove all night to Packerland in a desperate effort to save his bull! “No,” they said, “he was too thin to kill” so they’d sent him to a feedlot in Rocky Ford! Mike smelled like burnin’ rubber and

during the summer. As she sat in the barn, she may have plowed acres and acres in the mind of a 6-year-old farm boy who couldn’t wait until it was his turn to drive. She was well-maintained by her first love but outlived her usefulness on the modern farm. Today she serves as a reminder of an America that works hard and produces quality. She tells a story of steadfastness, tenacity, and longevity. Like our country,


ise to the American people that I would end the job-killing failure called the NAFTA and replace it with a better deal for our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses—the men and women of Main Street who built the most prosperous and equitable economy in human history. “With NAFTA ending forever and the USMCA entering into full force, our grateful Nation pays tribute to America’s workers and celebrates their ability to overcome decades of bad deals and failed policies. The USMCA is the largest, fairest, and most balanced trade agreement ever negotiated and contains innovative provisions to help grow the economy and support American jobs. It is a tremendous victory for our manufacturers and autoworkers, meaning more cars and trucks will be produced in the United States. “The USMCA is also a historic breakthrough for American agriculture. Canada will provide greater access for American dairy products, poultry, and eggs, and finally give fair treatment to American-grown wheat. In addition, the USMCA includes groundbreaking provisions to address digital trade, services, small business, and more, which will protect America’s competitive edge in technology and innovation.” Amanda Radke is a South Dakota rancher, a writer, and motivational speaker, specializing in the beef industry, social media and consumer trends. Contact her at her paint may be faded but her faithfulness shines through. Her seat may be worn but she never shies away from carrying her share of the load. Her mechanics may be old-school but she’s as reliable as the day is long and she’ll work until the farming is finished. This old beauty wants to work and strong and steady are the two cylinders that keep her engine popping. Just like the farmer who preserved her, she has a long history and could tell a thousand tales of following a straight furrow, hauling hay in before a storm and helping to keeping not only the family fed but an entire country nourished. Melissa is a farmwife, mom and freelance writer residing on a dairy farm in southern Michigan. She is available for speaking engagements by contacting her at Visit her weblog at www.knolltopfarmwife.

On the Edge of Common Sense

The herd sire Baxter Black, DVM

Cowboy Poet & Former Large Animal Veterinarian

was chewin’ the upholstery when he boiled into the feedlot in a cloud of dust! The foreman was surprised but led him over to the receiving pens. There stood Mike’s future; road weary, coughin’ and covered with sale barn tags! Mike’s knees were shakin’! “Nice bull,” said the foreman, “But ya cut’er close, sonny. Tomorrow evenin’ he’da looked a lot different without his horns and cajones!” Baxter Black is a cowboy poet, former large animal veterinarian and entertainer

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Mid-July was always summer’s sweet spot on the southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth. With June’s rush of sweaty work— wheat harvest, straw baling, laying corn by, cultivating soybeans, and weed spraying—finally complete and before another cutting of alfalfa was ready, mid-July slipped in with treats like fresh peaches, sweet corn, and juicy garden tomatoes. Mid-July also meant baseball’s All Star game, the county fair, and a week’s vacation in Missouri’s far away Lake of the Ozarks where we kids would swim all day, Dad would fish all day, and Mom wouldn’t can a quart of anything any day. This year, most fairs have been cancelled and baseball and vacations have either been dramatically altered or simply cashiered because of Covid. In a way, most of this summer’s fun has been cancelled for countless Americans by, well, themselves in a personal effort to stay healthy. The clear result of these individual stands, however, has been spectacular failure. Our uneven, state-by-state approach to fighting the virus has turned yesterday’s pandemic into today’s pandemonium. And yet, many of us and our political leaders appear less concerned with the virus’s ferocious return than with its deadly appearance. It’s as though the nation, after months of coronavirus fighting and weeks of Black Lives Matter marches and protests, simply ran out gas this month. I understand; I’m out of gas, too. March was a blur of shocks and lock-


downs; April, a 24/7 death-everywhere movie. May brought a drop in shock and rise in hope but, then, June caught fire and burned like a dry prairie. And just as everyone was ready to lean into mid-July’s soft, sweet center, back comes the mortal need to stay vigilant, stay masked, and stay home. In reality, most of today’s Covid preemptive prescription sounds like a piece of cake compared to the hard work of our 1960s dairy farm. One piece of it, stay at home, is what we did anyway. Only now, with Covid on the loose, staying home delivers the benefit of staying healthy. I can, literally, live with that. Just as I can now live without Oliver square balers that were as reliable as the weatherman’s forecast and milking 100 hot Holsteins in a 100-degree milking parlor on late Sunday afternoons in July. I would, however, love to go back to any of those steamy July evenings when Uncle Honey, my father’s uncle and part owner of the farm, would take my two older brothers and me to St. Louis to watch the Cardinals play. The games were great, and the root beer and hotdogs were even better. But those nostalgic memories overshadow just how blood-filled the 1960s were. There isn’t enough space here to list all the people who were devoted to make America better that decade and were murdered, many of them publicly, just because they tried. Then came Vietnam. If you lived through the 1960s and 70s, you are not neutral on that war or its powerful influ-

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Farm & Food File

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is nothing Alan Guebert

Agricultural Journalist & Expert

ence on politics still today. And if you think American cities were hit by racial strife last month, those fires were mere torches to show our halfcentury of failure to heed the race-fueled riots that burned large portions of Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, Newark, and other cities in the 1960s. In fact, none of today’s deep national woes—save Covid-19—are new and few, if any, are as nation-threatening as 50 years ago when American blood flowed from Selma to Saigon. We never fully fixed those problems; like today, we just ran out of gas to fight them.

But now they’re back and until we find the fuel—the ideas, leadership, and strength—to reengage, maybe we should take July’s sweet second half to do exactly what we used to do: not much at all. Simply staying home and wearing masks in public. Those, in fact, are nothing compared to the sacrifice others made to deliver us here. The Farm and Food File is published weekly through the U.S. and Canada. Past columns, events and contact information are posted at


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Lots going on at the Malick Farm By Gail Malick Malick family has several changes coming to the farm. With three houses located on the farm, Ed and I live in the oldest house built in 1857. The house west of ours was built in 1913. The house east of ours was built in 1964. At one point of time, a member of the Gorton (Ed's maternal family name) family lived in all of these houses. And by Christmas time, all three houses will be occupied by Malicks (Gorton descent) again. Two of our "kids" will move their families into these houses. This is a true blessing. Our church opened the doors for inperson gathering for the first time on July 5th. It truly was a joy to see and talk with the church family after all these months of separation. We stood outside and caught up with each other. Even though the service itself was different than we normally

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would do, the Spirit of the Lord was present. We learned through all of this craziness that God's Spirit moved in unique and special ways in the lives of people. The stories shared reflect God's moving. Life is always changing... sometimes at faster paces than other times. But through it all, we can be assured that God remains! He remains ready to hear our cry for forgiveness, help, praise, comfort, strength, steadfastness, etc. He remains

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true, faithful, just, and sovereign. He is God who loves His greatest part of creation -- humans. From the moment of conception to the very last breath taken on this earth, all people are precious in His sight. Thank you, God, for loving me and all the people who read these words. So that is a taste of what is happening in and around the Malick Farm. Many changes, great growth (physically and spiritually), and some of the old still present. Through it all, "God remains." I find comfort in those two words. Happy Summer to you all! Gail loves the Lord most of all. She delights in her calling to be a wife to Ed Malick and a mother to seven children ages 21-37 and grandmother of nine. Ed is 6th generation on the homestead family farm in Ypsilanti Township, MI.

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When sitting down to write something for this week, my mind runs in all sorts of directions as life in and around the Malick Farm runs in all those directions, too. First, the menfolk are keeping their eyes on the crop progress. As the old saying goes, corn should be "knee high by the 4th of July". For the first time ever my menfolk see corn 6 ft. tall in some areas of the fields by the 4th of July. We may see a bumper crop as the hot humid weather continues with moisture coming from time to time. Yes, we went through a month or longer of very little precipitation. My garden was watered from time to time, but still not as beneficial as the showers from heaven. While weeding the yellow wax bean rows, I came to several short plants sending out blossoms. I said, "Oh, no, little plant. You need to grow some more before you start producing," as I plucked those blossoms off. I wish humans had that drive to produce "good fruit" even in the midst of a life's drought or in the heat of living. These bean plants reached a point (under current weather conditions) where they had better produce some wax beans or there would be nothing. I appreciated the Creator's drive implanted in these bean plants to procreate after its own kind under any circumstances. My little 4-5 inch bean plants were attempting to do just that until I came along to encourage a little more growth before fruitfulness. After weeks of heat and dryness, we received a 1/3 inch of rain on Mon., 1/4 inch on Wed. and more precipitation forecasted for today, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Rain from heaven is the best watering system ever!. Thank you, Lord! Beyond the fields and garden, the



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ASA celebrates 100 years of advocating for soy growers

ST. LOUIS — The American Soybean Association (ASA) will celebrate a century of soybean advocacy this summer with a return to the site where it all began. ASA was formed when brothers Taylor, Noah and Finis Fouts hosted the first Corn Belt Soybean Field Day at their Soyland Farms operation in Camden, Indiana on Sept. 3, 1920. The event drew nearly 1,000 farmers and their families from six states, who were interested in discovering more about this emerging new commodity called soybeans. The National Soybean Growers’ Association—later renamed the American Soybean Association—was formed that very day. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ASA, with special support from the Indiana Soybean Alliance, will host a 100th anniversary celebration and historical marker dedication at its birth-

place on Fouts Soyland Farm in Camden. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with self-guided tours, including heirloom soybean plots and historic Fouts family machinery. Attendees can also see ASA history displays and pick up a complimentary copy of the commemorative history book, American Soybean Association: Our First Soy Century 1920–2020. ASA Director and 100th Anniversary Host Kendell Culp (IN) will open the historical marker ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by a welcome from Elisha Modisett Kemp of the Fouts family. ASA President Bill Gordon (MN) and Past President Alan Kemper (IN) will provide remarks before Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb unveils the historical marker. After lunch, a special anniversary program hosted at noon by Master of Ceremonies Max Armstrong will feature a lineup of notable speakers including:

• Ray Gaesser (IA), ASA Past President and 100th Anniversary Host • David Rodibaugh, Chair, Indiana Soybean Alliance • Karen Plaut, Dean, College of Agriculture, Purdue University • Keynote Speaker: Steve Censky, Deputy Secretary, USDA Attendees will also have the opportunity to see a video history of Fouts Family and Soyland Farm, in addition to a special musical performance of Growing Soybeans to Get Along, a song written by Taylor

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JULY 15, 2020



Class III milk rises to highest price since November 2014

The Agriculture Department announced the June Dairy Month Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $21.04 per hundredweight (cwt.), up a record month to month increase of $8.90 from May and $4.77 above June 2019. It is the highest Class III price since November 2014 and boosts the 2020 Class III average to $16.09, up from $15.25 at this time a year ago and $14.41 in 2018. Thursday’s Class III futures settlements portended a July Class III at $22.97; August, $20.95; September, $18.81; October, $17.74; November, $17.16, and December was at $16.36.




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The June Class IV price is $12.90, up $2.23 from May but $3.93 below a year ago. Its six month average sits at $13.78, down from $15.98 a year ago and compares to $13.67 in 2018. Strong milk prices are indeed good news for farmers however the University of Wisconsin’s Dr. Mark Stephenson and Cornel’s Dr. Andrew Novakovic warn that “For the next few months, producers will very likely be frustrated by seeing that Class III prices have rebounded dramatically from the pandemic induced lows but that their milk check doesn’t reflect all of the optimism from dairy headlines.” They give a detailed explanation in a paper entitled “Making Sense of Your Milk Price in the Pandemic Economy: Negative PPDs, Depooling, and Reblending.” You can find it at Pubs/IL20-03.pdf Clouds on the horizon include the fact that high cheese prices caused some retailers to cancel cheese orders last week, according to the June 26 Dairy and Food Market Analyst (DFMA). The Analyst stated “With Coronavirus cases spiking, two states, with 15% of the USA population (Florida and Texas), announced initiatives to roll-back

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re-opening steps. Nine other states have paused re-openings (12% of the USA) for a total of 27% of the country.” There was good news in the Agriculture Department’s approval of up to $1.27 billion in extended contracts and up to $202 million in new contracts to support American producers and communities through the USDA’s Famers to Families Food Box program. This second round means $512 million in fresh fruits and vegetables will be purchased, $288 million in dairy products, $233 million in meat products and $444 million in a combination box of fresh produce, dairy or meat. HighGround Dairy’s (HGD) Lucas Fuess reported in the July 6 Dairy Radio Now broadcast that the announcement is in addition to other government programs. HGD points out that while the latest announcement of $288 million for dairy is about 32.5% less in total dollars than Round 1, “The market cares less about the dollars and more about the total volume being consumed by the program.” Fuess stated that vendors had to submit prices for all four potential rounds when the initial bids were due May 1 but product prices were at a much lower level. He said that vendors likely planned on higher prices ahead but the highest price for CME cash-settled cheese futures on May 1 was $1.67 (Oct). As of July 1, CME block Cheddar was $2.64, up 58% from the highest May 1 futures board price. This will create challenges for vendors procuring product, he said, but will most likely provide continued support under cheese markets through summer and prevent a price crash. He cautioned however that the Coronavirus continues to spread in the south and west and, if restaurants start closing again, “That may be a warning sign on the horizon.” In other dairy news of the week; the May Dairy Products report pegged total cheese output at 1.1 billion pounds, up 3.2% from April but 0.7% below May 2019. The year to date total hit 5.4 billion pounds, down 0.1% from 2019. Italian type cheese totaled 481.7 million

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pounds, up 6.8% from April and 1.5% above a year ago. YTD output was at 2.35 billion pounds, down 0.6%. American type cheese totaled 442.6 million pounds, down 1.0% from April and 0.2% below a year ago. YTD American was at 2.2 billion pounds, up 1.3%. Mozzarella output climbed to 378.2 million pounds, up 0.9% from a year ago, with YTD at 1.85 billion pounds, down 0.7%. Cheddar, the cheese traded at the CME, slipped to 319.4 million pounds, down 11.5 million pounds or 3.5% from April and 1.7 million or 0.5% below May 2019. Year to date Cheddar stood at 1.6 billion pounds, up 1.4% from a year ago. Butter output fell to 178.3 million pounds, down 39.2 million pounds or 18.0% from April but was 8.3 million pounds or 4.9% above a year ago, the tenth consecutive month it topped a year ago. YTD butter output was at 973.2 million pounds, up 8.8% from a year ago. Dry whey totaled 86.2 million pounds, up 10.8% from April and 9.0% above a year ago, with YTD at 406.9 million pounds, up 4.2%. Dry whey stocks totaled 84.8 million pounds, up 12.4% from April and 18.9 million or 28.6% above 2019. Nonfat dry milk output totaled 157.7 million pounds, down 37.5 million pounds or 19.2% from April and 16 million or 9.2% above a year ago. YTD powder sits at 860.6 million pounds, up 3.2% from 2019. Stocks fell to 344.7 million pounds from a record 392.6 million in April, down 47.9 million pounds or 12.2% from April but 54.6 million or 18.8% below 2019. Skim milk powder output, at 47.1 million pounds, was up 6.7 million pounds or 16.5% from April and a hefty 20.5 million pounds or 76.9% above a year ago. YTD skim powder hit 206.9 million pounds, up 8.2% from a year ago. CME prices entered ‘National Ice Cream Month’ stronger, except for butter and powder. The 4th of July holiday shortened week saw the Cheddar blocks close Thursday at $2.6750 per pound, up a dime on the week and 82.75 cents above a year ago. The barrels finished at $2.4150, up 1.5 cents, 63.5 cents above a year ago, but 26 cents below the blocks. 20 cars of were block sold and 6 of barrel. Dairy Market News says some Midwestern cheesemakers reported COVID19 related disruptions regarding cheese pro-

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Class III milk rises to highest price since November 2014

duction as they finished the month of June. Spot milk prices were coming in below Class and “cheesemakers are deciding to, or not to, produce more cheese to add to the spot market.” Spot milk availability was opening up early in the week and was expected to last into the weekend and possibly into the following week. Western cheesemakers report production is still running at or above design capacity for many. Retail demand has been the “stalwart foundation for the cheese industry over the last few months,” says DMN, and “Some speculate that with summer grilling season on hand, and the safer at home mentality still fresh in consumers’ minds, demand for single serve slices has been strong.” Earlier this spring, cheese processors aggressively pursued export markets, selling a lot of cheese forward overseas however, as prices increased, contacts said they were seeing fewer future bookings. Food service demand has increased and government purchases have made cheese stocks tight. Some brokers are actively looking for cheese to close out existing contracts. But with higher prices, food service demand finding a new balance, and export contracts getting filled, many market participants envision a scenario where cheese availability may increase, and cheese prices may fall, warned DMN. Spot butter saw its fourth consecutive week of decline, closing at $1.7375 per pound, down 2.75 cents on the week, lowest since June 3, and 66.75 cents below a year ago. Only 4 carloads were sold on the week at the CME. The DFMA reports that “IRI data showed retail sales growth of butter has decreased for three consecutive weeks. Sales were up 51% five weeks ago, 39% four weeks ago, 29% three weeks ago and 21%

two weeks. The slowing gains is causing companies to revise their demand forecasts lower. Butter industry contacts had been celebrating ‘permanently changed consumer habits’ just a couple of weeks ago. Now, our colleagues are walking back those claims of a generational surge in baking habits.” Butter makers found cream prices more within reach as they started July, according to DMN, “but the longevity of churning is in question.” Butter demand remains strong on the retail side and food service has picked up in recent weeks, however it still lags previous years' figures by a sizable margin. The Western butter market is steady to a bit weaker. Cream is still tight but not like a few weeks ago though it remains out of the reach of some butter manufacturers, making it impossible to increase their production. Grade A nonfat dry milk weakened, closing Thursday at $1.01 per pound, down a penny on the week and 3 cents below a year ago, with 7 cars sold on the week. Dry whey saw its Thursday finish at 33 cents per pound, up 1.75 cents and a quarter-cent above a year ago, with 18 sales reported on the week at the CME. Lower feed costs did not offset a lower All Milk price and thus the May milk feed price ratio was lower for the sixth month in a row. The latest Ag Prices report put the ratio at 1.77, down from 1.84 in April, and compares to 2.10 in May 2019. The index is based on the current milk price in relationship to feed prices for a dairy ration consisting of 51% corn, 8% soybeans and 41% alfalfa hay. One pound of milk could only purchase 1.77 pounds of dairy feed of that blend in May. The US All-Milk price averaged $13.60 per cwt., down 80 cents from April and $4.40

below May 2019, as falling milk prices resulting from the COVID pandemic find their way to the farm gate. The national average corn price averaged $3.20 per bushel, down 9 cents per bushel from April and 43 cents per bushel below May 2019. Soybeans averaged $8.28 per bushel, down 7 cents from April but 26 cents per bushel above a year ago. Alfalfa hay averaged $179 per ton, down $2 per ton from April and $25 per ton below a year ago. Looking at the cow side of the ledger, the May cull price for beef and dairy combined averaged $68.30 per cwt., up $4.30 from April, $2.70 above May 2019, but was $3.30 below the 2011 base average of $71.60 per cwt. Speaking of feed costs, the USDA’s latest Acreage report estimates US farmers planted 92 million acres to corn, up 2.31 million or 3% from a year ago but down from the March estimate of 97 million. Compared with last year, planted acreage is expected to be up or unchanged in 28 of the 48 estimating States. Soybean plantings, were estimated at 83.8 million acres, up 10% from last year and 300,000 acres more than the March estimate. Planted acreage is up or unchanged from last year in 24 of the 29 estimating States. Lots of eyes are on these crop reports as to how they will affect feed costs on the farm. The US and China are at loggerheads again, this time with respect to Hong Kong’s standing with China and the spat could affect the Phase One trade agreement and hurt US soybean exports to China and others like whey. It looks like we will have plenty to sell. The USDA’s latest Crop Progress report has the US corn crop with a 73% good to excel-

lent rating, as of the week ending June 28, up from 72% the previous week, and up from 56% a year ago. The report shows 95% of US Soybeans are emerged, up from 89% the previous week, 15% ahead of a year ago, and 4% ahead of the five year average. 71% are rated good to excellent, up from 54% a year ago. Cotton is rated at 41% good to excellent, down from 52% at this time a year ago. US dairy exports continue via the farmer-funded Cooperatives Working Together program. Member cooperatives accepted 10 offers of export assistance from CWT this week that helped capture sales contracts for 1.455 million pounds of whole milk powder and 632,727 pounds of cream cheese. Meanwhile May US dairy exports were the strongest for the month on record, amounting to a combined 225,967MT, driven by demand for milk powders, according to HGD. Total cheese exports got close to a record high, and whey products to China were up 158% from the subdued volumes last year, says HGD, but remain below 20152018 May volumes. More details next week. If you think you’re behind in your paper work, consider this. The Agriculture Department just issued its December 2019 fluid milk sales report, likely delayed due to the bankruptcy situation of Dean Foods, in the process of being acquired by Dairy Farmers of America, and Borden, now in the process of being acquired by a private investment firm, Capitol Peak Partners and KKR & Company. Lee Mielke is a graduate of Brown Institute in Minneapolis, MN. He’s formerly the voice of the radio show “DairyLine,” and his column appears in agricultural papers across the U.S. Contact him at

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2020 SUMMER CONSIGNMENT AUCTION Friday, July 17 @ 5 PM Now Accepting Quality Consignments Including Trucks & Trailers 1999 Sterling Truck Tractor w/Wet Lines, Low Miles • 1979 Thumb 32’ Dump Trailer w/Lift Axle & 2-Way Tail Gate, One-Owner • 2006 MC Sierra Crew Cab Z71 4x4 • 22’ CM Stock Trailer Tractors, Farm Machinery & Farm Related Items Oliver 550 Tractor, 1270 Hours, 3-Pt/PTO, From Oliver Collector • New Holland 770 Chopper w/Hay & 2-Row Corn Head • John Deere 1064 Running Gear • JM Gravity Wagon w/ Cement Truck Tires, 640 Bushel • Kilbros Gravity Wagon w/12’Seed Auger & JD Gear • New Idea 50’ Hay Elevator • Sitrex Wheel Rake • Badger Sileage Unloading Wagon • Assorted Tractor & Implement Tires • 1-Bottom Plow, 3-Point • Bunks of New 4”, 5” & 6” Treated Fence Posts • Lawn & Garden • Recreational & Sporting Items • Shop Tools • Antiques & Collectibles & More! • Items Added Daily! Consignments accepted on site July 16 (8AM to dark) & July 17 (8AM-3PM). Unloading equipment available. Come Prepared for 2-Auction Rings! Online Bidding Now Available Through!



JULY 15, 2020



JULY 15, 2020





522 Stokes Road Coldwater, MI 49036


‘Minimal investment for immediate impact.’


Target milk quality

OVER 500 LOTS OF GAS ENGINES, LITERATURE, MEMORABILIA & TRACTION & GAS ENGINE PARTS!! Advance 35HP, sn.14651, 1 of 2 known Advance-Rumely 25 HP, sn. 14639, 1 of 9 known M. &J. Rumely 8 HP Portable, sn. 1377, reportedly the oldest Rumely Product steam engine in existence! Advance 26 HP, sn. 14598 (M Rumely Smoke Box Door Ring and Advance Banner Boy Door) Advance 22 HP, sn. 9977 Gaar Scott 20 HP, sn. 15539 Double Cylinder Gaar Scott 18 HP, sn. 13192 Single Cylinder Nichols-Shepard 25-85, sn. 12577 Double Cylinder Rack & Pinion Steering, 1 of 2 known Nichols-Shepard 20-70, sn. 12201, Single Cylinder


IH Plow 2-14” For Titan Or Mogul

Nichols-Shephard 20-42, overhead cam engine, 1 of 5 known

Huber Threshing Machine 32-54, Rumely Six

Rumely Oil Pull 30-60 E, sn. 8711 Plow Gearing

IHC Mogul 10-20

Rumely Oil Pull 30-60 S, sn. 233 Rumely Oil Pull 30-50 Y, sn. 110 Rumely Oil Pull 25-40 X, sn. 1565 Rumely Oil Pull 20-40 G, sn. 2708

1928 International Truck 1 Ton W/ Grain Racks McCormick Deering 10-20 1” Year Tractor McCormick Deering WK40

RumelyOil Pull 16-30 H

McCormick Deering W30

Rumely Oil Pull 16-30 H, sn. 4190

McCormick Deering 10-20 For Parts

Rumely Oil Pull 25-45 R, sn. 329

John Deere R

RumelyOil Pull 20-35 M, sn. 3316

IH 3588 2+2, Low Hours

Rumely Oil Pull 15-25 L, sn. 4723


Excellent Original Paint

John Deere Plow 12 Bottom Gang Plow John Deere Plow 10 Bottom Gang Plow P &O 5 Bottom Gang Plow

Case 75 HP, 80 HP boiler, sn. 354465

John Deere Plow 3-14”, Clutch Lift

Case 65 HP Boiler W/Brackets / Dome

John Deere Plow 3-16”, Clutch Lift

Advance Water Wagon With Pump

Rumely Grand Detour Plow 4-14”, Chain Lift

Advance Water Wagon With Pump

Rumely Grand Detour Plow 3-14”, Chain lift




Customers confirm One Gallon of Udder Comfort completes the pre- and/or post-fresh routine for 40 to 50 cows/heifers to receive all 14 applications.

IHCTitan 10-20



Targeting milk quality is more important than ever. Being proactive at the start of lactation changes the equation of costs and labor. Many dairy producers improved milk quality and performance after taking the Udder ComfortTM fresh cow challenge. For maximum results minimal cost, they target 10 to 14 post-and/or pre-fresh Udder Comfort applications to the bottom of the udder and up a few inches. “Investment per fresh cow was minimal, and we saw immediate impact. This was the missing piece to get the most out of all the things we do for comfort and quality,” says Jacob Moes, MoDak Dairy, Goodwin, SD with 2100 cows milking 92 lbs. In 2017, they adopted the practice of spraying udders with Udder Comfort 2x/day 5 to 7 days post-calving.

For John Waddell, Marshall, Wis., 1000 cows milk 85 lbs. and earn quality awards. It wasn’t always that way, John says: “We had been fighting to keep SCC under 300,000. We started the fresh cow routine with Udder Comfort in 2012. Being proactive, we saw less mastitis, and it was big for our milk quality, getting SCC down to 180,000 within a year and then 90 and 150,000 between the two farms. We apply it 2x/day 5 days post-calving; 2-year-olds also get it 1x/day 5 days pre-fresh.”

Maximum Result Minimal Cost

1.888.773.7153 Call for a distributor near you For external application to the udder only, after milking, as an essential component of udder management. Wash and dry teats thoroughly before milking.

“ Less than a year earlier, SCC had been 280,000. We couldn’t budge it. But with this routine, SCC dropped like a rock to 178,000, then to 150,000, and we were down to 4 hospital cows,” Jacob reports.


8042 U.S. Rt. 20 - Perrysburg, OH 7 Miles South of Toledo, 3 Miles East of I-75 OR Exit 5, Ohio Turnpike


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1997 Kenworth T800, M 11 Cummins, 9 Speed, air ride, 407K miles .............................................................. $16,500

2007 Mack Single Axle Day Cab, Mack AC 350 HP, Allison Auto, Air Ride .......................................................$11,500

2014 Freightliner M2, ISB Cummins 280 HP, Allison Automatic, Rear locker, New Swaploader SL240 with adjustable jib ..$64,500

International 7600, C11 CAT 315 HP, 7 Spd, New 20’ Scott Aluminium Grain Body and hoist, tarp................................$49,500

2017 Chevy 3500 4x2, Crew cab, 6.0L gas, automatic transmission, air conditioning, 9’ flat bed, only 15,000 miles ............. $37,500

2014 Chevy 3500 Express, 4.8 L Gas, Automatic, 11’ Reading utility body, 180K miles. .............................................$12,500

2011 Freightliner M2, Cummins ISB, 220 HP, Allison Auto, 2000 Gallon Water Tank, 214K Miles ......................... $22,500

2009 Case IH 160 Crumbler 20’ ..... $6,800

2011 International 8600 Transfer, Cummins ISM 350 HP, Allison Automatics, Air Ride, Stationary 5th Wheel, 421K ........................ $29,500, ONLY 1 LEFT

2012 Ford F550, 6.7L Powerstroke, Auto, 16’ Morgan insulated body with Carrier 30S, Cooler, 186K Miles ...............$19,900

2014 Freightliner M2, Cummins ISB 260 HP, Allison Auto, under CDL, air brake, air ride, 24’ Flat bed with drawtite tarp, new tarp on system. 199K miles, very clean truck ran in the south.. $39,500

2001 INT 4700, T444E, 230 HP, Allison MD 3060 P Trans, 33K GVW, 20’ Dry Van. LOW Miles 65K, Southern truck ................ $13,500

2012 Ford E 350 Passenger bus 5.4 L Gas, Automatic, 6 sear seats plus wheel chair securement 143k miles .......................$14,900

2015 Ford F250 4x4 Crew Cab, 6.2 L gas Auto 8’ Knapheide utility body 86k miles .......................................................$27,500

2006 International 7600, ISM Cummins 355 HP, 10 spd, Air Ride 390K miles. .......................................................$24,900

2014 Ford F250 4x4, 6.2L gas, Automatic, AC, Extended Cab, 8’ Knapheide Utility body, 72k miles ............................ $26,500

2012 Volvo Day Cab with Wet Kit, Cummins ISX, 400 HP, 10 spd, 259k Miles .......................................................$29,900

2007 Mack day Cab, Mack AC 410 HP, 8LL trans, Air Ride, 512K miles. .......................................................$18,500

2012 Kenworth T270 Paccar PX6 220 HP, Allison Auto, 24’ Flatbed, 132K Miles, under CDL ....................................$29,500

2013 Mack Vision, Mack MP7 395 HP, MDrive Automatic Transmission, Air Ride 498K miles.....................................$22,000



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