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February 14, 2020


NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Legislation that would let Indiana Farm Bureau offer an affordable health care alternative took another step for ward, but will still require farmers’ vocal support to cross the finish line. Senate Bill 184 would allow INFB to offer a non-insurance, high quality and more affordable health benefit plan to its members — specifically those who are sole proprietors with fewer than two employees. A fter advancing 8- 0 from the Senate Committee on Insurance and Financial Institutions, it passed the f ull Senate with a 49- 0 vote on Feb. 4 and has been referred to the House, where it will now be considered. INFB President Randy Kron told AgriNews at the Young Farmers and Ag Professionals Conference in Noblesville that he was pleasantly surprised by the senators’ unanimous approval. “I give a lot of credit to our members, the grassroots showing up at the hearing. We had the room full of people, 50 people probably fit in there, and there were close to that many out in the hallway. So, farmers have showed up,” he said. See HEALTH, Page A2

Survey says… In an Indiana Farm Bureau Poll/ Bellwether Research survey, Hoosier farmers said healthcare costs is the top concern they face. Many Farm Bureau members go without coverage. of respondents said the cost of health care is important to the profitability of their business. under the age of 65 said they have chosen to not get treatment for a health condition because of the cost.





Favorable outlook for fruit growers A3 IBCA elects new area directors to board A8 Get in the spirit on Distillery Trail B4 AgriTrucker B7

Classifieds B5

Alan Guebert B8

Farms For Sale B5

Auction Calendar B1

Lifestyle B3

Business B9

Livestock A8

Calendar B2

Opinion B8

Vol. 42 No. 20

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Opioids a rural epidemic

From trade progress to regulatory reforms, President Donald Trump tells the American Farm Bureau Federation how he has made agricultural issues a priority.

‘We did it’ Overdoses in Indiana have increased 22.5% By James Henry AGRINEWS PUBLICATIONS

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — The man picked up a hammer and then smashed it down on his hand. The woman unbuckled her seatbelt and then drove her car at full throttle into a dumpster. They hurt themselves with the sole intent of acquiring prescription pain medications. These true stories shared by Matt Niswander at the Young Farmers and Ag Professionals Conference in Noblesville depict just how devastating the opioid epidemic in rural America has become. Niswander is a first-generation cattleman. He and his wife, Colbie, and their three children raise Black Angus cattle at Niswander Farms, a U.S. Department of Agriculturecertified direct-to-consumer beef cattle farm. He previously worked in emergency medicine and now works full-time in his community as a family nurse practitioner, the owner of Niswander Family Medicine, a hometown, primary care family medical practice in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. The very first appointment on the first day he opened his clinic, the patient asked for narcotics, Niswander recalled. “That was an instant wakeup call for me. I had to address that from a moral and ethical standpoint, but also from a business standpoint,” he said. “I didn’t do anything for him. He got mad. That’s typically how that works out.” There is no difference between prescription opioids obtained legally from a doctor and heroin obtained illegally, Niswander said. “Actually, heroin and opiate have the exact same reaction chemically in your body as each other,” he said. “You picture a heroin addict in your head and think of a drug addict on the street corner with a needle hanging out his arm. When you think of somebody addicted to pain pills, we don’t have that same image, for some reason. It is literally the same exact thing. It literally does the same thing to your body.”


If you think you are immune to the possibility of addiction, you’re wrong, warns Matt Niswander, a farmer and family nurse practitioner, at the Young Farmers and Ag Professionals Conference in Noblesville.

What are opioids? Opioid is a term used for the entire family of opiate drugs, including natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic. These drugs are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain, creating a feeling of euphoria. Opioid drugs include: Buprenorphine Codeine Fentanyl Heroin Hydrocodone

Hydromorphone Meperidine Methadone Morphine Oxycodone

A COUNTRY IN CRISIS This is not just a “big-city” problem, Niswander stressed. In fact, he said, more adults are dying from opioid overdoses in rural America, at a rate of 10.8 deaths per 100,000 people, greater than the national average of 10.6. In 2018, 130 Americans died every day from an opioid overdose. “If you loaded two jumbo

jets full of people and crashed it into the ground every single week, that’s how many people die because of opioids every week in this country,” Niswander said. “If two planes crashed out of the sky right now, what would the federal government do? They’d shut the airline business down. Everybody in the United States would be up in arms about it. “It’s happening. It’s been happening, for decades. And nothing is being done, to that extent.” Deaths caused by opioids now exceed deaths caused by diabetes and are getting closer to cancer and heart disease, Niswander said. Specifically in Indiana, he said, opioid overdoses have increased 22.5%. For every 100,000 people, about 30 people have died — far greater than the national average of 19, he said. Looking at how often opioids are being prescribed by physicians in Indiana, Niswander said there were 74.2 opioid prescriptions per 100 people — again far greater than the national average of 58.7. Only nine states prescribe opioids more than Indiana, he said.


AUSTIN, Texas — He might have exited the stage, as he has before, to the strains of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones, but President Donald Trump was able to take a victory lap for some promises kept to U.S. farmers and ranchers. “We did it. We did it,” Trump celebrated with the opening words of his address to members of the American Farm Bureau Federation at its annual meeting in Austin.

“I’ve told everybody you’ve got to buy a lot of land and you’ve got to get bigger tractors now because we did a great deal with China, great for our country. We’re going to sell them the greatest product you’ve ever seen.” President Donald Trump

HOW’D WE GET HERE? In 1996, OxyContin was marketed as a “cure-all,” a non-addictive medication with an abuse-deterrent coating for first-line treatment of any kind of pain, not just severe pain from cancer or broken bones, Niswander said. “They had this huge marketing push, all this research to back it up. Pharmaceutical companies back then could take doctors and nurse practitioners and nurses to the Bahamas, or to the Pacers game, or the Tennessee Titans game. You feel like you owe these people something. I had a friend, they took him duck hunting and gave him a shotgun,” he said. “Then in the early 2000s — I don’t want to get conspiracy theory on you too much, but you’ll hear it in my voice maybe – the pain scale shows up as the sixth vital sign.

Trump was able to celebrate not only the completion of Phase 1 of a trade deal with China, but the passage by the House and Senate of the U.S.-MexicoCanada Agreement, which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement. “I’ve told everybody you’ve got to buy a lot of land and you’ve got to get bigger tractors now because we did a great deal with China, great for our country. We’re going to sell them the greatest product you’ve ever seen,” Trump said. The president would sign the USMCA into law after he spoke to the gathered Farm Bureau members, but he pointed out the benefits for the nation’s ag producers. “It will massively boost exports for farmers, ranchers, growers and agricultural producers from north to south and from sea to shining sea. It also has tremendous impacts on manufacturers and all of the other things good for everybody,” he said. Trump reminded the audience of the trade aid program, the Market Facilitation Program, that has resulted in $28 billion being distributed to farmers and ranchers impacted by tariffs on U.S. agricultural products going into China.

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Details of Indiana Farm Bureau’s health plan Who will benefit from INFB’s health benefit plans? NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Members in all Indiana Farm Bureau has 92 counties who spent the past year redo not have acsearching how to resolve cess to group inexorbitant healthcare surance plans or costs that threaten farmwork somewhere ers’ livelihoods and even for health benefits their lives. such as farmers, Hall “Basically, we want to those who work offer something that’s on farms, agriinnovative, that provides business professionals and choice and that focuses rural entrepreneurs with on owner-operators that fewer than two employees don’t have employees,” or who do not qualify for said Katrina Hall, director significant Affordable Care of public policy, during Act subsidies. a breakout session at the Young Farmers and Ag Why not use an existing Professionals Conference option? in Noblesville. Through a year of ex“We’re getting into a tensive research of the whole new area of health healthcare benefit plans services that we really currently available, we haven’t focused on that have found there isn’t a much before. We’re creat- single option that creates ing a new company that significant savings for the will be the entity that will sole proprietor. do that, and it will be an Plans like the ones ofentity of Indiana Farm fered through the Indiana Bureau.” Chamber of Commerce About 80% of INFB benefit small businesses members are either sole with two or more employproprietors or operators ees. Since a vast majority with no employees, and of INFB members are sole the association health proprietors, they do not plans offered by other qualify for those types of organizations represent health plans. groups of employers and businesses, Hall said. What’s the legislative fix? “The plans that they For INFB to offer a offer in the statutory healthcare option for our framework that they are members, we need a statuusing wouldn’t work for tory change. The statutory us,” she explained. change will allow INFB Pending authorization to offer a non-insurance, by the Indiana General high quality and more Assembly, INFB plans to affordable health benefit partner with Tennessee plan to our members. Farm Bureau, which has offered a health benefit plan Why is it called a health bento its members for over 25 efit plan and not insurance? years. Iowa Farm Bureau Our solution creates a and, just last year, Kansas health benefit plan for our Farm Bureau have also pur- members. Since it will not sued a similar approach. meet all of the require“We believe that that ments under the ACA and using Tennessee Farm not all applicants will Bureau’s backend, which receive coverage due to is basically the adminiscertain preexisting conditrative part, the website tions, the solution we are part, and their experience pursuing can’t be called will help us get to market “insurance.” Importantly, sooner,” Hall said. the health benefit plan The goal is to be in the will function just like any marketplace by the end of other traditional health the year, she added. insurance plan. Hall provided answers to questions about INFB’s Will this plan impact the proposed alternative for health coverage marketmore affordable health place? care for rural families. INFB partnered with By James Henry



“I know at the time there were a few votes that were borderline, and I think having people there telling their stories and having a show of the need helped push a few of them over to the yes side.” But this is only halftime, Kron stressed. A lot can happen — and still must happen — between now and the end of the legislative session, which w ill conclude March 11, he said. “We’re cautiously optimistic. We’ve had a lot of support. But it’s still a long ways to go,” Kron said. “We had a great grassroots effort in the Senate side. It’s going to take that and more on the House side,” he said. “It was impressive when the chairman of the insurance committee says, ‘Well, how many are here for Farm Bureau and this bill?’ Everybody’s hand went up in the room. I guarantee that has an impact when you do that. And then he’s like, ‘Well, there’s a bunch out in the hallway there, too.’ It will take that. They’ve got to see the need to be able to make this happen. “Call your state representative,” he said. “Have com mu nicat ions w it h them. You don’t have to get down in the details. Just say there’s a need, we need some more affordable choices.” Farmers are excited for INFB’s health benefit plan and have repeatedly asked Kron how soon it will be available. “I’m surprised by how many have told me they don’t even have insurance. There’s a real need out there,” he said. There are other options available, but they require two or more employees. A family farm doesn’t necessarily meet that requirement. “The farm community is a little unique in the way we operate,” Kron ex-

plained. “You think, well, these farms, they’ve got two or more employees, but I was talking to an individual the other day, it was the dad, himself and the grandson. You look at it and you think, oh, they’re a business, there are three employees. He told me, ‘Oh, no, we all work together, but we operate separately. We each have our own ground. We share equipment.’ “From appearance, you would look at it and think, oh, that’s a family, they’ve got three employees. But all three are sole proprietors, and that’s what we’re finding in agriculture. There’s a lot of that out there.” INFB is not replacing or taking away anything that is available now. It is just trying to bring another option to the market that is more affordable, Kron said. “In my four years as serving as president, seldom do I go to a meeting that somebody and the conversation on the side doesn’t turn to health costs or health insurance and how it’s affecting their farms,” he said, citing a woman who told him at the Statehouse that the monthly health insurance premiums for her and her husband and 4-month-old child cost more than her mortgage. “Generally, the conversation is ‘I can’t afford it’ or ‘there are problems, it’s affecting our bottom line.’ Somewhere in there it turns to, ‘Can’t Farm Bureau do something to help us?’ We’re going to try.” But INFB leadership cannot do it alone. “The grassroots, our members, are going to be key to this passing. I can’t stress that enough,” Kron said. “What worries me is the vote in the Senate looks really good. So, you can think, oh, it’s done. It’s not. It’s not going to be an easy lift. Don’t take your foot off the gas now, please.” James Henry

Lewis & Ellis, a nationally respected actuary firm, to analyze the impact on the marketplace. They concluded that our plan would have a minimal impact, accounting for only a 0.1% to 0.2% premium increase for those in the marketplace. Because our health benefit plans are targeted to address a gap in current offerings, the number of Hoosiers who would be looking into products like these would be somewhat limited. What would INFB’s health benefit plan cover? Our health benefit plan will be very robust, allowing members to choose the coverages they need. Our associates will work with our members to ensure their individual needs are met and they understand their coverages. Through a third-party administrator, we’ll be able to offer plans that feature many essential health benefits — including, but not limited to: n Office visits. n Hospitalization and tele-medicine. n Prescription drug benefits. n Preventative, routine and wellness services. n Maternity, newborn and pediatric care. n Outpatient services. n Mental health and substance abuse counseling and treatment. n Emergency room services. n Dental and vision coverage. n Rehabilitative services and devices. n Laboratory services.

The health plan we are proposing would become a benefit available to Indiana Farm Bureau How will INFB create a more members. Defining who is a farmer is a judgment call affordable healthcare opand could leave out agrition? business professionals and Since each applicant other small businesses will be individually rated that support farmers and based on their medical history, INFB will be able rural economies. Limiting those who could to offer coverage for significantly less than similar join Farm Bureau or who could buy the proposed coverage under the ACA healthcare benefit would where premiums are not also limit the size of the subsidized. pool of lives covered and Will members be denied cov- limit the ability of those in the pool to share risk. erage? Our goal is to cover Why not cover everyone? as many members as Our solution will help possible. To create a many of our members, health benefit plan that but will not address every is more affordable, some individual healt care need. applicants may not qualOur members stressed the ify for INFB’s plan. In importance of cost savings Tennessee, for example, throughout this process. nearly nine out of 10 apWithout cost savings of plicants receive coverage. individual underwriting, Could any Indiana Farm Bureau we wouldn’t be able to member take advantage of this offer something substantially different than what is health benefit plan? of the pool of a particular plan changes or as the individual ages.

on the market today. This innovative approach will create substantial savings for many of our members. What are the advantages to the Indiana Farm Bureau health benefit plan compared to other non-traditional health coverages? Our health benefit plan will function like any other traditional health benefit plan. Plans will include premiums and deductibles. Most importantly, it is a legally binding contract outlining specific coverages based on individual health conditions at the time of application. Indiana Farm Bureau is at its core an organization designed to serve our members’ needs. All of our plans will have clearly defined consumer protection provisions. James Henry can be reached at 815-223-2558, ext. 190, or jhenry@ agrinews-pubs.com.

What happens if a member gets sick? Will I lose my coverage if I get sick? Once members are accepted and pay their premiums they will not be denied coverage as long as they continue to be an INFB member. Similar to traditional healthcare plans, premiums may increase as the performance

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USDA issues final MFP payments By Tom C. Doran


WASHINGTON — The third and final tranche of the 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments are being issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The final payment represents the remaining 25% of the total county per-acre calculation. The first tranche was comprised of the higher of either 50% of a producer’s calculated county peracre payment or $15 per acre, which may reduce potential payments to be made in tranche three. The second tranche was 25% of the total payment expected. Of the $16 billion authorized for the program by President Donald Trump, $14.5 billion was aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to trade retaliation by foreign nations. The funding was authorized under the Commodity Credit Corp. Charter Act and administered by the Farm Service Agency. The program’s remaining funding was to implement a $1.4 billion Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase surplus commodities affected by trade retaliation such as fruits, vegetables, some processed foods, beef, pork, lamb,

poultry and milk for distribution to food banks, schools and other outlets ser ving low-income individuals. An additional $100 million was issPerdue ued through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program to assist in developing new export markets on behalf of producers. COUNTY RANGES Illinois’ total county per-acre payments ranged from $87 in Piatt to $50 in Jo Daviess, and Indiana’s counties ranged from $80 in Tipton to Starke’s $44. Final payments will be 25% of those per-acre totals. The county payment rates were based on historical fixed average area and yields. The total potential payment amount for non-specialty crops is the eligible area multiplied by the non-specialty county rate per acre. For each crop in a county, the rates were determined by multiplying the fixed historical acres, the fixed historic yields and the

Total MFP payments in Illinois and Indiana were:

Non-specialty Specialty Livestock Crops Crops Total Illinois $23,530,119 $1,071,606,484 $97,224 $1,095,233,827 Indiana $15,509,883 $531,803,427 $23,352 $547,336,662

payment rate for unit for each eligible crop. “It’s been a great start to 2020 for American agriculture with the signing of the historic Phase 1 deal with China and the signing of USMCA,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. “While these agreements are welcome news, we must not forget that 2019 was a tough year for farmers as they were the tip of the spear when it came to unfair trade retaliation.” ELIGIBLE CROPS Payments were made by FSA to producers of alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dried beans, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, triticale, upland cotton and wheat.

MFP assistance for these non-specialty crops is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per-acre payments are not dependent on which of these crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. County payment rates in the nation range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact of unjustified trade retaliation in that county. Dairy producers who were in business as of June 1, 2019, receive a per-hundredweight payment on Dairy Margin Coverage production history, and hog producers will receive a payment based on the number of live hogs owned on a day selected by the producer between April 1 and May 15, 2019. MFP payments are limited to a combined $250,000 for non-spe-

cialty crops per person or legal entity. MFP payments are also limited to a combined $250,000 for dairy and hog producers and a combined $250,000 for specialty crop producers. However, no applicant can receive more than $500,000. Eligible applicants must also have an average adjusted gross income for tax years 2015, 2016, and 2017 of less than $900,000 unless at least 75% of the person’s or legal entity’s AGI is derived from farming, ranching, or forestry related activities. Applicants also must comply with the provisions of the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations. Many producers were affected by natural disasters this spring, such as flooding, that kept them out of the field for extended periods of time. Producers who filed a prevented planting claim and planted an FSA-certified cover crop, with the potential to be harvested qualify for a $15 peracre payment. Acres that were never planted in 2019 are not eligible for an MFP payment. Tom C. Doran can be reached at 815-780-7894 or tdoran@ agrinews-pubs.com. Follow him on Twitter at: @AgNews_ Doran.

ARC, PLC program sign-up deadline nears By Tom C. Doran



Although there are no leaves or fruit on these apple trees now, due to favorable conditions so far this winter, buds will be growing before long.

Favorable fruit outlook By Ashley Langreck


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — As February gets into full swing, producers are busy planning for the 2020 growing season. Peter Hirst, Purdue University professor of horticulture and the assistant director of international programs in agriculture, recently shared an outlook of what 2020 is looking like for Hoosier fruit growers. Hirst said one of the biggest issues facing Hoosier growers is the uncertainty related to immigration.

“Some producers rely largely on immigrant labor, especially for harvest,” Hirst said. Hirst said that growers want some certainty to guarantee their workers won’t be deported and to plan for the future of their operation, but he added he isn’t sure that will be happening anytime soon. In terms of weather and how fruit production is shaping up for the year, Hirst said he is optimistic it will be a good season. “It has been a mild winter so far, but there is a way to go,” Hirst said. Hirst said the growing season is

looking pretty good and fruit like apples can withstand quite a bit of cold and even if temperatures get colder Hoosier producers are unlikely to see damage on apples. Overall, the Hoosier fruit industry is in a positive place at this point, but it is still only February and there is still another month where anything can happen in terms of Mother Nature. Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@ agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_ Langreck.

Keeping growers in the know Purdue Extension offers resources for vegetable and fruit producers By Ashley Langreck


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue Extension recently updated and renovated resources to help Indiana fruit and vegetable growers stay in the know when it comes to crop management. Liz Maynard, clinical engagement associate professor of horticulture at Purdue University, said one of the resources that Purdue Extension has been working on updating is the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers. “What we are really excited about is the online version of the guide,” Maynard said, adding it is mobile friendly and will allow fruit and vegetable producers to search for pest management recommendations from their phone. The guide is a yearly compil-

ation of statespeci f ic information on vegetable varieties, fertility, seeding rates, fertilizer rates, weed control, insect control and disease management. Maynard Maynard said experts have worked hard over the last few years to create the online version of the guide and they are hoping people get it on their phone. “We are excited to have it out there and are hoping to hear back from people how they like it. There is always room for upgrading,” Maynard said. The online version of the 2020 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers can be accessed for free at mwveguide.org. Maynard said that another resource available for producers is subscribing to the Vegetable Crops Hotline, which is updated every two weeks during the growing season to make sure producers have access to the latest crop management infor-

mation. “The Vegetable Crops Hotline is a place during growing season that has information on pests, certain crops and upcoming production events,” Maynard said. Producers can find out more information or subscribe to the hotline at vegcropshotline. org. The third resource Purdue Extension has been busy updating for producers Maynard said, is the Midwest Vegetable Trial Reports. “It’s a compilation of vegetable research trials from people conducting them at land-grant universities,” Maynard said. Maynard said that every year Purdue Extension compiles reports from trials and encourages researchers to send in their results. Maynard said that the trials cover a wide range of information including yield and quality data based on different cropping conditions for producer including cabbage, cucumbers, watermelon, sweet corn, peppers and many more. To access the trials, visit docs. lib.purdue.edu/mwvtr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The deadline to sign up for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage or the Price Loss Coverage program nears and farmers are encouraged not to wait until the last minute. “The clock is ticking. March 16 is the last day to make what is likely one of the most important business decisions you will make for your farming operation this year,” said Bill Graff, Illinois Farm Service Agency executive director. “If you have not already visited your local FSA county office to make your election for either the ARC or the PLC program and to sign your annual enrollment contract, you should call and make your appointment now.” As of Feb. 6, 43,000 farms have signed up and 118,000 across the state are yet to enroll. “We’re getting it down to the point that it’s literally becoming a math problem. We have to do over 4,500 contracts a day in Illinois through March 16. We did 10,000 contracts so far this week, but we really need to be doing closer to 15,000 contracts a week, and the more the farmers delay the bigger the math problem becomes. You can only do so many contracts an hour; you can only do so many a day,” Graff said. Through late last week, one county had 80% of its farms enrolled, another was at 60%, several were in the 50% range, a large number of counties were around 40%, and some counties have only 8% of the farms signed up. “It’s going to be real tough for the counties that are lagging behind to get it done. I don’t want anybody to be left out,” Graff continued. There are no provisions for late filing. “If you do not make a selection by March 16, we will make that selection for you and what we will do is give the farm the same election that the farm had in 2018 under the old farm bill. But you won’t have a contract that you’ll get paid on in 2019,” Graff noted.

“March 16 is the last day to make what is likely one of the most important business decisions you will make for your farming operation this year.” Bill Graff, executive director ILLINOIS FARM SERVICE AGENCY

“So, if you don’t make this election, the election is going to be made for you and it may not be the one that you want. It may not be the one that’s going to pay the best. “Especially farmers with wheat base and farmers that had a lot of prevent plant and failed acres, they really need to be going into the office and making some decisions right now.” The new program contracts must include the landowners’ signatures, making it that much more important to start the process now. Graff added that farmers can choose a particular program and if they need to make a change they can before the deadline. INFORMATION LINKS Information resources are available via links on the national FSA website, including the University of Illinois’ farmdoc and Texas A&M’s Agriculture and Food Policy Center websites. Both feature decision-making tools to determine which program may be the best fit for a farm or crop. The ARC-County program provides income support tied to historical base acres, not current production, of covered commodities. ARC-CO payments are issued when the actual county crop revenue of a covered commodity is less than the ARC-CO guarantee for the covered commodity. PLC program payments are issued when the effective price of a covered commodity is less than the respective reference price for that commodity. The effective price equals the higher of the market year average price or the national average loan rate for the covered commodity.

Feed Industry Institute June 8-11 MILWAUKEE — The American Feed Industry Association has opened registration for its biennial Feed Industry Institute June 8-11 in Milwaukee. The conference brings together individuals in the industry to learn the fundamentals of the animal food manufacturing process — from the types of ingredients used, to the animals served, to federal policies that shape the output of the industry. “The Feed Industry Institute is a great educational forum where people new to the livestock feed or pet food industry can learn more about the business of feed from those who know it best — industry experts,” said Paul Davis, AFIA’s director of quality, animal food safety and education.

“Our goal is that attendees not only understand how to manufacture high-quality animal food, but why doing so is so essential for animal productivity and well-being.” The 2020 FII will include an overview of the U.S. feed industry, animal physiology and nutrition basics, information on the types of ingredients used in animal food and why, the role of medications and other additives, and various processing techniques. It also will look at agriculture’s role in building consumer trust, the role of international trade and provide an overview of state and federal regulations. The full agenda can be found on the event’s website, www.afia.org/events/fii-2020/ agenda.

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Relearning curve Unpredictable 2019 revisited old lessons, offered new variability By Jeannine Otto


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — What did farmers and those involved in crop agriculture in the Midwest learn from 2019? Nothing new. “I think we simply relearned a lot of stuff. I don’t think we learned anything absolutely new,” said Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist. N ie l s e n of f e r e d some t houg ht s on the 2019 corn growing year in Indiana and the Corn Belt, as well as ideas of how farmers can prepare for similar years Nielsen ahead. Some of the primary lessons learned from 2019, according to Nielsen:


President Donald Trump, for the third year in a row, addresses farm and ranch families at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st annual convention in Austin, Texas.


He also addressed criticism that the largest farms were the primary recipients of the payments. “We’re getting that money, Sonny, to the small farmers, also. There were some statements, big farmers, no, we get them to the small farmers, we get them to everybody, big farmers, small farmers,” said Trump, referencing Sonny Perdue, U.S. secretary of agriculture, who traveled with Trump and a handful of Republican federal and state lawmakers to the Farm Bureau convention. Trump gained a laugh from the audience when he discussed the MFP payment formula. “We have a formula that, I think, Sonny, has been working very well. If it’s not, call me directly, and I’ll call Sonny and give him hell, OK?” Trump said to laughter from the audience. The Environmental Protection Agency has been under fire from the U.S. ethanol industry for its handling of small refinery exemptions or SREs, which allow small oil refineries to not blend ethanol into gasoline due to economic hardship. The Trump EPA has granted over 80 SREs since 2017. “We are proudly promoting American ethanol. I recently approved E15 to be used all year round instead of eight months, and that’s a big thing for the American farmer. We’re providing unprecedented support to ethanol, support like you’ve never had before,” Trump said. He also didn’t miss a chance, in a presidential election year, to criticize his Democratic opponents.

“The far left, they want to massively raise your taxes, crush your businesses with regulations, take away your health care and send bureaucrats in to interfere with your property and second guess every decision you make,” he said. Trump gave some indication of his confidence in the 2020 presidential race as he made a promise to the audience. “This is my third time in a row, and I promise I’ll be here next year, too. We’ll be here next year,” the president said with a smile. Trump showed why he remains popular among a majority of U.S. farmers and ranchers as he echoed their sentiments to continued and sustained applause and cheers from the Farm Bureau audience. “There are no better stewards of our precious natural resources than the American farmers who depend on the land and the environment for their very livelihood. You love your land. You’re going to take care of your land. You don’t need some bureaucrat in Washington telling everybody what the hell to do with your land, you love your land. When it comes to the environment, I will always trust a farmer over a Washington bureaucrat or a leftwing extremist,” Trump said. He also celebrated victories on two of the AFBF’s major issues — the federal estate tax and the Waters of the U.S. rule. In the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, that the president signed in December 2017, the federal estate tax exemption doubled, from $5.5 million to $11 million for single filers and from $11 million to $22 million for married couples. That exemption is in effect until 2025. In September 2019, Trump an-

nounced the repeal of the 2015 rule that expanded the definition of “Waters of the United States” as part of the Clean Water Act. “I terminated one of the most ridiculous regulations of all, the last administration’s disastrous Waters of the United States rule,” said Trump to loud and sustained applause. Trump echoed some of the AFBF’s concerns over the reach of the expanded WOTUS definition. “This rule gave bureaucrats virtually unlimited authority to regulate stock tanks, drainage ditches and isolated ponds as navigable waterways and navigable water. Sometimes you’d have a puddle, a little puddle and they considered that a lake,” Trump said. As he has done twice before at the AFBF annual meeting, Trump finished by celebrating U.S. farmers and ranchers. “Farmers have always been the keepers of our great American values. You champion the love of family, the dignity of work, and the glory of God. You teach your children to celebrate our nation, defend our freedom, honor our values and to always respect and cherish our great American flag,” said Trump as loud chants of “USA! USA! USA!” broke out along with applause. “I want to thank everybody. This has been such an incredible turnout, and I appreciate everybody for being here. Thank you all very much, this is a great honor and I’m glad we’ve been successful. We got those deals done,” the president said. Jeannine Otto can be reached at 815-223-2558, ext. 211, or jotto@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Otto.

AFBF convention mourns passing of Bonnie Duvall By Jeannine Otto


AUSTIN, Texas — The annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation was tinged with sadness as members and leaders of the AFBF mourned the passing of Bonnie Duvall, the wife of AFBF President Zippy Duvall. Bonnie Duvall died at home on Jan. 18 after a battle with ovarian cancer. “Our hearts are heavy for our good friend and for your president, Zippy Duvall, in losing Bonnie. You know what a pair they were and just fighters to the end,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in his address to introduce President Donald Trump. The president also expressed his sympathy to the Duvall family. “I want to take a moment to send our love and support to the president of the American Farm Bureau, a great guy, Zippy Duvall. Sadly, Zippy’s wife, a tremendous woman, married for 40 years, Bonnie, passed away last night,” said the president, who spoke to the AFBF members on Jan. 20. “We want Zippy and his entire family to know that we are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers. It was a very spe-


Bonnie and Zippy Duvall. The wife of the American Farm Bureau Federation president lost her courageous battle with cancer on Jan. 18. cial relationship, and I just want to wish the family well. Zippy, we are with you 100%,” Trump said. Scott VanderWal, AFBF vice president, chaired the annual meeting and expressed the AFBF’s sympathies. “Zippy and Bonnie were partners in every respect for all of their 40 years together. She put her business degree to work keeping the books on their Georgia farm, enabling Zippy to turn his attention to serving his fellow farmers at the county, state and national levels,”

VanderWal. said. “At moments like this our faith consoles us, knowing her soul is at peace, having gone on to our heavenly Father. We will forever be inspired by her sense of humor, love of farming and optimism in the face of adversity. She taught us all what it means to make every moment count,” he said. Bonnie Duvall is survived by her husband; their children, Lt. Col. Vincent (Erin) Duvall, Cora (Jared) Terry, Zeb (Katie) Duvall and Zellie Duvall; and five grandchildren.


Late planting does not guarantee low yields. “I’ve been saying this for years. Late planting, by itself, does not guarantee an absolute bad yield. It certainly increases the risk of low yields, but it doesn’t guarantee disaster,” Nielsen said.


Modern hybrids are more resilient and capable of handling stress. “There’s no question that the improvements in genetics over the years is what is allowing these crops to handle years like this like they do. It just continues to blow me away at how we can get out of years like this with pretty good yields,” Nielsen said.


Soil compaction sticks around. “Soil compaction is the gift that keeps on giving. We had an undoubtedly wet spring, a lot of wet tillage, a lot of soil compaction created with that and we all planted because we were trying to get this crop in the field. We planted on the wet side. It’s a gift that keeps on giving because when that dry spell set in, the fields that began to show drought symptoms first were, indeed, the fields that had the worst degree of soil compaction and that is the curse of soil compaction,” Nielsen said.


Moisture during grainfill is important. “Here at the farm and much of this area of the state, even that


lack of rainfall in August and September, that really took a toll on yield,” Nielsen said.


Late-maturing corn is slow to dry down. “We don’t expect a lot of drydown in mid to late October any year. We had so much of our crop maturing in early to mid October, and it seemed to take forever and a year. We were surprised by it for some reason, but we never dry very fast in October, let alone in November,” Nielsen said. THE NEW NORMAL Speaking to an audience at the Purdue Top Farmer Conference at the Beck Agricultural Center, Nielsen said farmers need to adjust to a new normal of unpredictability. “Normal weather today can be defined as an unpredictable number of unpredictable extreme weather events each occurring unpredictably with unpredictable severity,” said Nielsen, adding that those events range from torrential and sudden rains to latent drought to sudden and sustained cold spells. “How do we stress proof crops to avoid things we can’t predict?” Nielsen said. Nielsen said some answers include the continuation of seed companies to improve resiliency of hybrids along with yield potential. It also means that farmers may need to delve deeper into the details of their hybrid selection. “It also reinforces the importance for us to do an even better job of choosing hybrids that we want to grow by not just focusing on yield, but really asking hard questions of a seed dealer. Prove to me that this hybrid is stress tolerant,” Nielsen said. With no control over the weather, farmers can focus on everything they can control and determining those factors field by field. “It’s even more crucial that any agronomic decision you have control over, you make the best choice you can make, the best decision you can make. Sort of related to that is the importance of identifying and taking care of yield limiting factors on a field-by-field basis,” Nielsen said.

Niswander emphasized anyone can become addicted to opioids that are prescribed leFROM PAGE ONE gally for a legitimate injury. It only takes three days to become “So, a patient comes in the addicted and for your body to emergency room, we check crave the euphoria that opioids their blood pressure, heart rate, produce, he said. oxygen, temperature, respirations. Now, we’ve got to add WHAT DO WE DO NOW? pain to that. If you suspect opioid abuse, “Well, if you come in with try to have an honest converhigh blood pressure, I’m going sation with that person, even to see that. I’m obligated to though it can be uncomforttreat your high blood pres- able, Niswander advised. sure. If you come in with low Do not get angry, or offended. oxygen or fast respirations, Be calm and clear about what I’m obligated to treat that as you ask and say, know when to a medical professional mor- stop the conversation and talk ally and ethically. You come in about it later and make sure the now with the pain scale, you’ve person knows you love them no got a cough and your say, ‘I’m matter what. hurting like a 10.’ I’ve got to do Niswander also recommendsomething for that, right? Now, ed having Narcan medication I’ve got this first-line treatment on hand. Narcan, “the antagoof OxyContin that’s supposed nist for opioids,” is the reversal to be non-addictive anyway, medication for someone who so why not just give him this has overdosed on opioids and OxyContin?” is very easy to administer by As patients became addicted, nasal spray, he said. they quickly learned how to In Indiana, it can be obabuse the system, Niswander tained for free by attending a said. one-hour training session at “These people figured this the county health department. game out really quick,” he said. Forty-nine Hoosier counties “They come in, ‘Hey, I stubbed have already utilized the promy toe. Boy, it’s like a 10.” Well, gram, giving out 13,721 kits, it ain’t broken. You know, it’s Niswander said. not even red. I don’t even see American Farm Bureau Fedwhere you hit it. ‘It’s killing me. eration and National Farmers It’s killing me.’ So, we’ve got Union joined forces to launch to do something about it. We the “Farm Town Strong” camfix people. Medical profession- paign to raise awareness of the als fix people, and if there’s a opioid crisis’ impact on farming resource to fix it, we give it to communities. them.” A website — FarmTownStrong. A lot of towns and small org — provides easy access to communities, where farmers information and resources that get hurt, lack mental health re- can help struggling farm famisources, Niswander lamented. lies and rural communities. “Let’s face it, farming is hard. Niswander also successfully Economically, financially, it’s lobbied for a resolution at the tough,” he said. “You can get recent AFBF Convention to sudepressed. You can get anx- pport a national prescription ious about it. And if somebody drug database, allowing physidoesn’t have a good support sys- cians to track narcotic prescriptem, or already has some men- tions, even across state lines, tal health issues underlying, and combat drug misuse and opioids give you that euphoric unintentional overdose. feeling. ‘I just lost $100,000, but I feel pretty good, though, let’s James Henry can be reached keep trucking. That cow just at 815-223-2558, ext. 190, or ran me over, but I feel pretty jhenry@agrinews-pubs.com. good.’ That’s really what they Follow him on Twitter at: do.” @AgNews.

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Grain markets uninspired by trade deals By Tom C. Doran AGRINEWS PUBLICATIONS

GIFFORD, Ill. — Hope that the trade agreements announced in January would bolster the anemic commodity market were quickly quelled, leaving trade-watchers scratching their heads. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed Phase 1 of a U.S.-China trade agreement Jan. 15. One day later, the U.S. Senate followed the House’s suit and approved the new U.S.-MexicoCanada Agreement. Trump signed USMCA into law Jan. 29, and the agreement is now up to Canada for ratification. Curt Kimmel, Bates Commodities owner and commodity broker, analyzed the market’s blasé reaction in an interview at the firm’s Midwest Ag Expo booth Jan. 29. Does the lackadaisical move by the markets after the trade announcements indicate the market already factored those agreements in or is there more to it? “China has been going on for a year and a half. The trade was worn out. We did see the soybean market rally 60 to 70 cents ahead of that signing, so there is some thought that maybe we bought the rumor and now we sold the fact. “The thing is with this Phase 1 signing is it’s rotten timing from the standpoint that most of the boats are going to the southern hemisphere right now to ship the South American soybeans. We did see some sales prior to that Phase 1 signing. That was just to give them cushion until this South American crop came online. “If we’re going to get a positive from Phase 1, I think it’s going to be later on in June and July when they start booking new crop and shift those boats from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere.

“Also, South America has favorable weather. They have some dry spots and so forth, but the weather is favorable. So, to get bullish news in soybeans we need to see a Kimmel port strike, dock strike, truck strike or something to get the trade excited. “The key is Canada and Mexico. Mexico is a huge buyer of corn and pork. We just need to get all of the countries to agree on (USMCA) because if we don’t see a general agreement there that could be another thorn in the side as we move forward.” Is the market to the point now where there has to be actual sales in the books before there is positive price movement after many months of talk? “Yes, there are loopholes in the Phase 1 contract with China. You can back out in 60 days. There’s a 30-day window before anything happens. They’re not going to say they’re going to buy soybeans on such a date.” China has been hit hard with the Africa swine fever with millions of pigs being culled, according to reports. What impact does that have on the U.S. hog market? “Reports are that China lost 40% of its hog herd. So, they’ve gone through the world market and there’s a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of excitement about coming to the U.S. “So far, they’ve bought minimal from the U.S. They do have a company called WH Group that bought Smithfield Foods (based in Smithfield, Virginia) in 2013. So, they have that source if they need it. “The thing about it is it’s bullish long-term from the standpoint that they’ll start replenishing those gilts and sows, so we’ll see a breeding herd go there. They bought a lot of Danish hogs. “But with this flu in the

Nominations sought for World Food Prize DES MOINES, Iowa — The World Food Prize Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the internationally renowned World Food Prize that recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have worked to improve the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. “The World Food Prize Foundation annually seeks to elevate the work of leaders in agriculture and food systems to feed the world in a sustainable and nutritious manner,” said Barbara Stinson, president of the World Food Prize Foundation. “We must honor accomplishments and progress, and inspire further action, particularly by women-led initiatives and young leaders.” Nominations of worthy candidates are invited from public and private organizations, academic institutions, governmental organizations and businesses. Nomination criteria, the selection procedure and other information can be found at www.worldfoodprize.org/nominate. Nominations will be ac-

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cepted through May 1. In 2019, the World Food Prize was awarded to Simon Groot of the Netherlands. Groot is the founder of East-West Seed, a company whose impact has spread over many countries, impacting millions of smallholder farmers. Groot’s efforts resulted in enhanced vegetable production, benefiting millions of consumers and allowing for access to healthy, nutritious diets. “You have to share your knowledge if you want to make the world better,” Groot said. In its 33-year history, this reputable $250,000 award has been presented to 49 high-achieving individuals from 19 countries. Founded by Norman Borlaug in 1986, the World Food Prize is the highest honor that an individual can receive in terms of exceptional achievements in improving the quality, quantity and availability of the world’s food supply and access to it. The 2020 award will be presented in October at the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony in Des Moines.

hogs and the flu with the people, the concern now is that we’re not seeing people go out to eat or travel in China, so meat consumption could be put on hold. “The other thing is I think they shutdown the wild animal market and so hopefully they’ll come and buy traditional pork and beef versus wild animals.” A comment was once made by another commodity trader that a tweet can now move the market 25 cents one way or the other. “Never has a president gone public as much as he has. It’s kind of interesting that people weigh on that. And part of that is we’ve got so many computers trading the market now and they’ll read the headline or read Twitter and see it and react not knowing what the consequences are.” Brazil is projected for a record soybean crop of 123 million metric tons, breaking the previous high mark by one million tons. Historically, South American soybeans flood the global market once their crops are harvested earlier in the year and it shifts to U.S. soybeans later in the year after our harvest. How does that all play into U.S. and the global market?

“It’s come to light over the years that we’re losing market share of the world and that’s a concern. You want to keep that market share. There are the different seasons and we have to use those different seasonals to our advantage that we know they’re going to be buying and we have to take advantage of that purchasing power to

sell when that happens. “We can’t wait around for some more opportunities down the road because it’s just like clockwork. Those shippers are going to have the boats in the northern hemisphere to capture our fall harvest and then they’re going to move those boats to the southern hemisphere to capture that market.

“The only way we’re going to get real market-sensitive is if we have an extreme problem in either the northern or southern hemisphere to kind of break that up.” Tom C. Doran can be reached at 815-780-7894 or tdoran@agrinews-pubs. com. Follow him on Twitter at: @AgNews_Doran.


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Outlook for Feb. 14 - Feb. 20

Shown is Friday’s weather. Temperatures are Friday’s highs and Friday night’s lows.

Evanston 18/11 South Bend 18/9

Rockford 13/8 Rock Island 20/13

Chicago 17/12

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SUNRISE/SUNSET Rise 6:53 a.m. 6:52 a.m. 6:51 a.m. 6:49 a.m. 6:48 a.m. 6:47 a.m. 6:46 a.m.

Set 5:33 p.m. 5:34 p.m. 5:35 p.m. 5:36 p.m. 5:37 p.m. 5:39 p.m. 5:40 p.m.

Springfield 21/16

Fort Wayne 16/6

Terre Haute 23/17

Muncie 20/12



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Evansville 27/21



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Southern Illinois: Friday: sunny, but very cold. Winds east‑southeast, becoming southeast at 3‑6 mph. Expect a full day of sunshine with fair drying conditions and average relative humidity 60%.

Vevay 27/16


Mar 9

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0 0 3834 0 3333

Indiana Week ending Feb. 10 Month through Feb. 10 Season through Feb. 10 Normal month to date Normal season to date

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Anna 30/20

Today Hi/Lo/W 18/11/s 17/12/s 20/14/s 27/22/s 18/11/s 14/6/s 28/19/s 18/14/s 24/20/s 13/8/s 20/13/s 21/16/s

Tom. Hi/Lo/W 40/32/pc 36/33/sn 40/32/pc 43/36/pc 37/34/sn 36/33/c 44/36/pc 38/32/sn 41/31/sn 36/31/sn 38/32/sn 40/33/pc

Sun. Hi/Lo/W 40/34/sn 38/27/pc 42/34/sn 50/33/sn 38/28/s 37/26/s 48/39/sn 41/31/sn 42/32/sn 38/24/pc 38/25/pc 42/33/sn

Indiana Bloomington Carmel Evansville Fishers Fort Wayne Gary Lafayette Indianapolis Muncie South Bend Terre Haute Vevay

Today Hi/Lo/W 26/17/s 17/10/s 27/21/s 18/10/s 16/6/pc 17/12/s 17/10/s 22/15/s 20/12/s 18/9/pc 23/17/s 27/16/s

Tom. Hi/Lo/W 43/36/pc 39/35/pc 46/38/pc 39/36/pc 36/31/pc 37/33/c 39/33/pc 42/35/pc 39/34/pc 36/31/c 43/36/pc 45/35/pc

Northern Indiana: Friday: frigid. Clouds and sun in the north and east; plenty of sunshine in the south and west. Winds west‑southwest at 4‑8 mph. Expect two to four hours of sunshine with fair drying conditions. Central Indiana: Friday: sunny, but frigid. Winds north‑northwest at 4‑8 mph. Expect a full day of sunshine with poor drying conditions and average relative humidity 95%.

For 24-hour weather updates, check out www.agrinews-pubs.com Illinois Champaign Chicago Decatur E. St. Louis Evanston Joliet Mt. Vernon Peoria Quincy Rockford Rock Island Springfield

Northern Illinois: Friday: frigid with brilliant sunshine. Winds east‑southeast at 4‑8 mph. Expect a full day of sunshine with fair drying conditions and average relative humidity 65%. Saturday: a chance for snow. Central Illinois: Friday: sunny and bitterly cold. Winds southeast at 6‑12 mph. Expect a full day of sunshine with fair drying conditions and average relative humidity 65%. Saturday: a chance for snow in the north and west.

Indianapolis 22/15

Mt. Vernon 28/19

East St. Louis 27/22


Gary 17/12

Champaign 18/11 Lafayette 17/10

Decatur 20/14

Quincy 24/20

Springfield Date Feb. 14 Feb. 15 Feb. 16 Feb. 17 Feb. 18 Feb. 19 Feb. 20

Peoria 18/14


Sun. Hi/Lo/W 46/39/sn 42/35/sn 49/41/r 42/34/sn 39/32/sn 38/29/s 42/33/sn 44/36/sn 42/35/sn 39/29/pc 45/37/sn 49/40/sn

Southern Indiana: Friday: plenty of sun‑ shine, but very cold. Winds east‑northeast at 4‑8 mph. Expect a full day of sunshine with fair drying conditions and average relative humidity 50%. Saturday: partly sunny.

SOUTH AMERICA A front will lead to showers and storms across Paraguay into southern Brazil Friday into the weekend. Another front will spread showers and storms from northern Argentina to Brazil early next week.

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Entrepreneurial women featured at NEW Roots Festival By Martha Blum


DECATUR, Ill. — Music together with a focus on working with entrepreneurial women will be featured at the NEW Roots Festival. The inaugural festival, organized by the Illinois Agri-Women, is a result of a $100,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office of Tourism. The event will be June 27-28 in the Devon G. Buffett Lakeside A mphitheater at Nelson Park in Decatur. “N E W s t a nd s for Nurturing Entrepreneurial Women,” said Penny Lauritzen, Illinois AgriWomen member, who is part of the team organizing the NEW Roots Festival. “This two-day event will

“This two-day event will highlight small agricultural-related businesses owned by women, classes for entrepreneurs and networking along with country entertainers providing music.” Penny Lauritze ILLINOIS AGRI-WOMEN

highlight small agricultural-related businesses owned by women, classes for entrepreneurs and networking along with country entertainers providing music,” Lauritzen said. “P roceeds from the event will create the base for the nurturing entrepreneurial women fund that will provide grants and low-interest loans for women creating new agricultural businesses in Illinois,” she said. One- and two-day tickets will be available, and musicians will perform on both the main and small stages. “We are working to highlight entertainers that have an Illinois connection,” Lauritzen said. “Our plan is to make the festival an annual event to keep enhancing the NEW fund for more loans and grants.” “There’s a reason that Illinois is breaking records for tourism — it’s because communities throughout our state have so much to offer,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker. “I’ll continue to be a proud advocate for everything that attracts people to Illinois and these tourism grants — entirely funded by visitors staying in our hotels and motels — play a significant role in supporting the tourism industry and its nearly 350,000 jobs.” “Developing new events and attractions is necessary to inspire new au-

diences to visit Illinois. These grants will result in increased visitor spending in local communities across our state, generating revenue and creating jobs for Illinois residents,” said Erin Guthrie, acting

director of DCEO. The Tourism Attraction Grant Program helps develop new or enhance existing tourism attractions to grow visitation and overnight stays in Illinois. DCEO is prov iding

grant funding to 16 organizations in the amount of $1 million. There was significant demand for this grant program, receiving more than four times the number of requests than available funding.

The Tourism Private Sector Grant Program helps attract major new events to the state or significantly enhance existing events to increase visitation. DCEO is providing grant funding to seven applicants in the

amount of $869,000. Martha Blum can be reached at 815-223-2558, ext. 117, or marthablum@ agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Blum.






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Plant Response acquires Pathway BioLogic R E SE A RC H PA R K TRIANGLE, N.C. — The recently formed biological joint venture, Plant Response, is acquiring applied microbial science company Pathway BioLogic to expand its portfolio of robust biological products offered to the agricultural industry. Plant Response was formed by combining the former Plant Response Biotech, with expertise in screening plant responses to biologicals at the cellular level, and Koch Biolog ic a l Solut ion s , which offers deep scientific capability relating to biological modes of action at the genetic and whole-

plant level. Tom Warner, Plant Response chairman of the board, said Pathway BioLogic, based in Plant City, Florida, will enhance the joint venture with industry-leading fermentation capabilities, robust manufacturing and commercial product skills. That experience, he said, will bolster Plant Response’s ability to create value for channel partners and farmers in multiple categories, including intrinsic yield improvement, abiotic stress tolerance, increased nutrient use efficiency and enhanced plant innate immunity. “With the addition of

Pathway BioLogic, the new Plant Response will provide unparalleled expertise in the discovery, formulation and commercialization of a broad array of science-backed products within the ag biologicals space,” Warner said. “We will offer multiple technology platforms such as live microbes, extracts and biosimilar molecules to solve growers’ targeted issues. “To our knowledge, no other ag biologicals company combines these powerful capabilities into one entity that is working to bring the science of nature to growers across the globe.”

Tom Snipes, Plant Response CEO, noted that in 2016 Koch Biological Solutions acquired a minority stake in Pathway BioLogic. “We could not be more excited to build on what Koch initiated, and many on the combined team have deep working relationships,” Snipes said. “This investment will enable us to move forward together quickly on multiple levels, including R&D, joint development opportunities, manufacturing and commercial activities.” Michael Ga ns, co founder and director of operations of Pathway

BioLogic, said his company is pleased to join Plant Response because of its impressive agronomic and commercial capabilities. “The ability to expand Pathway’s commercial reach and be part of a broad product portfolio was a great incentive to become part of the Plant Response team,” he said. Gans noted that Pathway is distinguished by its products’ efficacy, ease of handling and shelf-life stability. Pathway offers differentiated plant growth-promoting Rhizobacteria, which produce enhanced root growth and early growth

establishment. These product formulations, which are currently marketed, are compatible with a wide range of fertilizers and chemicals and may be used in conjunction with Plant Response products in the future. The addition of Pathway will expand Plant Response’s multi-site operations to Plant City, complementing the recently added Koch Biological Solutions R&D site in Hayward, California, and the well-established EMEA R&D and commercial operations in Madrid, Spain. Plant Response is headquar tered in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Input sought for new NRCS easement rule CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conser vat ion Ser v ice seeks public comments on its interim rule for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. ACEP is USDA’s premier conservation easement program, helping landowners protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. The interim rule — now available on the Federal Register — will be in effect until the final rule is published. These activities will make changes to the program prescribed by the 2018 farm bill. “Through easements, agricultural landowners are protecting agricultural lands from development, restoring grazing lands and returning wetlands to their natural conditions,” said Ivan Dozier, NRCS state conservationist in Illinois. “The new changes to ACEP under the 2018 farm bill make it stronger and more effective and will result in even better protection of our nation’s farmlands, grasslands and wetlands.” NRCS is investing more than $300 million in conservation easements for fiscal 2020. NRCS state offices will announce sign-up periods for ACEP in the coming weeks. Changes to ACEP for agricultural land easements include: Q Authorizing assistance to partners who pursue “buy-protect-sell” transactions. Q Requiring a conservation plan for highly erodible land that will be protected by an agricultural land easement. Q Increasing flexibility for partners to meet costshare matching requirements. Changes to ACEP for wetland reserve easements include: Q Identifying water quality as a program purpose for enrollment of wetland reserve easements. Q Expanding wetland types eligible for restoration and management under wetland reserve easements. “Conser vation ea se ments have a tremendous footprint in the U.S. with nearly 5 million acres already enrolled. That’s 58,000 square miles,” NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr said. “This is a great testament to NRCS’s and landowner’s commitment to conservation.” SUBMITTING COMMENTS NRCS inv ites comments on this interim rule through March 6 on the Federal Register. Electronic comments must be submitted through regulations.gov under Docket ID NRCS-2019-0006. All written comments received will be publicly available on regulations. gov, too. NRCS will evaluate public comments to determine whether additional changes are needed. ACEP aids landowners and eligible entities with conserving, restoring and protecting wetlands, productive agricultural lands and grasslands. For more information on how to sign up for ACEP, visit your state website at nrcs.usda.gov or contact your local NRCS field office.

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Record pork exports near $7B in 2019 Beef export value again tops $8B DENVER — U.S. pork exports posted new volume and value records in 2019, reaching nearly $7 billion, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Exports of U.S. beef were below the previous year’s record levels, while lamb export volume was the second largest on record. Pork exports soared to 282,145 metric tons in December, up 34% year-over-year and surpassing the previous high, set in November 2019, by 9%. Export value was $760 million, up a remarkable 44% from a year ago and breaking the previous record, also from November 2019, by 7%.

These results pushed 2019 exports 10% above the previous year in volume, at 2.67 million mt, and 9% higher in value, at $6.95 billion, breaking previous records for both volume, at 2.45 million mt in 2017, and value, at $6.65 billion in 2014. Pork export value per head slaughtered was $66.70 in December, nearly one-third higher than a year ago and the highest monthly average since 2014. For 2019, per-head value averaged $53.51, up 4% year-over-year. The percentage of pork production exported also set new records in December, as exports accounted for 32.1% of total pork production and 29.3% for muscle cuts only, up substantially from a year ago, at 26.1% and 23.6%, respectively. In 2019, exports accounted for 26.9% of total pork production,

up from 25.7% and the highest since 2012. For muscle cuts only, the ratio was 23.6%, up from 22.5% in 2018. “Despite retaliatory duties and the other barriers U.S. pork faces in China, exports to the China/ Hong Kong region closed 2019 with tremendous momentum,” said Dan Halstrom, USMEF President and CEO. “We look forward to continued success in 2020, especially if U.S.-China trade relations continue to trend in a positive direction. The coronavirus situation is certainly concerning and disruptive, but it hasn’t dampened our enthusiasm for the potential this market holds for U.S. red meat.” December beef exports totaled 111,315 mt, down 1% from a year ago, valued at $682 million, down 3%. Exports in 2019

totaled 1.32 million mt, 2.5% below the previous year’s record volume. After increasing by more than $1 billion in 2018, beef export value eased by 3% to $8.1 billion. Beef export value per head of fed slaughter was $321.21 in December, down 9% from a year ago. The 2019 average was $309.75, down 4%. December exports accounted for 14.3% of total beef production and 11.6% for muscle cuts only, down from 15.5% and 12.6%, respectively, a year ago. Exports in 2019 accounted for 14.1% of total beef production and 11.4% for muscle cuts, down from the previous year’s record-high percentages, at 14.6% and 12.1%, respectively. “It was gratifying to see beef exports to Japan perform so well in December, given that the

first tariff rate cut was pending and set to take effect Jan. 1,” Halstrom said. “Buyers in Japan have been waiting a very long time for tariff relief and have already responded enthusiastically. We look forward to solid growth in 2020 and beyond.” December exports of U.S. lamb were 1,225 mt, up 9% from a year ago, while value jumped 24% to $2.36 million. For 2019, lamb export volume increased 22% from a year ago to 15,732 mt, valued at $26.1 million, up 12%. Led by strong demand in Mexico, export volume was the second highest on record behind 2011 and export value was the highest since 2014. In addition to Mexico, strong growth markets included Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Guatemala and the Philippines.

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — A new study from Kansas State University on the treatment of non-responding cases of bovine respiratory disease, known as BRD, conducted by Hans Coetzee and his collaborators from Iowa State University, sheds light on the relationship between drug treatments and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. The study, “Association between antimicrobial drug class for treatment and retreatment of bovine respiratory disease and frequency of resistant BRD pathogen isolation from veterinary diagnostic laboratory samples,” was published in the December 2019 issue of the journal PLOS ONE. “Bovine respiratory disease is one of the most important diseases facing beef cattle producers in the United States with economic losses estimated to approach $1 billion a year,” Coetzee said. “Antibiotics are critical to minimize losses associated with BRD caused by bacterial infections.” Antibiotics that are used to treat BRD are broadly classified into two groups, namely those that prevent growth of the bacteria, that is bacteriostatic, and those that kill the organism, that is bactericidal. Although 90% of BRD relapses are reported to receive retreatment with a different class of antimicrobial, the impact of antibiotic selection — bactericidal or bacteriostatic — on disease outcomes and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance has not been investigated, according to Coetzee. The focus of the study is determining the association between antimicrobial class selection for treatment and retreatment of BRD relapses and antimicrobial susceptibility of Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida and Histophilus somni. Pathogens were isolated from samples submitted to the ISU Veterinar y Diagnostic Laboratory from January 2013 to December 2015. A total of 781 isolates with corresponding animal case histories, including treatment protocols, were included in the analysis. “Our overall interpretation of the data suggests that there is direct association between the number of treatments to which an animal was exposed and the emergence of antibiotic resistance in samples submitted to a veterinary diagnostic laboratory for analysis,” Coetzee said. “In addition, these exploratory data suggest that BRD treatment protocols involving first-line treatment with a bacteriostatic antibiotic followed by second-line treatment with a bactericidal antibiotic may increase the probability of isolating BRD bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.” While this observation suggests that consideration should be given to the mechanism of action of the antibiotic when selecting drugs for retreatment of non-responding cases of BRD, Coetzee said further research is needed to determine the clinical relevance of this finding in livestock production systems. Coetzee is a professor and head of the anatomy and physiology department at the College of Veterinary Medicine. He has published 160 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has received more than $10 million in research funding.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The pork industry released its new sustainability report, Commit and Improve: Pig Farmers’ Approach to Sustainability, and updated website, porkcares.org. The report and website share firsthand accounts and data supporting pig farmers’ progress toward sustainability through the We Care ethical principles. “As pig farmers, we are committed to producing safe food, protecting the environment and caring for our pigs by following the six We Care ethical principles,” said David Newman, president of the National Pork Board and a pig farmer representing Arkansas. “These new resources were developed to share relevant information and metrics and to lay a foundation for continuous improvement in the area of sustainability.” The new repor t demonstrates the progress pig farmers have made toward the We Care ethical principles of: Food Safety, Animal Well-Being, the Environment, Public Health, Our People and Communities. Data for the report was gathered from governmental agencies, the pork industry’s life-cycle assessment and pig farmers from across the country. Highlights that demonstrate the pork industry’s commitment to the We Care principles include: n According to the Environmental Protection Agency, pork production contributes just 0.46% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. n More than 71,000 individuals are Pork Quality Assurance Plus certified, representing roughly 85% of U.S. pork production. n The pork value chain has come together to develop and use the Common Swine Industry Audit, which is certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization. n The most recent life-cycle assessment, A Retrospective of U.S. Pork Production, shows a significant reduction in the use of natural resources during the past 55 years. Per pound of pork produced, U.S. pork producers have reduced land use by 76%, water use by 25%, energy use by 7% and their carbon footprint by more than 7%. n More than 94% of pig farms keep detailed medical and treatment records, which shows pig farmers’ commitment to responsible antibiotic use. n In 2018, pig farmers donated 3.2 million servings of food, volunteered more than 54,000 hours and donated more than $5.5 million to local charities. “The findings in the sustainability report and on porkcares. org not only illustrate our commitment to ethical and sustainable practices, but also show our commitment to transparency as an industry,” said Brett Kaysen, assistant vice president of sustainability for the Pork Checkoff. “We look forward to sharing this powerful story and our continued progress with the global pork supply chain and with consumers around the world.” The report can be downloaded at porkcares.org.

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The Cowser family farming operation includes a breed to wean pig farm, a cow/calf herd and a corn and soybean farming operation. The members of the 2020 Illinois Pork Producers Association Farm Family of the Year are Charlotte and Steve Cowser (front row from left), Cheryl Cowser-Walsh, Andy and Carol Cowser; Marc Cowser (top row), Darin Cowser and Alan Cowser.

Raising pigs since 1932 Cowser pork operation is a farm foundation By Jeannine Otto


BR ADFORD, Ill. — The Cowser family farming operation is many things — and many people — but underpinning all of the farm operations is family. The Cowser family is the 2020 Illinois Pork Producer Association Farm Family of the Year. “We all want the farm to be successful,” said Steve Cowser of the farming operation that his grandfather, Delbert Cowser, started in the 1930s near Laura. Today, Steve and his three brothers, Marc, Andy and Darin, and Andy’s two children, Alan Cowser and Cheryl Cowser-Walsh, comprise the main part of the Cowser family farm. Steve Cowser leads the pork production part of the farm and oversees the farm operation’s finances. After almost 50 years in the pig business, some might be thinking about retiring, but Cowser is not among them. “I am having too much fun,” he said. Cowser works in the barns and is focused on ways to improve the pork operation and grow his own knowledge. “I learn something new every day I am in the barns. That’s one of the things I like about this business,” he said. IN THE BEGINNING The family always has raised pigs, starting with Delbert Cowser’s swine herd in 1932. In 1998, they purchased a breed-to-wean barn and 1,200 sows. They increased that herd, and they wean about 1,100 pigs weekly as an independent breed-to-wean farm. The Cowsers partner with Land O’Lakes as the buyer of their weaned pigs. Constant improvement is a

constant theme for all parts of the Cowser farming operation. On the pork side, the breed-towean model is a perfect fit. “It allows us to do one thing, focus on one area of production, and hopefully become better at that,” Steve Cowser said. The biggest challenge on the pork production side is labor. The breed-to-wean operation employs nine people as a full staff. “Half of our crew are longterm employees, seasoned and experienced, and there are two or three who are newer employees and some of those don’t stay very long,” Cowser said. ANIMAL HEALTH Biosecurity is a priority on the farm. “In 2015, we revamped our entrance, so the only way to get in and out is through the showers,” Cheryl Cowser said. Everyone entering the sow barn is required to shower upon entering and shower on leaving. All supplies, from bagged feed products to medicines to equipment parts, entering the building have to pass through the “fume room,” a fumigation room. The Cowsers transport their own pigs and feed, reducing outside traffic into the sow farm. The farm has a truck wash to clean and sanitize the farm’s trucks before they enter the property. While Steve Cowser said he enjoys working in the barns, with farrowing being his favorite job, working with the farm’s finances is another task he finds both challenging and rewarding. “We have to make enough profit to provide a living for all six people involved in the farm. It’s a challenge nowadays,” he said. That the farm known as Cowser Inc. is a family farm is a message that Cheryl CowserWalsh emphasizes in her work with Ag in the Classroom programs in Bureau and Peoria counties. “One of the big misconceptions is when you see a hog

Meet the Cowsers Six families make up Cowser Inc., the family crop and livestock farm in rural Bradford, Illinois. They are: n Steve Cowser and his wife, Charlotte, live in Bradford, Illinois. They are the parents of Mike, who died in an accident at age 14, and Shelli (Jim) and the grandparents of Kelsie. n Andy Cowser and his wife, Carol, live in Laura, Illinois. They are the parents of Cheryl, Alan (Katie), Aaron (Kelly) and Adam (Liz) and the grandparents of Alyvia, Reagan, Rylie, Kinsley, Colson, Brenner, Kendall, Brooks, Briggs and Allish. n Marc Cowser and his wife, Carol, live in Tiskilwa, Illinois. They are the parents of Tim, Scott (Lori) and Renee (Jonathan) and the grandparents of Jhett, Solomon, Josiah and Adeline. n Darin Cowser and his wife, Susan, live in Peoria, Illinois. Darin has four children, Meghan, Seth, Zac and Tessa. n Cheryl Cowser-Walsh lives in Princeville, Illinois, and has two daughters, Reagan and Rylie. n Alan Cowser and his wife, Katie, live in Princeville, Illinois. They are the parents of Alyvia, Colson and Kendall. barn and people say, ‘Well, it’s not family owned.’ That’s the part that I personally struggle with. The name of the company that we market our livestock through is a corporation. That’s just a business model. It’s not owned by corporate people. It’s still owned by us. Some people just assume because of the ‘Inc.’ that it’s owned by a big corporation, and it’s not — it’s a family farm. It’s our family’s farm,” she said. Jeannine Otto can be reached at 815-223-2558, ext. 211, or jotto@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Otto.

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Bin there On-farm storage expands options while saving money By Tom C. Doran


GIFFORD, Ill. — On-farm grain storage in Illinois and Indiana has increased the past 10 years. According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, on-farm storage has increased by 90 million bushels in Indiana to 860 million bushels and Illinois has seen a 50 million bushel jump to 1.48 billion bushels from Dec. 1, 2009, to Dec. 1, 2019. Phil Foster, owner of Foster’s Mechanics in Paxton, said during the Midwest Ag Expo farmers are installing or adding bins to avoid harvest downtime and have storage and marketing options. Poor field conditions extended the 2019 harvest, and there were just small windows of opportunities to get into the fields. When it was fit, the crop had higher than desired moisture content, forcing the need for drying and adding more cost at a time of low commodity prices. “On-farm storage and dryers provide an option where you don’t have to pay someone else for drying. You can save a lot of money by drying it yourself,” Foster said. There were reports of grain elevators shutting down early last fall because they were at capacity in the midst of harvest. “So, you have the downtime and you can’t do anything, it’s getting late in the season and you have to get things out. The weather turns and 25% of your corn is still out there in the field. The corn is going down and you’re losing yield every day it’s out there. Any way you can speed that harvest up is beneficial,” Foster continued. He added on-farm storage can also save in drying costs. “You can save a lot per bushel because if you try to dry we’ll say 1,000 bushels and it is 25% moisture, I think we figured that according to the elevator you come out with 840 bushels because it shrinks. That’s the on paper, and by the time you’re done you’ve pretty well paid $1,000 to have that dried down. So, if corn is down to $3.50 a bushel, you’re going to lose $1,000 off the top,” he said. “So, if you’re thinking it was going to be $3,500 you’re going to get for that semi load. Well, now that’s changed a lot. You’ll get $2,500 or a little less than that. “The normal rule of thumb is it would be half of what it would have cost you at the elevator. A lot of the cost just depends on where you’re at for natural gas, propane, power companies and how much you use.”

“Sometimes there’s the premium you can save just holding our crop until January. I hear a lot of guys say you can save 20 cents, 30 cents per bushels, just depending on if the basis has gone up or whatever the price of the commodity is at the time. That can be very beneficial,” Foster said. There is also an eventual return on investment. “We don’t know how long that return is going to be. Is it going to be two years, is it going to be five years? A lot of it depends on your marketing, how much you have to dry and all of that. So, that’s what can affect your payback on whatever you put in. But it’s going to payback and then once you have it paid for, then it’s just that extra income that you’re getting from that,” Foster noted.

DEMAND It’s obvious by the USDA data there has been an increased interest in both on-farm and offfarm storage expansion for several reasons. Yields have increased over 10 years, and elevators are adding on because they may not have the storage to meet the demand. Also, on-farm bins are aging and small. “Nobody wants to use them because you have this small bin and you have to carry this sweep in, and it has a 6-inch unload, it takes forever, it takes too much time to do what they need to do. They don’t have the time to deal with that. They have a 10,000 bushel bin on-farm and they’re just going to haul it to the elevator instead because they can dump it fast there and not worry about that penny-pinching,” Foster said. “I think now the way the markets are and everything, your return on a grain storage system can payback and it can make you money and make it to where in these tight markets you can get more of your premium dollar out of it and get the most you can for what you’re raising.” New grain bins have features that are more efficient, safer and easier to use on-farm. “You have power sweeps in a grain bin. You don’t have to carry it in. You can get 10-inch unload and you can unload or load a bin, 4,000 bushels an hour, or you can get 6,000 bushels an hour. If you get 6,000 bushels an hour that’s loading a semi in 10 minutes, and it used to be 45 minutes with a six-inch auger. That’s a big difference and you can just keep the semis coming. There are a lot of benefits,” Foster said. Wintertime is an ideal time to order grain bins and grain equipSAVINGS, RETURN ment as companies are offering There also is the opportunity winter discounts and farmers to save on storage costs with on- can lock in those deals and have farm bins. a system in place for next fall.


Phil Foster, owner of Foster’s Mechanics in Paxton, Illinois, highlights a Sukup power sweep for grain bins displayed at the recent Midwest Ag Expo. WHAT’S NEW Foster’s highlighted two new features during the Midwest Ag Expo, the Sukup Mixedflow Dryer and Sukup Paddle Sweepway. The Mixed-flow Dryer combines the grain quality of a mixed-flow dryer with the vacuum-cooling efficiency of a tower dryer. The result is high testweight grain while burning less fuel per bushel dried. Maintenance is also reduced with mixed flow dryers because there are no screens that need to be cleaned on cool, damp days to maintain capacity and efficiency. The Paddle Sweepway is a new safety feature for grain bins compared to a typical auger. It’s a safe option to fully clean out a grain bin. This upgrade can be added to new or retrofitted to any existing Sweepway or U-Trough and Power Sweep for both drag conveyors and loop systems. Tom C. Doran can be reached at 815-780-7894 or tdoran@ agrinews-pubs.com. Follow him on Twitter at: @AgNews_ Doran.


AgriNews Field Editor Tom Doran (right) interviews Foster’s Mechanics LLC owner Phil Foster at the Midwest Ag Expo about grain drying and grain storage challenges and opportunities.

Modest increase in cattle prices seen Unexpected events can cause strong market reaction By Martha Blum


DUBUQUE, Iowa — Calf, feeder and fed cattle prices are predicted to be stable to a bit higher during 2020. “In general, we’re looking for somewhat higher prices of 2% to 4%,” said Derrell Peel, Breedlove professor of agribusiness at Oklahoma State University. “There is a lot of volatility in these markets relative to trade, macro-economic conditions and politics,” Peel said during a presentation at the Driftless Region Beef Conference, hosted by University of Illinois Extension, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension. Markets can be impacted by “black swans” — the unexpected, unknown things that are difficult to predict. “The coronavirus is looking like it is one of those events,” Peel said. “The markets tend to react very strongly to unknown things, and as we get more information, the markets settle back down.” Calf prices are close to where they were one year ago. “The second half of last year

had a lot of challenges that we didn’t anticipate in the first half of the year, including feed market concerns and a packing plant fire in Kansas during August,” Peel said. “We are comparing prices to a lower base last year, so we think we’ll see modestly stronger prices particularly during that time period.” Most of the time, Nebraska is the epicenter for feeder cattle prices, Peel said. “Cattle prices tend to go down in all directors from Nebraska,” he said. “Iowa, Wyoming and Kansas have pretty similar levels to Nebraska, and the lowest prices are in Alabama and Georgia.” Fed cattle prices typically peak at the beginning of the first quarter and move to a seasonal low around Labor Day, Peel said. There were two big, pronounced spikes in boxed beef prices during 2019, he said. “The first spike was because of the packing plant fire,” he said. “It was very brief, and prices came back down after about two weeks.” Boxed beef prices typically increase from October into November as purchases of prime rib are made for holiday meals; however, prices were very strong last year, Peel said. “That reflects a couple of things going on, including a lower than expected Choice grading percentage, so the Choice supply was relative tight,” he

Derrell Peel, professor of agribusiness at Oklahoma State University, sees fed cattle prices inching higher in 2020. said. “As we have grown the cowherd since 2014, we have added to the normal culling rate, so we added 1.3 million more cows to slaughter in 2019 compared to 2015.” That 25% increase in cull slaughter, Peel said, put pressure on the market. “I expect both seasonally and maybe because of meat markets, prices will begin to reflect that,” he said. “We normally expect cull cow markets to have a very strong season run-up from November through February and March.” So far this year, the culling numbers have been strong. “That’s part of what’s keeping

the market under pressure and not exhibiting typical seasonal patterns, but I think they will kick in,” Peel said. Hay stocks from 2018 to 2019 increased nationwide 6.8%, and hay production was up 4.3% in 2019 compared to the previous year. “There’s a lot of quality issues because of the wet, cool weather during the first half of the year,” Peel said. “That really compromised the quality of the hay, so we’re encouraging producers to test their hay.” The challenging weather in 2019 resulted in a smaller corn crop, and quality is also an issue, Peel said. “We’re anticipating a modest increase in average corn price, but not the kind that will cause major feedlot response unless a surprise comes along,” he said. “For the first time in three years, we have pulled ending stocks of corn below 2 billion bushels, but as long as corn ending stocks stay above 1.5 billion bushels, we won’t see a lot of market ration,” he said. “The biggest job of the market is to make sure we don’t run out of stuff, and they way we do that is when it looks like things are getting tight, the market starts raising prices to figure out who wants it the most.” The U.S. cowherd hit a bottom in 2014 and increased through 2019, Peel said.

“The last time we did a cyclical expansion was from 1990 to 1996,” he said. “I don’t think we’re in the economic conditions to do a sustained liquidation, so I think it is not really a peak as much as a plateau for this year.” Steers on feed on Jan. 1 were up 1.3% in 2019 compared to 2018, Peel said. “Then they were down every quarter through 2019 until this January when they popped back up,” he said. “Heifers are still above year ago levels and have been since the second quarter of 2016, but I think we’re approaching a peak,” he said. “Feedlot inventory right now is at record level back to 1995, and we’re about at the peak so we’ll start pulling that down.” Cattle slaughter was up 1.7% in 2019, and that will probably decrease this year, Peel said. “Carcass weights all of last year were below year earlier levels until the end of the year when they got well above year earlier levels,” he said. “Beef production will probably go up a little bit even though cattle slaughter will be slightly lower because carcass weights will push the total production a little higher.” Martha Blum can be reached at 815-223-2558, ext. 117, or marthablum@agrinews-pubs. com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Blum.

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Dogs sniff out sick trees On the hunt for citrus industry’s biggest threat FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Dogs specially trained by Agriculture Research Service scientists have proven to be the most efďŹ cient way to detect huanglongbing — also known as citrus greening — according to a paper just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Currently, the only solid hope of curtailing the spread of citrus greening is to eliminate trees with the disease as quickly as possible to prevent further spread. Early detection of the citrus greening pathogen is crucial because trees can be infected and act as a source to spread the disease months or years before showing symptoms that are detectable by the naked eye. ARS plant epidemiologist Timothy Gottwald with the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce discovered that dogs can be trained to sni out the presence of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, the bacteria that causes citrus greening, with greater than 99% accuracy. “We found that, once trained, these dogs were able to identify infected trees within two weeks of the trees being inoculated,â€? Gottwald said. “The dogs also were able to distinguish the citrus greening pathogen from a variety of other citrus bacterial, viral, fungal and spiroplasma pathogens, including closely related Liberibacter species.â€? During testing, the cit-

rus greening detector dogs had total of four to 15 false negatives and false positives on 950 to 1,000 trees per dog. Occasionally, the dogs alerted on clean trees that were in the same spot where an inoculated tree had been placed in previous tests due to residual scent. In contrast, the only currently USDA-approved method for confirming the presence of the citrus greening pathogen — a DNA-based assay called a polymerase chain reaction test detected less than 3% of infections at two months, 16 of 30 inoculated trees at 16 months and 20 out of 30 in 17 months. PCR tests also require considerable time, ďŹ nancial and human resources for sampling, processing and laboratory work. They are very expensive to use as a general surveillance tool. The training is similar to that of explosives sniing dogs, in which the dogs are taught to recognize a particular odor and to sit down next to the source once found. The dogs are rewarded with play time with a toy. However training is more extensive and speciďŹ c because the dogs are trained to detect a bacteria infecting a plant, and the two cannot be separated. So far, Gottwald’s program has trained 19 dogs obtained from European breeders of detection canines because of their keen abilities and drive. “When we ran epidemiological models, we found

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WHEELING, IND.: Farm Equipment, 10 a.m. Eastern, Frank & Marlene Brittingham, Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company, Inc., 800-451-2709.

Tues., Feb. 18

MONTICELLO, IND.: 245 +/Acres in 2 Tracts, 12 Noon Eastern, Brad Neihouser, 765-427-5052. NEWTON COUNTY, IND. & IROQUOIS COUNTY, ILL.: 948 +/- Acres in 10 Tracts, 6:30 p.m. CST, BushDowell Trust, Halderman Real Estate & Farm Management, 800-424-2324.

Wed., Feb. 19

GREENVILLE, OHIO: Fertilizer Equipment, 11 a.m., Harvest Land Co-op, Schrader Real Estate &

Auction Company, Inc., 800-451-2709. GIBSON CITY, ILL.: 397.1 Acres in 6 Tracts, 11 a.m. CST, Nancy Stock Estate, Sullivan Auctioneers, LLC, 844-847-2161. TERRE HAUTE, IND.: 6 +/Acres, 2 p.m., Roger & Kathy Sturgeon, Johnny Swalls, 812-495-6119.

Thurs., Feb. 20

BRAZIL, IND.: Retirement Farm Auction, 11 a.m. EST, William (Bill) Loughmiller, Jeff Boston Auction Service, LLC, 812-382-4440. See p. B3 VENICE, FLA.: State of the Farmer’s Economy Update, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company, Inc., 800-451-2709. See p. B2 WABASH COUNTY, IND.: 77 +/- Acres, 6:30 p.m., MAR-

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FEBRUARY 14, 2020 | B1 ROW Trust, Halderman Real Estate & Farm Management, 800-424-2324. HUNTINGTON, IND.: 158 Acres in 6 Tracts, 6:30 p.m., Metzger Auction, 260-982-0238.

Sat., Feb. 22

COLUMBIA CITY, IND.: Area Farmer & Contractors Equipment Auction, 10 a.m., Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company, Inc., 800-4512709. See p. B1 DAWSON SPRINGS, KY.: Retirement Liquidation Auction, 10 a.m., Delbert Fireline, Herron Auction & Realty, 270-826-6216. MARSHALL, ILL.: Machinery Estate Auction, 10 a.m., Jim Douglas Estate & Carolee Willoughby, James C. Knowles, 217-826-2527. See p. B3 SILVER LAKE, IND.: 658 Acres in 17 Tracts, 1 p.m., Metzger Auction, 260-9820238.

Mon., Feb. 24

BOONE COUNTY, IND.: 157.83 +/- Acres in 2 Tracts, 6:30 p.m., FredRick Farm Inc., Halderman Real Estate & Farm Management, 800-4242324.

Tues., Feb. 25

DECATUR COUNTY, IND.: 503 +/- Acres in 8 Tracts, 6:30 p.m., Thornburg Farm, Halderman Real Estate & Farm Management, 800424-2324.

Thurs., Feb. 27

VINCENNES, IND.: Farm Equipment, 10 a.m., Keller Bros. Farms Inc., Don Smock Auction Company, Inc., 317-6081811. See p. B2 WINGATE, IND.: Grain Facility Auction, 11 a.m., Ceres Solutions, Hahn Auctioneers, 574-773-8445. See p. B2 HALDERMANAUCTION. COM: Online Only, 18.13

+/- Acres in 3 Tracts LaPorte County, bidding opens 2/26 at 8 a.m. CST & closes 2/27 at 4 p.m. CST, Lindborg Dairy LLC, Halderman Real Estate & Farm Management, 800424-2324. VERMILION COUNTY, ILL.: 95 +/- Acres in 3 Tracts, 6:30 p.m. CST, Walter R. Swift Family Trust, Halderman Real Estate & Farm Management, 800424-2324.

Fri., Feb. 28

PERRYSVILLE, IND.: Farm Machinery, 10 a.m., Jr. Young Trust, Ted Everett & Kurt Everett, 317-996-3929. See p. B3 HENDERSON, KY.: 416 +/Acres in 3 Tracts, 12 Noon, Elizabeth Embry Heirs, Herron Auction & Realty, 270-826-6216.

Sat., Feb. 29

BUSHNELL, ILL.: Farm Equipment Consignment,

9 a.m., Bedwell Farm Equipment, 309-772-2343. TERRE HAUTE, IND.: Retirement Farm Auction, 10 a.m. EST, Roger Sturgeon, Jeff Boston Auction Service, LLC, 812382-4440. See p. B3 ROBARDS, KY.: 83 +/Acres, 10 a.m., Herron Auction & Realty, 270-8266216. SHADELAND, IND.: Farm Machinery, 10:30 a.m. EST, Ron & Mary Gamble, Scherer’s Auction Service, LLC, 765-385-1550.

Wed., March 4

GREENFIELD, IND.: 1122 +/- Acres in 24 Tracts, 11 a.m., Elanco US Inc., Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company, Inc., 800-451-2709. See p. B3 FRANKFORT, IND.: 76.21 +/- Acres, 6:30 p.m., Kerr Farm, Farmers National Company, 765-586-3428. See p. B3

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MFWD tractor, PS, 480/80R46 tires & axle duals, 380/85R34 fronts, quick coupler, pto, 4 remotes, 920 hrs, 1 owner, warranty • 2015 JD 8270R MFWD tractor, PS, 480/80R46 tires & duals, 420/90R34 fronts, New Firestones, quick hitch, pto, 4 remotes, large screen, all activations, 5200 hrs • 2016 C-IH 100C Farmall MFWD tractor, 18.4x38 tires, CHA, 3pt, pto, 2 remotes, L620 loader, QT, joy stick, material bucket, 233 hrs, (warranty) • 1982 Steiger Panther KP 1325, 4x4, 12sp, 23.1x34 tires & duals, 3 remotes, 4400 hrs • 1993 Ford Versatile 846 4x4 tractor, 18.4x38 tires & hub duals, 4 remotes, 4967 hrs • 1974 JD 4230 diesel tractor, cab, 18.4x34 tires, 3pt, pto, 2 remotes, 5116 hrs • 1975 JD 4630 tractor, 18.4R42 tires, 3pt, pto, 2 remotes, 7737 hrs • 1972 JD 4620 diesel tractor, 20.8x38 tires, 3pt, pto, 2 remotes, rear & front weights, 5789 actual hrs • JD 3020 diesel tractor, Syncro, 15.5.x38 tires, 3pt, pto, single remote, JD 48 loader & bucket, 1 owner • 1968 JD 4020 diesel tractor, 18.4x34 tires, 3pt, pto, 2 remotes, Allied HD loader, material bucket, forks, (less than 500 hrs on Reman motor) • 1977 Ford 7600 diesel tractor, 18.4x34 tires, 3pt, pto, 2 remotes, power beyond, front & rear weights, shows 2494 hrs • 1972 Case 1370 tractor, 18.4x38 tires, 3pt, pto, 2 remotes, 3500 hrs • 1964 JD 3020 diesel tractor, NF, PS, 15.5x38 tires, 3pt, pto, 1 remote, 4249 hrs • 1975 IH 1466 diesel tractor, 18.4x38 tires & duals, 3pt dual pto, 2 remotes, 4975 hrs • JD 4010 diesel tractor, WF, 18.4x34 tires, 3pt, pto, 2 remotes, (shows 1165 hrs) • 1983 Case 2590 diesel tractor, 18.4x38 tires & duals, 3pt, pto, 2 remotes, 6848 hrs ($10,000 spent on PS at 5682 hrs) • 1976 White 2-105 diesel tractor, 18.4x38 tires & duals, 3pt, pto, 2 remotes, 4327 hrs • JD 4010 gas tractor, WF, 18.4x34 tires, 3pt, pto, 1 remote • 1972 Ford 3000 gas tractor, 16.9x24 tires, 3pt, pto, Ford loader w/material bucket, 2030 hrs • IH 574 utility tractor, 18.4x28 tires, 3pt, pto, 1 remote Utility Tractors, Skidloaders, & Forklifts: • 2017 Kubota SVL95-25HFC trac skid loader, 95 hp diesel, aux high flow hyd, cab, air, heat, material bucket, 331 hrs • 2015 Kubota SVL75-2HWC trac skid loader, diesel, aux hyd, cab, air, heat, material bucket, 2052 hrs • 2016 Kubota SSV65HFC skid loader, diesel, high flow aux hyd, cab, air, heat, material bucket, 605 hrs • 2011 JD 323D skid loader, tracs, cab, air, heat, 2sp, aux hyd, QT, material bucket, 3050 hrs • 2014 Bobcat S 590 diesel skid loader, cab, air, heat, aux hyd, QT, new tires, 810 hrs • 2005 Cat 246B skid loader, approx. 3481 hrs • 2014 Bobcat S 570 skid loader, diesel, 2sp, cab, air, heat, aux hyd, QT, keyless entry, 6’ material bucket, 745 hrs, 1 owner • 2008 Bobcat S175 skid loader, diesel, 2sp, cab, heat, aux hyd, QT, 72” material, 5’ rock tooth bucket, 2972 hrs, 1 owner • 2013 Bobcat S185 skid loader, diesel, aux hyd, cab, heat, material bucket, 1637 hrs • 2011 Gehl V330 skid loader, cab, air, heat, 2sp, QT, Pilot Control, aux hyd, 3780 hrs • Bobcat 763 skid loader, aux hyd, material bucket, 1078 hrs • 2013 Kubota L4600 HST, FWD, 46 hp diesel, LA 764 loader, 1143 hrs • Kubota L3710D FWD, 37 hp diesel, LA 681 loader, 1202 hrs • 2010 CIH 45 diesel tractor, 4x4, hydro, 3pt, pto, 1 remote, L350 loader, joy stick, 1511 hrs • Clark 5000lb gas forklift, 2 stage, side shift, high/low, dual pneumatic tires, 4’ forks, 5474 hrs • 6’ Bradco GSS72 rotary brush cutter for skid loader, QT • JD skid loader forks • 1996 Clark CDP 40 forklift, 8000 lbs, diesel, dual fronts, 2 stage, side shift • 96” Blizzard snow plow for skid loader • 66” material bucket for skid loader • rock bucket for Bobcat skid loader • 8’ Bobcat snow blade, hyd angle & wings • Quick Pic skid loader rock bucket • set of Bobcat steel tracks Manure, Livestock, & Hay Equipment: • 2010 Vemeer 504M Classic 4x5 round baler, silage, net wrap & twine, controller, 3533 bales (excellent) • 2017 10’ NH H7230 discbine, hyd swing, rubber rolls, new blades (warranty) • 1998 C-IH 8465 round baler, twine & net wrap, controller • 2017 10’ C-IH DC102 discbine, hyd swing, flail, new blades (warranty) • 10’ NH 1411 discbine mower, rubber rolls, hyd swing • 9’ JD 270 discbine mower, 3pt • NH 664 round baler, net wrap, controller • Vermeer 5x4 round baler, string • AC 303 small square baler, twine • 13’ NH 1431 disc bine, rubber rolls, hyd swing • 9’ NH 488 haybine, rubber rolls (1 owner) • 11.5’ JD 935 disc bine mower, impeller • 2010 16’ MacDon R80 disc bine, pivot hitch, (needs cutter bar work) • Framco 8’-12’ TI 4000 2 basket hay tedder rake, 3pt • New Idea 402 4 bar rake • NH 273 baler, twine • IH 4 bar hay rake, hyd drive • NH 169 hay tedder, 6 basket, pull type • NH 770 forage chopper, 2x30 corn head, hay pickup • 6’ MF 40 hay conditioner, pull type • Hoelscher 10 bale accumulator • NI 224 manure spreader, tandem, 2 beaters • NH 510 manure spreader, single axle, (rear beater needs work) • NI 200 manure spreader, single axle, triple beater • Kuhn Knight 8118 side slinger manure spreader • NH 791 tandem manure spreader, single beater, slop gate, poly liner • NI manure spreader, single axle • Knight Pro Slinger 8024 tandem axle manure spreader • Better Built 3500 gal liquid spreader, 4 yr old tank, 2 yr old

pump, 2 new tires • (2) Gehl 810 tandem forage wagons, triple beaters, roofs • Artsway 425 feed grinder w/ digital scales • Automatic roller mill, 4’ rollers, discharge augers, on trailer • 40’ feed wagon • NI 202 manure spreader, single axle, triple beater • Sitrex H90V8 8 wheel hay rake, center wheel, pull type, hyd fold, 1 owner • NI 213 single axle manure spreader, triple beater (excellent) • Flat rack wagon w/ 8 ton gear • New Idea 12A manure spreader • 2015 10’ NH H7230 disc bine mower conditioner, rubber rolls, hyd swing (like new) • NH 675 tandem axle manure spreader • Hovle 6000 slurry tanker, tandem, 28L-26R3 tires, top fill Harvest Equipment, Grain Carts, Wagons, & Augers: • 2009 J&M 1000-20 grain cart, 1000 bu. 1050 floater tires, 20” corner auger, hyd spout, roll tarp, scales • Killbros 555 gravity wagon, cement tires, brakes, lights, (brakes don’t work) • Killbros 355 wagon w/ ext, KB 12 ton gear, 14’ hyd drive auger • Killbros 400 center dump wagon, KB 10 ton gear, roll tarp • J&M 250 gravity wagon w/ Kewanee gear • J&M 350-14 gravity wagon, J&M 10 ton gear, Shurco roll tarp, lights (nice) • Killbros 350-20 gravity wagon, JD 1075 gear, 8 bolt, 12.5Lx16 tires, Rainbow tarp • M&W 300 bu gravity wagon, split bed, 13.5x16.1 tires, brakes • Yield weigh wagon, single axle, scales • (2) J&M 250 gravity wagons w/ gears • (2) Killbros 300 gravity wagons w/ gears • Killbros 300 gravity box • McCurdy 350 bu gravity wagon, KB 1280 gear • Killbros 350 gravity wagon, KB gear • J&M 250 gravity wagon, NI gear • Killbros 385 gravity wagon, ext, 1386 gear, truck tires • Killbros 350 gravity wagon, 10 ton gear, conveyor, hyd drive, 16’x6” • 14’ Flat rack wagon, steel top, JD gear • New (still in crate) 1.5 ton feed bin • 70’x10 Feterl swing away auger • 60’x10” Hutchinson swing away transport auger, hyd lift • 60’x10” Brandt swing away transport auger • (2) Behlen wire corn cribs (dismantled) • 24’x8 ring Brock grain bin, floor, Air Stream fan (OFFSITE) • 12’x7 ring GSI hopper tank, approx. 25’ load auger, 1ph (OFFSITE) • GSI Air Stream 1112 LP dryer, 1ph, 2129 hrs (OFFSITE) • DMC Transfer 700 air system w/ 4” pipe approx 75’ (OFFSITE) • Brock bin floor for 30’ bin • 72’x8” Mayrath auger w/ elec 10hp motor (fresh rebuild) • Parker gravity wagon w/ gear, roll tarp & Yetter Seed Jet • DMI gravity wagon, DMI gear • 35’ x 10” Mayrath belt conveyor, 16” belt, 8’ fold down trough, hyd drive Combines, Heads, & Head Carts: • 2009 CIH 7120 combine, AFX, Field Tracker, Premium cab, 620R42 straddle duals, Trimble, HID lighting, self leveling shoe, chopper, 2662 eng, 1910 sep • 2002 JD 9650 STS combine, RWD, 18.4R42 duals, 28L-26 rears, Contour Master, chopper, J&M ext, Ag Leader yield ready, 3434 eng 2468 sep • 2003 JD 9550 combine, 30.5x32 tires, 14.9x24 rears, chopper, Mauer ext, yield monitor, 4174 eng 2970 sep • 1979 IH 1460 combine, 28Lx26 tires, spreader, 2980 hrs • 1998 CIH 2388 combine, 30.5x32 tires, grain ext, chopper, Yield monitor, 4954 eng, 3725 sep • New Idea 708 combine, Perkins diesel, 24Lx26 fronts, 11L15 rears, choppers, w/ New Idea 815 grain table • 35’ JD 635F flex head, fore & aft • 30’ JD 630F flex head, full finger, fore & aft • JD 630F flex head, fore aft • 2006 JD 630F flex head, fore & aft, light package, high dam • 2009 8x30 CIH 3408 corn head, hyd deck plates, Field Tracker • 2009 35’ CIH 3020 flex head, Field Tracker • 2003 JD 925F flex head, fore & aft • 8x30 MF 883 corn head, knife rolls • 1996 6x30 JD 693 corn head, knife rolls • 6x30 JD 643 corn head, high tin • 1995 8x30 JD 893 corn head, hyd deck plates, Contour Master • 6x30 1994 JD 693 corn head • 6x30 JD 643 corn head • 30’ CIH 2020 flex head, fore & aft • 25’ Gleaner 8000 flex head • 8x30 CIH 2208 corn head, hyd deck plates, Field Tracker • 42’ Unverferth 542 head transport, dolly front, lights • 30’ J&M head cart • 20’ Killbros head cart • New Idea 844N corn head • 20’ homemade head cart • 20’ Killbros head cart • 25’ head cart • 17.5’ IH 820 flex head • 20’ CIH 1020 flex head, SCH cutter bar • Unverferth HT 25 head cart • 20’ EZ Trail head cart • 6x30 CIH 1063 corn head • 20’ CIH 1020 flex head, fore & aft • 6x30 IH 963 corn head • 20’ Unverferth HT12 head cart • 20’ Unverferth head cart • 20’ homemade head cart Fertilizer Equipment: • FDS fert spreader, 9 ton fert, 12 ton lime, tandem floaters, hyd drive fans, roll tarp, JD variable rate controller, (excellent) • Hardi Navigator sprayer, 1000 gal, 80’ hyd fold boom, 12.9x42 tires, rinse tank, inductor, hand wash tank, pto pump, Hardi contoller • 15 Knife Ag System 3000 anhydrous bar, 3pt, hyd double fold, no-till coulters, closing discs, Raven cooler & controller, new hoses 1 yr ago • 15 Knife Blue Jet anhydrous bar, hyd shut off, sealers, hyd fold • Hardi TR 500 sprayer, tandem adj axle, 500 gal, inductor, rinse tank, 14’ boom, pto pump, Hardi controller (like new) • 1993 Kenworth tender truck, 16 ton dry box, new air bags 1 yr ago, 452,300 miles • JD 6500 diesel sprayer, 500 gal, 4 wheel, 60’ boom, foamer controller • Spray Coup 3430 diesel sprayer, 300 gal, 60’ boom, controller • Wilmar tender box, 10 ton, 2 compartment • 2500 gal SS tank w/ saddle • Ag Chem spray system, 2400 gal SS tank, 70’ boom, pump, inductor • JM Innovations ATV sprayer, 150 gal, 45’ booms, Honda motor, new pump • Hardi 1000 sprayer, 1000 gal poly, tandem, 60’ boom, pto pump, contoller • Demco ATV sprayer, 200 gal, 20’ boom, Honda motor & pump, Tjet control • Century 500 gal sprayer, 30’ boom, hyd pump, flow meter, elec controls • 1000 gal SS tandem nurse trailer • Speeding pull type sprayer, 20’ boom, pto pump • 6x30 John Blue 500 gal 28% applicator, ground drive, coulters, 8x30 ext • 5 shank 28% applicator, 400 gal, pto pump • 1000 gal nurse trailer, 8 1/4 Briggs motor & pump • 1000 gal nurse tank on JD gear • 1600 gal nurse wagon, SS, 11 hp Honda, 3” pump, agitation, lights, JD gear • 1000 gal pull behind nurse, Dickey John controller • 500 gal poly tank w/ saddle • 500 gal alum tank w/ saddle • Western 6 ton dry fertilizer spreader • 2600 gal poly banded tank • 1600 gal poly banded tank

Tillage: • 2007 37.5’ JD 985 field cultivator, hyd fold, walking tandems, gauge wheels, 5 bar spike harrow, rear hitch • 33’ Landoll 743T VT Plus vertical tillage tool, hyd fold, Valmar 2420 cover crop seeder • 25’ CIH Tigermate II field cultivator, walking tandems, hyd fold, 5 bar spike drag, rear hitch & hyd • 33’ Sunflower 1435 disc, hyd fold, rock flex, walking tandems, gauge wheels, hyd fore-aft • 34’ Sunflower 5035 field cultivator, walking tandems, hyd fold, JD knock on sweeps, 5 bar spike drag • 7 shank JD 714 disc chisel, new blades • 9 shank CIH 6500 disc chisel, long springs, new blades & points • 7 shank Krause 4850-12 Dominator deep ripper, basket, (New Blades & Bearings front 200 acres) • 28’ IH 4600 field cultivator, hyd fold, 3 bar harrow, rear hitch • 12x30 JD 2510 S strip till bar, hyd fold, rear basket, NH3 coolers • 2013 1910 Commodity Cart, 520/80R42 duals, Trimble rate controller • 28’ CIH 496 disc, rock flex, hyd fold, rear hitch & hyd, level board • 37’ AC Chisel-o-vator, hyd fold, 5 bar spike drag, rear hitch • 29’ IH field cultivator, hyd fold, walking tandems, 3 bar tine harrow • 2013 38’ Unverferth 1225 rolling harrow, hyd fold, level bar • 33’ Unverferth 1225 rolling harrow, hyd fold, level bar (like new) • 25’ Krause soil finisher, rolling basket, hyd fold • 21’ JD 726 mulch finisher, hyd fold, 5 bar tine harrow • 20’ JD 722 mulch finisher, hyd fold, 5 bar tine harrow, rear hitch • 5 shank CIH 2500B in-line ripper, spring loaded • 5 shank Brent CPC 2000 disc ripper • 20’ Glencoe soil finisher, hyd fold, 5 bar spike harrow, rear hitch & hyd • 12’ JD 310 double offset disc • 7 shank Sunflower 431014 disc ripper, 5 bar spike harrow • 20’ CIH 4200 soil finisher, hyd fold, like new Unverferth double rolling harrow, 1 bar leveler • 21’ CIH 5 bar drag for 4200 • 7 shank Great Plains SS2000 inline ripper, spring loaded, hyd fold, gauge wheels (no-till shanks) • 21’ IH 490 disc, hyd fold • 24’ Dunham Ultra mulcher, hyd fold, danish teeth • 19’ Sunflower 6331 soil finisher, hyd fold, 5 bar spike drag • 28’ Brillion packer, solid wheels, hyd fold • 9 shank JD 712 disc chisel w/ FFC double level bar • 26’ Unverferth 1245 double rolling harrow, hyd fold • 35’ J&M 1212 rolling harrow, hyd fold, wing wheels • 4 shank CIH 2500 inline ripper, 3pt, new coulters, gauge wheels • 15’ Dunham cultimulcher, dual wheels • 9 shank IH 6500 disc chisel w/ Remlinger harrow • 7 shank JD disc ripper • JD 22A 1 shank subsoiler, 3pt • 6 shank Great Plains VT 6360 deep ripper, hyd disc • 13’ Dunham cultipacker w/ transport • 9 shank Bush Hog chisel plow, spring loaded • 13’ JD field cultivator, 3pt • 15’ JD 400 rotary hoe, 3pt • 4 shank Para-Till, 3pt • 30’ Kongskilde soil finisher, danish tine, hyd fold, 3 bar harrow, baskets • 15’ Hiniker rotary hoe • 15’ CIH cultimulcher • 15’ JD 400 rotary hoe • 9 shank CIH 6500 disc chisel, spring loaded • 5 shank Brillion V-ripper, 1 bar drag • 13 shank IH disc chisel, spring loaded • 12’ JD field cultivator, 3pt, 3 bar spike drag • 1 shank ripper, 3pt, Cat 1/2 • 11 shank, IH 5500 chisel plow • 15’ JD 950 cultimulcher, crowfoot front • 14’ Vertical till tool, Yetter coulters, pull type • 12 shank Bush Hog chisel plow, spring loaded, 3pt • 3 btm JD plow, 3pt • 20’ JD 400 rotary hoe, 3pt • 15’ Yetter rotary hoe Planters, Drills, & Seed Tenders: • 30’ 2005 JD 1990 air seeder, no-till, 350 monitor, 1 season on firmers & wheels • 24x30 JD 1770NT planter, no-till, Martin row cleaners w/clean sweep, Precision E-set meters, liquid pop-up fert, total tubular 28%, Flow Rite firmers, Set up Trimble, hyd drive, Tru count air clutchers, Yetter paddle closing wheels, KST conveyor fill (Total Rebuild 2018) • 2008 Great Plains Yield Pro 1225 planter, 12x24 twin rows, no-till, Martin row cleaners, Precision corn units, bean units, Keaton seed firmers w/fert, liquid 400 gal, 80 bu seed hopper, Mohawk closing wheels, Dickey John monitor, half disconnect • 2013 16x30 White 8816 planter, no-till, liquid 2x2 pop up, hyd down pressure, row shut offs, markers, Ag Leader (1 owner) • 12x30 1993 JD 7200 Conservation planter, FF, no-till, liquid, single disc fert, insect, finger pickup, monitor • 12x30 White 5100 planter, w/White 6900 11 row splitter, hyd fold, no-till, 2 monitors • 13/15 Agco White 6800 planter, no-till, markers, spike closing wheels, seed firmers, hyd drive, monitors, (2 yrs on complete rebuild) • 4/7 Kinze 3000 split row planter, dry fertilizer, monitor like new • 10’ Great Plains, no-till drill, Solid Stand 10, grass seed • 6x30 JD 7000 planter, dry fert, Precision corn meters, bean meters, monitor • 4x36 JD 7000 planter, liquid fert, corn & bean meters, monitor • 8/15 JD 7000 planter, no-till, row cleaner, Rebuilt Kinze meters, monitor • 6x30 White 5100 planter, no-till, dry fert, plates, pump, monitor • 6x30 JD 7200 Conservation planter, no-till, single disc dry fert, cross auger, monitor • 15’ Great Plains no-till drill, grass seed • 21x7 JD 8300 grain drill • 15’ Great Plains no-till drill, Center Pivot hitch, Yetter markers, grass seeder • 6x30 White 6100 planter, liquid, w/monitor • 15’ Great Plains no-till drill, Center Pivot hitch, harrow, 9590 acres • 15’ Great Plains no-till drill, Center Pivot hitch, harrow, 5185 acres • 6x30 JD 7000 planter, dry, insect, finger pickup, cross auger fill, monitor • 2 row JD 999 steel wheel planter • 18x7 IH 510 grain drill, grass seed (excellent) • Friesen Seed Titan 4SE, seed tender, 4 box, Honda GX160, elec start, tandem axle Construction: • 1999 Hitachi 200LC5 excavator, hyd thumb, 42” bucket, manual coupler, 6395 hrs (painted like JD) • 2001 Case 580L backhoe, 4x4, cab, heat, Extenda hoe, 2’ bucket, material bucket, 4 lever foot swing, 5091 hrs • 1972 Case 580B rops backhoe, shuttle transmission, 3 stick, 24” bucket, 16.9x24 tires, 4868 hrs • 2012 Toro Dingo 525 wide trac w/ bucket, HT trencher, HT auger, stump grinder, grapple bucket, leveler attach, 917 hrs • 1999 Bobcat X337 mini-excavator, thumb, cab, heat, 3’, 2’, 1’ buckets, QT, steel tracks, approx 4000 hrs • 2015 Kubota KX040-4R3T mini-excavator, diesel, tracs, cab, air, heat, 18” bucket w/thumb, 1712 hrs • Terex 7231 diesel payloader, 20.5x25 tires, material bucket • Ditch Witch 8020 trencher, JD diesel, vibratory plow, backhoe, front

blade, 4x4, 4 wheel steer • Byers SS salt spreader, 4.5 cu yard, B&S motor, remote control • 84” Jenkins grapple bucket, QT • 94” Material bucket for telehandler • (2) New Tile Carts, 12v hyd pump w/ corded or wireless remote, 11Lx15 implement tires, tile fittings box, 10’6” table, rear hitch Trucks & Trailers: • 2005 Peterbuilt 379 semi-tractor, Cummins ISM 370hp, 10sp, day cab, air ride, Jake brake, alum rims, full fenders, recent 5th wheel rebuild, 518,000 miles • 2011 Mack Pinnacle semi-tractor, Mack power, 10sp, day cab, air ride, 547,000 miles • 2007 Freightliner Columbia 112, Mercedes 450hp, 10sp, daycab, air ride, 888,042 miles • 2005 IH 9400 semi-tractor, ISX Cummins, 450hp, 10sp, mid roof sleeper, air ride, jake, new radiator • 2006 Freightliner Columbia semi-tractor, 142 Detroit, 515hp, 10sp, day cab, air ride • 2007 Freightliner Columbia semi-tractor, Cat C13, 430hp, 10sp, day cab, air ride, 412,150 miles • 2004 Mack 613 Vision semi-tractor, day cab, Mack 427, 10sp, air ride, wet kit, 553,460 miles • 1991 IH Eagle day cab semi-tractor, CAT 425, Eaton 10 sp, 676,213 miles • 2001 Sterling single axle semi, Cummins, 7sp, 22.5 tires, air ride, 182,030 miles • 1989 White GMC semi-tractor, Cummins, 9sp, 24.5 tires, shows 111,000 miles • 1994 Freightliner FLD semi-tractor, 12.7 Detroit, 400 hp, 10sp, day cab, air ride • 1998 Mack 613 Maxi Cruise semi tractor, Mack 300hp, 10sp, air ride, alum rims, 483,851 miles • 1975 Ford 750 dump truck, 10’ bed, V8, 5sp, air brakes, 80,500 miles • 1996 Chevy Kodiak grain truck, single axle, CAT 3116, 6sp, air brakes, 16’ bed & hoist, 41” sides, 150,000 miles • 1988 IH S 1900 Chassis, DT 466, 5 & 2sp, air brakes, air ride, 173,000 miles • 1998 IH 4700 chasis, 281,249 miles • 1996 Ford F700 truck, Cummins, 6sp, 202,000 miles • 1987 Ford F800 diesel fire truck, 5sp 2sp, 190” wheel base, 1000 gal tank, 1000 gpm Darley pump, 25,311 miles • 2007 Kalmar yard switcher, C-7 Cat, recent overhaul, auto, street legal • 2003 Ford F250 4x4 pickup, ext cab, gas, long bed, 131,000 miles • 1999 Ford F250 4x4 pickup, 7.3 diesel, ext cab, auto, gooseneck hitch, 180,000 miles • 2000 Ford F250 pickup, 7.3 diesel, 2wd, 300,000+ miles • 2005 Ford F350 XLT Super Duty, 2w, auto, gas, Stahl utility bed, new rubber, 234,305 miles • 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup, 4x4, Lariat, V-10 Magnum, extended cab, 181,641 miles • 2008 Ford F350 4x4 pickup, crew cab, 6.4 diesel, 5 sp, South Bend dual clutch, chip, 215,945 miles • 2004 Ford F250 4x4 pickup, gas, auto, 7’ Blizzard snow plow, 97,828 miles • 1993 Dodge 250 pickup, Cummins, NV4500 trans, 5sp, gooseneck hitch, 150,000 miles • 2001 GMC Jimmy, 4x4, auto, 227,121 miles • 1990 IH 4900 chasis, DT 466, 5 sp, 252,714 miles • 2015 Wilson 40’ alum hopper trailer, 96” w 72” sides, Commercial hoppers, air ride, disc brakes, roll tarp, SS rear & front corners • 2014 Wilson 40’ alum hopper trailer, 96” w 72” sides, Commercial hoppers, air ride, disc brakes, roll tarp, SS rear & front corners • 2000 Wilson 34’ alum hopper bottom, roll tarp • 1994 Wilson 41’ alum hopper trailer, new roll tarp • 1996 Wheeler 38’ hopper trailer, roll tarp, (needs work) • 2002 JET 38’ hopper trailer, 24.5 tires, recent roll tarp • 32’ Agri-Traders hopper trailer, spring ride, roll tarp • 2007 Wilson 41’ Commander alum hopper trailer, 66” sides, ag hoppers, roll tarp • 1992 30’ 4 STAR alum livestock trailer, 4 comp, 8000 lb axles, rear slide gate • 2008 Moritz 16’ livestock trailer, LED lights, new tires • 2013 Haulass 40’ drop deck trailer, 70,000 GVW, oak floor, (low miles) • 30’ Load Trail low profile gooseneck trailer, 22,000 gvw 80% Firestone tires • 1979 Transcraft 42’ drop deck trailer, air ride, 2500 gal poly tank, Honda power & 3” pump • 1965 Rogers 35’ Lowboy trailer, 16’ well • 2004 18’ Lib tandem trailer, folding ramps, pintel hitch • 2003 12’ Cargo Express enclosed trailer, tandem, ball hitch, side door • 2008 18’ Sure Trac tandem trailer, ramps, pintel hitch • 2003 20’ Corn Pro tandem trailer, Landscape ramps, pintel hitch • 2008 Homemade tandem, trailer, 16’x6 1/2’, ramps, 6000lb Torsion axles, ball hitch • 14’ Bobcat trailer, tandem, bumper pull, ramps • 2013 Homemade 20’ gooseneck trailer, 5’ folding beaver tail, 3 ramps • 16.6’ Gooseneck trailer, tandem 7000lb Tor-flex axles, ramps, new tires • 2000 12’ Cargo enclosed trailer, tandem, rear ramp door, ball hitch • 8’x5.5’ Haulin tilt deck trailer • tri-axle trailer, pintel hitch (NO TITLE) • 15’ homemade car hauler Tires, Duals, & Weights: • 18.4 x 26 tires on 8 bolt rims • set of 11L x 15 rib tires • (2) sets of IH wheel weights • (9) IH stamped suitcase weights • set of 18.4x38 tires & rims • set of 15.5x38 bolt on duals • 11.2x28 tire on Ford rim • set of 13x38 tires, press rims, 9 bolt • 28.1x26 floater tires & rims • (2) sets of JD frame weights • (3) sets of IH 145 wheel weights • (10) AC suitcase weights • JD GP rim • 10x38 tires on IH rims • 12.4x13.6 tires on rims • set of IH tractor hubs Atvs & Lawn Mowers: • 2013 Kubota RTVX1100C UTV, diesel, cab, 4x4, hyd dump, alum wheels, 790 hrs • 2013 Kubota RTVCPX1140 UTV, diesel, 2 row seats, power dump, canopy, 285 hrs • Bad Boy buggy, 2 rows seats, camo, w/charger • 2016 JD TX 4x2 gator • Sportsman 500 ATV elec start (runs good) • 2014 Kawasaki 300 ATV, 4x2, racks, low miles • 2009 Kawasaki Prairie 360, Camo, auto trans, Hi/Low/Rev, gun rack • Kawasaki 300 ATV, 4x2, racks, windshield • 2013 Kawasaki 300 ATV, 4x2, racks, low miles • 2015 Kubota ZD 326-60 zero-turn, 26hp diesel, 60” deck, 133 hrs • 2010 Kubota ZD 331-72 zero-turn, 31hp diesel, 72” deck, 828 hrs • Grasshopper 727 zero turn mower, gas, 27 pro Commander, hyd front fold, 61” deck, complete bagger unit • 2008 Kubota ZD326S zero turn, diesel, 500 hrs, service records • Dixon 4518 zero-turn, 50” deck • Bolens garden tractor, 14hp, hydro, hyd lift, 42” deck, 33” tiller, 42” blade • 56” Bobcat mower push blade • 22” Toro self-propelled walk behind mower • Club Car CarryAll 294 UTV, dump bed, Honda gas, 1144 hrs Rotary Mower & Misc. Farm Equipment: • Schulte Giant 2500 rock picker, pull

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type, reel, 4 ton dump box • Shaver HD 10 post driver, 3pt, Shave Positioner, hyd swivel & tilt • 15’ BMB batwing rotary mower • 9’ IH sickle bar mower, 3pt • 6’ Woods S106 ditch mower, 3pt, pto (less than 2 hrs use) • 48” Land Pride Power seeder/slit seeder, pto, 3pt • 72” Land Pride RCF 2072 brush mower, 3pt • Land Pride PD10 post hole digger, 10” & 15” augers • 15’ Woods 3180 batwing mower, stump jumpers, airplane tires, chain guards, 540 • 5’ King Kutter finisher mower, 3pt • 5’ King Kutter rotary mower, 3pt • 5’ King Kutter rotary mower, 3pt • 8’ Western uni-mount snowplow • 7’ grader blade, 3pt • 8’ Bush Hog grader blade • 6’ grader blade, 3pt • 58” Land Pride RTR 1258 tillers, 3pt • (2) 50” Land Pride RTR 0550 tillers, 3pt • (2) Whiteman 36” power trowels, Honda motors, quick pitch • 12’ Utility trailer with tool box, single axle, sides (NO TITLE) • 6’ Land Pride grader box, scarifier teeth, 3pt • 8’ Agritek driveway grader, 3pt • Estes RPR Performance concaves for JD STS (like new) • 2012 Briggs 7000 watt B&S Elite generator, gas, Model 3470 • Lincoln SP 130T wire welder • 5’ grader blade, 3pt • Frontier 7500 watt diesel generator (elec/pull start) • Large animal portable digital scale, wheel kit • 42” Woods 3pt mower, CAT 1 hitch • Titan gas air compressor (never used) • Titan 7500 watt diesel generator (like new) • 500 gal fuel tank on gear • Hutchinson swing away hyd auger mover • Hiniker 8150 controller • Custom 1 row planter, Kinze unit, not complete • snow plow rubber cutting edge • GRANITE SCAFFOLDING: (36) 5x5 frame sides, (32) cross braces, (8) caster wheels, (18) leveling jacks, (6) alum 7’x19” walk boards, (8) 30” w/outriggers, (8) end panels 5’ toe boards, (8) 7’ side panel braces • Campbell Housefield air compressor • JD A18 power washer, 5/8 hp • Sears Craftsman bench grinder, 1/3 hp • (35) 10’-20’ Sioux HD steel gates • (50) T-steel post • Carolina Tool H10 power band saw • Pincor generator Model PTO-30-2 • Katolight 40kw Pro generator, pto • JD roll bar, 2520-4430 • Cyclone grass seeder, 12v • Husqvarna walk behind rear tiller • 24” lawn roller • Crown mortar mixer (gas) • lawn spreader, 200 lb tow behind • Craftsman walk behind rear tine tiller • Broadcast seeder, pull type, pto • 50 gal fuel tank for truck • Smidley 2 ton steer stuffer • FF grain spreader for 48’ bin • (8) 400 watt light fixtures • Craftsman chain saw & case • (7) 28% shanks & knives • (2) poly hog feeders • (2) Mirafount waters • bale spear, 3pt • assorted guard rail 20’ ± sections • (3) Utility dumpsters • HD grader blade, 3pt • JD 3pt top bar • fenders for AC WD/WD45 • IH H&M fenders • IH 706/806 fenders • IH Cub fenders • JD Styled & Unstyled hoods • VAC Case fenders • hyd lift cylinders • 3pt hitch snout boom • (6) Rolin spring loaded coulters • IH 2pt draw bar • Misc IH, JD, Ford tractor parts • (2) screw jacks • fast hitch tool bar • truck tool boxes • pickup fuel tanks • 15 ± misc chain binders • 2” Hard Maple live edge slabs • Walnut wood grade lumber • Sassafrass lumber approx 80 board ft • Ash lumber approx 2” to 1 1/4”, 250 board ft • Walnut lumber 2”, 400’ board ft • Maple lumber 1”, 8 board ft • 6” Vise More Farm Store: • 2010 Kubota KX121R3TA mini excavator, 40hp, C-A-H, 6 way blade, thumb, 18” bucket 1250 hrs. • 1999 MF 1260 diesel tractor, 4x4, 40hp w/ MF 1246 loader, material bucket, 612 hrs. • 2007 NH TC40DA diesel tractor, 4x4, 40hp C-A-H w/ NH loader, material bucket • 2019 Pequea NRMCR10 10 wheel hay rake w/center wheel (new) • 2019 Woods PSS72 DLC precision seeder, 2 boxes • 2017 Millcreek 3200 2.3 yd. manure spreader (new) • 10’ House rotary mower, pull type • 2013 Kubota ZD331 0-turn mower, diesel, 72” deck, 3859 hrs. • 2007 Kubota F2880-F, diesel mower, Cab/heat, 28hp, 72” deck, 60” blade, 2095 hrs. • 2013 JD Z915B 0-turn mower, 23hp, 48” deck, 543 hrs. • 2017 Toro 75936 0-burn mower, 26hp, 60” deck, ride suspension, 1219 hrs. • 2013 Bad Boy 0-turn mower, 26hp, 60” deck (only 117 hrs.) • 2013 Simplicity Legacy mower, 4x4 PS, 60” deck, hyd-lift, 971 hrs. • 2007 Toro 74262 mower, 25hp, 60” deck, 1587 hrs. • 1998 Toro Z325 mower, 25hp, 60” front mtd deck, 539 hrs. • 2009 Kubota GR2110, diesel 21hp, 54” deck, 1250 hrs. • 2013 Kubota ZG124E-48 mower, 23hp, 48” deck, 301 hrs. • 2007 Scagg STT-31 BSG mower, 31hp, 72” deck, 1477 hrs. • 2018 Landmaster LSC4 utility vehicle, 700cc, 6 seater w/ bed, 89 hrs.



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Chemo patient should stop fasting body needs good-quality nutrition, and I could not My daughter-in-law has recommend fasting for stage 1 breast cancer and someone who weighs so has just started her chelittle, nor could I recommotherapy. I am concerned mend two full days of fastabout her decision to fast for ing before chemotherapy. two days before and one day Until there is clear after each treatment. She evidence that intermitweighs only 90 pounds, and tent fasting is of beneďŹ t, fasting while you are trying I don’t recommend it. to fight cancer does not Your daughter-in-law, in sound like a good idea. What particular, is not a good is your opinion of fasting candidate, being so very during chemotherapy? thin, assuming she is of In theory, fasting may near-normal height. make cancer cells more susceptible to chemotherapy, A couple of years ago, a letand there have been studies ter writer asked if you knew in mice suggesting this apanything about the effect of proach might have value. Advil on men with enlarged However, during cheprostates. It seemed that motherapy, the whole ibuprofen decreased his By Dr. Keith Roach

*** Public Auction *** Household - Toys - Tools - Farm Equip - Trailers Auction Location: 1559 State Hwy 32 Sullivan, IL 61951 Date: March 7, 2020 / Time: 9:00 AM Household & Furniture • Antiques & Collectables Hand Tools • Shop Equipment • Generators, Farm Equipment & Trailers • Miscellaneous Visit www.auctionzip.com/auctioneer/48913 for pictures! Sellers: Andrew & Lois Kraemer, Kenneth & Marian Hochstetler, and Nicole Mocko

Auctioneers: Burnell Rohrer - IL Lic# 441.002441 Wilmer Yoder - IL Lic# 441.002247 Phone: 217-218-1695 / Email: rohrerbrosauctions@gmail.com







Sat., March 7 SULLIVAN, ILL.: Household, Toys, Tools, Farm Equipment & Trailers, 9 a.m., Andrew & Lois Kraemer, Kenneth & Marian Hochstetler & Nicole Mocko, Rohrer Bros. Auctions, 217-2181695. See p. B2 PARIS, ILL.: Multi-Consignor Farm Retirement Auction, 10 a.m., Henry Setzer Farms, Phil Landes Farms, Tucker Wood Auctions, 217-822-2386. FANCY FARM, KY.: Farm Machinery & Equipment, 10 a.m., Daniels Farms, James R. Cash, 270-6238466.

p.m., Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company, Inc., 800-451-2709. See p. B2

Consignment Auction & Equipment Sales, 815-4278350.

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Sat., March 28

COVINGTON, IND.: 874 +/- Acres in 16 Tracts, 1 p.m. CST, GRD Limited Partnership & TIPRAD Broadcasting Company, Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company, Inc., 800-451-2709. See p. B2

OXFORD, IND.: 46th Annual Benton Central FFA Auction, 9 a.m. EST, Benton Central FFA, 765884-1600, ext. 2164. See p. B3 HOPEDALE, ILL.: Farm & Construction Equipment Consignment, 9 a.m., S&K Auctions LLC, 309-202-8378 or 309-696-9019.

Sat., March 21 OXFORD, IND.: Spring Farm Machinery Consignment, 10 a.m. EST, Scherer’s Auction Service, LLC, 765385-1550. See p. B3

Multiple Dates SEE AD: Upcoming Auctions & Featured Farms, Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company, Inc., 800-4512709. See p. B2

Tues., March 24 ST. ANNE, ILL.: Farm Machinery, 8 a.m., St. Anne

Mon., March 9 KENTLAND, IND.: Farm Machinery, 11 a.m. CST, Deb & the late Steve Morgan, Scherer’s Auction Service, LLC, 765-385-1550.

Tues., March 10 MONTGOMERY COUNTY, OHIO: 80 +/- Acres, 6:30 p.m., Wallingford Property Management Trust, Halderman Real Estate & Farm Management, 800424-2324. See p. B2

Wed., March 11 GREENE COUNTY, IND.: 58.99 +/- Acres, 6:30 p.m., Tieman, Halderman Real Estate & Farm Management, 800-4242324.

Fri., March 13 FORT WAYNE, IND.: State of the Farmer’s Economy Update, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30

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trips to the bathroom. I have found the same thing myself. Taking two Advil allows me to wait five to six hours before having to urinate. Has there been more research on why this happens? There is some more information. Men with symptoms of enlarged prostate often have increased urinary frequency, combined with incomplete emptying. This makes sense; if you can’t empty your entire bladder, you will have to empty it more frequently. So, it seems the ibuprofen is letting you empty the bladder more completely. There are two major reasons for incomplete emptying, and dierent theories for why ibuprofen might work on each. Benign, not cancerous, enlargement of the prostate is one reason. In this case, it is hypothesized that ibuprofen stops the growth of cells in the prostate, but the exact mechanism isn’t clear. Reducing the size of the prostate can allow better, more complete urine ow. The other common cause of the prostate symptoms is inammation of the prostate. In this case, ibuprofen’s anti-inammatory eect reducing symptoms is easier to understand. The fact that it works so quickly for you suggests that the anti-inammatory eect is more important in your case. Ibuprofen does have possible side eects, but two ibuprofen once a day is unlikely to cause signiďŹ cant problems.


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• 2020 Farming Rights w/ Immediate Possession • Excellent Productive Farmland • Wind Income on 4 Turbines • Investment Potential • Tiled on 40’ Centers AUCTION LOCATION: The Beef House Annex - 16501 North St. Rd. 63, Covington, IN. PROPERTY DESCRIPTIONS: TRACT 1: 160¹ AC mostly all tillable w/frontage on CR 470 E & 2600 N. Mostly Eliott & Ashkum soils. Excellent investment opportunity. TRACT 2: 160¹ AC mostly all tillable, w/frontage on CR 500 E & 2230 N. Mostly Eliott & Ashkum soils. TRACT 3: 47¹ AC mostly all tillable, w/frontage on CR 3700 N. Mostly Ashkum & Elliott soils. TRACT 4: 45¹ AC mostly all tillable, w/frontage on CR 3780 N. Mostly Ashkum & Elliott soils. TRACT 5: 20¹ AC mostly all tillable, w/frontage on CR 3780 N. Mostly Ashkum & Elliott soils. TRACT 6: 55¹ AC mostly all tillable, w/easement access to CR 3780 N. Mostly Ashkum & La Hogue soils. TRACT 7: 101¹ AC mostly all tillable, w/frontage on CR 3800 N. Mostly Elliott & Jasper soils.

TRACT 8: 71Âą AC mostly all tillable, w/frontage on CR 3800 N. Mostly Sawmill & Drummer soils. TRACT 9: 10Âą AC “SWINGâ€? TRACT w/great hunting & recreational opportunities. This tract can be bid on by an adjoining landowner or must be combined with Tract 8. TRACT 10: 80Âą AC mostly all tillable, w/frontage on CR 3850 N. Mostly Ashkum & Parr soils. TRACT 11: 62Âą AC mostly all tillable, w/frontage on CR 3850 N. Mostly Andres & Selma soils. TRACT 12: 24Âą AC mostly all tillable, w/frontage on CR 3900 N. Mostly Lisbon & Andres soils. TRACT 13: 26Âą AC mostly all tillable, w/frontage on CR 3850 N, CR 1900 E & CR 3900 N. Mostly Selma & Milford soils. TRACT 14: 13Âą AC mostly all tillable, w/frontage on CR 3900 N & CR 900 E. Mostly Milford & Lisbon soils. Tract 15: Wind Income for Turbines on Tract 1. Tract 16: Wind Income for Turbines on Tract 2. Contact Auction Company for details.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020 • 11:00 A.M. This GRAIN facility is no longer in operation but was in operation for the fall of 2019.



24 – 196¹ ACRES IN 4 TRACTS. Pulaski County (North Judson, IN). Productive Mostly Tillable Farm Land. Contact Arden Schrader 260-229-2442. 27 - 167¹ ACRES IN 4 TRACTS. Madison County (Elwood, IN). Excellent Brookston & Crosby Soils • Tillable Cropland (2020 Crop Rights) • Pattern Tiled (Tract 1) • 1031 Exchange Opportunity • Woods for Hunting or Potential Building Site. Contact Rick Williams 765-639-2394.

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2 – FARM EQUIPMENT. Wolcottville, IN. Contact Robert Mishler 260-336-9750. 6 – FARM EQUIPMENT. Dansville, MI. Contact Robert Mishler 260-336-9750 or Eric Ott 260-413-0787. 14 – FARM EQUIPMENT. Hudson, IN. Contact Rick Williams 765-639-2394. 21 – FARM EQUIPMENT. Willshire, OH. Contact Ritter Cox 260-609-3306. MARCH 28 – FIREARMS CONSIGNMENT. Colum4 - 1122Âą ACRES IN 24 TRACTS. Hancock County bia City, IN. Contact Phil Wolfe 260-248-1191 (GreenďŹ eld, IN). Productive Cropland • Commercial/ or Ritter Cox 260-609-3306. Industrial Potential • Excellent Development Property • Tax Exchange Potential • 911.38Âą Total FSA Todd Freeman..........................765-414-1863 Cropland • 2020 Crop Rights Conveyed. Contact Steve Jim Hayworth...........................888-808-8680 Slonaker 765-969-1697 or 800-451-2709. Steve Slonaker ........................877-747-0212 19 - 874 ACRES IN 14 TRACTS. Vermilion County, Matthew Wiseman ...................866-419-7223 IL. Contact 800-451-2709.


14 – FARM EQUIPMENT. Princeton, IN. Contact Brad Horrall 812-890-8255 or Eric Ott 260-413-0787. 17 – FARM EQUIPMENT. Reading, MI. Contact Ed Boyer 574-215-7653 or Ted Boyer 574-215-8100. 18 – FARM & CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT. Granger, IN. Contact Robert Mishler 260-336-9750. 19 – FERTILIZER EQUIPMENT. Greenville, OH. Contact Jim Hayworth 765-427-1913 or Arden Schrader 260-229-2442.

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LAKE COUNTY, IN. 147.5Âą ACRES with 71.6 cropland acres of which 31.4 acres in CRP. Call Matt Wiseman 219-689-4373. (MWW12L) JASPER COUNTY, IN 160Âą ACRES WITH 143Âą ACRES CROPLAND and 14Âą acres of woods. 9Âą miles northeast of Rensselaer. Call Jim Hayworth 765-427-1913 or Matt Wiseman 219-689-4373. (JH/MWW05J) NE WHITE COUNTY, IN. These farms have quality soils and high percentage of tillable land. These farms have excellentroadfrontage. NearBurnettsville,IN.CallDean Retherford 765-427-1244. (DRETH03WH)

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• GAC2 Dickey-John grain tester - Serial # 33610 • 65’ loadout conveyer - 10,000 BPH • Tower system for east leg - 90’ tower with 12â€? 4-hole distributor • System capacitor bank - power factor converter • ,8.98JWNJXHTSYNSZTZX‍܍‏T\IW^JW serial # PBC10S4M1T (new 5/1/2013) • 54’ 2114 P conveyor for 384,000 - 10,000 bph (new 5/1/2013) • 110’ 2114 P conveyor for 384,000 - 10,000 bph (new 5/1/2013) • Dust suppression oil system (new 10/1/2014) • ŃŁ‍܍‏FYHTS[J^TW\HFY\FQP YT\JWX (new 11/1/2016) • North dump 250 bu. capacity w/5,000 bph auger • East dump, 700 bu. capacity w/10,000 bph conveyor • New electrical control center and building • Steinlite grain moisture meter - Serial #1224 • 20’ x 25’ x 16’ building over east dump (new 12/1/2009) • Copper grain separator



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MACHINERY ESTATE AUCTION Sat. Feb. 22nd, 10 AM (IL) Knowles Auction Bldg Corner of IL Rt. 1 & US 40 Marshall, IL SELLER(S): Jim Douglas Estate & Carolee Willoughby Lots of nice clean Farm Machinery & Equipment! For complete listing & pictures visit us online at: www.knowlesauctions.com OR auctionzip.com/ID#3674 OR Facebook.com James C. Knowles, Auctioneer IL Lic#440000218 PH: 217-826-2527 OR 217-822-2702

LAND AUCTION 76.21± Acres

Kirklin Township • Clinton County, Indiana Lease free for 2020!

Wednesday, March 4, at 6:30 PM Clinton County 4-H Building

1701 South Jackson Street • Frankfort, Indiana Good natural drainage • Well maintained and cared for Good production history with great upside potential For property details, please contact:

Kyle Rule, AFM/Agent Forest, Indiana Phone: (765) 586-3428

Thai Lettuce Cups INGREDIENTS To Make the Cilantro Sauce: 1 chopped small jalapeno (remove the ribs and seeds to control heat, if desired) 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 1 cup fresh cilantro, including stems 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper In a blender, puree chopped jalapeno with lime juice, yogurt, cilantro, soy sauce, cumin and black pepper until very smooth. Cover and refrigerate until time to serve. To Make the Lettuce Cups: 1 1/2 pound ground turkey or ground chicken 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 small jalapeno, finely chopped (remove the ribs and seeds to control heat, if desired)

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger, or 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/4 cup water or low-sodium chicken broth 2 scallions, green tops and white parts thinly sliced, roots removed and discarded 1 carrot, finely chopped 8 butter lettuce leaves PROCEDURE Heat canola oil in a large cast-iron or heavy-bottom skillet on medium-high heat. Add the onion, cumin, black pepper and cinnamon and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the garlic, jalapeno and ginger and cook for 1 minute. Add the ground turkey or chicken and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until golden brown and crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the low-sodium soy sauce, lime juice and up to 1/4 cup water or chicken broth, if mixture seems dry, cook for 2 minutes. Sprinkle with scallions and carrots, if desired. Spoon into butter lettuce leaves and serve with drizzle of the cilantro sauce. Nutrition for each serving: About 250 calories, 6g fat (1.5g saturated), 43g protein, 285mg sodium, 5g carbs, 1g fiber.

The 46th Annual BENTON CENTRAL FFA AUCTION Benton Central High School Parking Lot

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SPRING FARM MACHINERY CONSIGNMENT SALE Saturday, March 21st, 2020 10: 00 AM EST To consign call Larry Scherer Office: 765-385-1550 Residence: 765-385-5080 Cell: 765-366-1061 Advertising Deadline Monday, March 2, 2020

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KRule@FarmersNational.com www.FarmersNational.com/KyleRule SELLER: Kerr Farm


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Adjoins Greenfield, IN and 7 miles east of City of Indianapolis

AUCTION Wed., March 4 • 11am

INSPECTION DATES: 9am - 12pm Friday: Feb. 7, 14 & 28 Meet Auction Rep at the Inspection Site before proceeding to Property.

AUCTION/INSPECTION SITE: Adaggios Banquet Hall and Conference Center. 5999 Memory Lane, Greenfield, IN 46140.

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• Productive Cropland • Commercial/Industrial Potential • Excellent Development Property • Tax Exchange Potential • 911.38± Total FSA Cropland • 2020 Crop Rights Conveyed Contact Auction Company for Detailed Information Book!

ONLINE BIDDING AVAILABLE SELLER: Elanco US Inc. For Additional Property Information: 765-969-1697 • 765-744-1846

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Roger Sturgeon RETIREMENT FARM AUCTION SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29TH @ 10 AM EST TERRE HAUTE, IN Due to parking concerns, this sale is being moved to the Vigo Co. Fairgrounds for your convenience. LOCATION: 3901 S. Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47802. DIRECTIONS: from I-70 and US 41, go south ¾ mi. to the fairgrounds. INSPECTION AT THE FAIRGROUNDS: Wed., 2-26 through Friday, 2-28 from 9 AM to 4 PM each day; contact Roger Sturgeon with any questions regarding the equipment @ (812) 208-7288. Online bidding will be available at bostoncentury.hibid.com on select items. For complete listing & photos, visit bostoncentury.com TRACTORS: 1998 John Deere 9200 4x4 bareback w/ CAH, 12spd. gear drive, (4) SCV’s, 42” 10-bolt duals (6214 hrs); 1998 John Deere 8400 MFWD w/ CAH, 16/4 P.S., 3-pt, CAT II / III fast hitch, lg. 1000 PTO, (4) SCV’s plus “P.B.”, F.S. 46” 10-bolt duals, (20) front weights, rear weights, & “Auto Steer” ready (5681 hrs); 1990 John Deere 4455 w/ CAH, “Quad Range”, 3-pt, dual pto, Cat II / III fast hitch, (2) SCV’s plus “P.B.”, 18.4R38 drive tires plus duals (6554 hrs); 1988 John Deere 4450 w/ CAH, “Quad Range”, 3-pt, dual pto, Cat II / III fast hitch, (2) SCV’s, G.Y. 18.4-38’s w/ 10-bolt duals, (10) front weights, & rear weights (6588 hrs); 1966 John Deere 4020 diesel “Powershift” w/ wide front, 3-pt, dual pto, (2) SCV’s, 18.4-34’s, & (3) front weights (9832 hrs, SN 131691); COMBINE, HEADS, & CARRIERS: 2005 CIH 8010 AFX, 4x4 w/ “Field Tracker”, Pro 600, chopper, spreader, single point, 21’ auger, F.S. 42” radial 10-bolt duals (2498 / 3798 hrs, SN HAJ105703); 2008 CIH 2408-30, 8R30 “Poly” C.H. w/ hyd. deck plates & single point; 2006 CIH 2062-36’ draper head; UF 36’ and 25’ head carriers; PLANTER: Kinze 3600, 16/31 split row, no-till w/ seed firmers, markers, KPMII (15,551 acres, SN 615342); SEED TENDER: nice J&M “375” on tri-axle b.h. trailer w/ scales, remote (SHARP); TECHNOLOGY: Ag Leader Paradyme steering system w/ Integra monitor, unlocked to RTK (w/o hyd. kit); TILLAGE: Great Plains 30’ Turbo-Till 3000 TT; JD 637, 28’7” finish disk w/ harrow; 11sh., 3-pt chisel; EQUIPMENT: JD 1518, 15’ sm. 1000, batwing w/ chain pkg; Caldwell 8’ hyd. tilt, 3-pt blade; Danuser 12”, 3-pt p.h. digger; Woods 59”, 3-pt blade; Donahue-type 32’x8’ impl. trailer; Hutchinson 8” hopper unloader; King Kutter 5’, 3-pt rock rake; Grain King 70’x10” swing-away auger; Mayrath 60’x10” pto transport auger; Brent 670 grain cart, sm. 1000, tarp, & scales; late 50’s drop deck trailer; HAY EQUIPMENT: 1990 JD 348 “Twine” baler w/ hyd. swing; JD 350, 7’, 3-pt sickle mower; NH 478, 7’ moco; TRUCKS: 1995 Ford L8000 diesel, tri-axle twin screw, air tandem, Reiten 26’ alum bed, 72” sides, cargo doors, tarp, 8.3 Cummins, EF 8-spd plus Lo-Lo (white, 167k); 1991 Volvo tandem semi-tractor w/ sleeper, air ride cab & susp., Detroit diesel, EF 9-spd., 198” W.B; PICKUP: 2004 Chev Silv 2500 H.D. LS, crew cab, S.B., 4x4 w/ “Duramax” diesel, auto, pwr. equip. (228k).

Boston Auctions (812) 382-4440 Lic# AU01027041 “A Farmer, Working For Farmers” Serving IN-IL-KY William (Bill) Loughmiller RETIREMENT FARM AUCTION THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20th @ 11 AM EST BRAZIL, IN (15 mi. East of Terre Haute) LOCATION: 811 E. US Hwy 40, Brazil, IN 47834. DIRECTIONS: From I-70 (Brazil Exit 23), take St. Rd. 59 North 5 mi. to US 40, turn east & proceed 1 ¾ mi. Inspection: Mon., Feb. 17th - Wed., Feb. 19th from 10 AM to 4 PM EST; OR by contacting William Loughmiller @ (812) 239-7106. Nice Retirement Auction of well-maintained, mostly shedded equipment. Sale will last approx. 1 ½-hrs. For complete listing and photos, visit bostoncentury.com Online bidding will be available at bostoncentury.hibid.com TRACTORS: 2011 Massey Ferguson 7499 MFWD w/ CAH, “Dyna VT” trans, 3-pt, 540/sm. 1000 PTO, (4) SCV’s, (12) front weights, Michelin “Agribib” 480/80R46 radials w/ 10bolt duals, Michelin 420/90R30 front singles w/ fenders, air susp. cab, heated air ride seat w/ elec. lumbar, “Buddy Seat”, diff. lock, weather band radio, (2) beacon lights, “Cab Cam” camera, auto climate control, hammer strap & more (1-owner, only 2678 hrs, 215 eng. hp); 1995 Massey Ferguson 8160 MFWD w/ CAH, “Dynashift” 32/32 trans, 3-pt, sm & lg. 1000 PTO, (3) SCV’s, (11) front weights, Michelin “Agribib” 480/80R42 radial duals, 420/85R28 front singles w/ fenders (only 4763 hrs, 180 PTO hp); COMBINE, HEADS, CARRIERS: 2010 Massey Ferguson 9695 “Fieldstar II”, 2- wh. dr., well equipped w/ “Lateral Tilt”, chopper, “Cyclone” spreaders, single point, “Ag-Leader” harness, power fold 350-bu. bin, elec. ladder, “Buddy Seat”, 21’ unloading auger, frt. Alliance 900/60R32’s (new in ’19), rear Michelin 540/65R24, auto setting control (only 1311 sep / 2086 eng. hrs, SN AHC06139); 2015 Massey Ferguson 9250 “Dyna-Flex”, 30’ “Draper” head (1-owner, new in 2016, has done less than 2000 total acres); Massey Ferguson 3000, 8R30” “Poly” cornhead w/ elec. deck plates, & (2) stalk stompers (SN HP27208); new in 2017 E-Z Trail 1084 “All Wheel Steer”, 35’ head carrier w/ ext. tongue, light pkg, & 12.5L-15 rubber (1-owner); E-Z Trail 672, 25’ head carrier; PLANTER: Kinze 3660 ASD, 16/31, bulk fill, split row, no-till w/ 600-gal. liq. fert., scales, pneu. down pressure, air vac, hyd. drive, 2-pt hitch, markers, (16) row cleaners, (1) spike and (1) rubber closing wheel, Keeton seed firmers, “Integra” monitor, (4) section control, corn & bean plates (SN 660013); (2) new Kinze disc openers; TILE MACHINE and RELATED: (Sold Separately) 2012 Soil-Max “Gold Digger” Stealth ZD, CAT III, 3-pt tile plow w/ 6” & 4” boots, & Ag-Leader “Integra” monitor w/ “Intel-A-Slope” feature (This machine is a 1-“Farmer” owned plow that has done less than 200 total acres); 25’ x 7/8” wire rope, plow tow cable; 18’ x 3” rope plow tow strap; Outback A321 base station w/ tripod and a A320 receiver; 2012 Chamberlain tile cart w/ 12-V elec./hyd., remote control, disc brake on reel, light pkg (this 1-owner cart has only ran (4) rolls); GRAIN TRUCKS: 1993 Int. 8100 twin screw 10-wh. w/ 18’ Scott steel bed, 62” sides, steel floor, cargo doors, twin cyl. hoist, “L10 Cummins”, 9-spd, air brakes, power divider, roll tarp, & 11R22.5 rubber (390k); 1994 Ford L8000 “Diesel” twin screw 10-wh. w/ 20’ steel bed, 60” sides, steel floor, cargo doors, twin cyl. hoist, “8.3L Cummins”, Eaton 8LL 9-spd w/ extra low, air brakes, diff. lock, roll tarp, & less than 5k on new 11R22.5 rubber (166k); 1973 Ford F600 single axle w/ 14’ Midwest steel bed & twin cyl. hoist, 52” sides, 330 V-8, 4 & 2-spd (this truck comes with a real nice UF 13’ brush-type endgate auger w/ poly chute & controls, only 73k); EQUIPMENT: Land Pride RCRM 3515, 15’ batwing mower, sm.1000, frt. chains, solid tires (nice, 1-owner, always shedded); 2004 E-Z Trail 510, sm. 1000 grain cart w/ newer roll tarp, & 18.4-26 rubber (very nice, 1-owner); Phillips 3003A, 30’ hyd.-fold rotary harrow (nice, 1-owner); MF 82019’ disk, 7 ½” & 10” spacing; Glencoe 4300, 18’ pull-type soil finisher w/ spike harrow; Landoll 275, 12’, 9-sh. disk/ chisel; DMI 11-knife p.t. or 3-pt NH3 appl. (As-Is); Westfield 80-61, 61’x8” PTO transport auger; old Int. 6R, 3-pt rotary hoe; Danuser 12”, 3-pt p.h. digger; pr. of GoodYear “Optitrac” 900/60R32 combine /cart tires, (1) booted & (1) not (As-Is); 3-pt bale mover; 3-pt head mover; Very little MISC. For info concerning equipment, contact Bill Loughmiller @ (812) 239-7106. TERMS: Cash or Good Check w/ valid picture I.D. Nothing removed until settled for. Not responsible in case of accident or theft. All items sold As-Is. Porta Potty Available. NO Concessions.

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Get in the spirit Distillery Trail latest Indiana Grown guide INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Grown released its newest map of local artisans, the Indiana Grown Distillery Trail. This guide adds to the previous five maps, trails and guides Indiana Grown has created over the past two years to highlight the various segments of agriculture within its membership. The Distillery Trail features 18 distilleries and their craft spirits, such as whiskey, vodka and gin. Participants will discover members like Old 55 Distillery, which is Indiana’s only sweet corn distillery, and Hotel Tango, a veteran-owned distillery whose name pays tribute to the owner’s military service. The distilleries are all members of Indiana Grown, and many choose to partner with Indiana Grown member farms, as well, for their ingredients. This creates a unique collaboration that is purely Indiana from grain to glass. “Indiana has a wealth of agritourism destinations, and by creating these resources,

Indiana Grown is helping shine a spotlight on their members who can attract consumers both inside and outside of the state,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “Our hope is that Hoosiers, and more broadly all Americans, will realize the quality products Indiana has to offer to those near and far.” The Distillery Trail is the latest resource added to the wide selection of maps Indiana Grown has to offer. Released in May 2018, the Indiana Grown Wine Trail was the first of its kind for the program and featured 31 member wineries. Its success has since resulted in the Wine Trail’s expansion to nearly 50 wineries. Most recently, the Indiana Grown Brewery Trail launched on Jan. 30 and highlights 21 Indiana Grown member breweries. From pilsners to porters, these breweries are located all around the state and are using local ingredients to create delicious brews. “We are proud that our Wine

This folk-art carving of President Abraham Lincoln was made from a tree stump in the late 1800s. It is 47 inches tall. The sculpture sold for $1,800 at a recent Garth’s auction.

Trail has become the largest in the Midwest, and the overwhelming positive response we have received from members and consumers has our entire team working to meet the demand for more of these trails,” said Indiana Grown Program Director Heather Tallman. “Our hope is that with each map, trail and guide, an opportunity is created for consumers to discover and connect with a new area of our membership.” In addition to the Wine Trail and Brewery Trail, Indiana Grown has developed a number of other guides, including a map of Christmas Tree farms, a Winter Farmers Market map and a Protein Guide listing producers who sell proteins directly to consumers. Indiana Grown plans to continue developing new guides throughout the year for Hoosiers and our visitors to enjoy. You can find more information about the program and all of the Indiana Grown maps, trails and guides at www.indianagrown.org.


Four facts you may not know about Lincoln


By Terry and Kim Kovel

President Abraham Lincoln has been memorialized in many ways since his death in 1865, but there are things that few people remember today. 1. The president and his wife, Mary Todd, had four sons. Three died young. “Eddie” (Edward Baker) Lincoln, born in 1846, died at 3 years old in 1850. “Willie” (William Wallace) was born in 1850 and died in 1862 at the age of 11. Son Thomas, called “Tad,” was born in 1853 and died at 18 in 1871. But their first-born son, Robert Todd, was born in 1843 and lived until 1926, passing at the age of 82. 2. President Lincoln was the tallest president. He was 6 feet, 4 inches tall. 3. Lincoln’s birthday is Feb. 12, 1809. 4. President Lincoln did not smoke and rarely drank alcohol. He drank water with meals. Try some of President Lincoln’s favorite foods on President’s Day; one of his favorites was apples. He held an apple with his thumb and forefinger, and ate it from the bottom. Some say he also liked chicken fricassee with biscuits, and most reports say he enjoyed oyster stew. Mary Todd Lincoln used “Miss Leslie’s Complete Cookery” cookbook that is still available at bookstores today. Any guides for surviving asbestos contamination for collectors? Collector friends just had a roof collapse and their crowded house is contaminated. What can be saved? Collectors have special problems. All upholstered furniture, textiles, clothing, medicine, food and more probably must go. Furniture can be reupholstered if the frame is valuable. Ceramics, glass, jewelry, bronzes and other hard-surface items probably can be cleaned, but that requires special protective gear and instructions to avoid contact with dust. Dolls, most toys, paintings, photographs, books and everything paper may be contaminated. The government and other sites online give detailed instructions. Search for specialized advice from collector clubs, blogs and government agencies. Don’t try to do this alone. The dust is almost invisible and will be stirred up if not properly removed. Store all the “safe” collectibles off-site until you know what to save. You can’t replace memories, but you can find more collectibles. CURRENT PRICES Beer bottle, Kuntz Lager, labeled, 1920s, 9 1/4 inches, $85. Telephone, Northern Electric, oak, rotary dial, handset, 22 x 8 inches, $160. Blanket chest, oak, rectangular lift top, 4 panels, stylized flowers, geometric borders, 28 x 54 inches, $340. © 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.





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Indiana Grown Distillery Trail From grain to glass, Indiana is making a name for itself in the craft spirits game. Check out these Indiana Grown member distilleries that are producing everything from whiskey to gin and everything in between. Receive a stamp at each location and mail your completed map to: Indiana State Department of Agriculture 1 North Capitol, Suite 600, Indianapolis, IN 46204. 1. The Indiana Whiskey Co. 1115 W. Sample St. South Bend, IN 46619 2. Edwin Coe Spirits 6675 US-33 Churubusco, IN 46723 3. Old 55 Distillery 311 E. Washington St. Newtown, IN 47969 4. Oakley Brothers’ Distillery 34 W. 8th St. Nashville, IN 46016 5. Windy Ridge Winery & Distillery 3998 N 150 W Cayuga, IN 47928 6. West Fork Whiskey Co. 1660 Bellefontaine St. Indianapolis, IN 46202 7. 8th Day Distillery 1125 E Brookside Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46202 8. Sun King Spirits* 351 Monon Blvd. Carmel, IN 46032 9. 12.05 Distillery 636 Virginia Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46203 10. Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery* 702 Virginia Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46203 11. Bear Wallow Distillery 4484 Old State Rd. 46 Nashville, IN 47448 12. Cardinal Spirits 922 S. Morton St. Bloomington, IN 47403 13. Spirits of French Lick 8145 W. Sinclair St. West Baden Springs, IN 47469

14. Huber’s Starlight Distillery 19816 Huber Rd. Borden, IN 47106 15. Donum Dei Brewstillery 3211 Grant Line Rd, Suite 3 New Albany, IN 47150 16. Best Vineyards Winery & Distillery 8373 Morgans Lane SE Elizabeth, IN 47117 17. Monkey Hollow Winery & Distillery 11534 E. County Rd. 1740 N Bloomington, IN 47577 18. Dusty Barn Distillery 6861 Carson School Rd. Mt. Vernon, IN 47620 *Distillery has multiple locations. Visit any location to receive a stamp on your map.


Remembering the golden oldies By Matilda Charles

Have you ever tried to remember all the words to a song from your childhood or teenage years, or something you heard your parents sing? If you can remember one or two lines of a verse or the title, you can find the whole song on the internet. Here’s an example. I put one line of a song in Google, and there it was. Not only did all the lyrics pop up, but there were links to videos of groups singing the song. There were links, too, to more information. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the song was written in

1911. World War II was full of good music, and chances are you remember at least parts of some of the songs. Search online for World War II songs or any other era you’re interested in. Wikipedia even has categories such as “Songs of 1950s.” Or, search Wikipedia by singer and click on their discography for all the songs they released. Remember “Any Bonds Today?”, the 1941 song written for a war bond drive and presented in a Bugs Bunny cartoon? Or, for younger seniors, how about “Blowin’ in the Wind,” written by Bob Dylan in 1962? How many

verses do you remember? When the weather warms up, you might consider haunting garage sales and antique marts for old sheet music. If you no longer have a keyboard, look on Amazon for compact 54-key electronic keyboards for less than $100. And what do you do once you’ve collected all the music from your youth? Consider sharing it. If you play well enough, ask about visiting a retirement facility and playing for the residents. Make copies of the lyrics and hand them out for a sing-along. © 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.

Fall in love with dairy By Monica Nyman

Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month may be on your mind this February, but Lactose Intolerance Month is also on the calendar. Do you love the taste of dairy foods, but occasionally feel discomfort after eating them? Lactose intolerance is a type of food sensitivity, not an allergy or disease. The condition arises from not having enough lactase or the enzyme that digests lactose, which is the natural sugar in milk and dairy foods. Health experts note that because dairy foods provide many nutrients needed for a healthy diet, you should not give up dairy all together. For those with lactose intolerance, there are variety of ways to enjoy the recommended three servings of dairy every day without the discomfort. Start with a small amount of milk daily and increase gradually until you find the amount that works with your tolerance level. Solid foods help slow digestion and allow the body more time to process lactose. Drink milk with meals, blend it with frozen fruit in a smoothie or add it to hot or cold cereal for a protein-packed breakfast. Natural cheeses contain minimal amounts — less than 1 gram — of lactose, due to the steps in cheese- making process, along with natural aging. Top sandwiches or whole grain crackers with slices of cheddar, colby, Monterey Jack, Gouda, provolone, or Swiss. Cheese pairs well with all food groups, and a 1 1/2-ounce serving provides 30% of your daily calcium needs. While yogurt contains lactose, it also has live and active cultures. This unique feature helps break down the lactose; making it easier to tolerate. Greek yogurt contains less lactose than traditional yogurt, due to the straining process used to create a thick texture. It also contains live and active cultures, helping to digest lactose. Try topping either type of yogurt with fresh fruit and a handful of granola for a tasty breakfast, snack or dessert. Lactose-free products such as milk, yogurt and ice cream are available in many local retail stores. These products contain the same nutrients found in conventional dairy products, like calcium, potassium and vitamin D, and have a great flavor — all without the lactose. Substitute lactose-free products in favorite recipes and at the dinner table. To download a tip sheet on lactose intolerance, head over to the resources section at www.stldairycouncil.org. Monica Nyman is a registered dietitian and senior educator with St Louis District Dairy Council.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup Servings: 2 INGREDIENTS 1 medium onion, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 (16-ounce) can of tomatoes (drained) 1pinch ground red pepper 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil 2 cups milk, lactose-free Salt to taste Fresh basil leaves for garnish, optional PROCEDURE In a medium saucepan, cook onion in olive oil over medium heat, stirring frequently until golden brown or about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Add tomatoes and cook uncovered over medium heat for 10 minutes. Spoon 3/4 of mixture into food processor or blender container; puree until smooth. Return puree to saucepan. Add red pepper, basil and milk to the soup. Heat until hot but do not boil. Season to taste with salt. Divide soup into two bowls and serve. Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired. Nutrition Information — Made with fat free milk: 220 calories, 8 grams fat, 30% DV calcium.



PUREBRED RED ANGUS bull, born March 5, 2018, $2,000. 513-284-6760 RED AND BLACK ANGUS BULLS. (618)528-8744

(2) FRIESEN PROTEIN bulk tanks, 5-1/2 ton, $1,500/ ea. Call 815-539-7117 2009 Balzer 8500 Eliminator boom tank, Tri-axle, vacuum load, raven controller, slurry discharge, hyd manifold, 7 knife dietrich bar. Farn use, no sand, $78,500. 815-440-1686

2000 CAT-460, 3037 Eng. 2225 sep., rice package, duals @ 70%, Ag Leader, yield monitor w/mapping, inspected yearly, shedded, clean machine, w/S30 platform, & 830 corn head, will separate, $32,500 obo Call 815848-2300 JD 9750 combine, 2000 eng/. 1500 sep hrs, exc tires, field ready, shed kept, top cond, $58,500. 618-927-7858, 7857 PARTING OUT 9660 combine, good CM feeder house, lift cyl., single pt. Hook up, ladder, rims, final drives, hydro trans. & unload auger, 608-293-2200

Med Red Clover Seed, $89/50-lb bag, Paulding OH, 419-796-8871, c 419-399-4097 h (lv msg) OPEN POLLINATED SEED corn, out produces Hybrids for silage. $67 per bu. Plus shipping. 217-857-3377


UPCOMING AUCTIONS Newton County, IN and Iroquois County, IL: February 18 • 948+/- Acres - 10 Tracts • Contact: John Bechman 765.404.0396 Wabash County, IN: February 20 • 77+/- Acres - 1 Tract Contact: Jon Rosen 260.740.1846 or AJ Jordan 317.397.3086 or Larry Jordan 765.473.5849

Boone County, IN: February 24 • 157+/- Acres - 2 Tracts Contact: Brett Salyers 419.806.5643 or Sam Clark 317.442.0251or Jim Clark 765.659.4841

Decatur County, IN: February 25 • 503+/- Acres - 8 Tracts Contact: Michael Bonnell 812.343.6036 or Dave Bonnell 812.343.4313

LaPorte County, IN: February 26-27 • 18+/- Acres - 3 Tracts *ONLINE ONLY* BIDDING OPENS 2/26 - 8 A.M. CST & BIDDING CLOSES 2/27 - 4 P.M. CST Contact: Larry Smith 219.716.4041 or Kelsey Sampson 219.608.4341

Vermilion County, IL: February 27 • 95+/- Acres - 3 Tracts Contact: John Bechman 765.404.0396

Montgomery County, OH: March 10 • 80+/- Acres - 1 Tract Contact: John Kramer 937.533.1101 or Craig Springmier 937.533.7126

Greene County, IN: March 11 • 58+/- Acres - 1 Tract LAND FOR SALE IN INDIANA

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1991 Case IH 7120, 2WD, 4299 hours, 4-reversers, 3 remotes, 18.4x42 on tire w/duals and weights, good condition, 573-547-5747, 573-846-7393

Montgomery County • 170A, 165 tillable, near Linden. • 12.99 Ac, 12.79 tillable, 6 miles S of Waynetown.

Newton County • 137.08 A, 130.75 Tillable, 3.7 CRP, W of Brook.

Boone County • 76.96A, 76.22 tillable

Quality farmland located 2.5 miles southwest of Thorntown.

FEATURED LISTINGS LaPorte County, IN: 5 Properties all located within LaPorte County 60+/- Acres • Building Sites, Rolling Hills, Woods, Ponds Running Stream & Tillable Farm Land

30+/- Acres • Secluded & Wooded Building Site with Pond 58+/- Acres • Level Farmland, Rural Building Site 2+/- Acres • Rural Building Site • Contact: Julie Matthys 574.310.5189 Tipton County, IN: 109+/- Acres • Contact: Jaret Wicker 765.561.1737 or John Miner 765.438.2699

Starke County, IN: 44 Acres • Contact: Julie Matthys 574.310.5189 +/-

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HRES IN Auct. Lic. #AC69200019, IL Lic. #417.013288 MI Lic. #6505264076 AUCTIONEER: RUSSELL D. HARMEYER, IN Auct. Lic. #AU10000277, IL Auct. Lic #441.002337 & OH Auct. Lic. #2001014575

18390 S. 480 W. Remington, IN 47977 219-261-2000

JD-8430 2007, ILS, Firestone, 4146 hrs., nice tractor, $114,900 obo (217)249-3912

1994 JD 4760 MFWD, duals, weights, one owner, 6900hours, $49,500. 309-507-0774 1996 JD-7800, 2600 hrs., Power shift, 42” tires & duals, $69,5000.; 1999 JD-4600, MFP w/ loader & 72” belly mower, $10,900,; 1969 JD-3020, DSL, side console, dual hyd., frt & rear wts. $10,500; 1974 JD4230, 4400 hrs., 500 hrs. on new motor, Quad Range, $13,900. 1980 IH-1086, dual PTO & hyd. 18.4x38 tires, $11,900; 1976 IH-986, 2100 one owner hrs. 18.4x34, dual PTO & hyd., $17,900; Ford5610, dsl, w/loader, 429 one owner hrs., very nice. $17,900; 1970 JD-4020, dsl, side console, dual hyd. ROPS, $79,000 Call 815-592-3656

Contact: Todd Litten 812.327.2466

John Deere 9220, 2007, 1 owner, PTO, 3-point, 5 remotes plus power beyond, 4745 hours, 50 inch Firestone's 35-40% tread, power shift trans., premium lights, Auto Steer Ready. 260-248-6910 Steinbauer performance chip, #220414, fits 9530 JD, $1000. 217-621-4956

For sale by owner, 475Ac's, Pope Co., IL 25 mi's NE of Paducha KY Consist of 340 Ac's till. cropland, 25 Ac's pasture, & over 100 Ac's of hard wood timber. 40,000 bu. Grain storage, large barn, large field & exc deer hunting, w/good lease income. Open crop lease for 19, price below appraised value, 618-528-8744

Crawfordsville, IN (765) 866.0253 FAMILY FARM LOOKING for tillable acreage for 2020 and beyond. Pay up to $250 per tillable ac. Call (765)719-3995

Eaton, OH (937) 456.6281 Georgetown, OH (937) 378.4880 La Crosse, IN (219) 754.2423 Lebanon, IN (765) 482.2303 Leb. Spray Center, IN (765) 481.2044

2004 VERSATILE-2425, 3300 hrs., exc cond., $72,500, OBO retiring. 563-357-4300

Pendleton, IN (765) 778.1991

CIH-7120 TRACTOR, 1910 hrs, Call 217-456-7641

Plymouth, IN (574) 936.2523

JD 2950, MFD w/260 SL loader, 8ft bucket, bale spear, pallet forks, $22,000; Bushhog 2615 legend, Batwing mower, $5000. 309-337-0482

Remington, IN (219) 261.4221 Terre Haute, IN (812) 234.2627

JD 4840 tractor, 6600 hours, exc tires, quick hitch, shed kept , top condition, $25,900. 618-927-7858, 618-927-7857

Wilmington, OH (937) 382.0941

JD-4440 1500 hrs on new motor, $22,500; JD-4240 w/loader, $19,500 ; JD-4020 $6,500 all well maintained tractors, Call 815-716-6895

Wingate, IN (765) 275.2270

JD-7830 MFD, IVT Trans, frt susp., active seat, higher hrs., nice, $42,500 715-574-4561 JD-8285R MFD, duals, frt duals optional, auto track ready, exceptional, some warranty, $94,500 Call 715-572-12344

Winamac, IN (574) 946.6168

LS-779039 Earn $60,000/yr. Part-time in the livestock or equipment appraisal business. Agricultural background required. Home study Course available. 800-488-7570 or www.amagappraisers.com

24 JD liquid applicators, off of a 1770 planter, $350-each or best offer. 618-562-7550

greendrills.com (740)756-4810 Hizey Farm Service LLC Harms Land-Rollers, Brand New! 12 - $6,800, 14 -7,300, 16 - $8,000 , 24 - $14,800, 32 - $17,500, 42-$21,500 Any size Available. 715-234-1993 JD 1760 12Row 30 inch planter, equipped w/insect boxes, no-till cutters, Yetter residue managers, very sharp, no welds, used on small acreage. 217-259-2168 JD-7000 RECONDITIONED PLANTERS; 4-row 30”, 3-pt, $2,850; 8-row 30” $6,850; JD7200 4-row 30” $3,150. All repainted, NICE, can send pics Call 309-242-6040 MARTIN SPIKE CLOSING wheels 15-in. Diameter (24) total, (12) 1200 ac., (12) 2400 ac. off 1790 planter $80.00 each Smart box system complete minus control console used 3 years $2,000. (309)531-1108 TWIN ROW/SPLIT ROW planter, 4 row, JD-7000, w/coultiplanter II, $4,500 can send photos, Call 765-202-3411

5X6 NET WRAPPED Grass hay or large squares of alfalfa for horses and dairy cows. Delivery to your farm. (217)370-4342 QUALITY HAY AND STRAW , limited quantity of 1st and 2nd cut, big & small squares, delivery available, Call us David 815-685-5344, Mike 815-685-9646 UNVERFERTH PLANTER FILL conveyor, $1,500 obo; 1790 12 row liquid Fert. Attachment, $7,500 obo Call 217-473-9161

Bane-Welker.com 20FT hay or silage wagon, 20ft long, 8ft wide, new floor, $3000. 217-259-3374

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ROUND BALE SPEAR for 148/158 JD loader, 3 prong, Exc. Shape, $600. Call 217-371-1229 or 217-473-6774

1995 FORD F800, grain truck, 5.9 Cummins, 6-sp., 14' bed w/roll tarp, 118,000 mi., Exc tires, $11,000 (217)276-5529

High capacity Westfield Augers Early Season Pricing Bunker Hill Supply Co Hutsonville, IL 618-563-4464

Vermeer 4 basket tedder, like new, $6500. 618-528-8744 We Repair Baler Knotters on your Farm! Service Calls also available for farm equipment! Used Rakes & New Tedders for Sale! Kings Repair, Marshall IN 765-597-2015

1998 43' Wilson hpr btm, 78' sides, 80% tires, 90% brakes, Shur-lock tarp, VG cond, $10,900. 618-927-7858, 7857 1999 PETERBILT-378 RED day cab, Cat-C15, 475 hp., great rubber, 850,000 mi. $34,000 Call 309-781-1899 2005 FREIGHTLINER COLUMBIA 120, Air Ride Tandem Axle; 14L Detroit Engine; 12,000 lb Front Axle Weight; 40,000 lb Rear Axle Weight; Very Nice 641,000 Miles, 10 Spd. Trans, $28,500. 217-924-4405 8-5pm.

1997 ROGATER-854, 4744 hrs. 80/60 Booms 20" Spacing. 5 w/fencerow nozzles. Sec. Envizio Pro monitor, w/ Accuboom & lightbar. 800 gal. SS tank. Operator & Parts Books. $27,000 OBO. Call 815-694-2944 2007 FAST-9420, 1000 Gal. Tank 80-ft. Booms (2) 5-ft. bolt on stubs to convert to 90-ft. 320x46 Tires 460 Raven monitor 50-gal. rinse tank L&R hand fence row nozzles field ready $7000.00 309-531-1108

New& Used REM & Kongskilde grain vacs. Used Kongskilde 1000 & 500 grain vacs. Cornwell Equipment, Arthur, IL 217-543-2631

2011 JD-4630 SPRAYER, 1223 hrs., 80' boom, 2600 display, ITC globe, hyd. Adj axles, 320 tires, 2nd set tires & wheels 18.4x34, asking $115,000 pic avail. Call 708-278-0176

(2) 1983 Meyer Morton 450 continuous flow grain dryers, 30-hp 3-phase fan, very good condition, simple design, well maintained, need to move! $4500-each. Or $8000/pair, make offer. 309-678-6902, email: dcstreit@gmail.com

MILLER SELF-PROPELLED SPRAYER, Model 4240, 1000gallon tank, 90ft booms, Ag Leader Integra Monitor, lots of options, 720-hours, like new cond., $160,000-obo. Delivery Possible. 814-322-8090



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(4) 2500 GAL. green polly fertilizer tanks, $2,000 or $900. ea, Call 815-252-7117

2006 DMI NH 30' ST250 field cultivator, spring tine harrow, w/rear hitch, $13,500 obo Call 812-242-0701 CIH 200 field cultivator 43-1/2ft, knock off shovels, 4 bar tine harrow, hitch, exc cond.; 46ft McFarland 4x4 bar harrow, used with cultivator; Case IH 25ft mulcher; Sunflower 9 shank chisel plow, walking tandem, 4 bar heavy harrow, Farmer owned. 309-224-9186

JD-716A SILAGE WAGON, SN 01266zw, 3 beaters, roof, wood floor, unloading apron ext., PTO shaft, variable floor spd. On a JD-1075 4 wheel running gear, SN 014541w with tongue ext., trails straight, well maintained and shedded, Asking$6,000. Wanatuh IN. 219-252-0510

JD-MT, 1950, SERIAL # 24645, new rear tires & tubes, frt & rear wheel wts., $2,700; 1950 Farmall-H good paint, $1,800 Call 618-934-3481 or 618-934-5221

IH 18' disc with cylinder good blades & tires, $1,200 217-369-9098 JD MULCH MASTER, MODEL 550, 25FT, EXTRA SWEEPS, GOOD COND., $5750. 812-204-4587 JD-637 32ft Disc; JD-630 25ft disk, excellent condition, 618-528-8744 JD-726 2005 34ft finisher, knock on sweeps 5 bar spike field ready, nice harrow, condition, $23,500. 815-275-0669 M&W-1875, 7-SHANK great shape, W/HARROW, $7,500 obo Call 815-848-2300

COLEMAN 30' 5TH wheel camper, by Dutch, cold weather kit, 5 remotes, much more, call for more info. 765-654-7473

Generators: used, low hr takeouts. 20KW to 2000KW. Dsl, Propane, Nat. Gas. 701-3719526. abrahamindustrial.com Winco Generators. PTO portables and eng. sets available, Large Inventory. Albion, IL. Waters Equipment. 618-445-2816

Iroquois Equipment Bush Hog Dealer Onarga, IL. 815-351-8124 *New/used Bush Hog mowers on hand. *Full line of Bush Hog parts.

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17 SHANK pull type NH3 bar, can be used to preplant or sidedress, 440 Raven controller, $8500 obo. 618-562-7550

16 ROW DAWN PLURIBUS on B&D tool bar w/liquid, $40,000; Call 815-252-7117 JD7200 MAX EMERGE II, 6x30in, no-till, finger pickup. liquid fert., insect., bean cups. monitor, good cond. $8,250. 812-204-4587.


2013 ETS SOIL warrior strip till unit, 12R30”, dual dry fert. SS Morris Compartment, meters, pneumatic down pressure, row cleaners, Avery scale, Ag Leader Versa mon., both shallow & deep tillage set ups, $95,000 call 815-716-6895

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DMI 3300 nutri placer, NH3 applicator, pull type, 13-shank, coulters, Blu-Jet no-till independent cover disk, Hiniker 8150 controller monitor, stored inside, exc., $15,500. 765-426-5711, Frankfort, IN


JD-345 SNOW BLOWER (42") Used - Good Condition $650. Contact Don (815) 257-6082

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New Steel Storage tanks available Capacity up to 50,000 gal. 618-553-7549, 562-4544 www.dktanks.com

WOODS-BW126 SINGLE Wing Mower (10-ft.) Very Good Condition $7,400. Contact Don (815) 257-6082 1997 Walker, Air Ride, No Pump, 6200 Gal, Stainless Steel. . . $30,000


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FARM LOANS. We have the Best term/interest rates avail. Fixed rates, 5-25 yrs. 618-5282264 c, 618-643-2264, The BelRay Co, Don Welch and Jeff Welch, McLeansboro, IL

18.4X42 AXLE MOUNT DUALS, 90% tread, hubs included, $2,800 Call 309-840-5145

3-ACRES INCLUDES GRAIN elevator w/80-ft. scales, office, 3 storage buildings & bins, etc. 6 miles East of LeRoy, IL $220,000. 309-825-5017

CALL FOR A QUOTE TODAY PRUESS ELEVATOR, INC (800) 828-6642 Lincolnland Agri-Energy, LLC Buying Corn Clint Davidson Commodity Mgr 10406 N 1725th St Palestine, IL 618-586-2321 or 888-586-2321

FOR SALE GRAIN Bin Drying System, 42' Shivvers Drying System w/level dry & computer system & Cross Augers, 2 turbo Fans & Burners, 26hp a piece, Call 217-821-6232 for price

Used Zimmatic center pivot 9 tower 1500 ft long, $17,000; Kifco water winch & alum pipe, 815-303-3650 Putnam, IL

GSI FLOORING New-Weather: 18' , 21' , 24' Floor. 50% off. While They Last. Call Place Order. Brush Enterprises, Bethany, IL 1-800-373-0654

We Manufacture All Steel Irrigation Bridges! Abbott Fabrication Winamac, IN 574-225-1326 Shop: 574-946-6566

(2) 2018 TINPTE 40x66”, super hoppers, all light weight options, Ag Tubs, 22-oz Black tarps, super singles w/Dura-Bright wheels, empty weight 7650, priced to sell. Call 608-751-0606 1986 INTERNATIONAL-1954, 16' steel grain bed, DT466 diesel, w/5+2 trans, 210,000 mi., very good tires, $9,000 Call 217-276-5529

1992 GMC Topkick, Cat engine, 10ft bed, new paint, good condition, $7500. 618-528-8744

2007 International 8600, AR, tandem axle, 10-spd. transmission, C13 Cat eng., 167-wb, Nice Truck, $19,500. 217-924-4405 8-5pm.

2010 KENWORTH-T660, full 450 ISX Cummins, 13-spd trans., 3:36 rear ends, 232” WB, 62” sleeper, 11R225 tires, eng. Less than 80,000 on OH, asking $35,000 obo Call 815-246-8000 or 815-378-1717

Calendar FEBRUARY ALLEN COUNTY Feb. 27-March 1 – Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne, Ind.; homegardenshow.com.

DELAWARE COUNTY Feb. 19-20 – Midwest Women in Ag Conference: All day, Horizon Convention Center, 401 S. High St., Muncie., Ind. Feb. 26 – Invasive Species Call-out Meeting: 5:30 p.m. EST, Minnetrista Gathering Place, 1200 N. Minnetrista Pkwy., Muncie, Ind.; 765-277-1415.

ELKHART COUNTY Feb. 18 – Managing Stress Educational Program: 1 to 2 p.m. EST, Elkhart County Extension office, 17746 County Road 34 #E, Goshen, Ind.; 574-533-0554. Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 5, March 12 – Dining with Diabetes Educational Series: 1 to 3 p.m. EST, Elkhart County Extension office, 17746 County Road 34 #E, Goshen, Ind.; 574-533-0554. Feb. 25 – Cooking Under Pressure:

1 to 2:30 p.m. EST, Elkhart County Extension office, 17746 County Road 34 #E, Goshen, Ind.; 574533-0554; extension.purdue.edu/ elkhart/event/27788.

HARRISON COUNTY Feb. 18 – 4-H Volunteer Training Series – Civic Engagement: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST, Harrison County Extension office, 247 Atwood St., Corydon, Ind. Feb. 26 – Premier Ag Spray Clinic: 8:30 a.m. to noon EST, Premier Ag, 2655 Highway 135 SW, Corydon, Ind.; extension.purdue.edu/harrison/ event/27901

JACKSON COUNTY Feb. 22 – Indiana Aquaculture Spring Meeting: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department, 6905 North 400 East, Seymour, Ind.; 765-237-7022; www. indianaaquaculture.com/shop.

JASPER COUNTY Feb. 27 – Farming Together – Succession Planning: 6 to 8 p.m. CST, Rensselaer Public Library, 208 W. Susan St., Rensselaer, Ind.

KNOX COUNTY Feb. 22 and 29 – Hemp Production Workshop: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Feb. 22, 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 29, Vincennes University Agricultural

Home and Garden Show The 47th annual Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show will be Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information on the show and to purchase tickets, visit www. home-gardenshow.com.



Feb. 18 – STEM with Extension: 4 to 5 p.m. EST, Francesville-Salem Township Public Library, 201 W. Montgomery St., Francesville, Ind. Feb. 20 – STEM with Extension: 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. EST, Westside Center, 510 E. Main St., Medaryville, Ind.

Feb. 18 – Area Corn and Soybean Day: 7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. CST, Vanderburgh 4-H Center Activities Building, 201 E Boonville-New Harmony Road, Evansville, Ind.; extension.purdue.edu/ vanderburgh/event/27738.



Feb. 17 – PARP Class: 9 a.m. to noon EST, Family Arts Building, 500 Frank St., Shelbyville, Ind.; 317-392-6460.

Feb. 14 – Crop Marketing and Farm Finance Workshop: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST, Vermillion County Fairgrounds Community Building, 325 W. Maple St., Cayuga, Ind.; 765494-7004; purdue.ag/workshop20.


Feb. 15 and 29 – Public Speaking Workshops: 9:30 to 11 a.m. CST, LaPorte County Extension office, 2857 W. State Road 2, Suite A, LaPorte, Ind.

Feb. 20 – Communicating with Farmers under Stress: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST, Spencer County Youth & Community Center, 1101 E. County Rd. 800 N., Chrisney, Ind.; 812-362-8066. Feb. 25 – Farming Together: Enhancing Your Worth as a Farm Business Partner: 6 to 8 p.m. CST, Spencer County Youth & Community Center, 1101 E. County Rd. 800 N., Chrisney, Ind.; extension.purdue.edu/clark/ event/27638.



Feb. 19 – City Farmer: 6:30 to 8 p.m. CST, Dowtown Lounge, 312 E. Dunlap, Kentland, Ind. Feb. 29 – 4-H Beef & Dairy Barn Dinner: 5 to 7 p.m. CST, Brook United Methodist Church, 124 E. Main St., Brook, Ind.

Feb. 19-20 – 2020 Indiana Organic Grain Farmer Meeting: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Beck Agricultural Center, 4540 US 52 West, West Lafayette, Ind.; 765-284-8414; purdue.ag/ organicgrain2020.

Center, 4207 N. Purdue Road, Vincennes, Ind.; extension.purdue. edu/gibson/event/27730.


WARRICK COUNTY Feb. 19 – 2020 Indiana Legislative Session Update: 10 a.m. to noon EST, Warrick County Courthouse, 107 W. Locust St., Boonville, Ind.; 812-8976100; www.cdext.purdue.edu..

WHITE COUNTY Feb. 21 – Teens As Teachers: All day, Camp Tecumseh, 12635 W. Tecumseh Bend Road, Brookston, Ind.

WHITLEY COUNTY Feb. 22 – Master Gardeners Garden Thyme Symposium: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST, Indian Springs Middle School, 1692 S. St. Rd. 9, Columbia City, Ind.; extension.purdue.edu/ whitley/event/27507.

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American Biofuels Visionary award to POET’s Jeff Broin KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — During the organization’s 11th annual Executive Leadership Conference, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor honored Jeff Broin as The American Biofuels Visionary. Tom Buis, who previously served as CEO of Growth Energy, joined Skor on stage to present the special recognition, which was awarded in tribute to a lifetime of leadership that has fueled the growth of America’s entire biofuel sector. “Jeff Broin’s unwavering leadership and transformative vision for U.S. biofuels has touched the lives

of every American, from farm families in South Dakota to New York motorists,” Skor said. “As founding chair of Growth Energy, he followed in the footsteps of other great American founding fathers, building an enduring legacy that will shape the future of homegrown energy for generations to come.” In addition to his work with Growth Energy, Broin is the founder and CEO of POET Biofuels, where he turned a humble family business into the world’s largest ethanol producer. His efforts have guided the

industry’s most groundbreaking victories, from smashing the blend wall to capturing global markets. “I am honored and humbled to receive this thoughtful recognition from Growth Energy,” he said. “Helping to found and grow this organization has been a true labor of love for me, going back to my roots on the family farm. “While we have won many battles, the war is far from over. I will continue to work with the biofuels industry and agriculture to drive biofuels to new heights in the years to come.” To commemorate those

achievements, Broin was presented with a handcrafted box, which carries the image of Howard Chandler Christy’s 1940 painting, “Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States.” The iconic painting, which hangs in the U.S. House of Representatives, captures the optimism and courage of leaders like George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. “Our own founding father, Jeff Broin embodies that spirit, and I’m so proud to recognize his con- Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor recognizes Jeff Broin, the tributions to our industry founder and CEO of POET Biofuels, as The American Biofuels with this award,” Skor said. Visionary.

St. Louis region’s inland port system No. 2 in tonnage ST. LOUIS — The latest data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reveals the St. Louis regional ports moved from the third position into the second position for inland port total tonnage in the 2018 rankings. The port system handled 37.4 million tons of commodities over the course of the year, a 13.2% increase over the prior year. Just 1.1 million tons separated it from the top position, which the Port of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky held onto, despite a drop in its total tonnage for the year. The rise in the rankings adds to the accolades for the St. Louis region, which continues to rank as the most efficient inland port district in the nation in terms of tons moved per river mile. During 2018, the St. Louis region’s barge industry handled more than

534,000 tons per mile along the 70 miles that make up the port system. The system also has the second highest concentration of port facilities per mile of all inland ports, contributing to growing awareness of a 15-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that flows through southwestern Illinois and eastern Missouri at St. Louis known as the Ag Coast of America. “For you as a region to come up to No. 2 for total tonnage is a real accomplishment, but it’s not surprising as St. Louis has been gaining for a while,” said Ken Eriksen, senior vice president with IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. Eriksen noted there are several things contributing to the positive trends for

the St. Louis region’s port system, among them the fact that there is only one set of locks between St. Louis and Asia, and that is the Panama Canal. He also highlighted the deeper draughts that allow for barges to be loaded heavy, rail access in the region from both sides of Mississippi River and the presence of six Class I railroads, the surplus supply of grain available and the available supply of corn that can come to the river all the way from Minneapolis. He added that there also is growing demand from Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand that want to source from the Mississippi R iver system, which is recognized for better soybeans with higher protein and better oil quality. “The St. Louis region has become a vital spot on the map from the grain

perspective,” Eriksen said. Corn, soybeans and unclassified oilseeds were certainly among the commodities that contributed to the increased tonnage moving through the St. Louis area ports, but crude oil also was up significantly over 2017 as the United States became a net exporter of oil, and iron ore more than doubled, likely tied to the resumption of operations at U.S. Steel’s facility in Granite City, Illinois.

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Rural Issues Cyndi YoungPuyear

Say “please,” “thank you” and “excuse me.” Make eye contact and listen. Wait your turn to speak. Stand to greet someone. Shake hands. Address adults as Mr., Mrs., or Miss. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Hold the door for

others. Wait until everyone is served before eating. Do not reach across the table. Do not talk with your mouth full. Ask to be excused before you leave the table. Some days I wonder if there is any civility remaining in the world in which we live today. You do remember civility, don’t you? Maybe we crossed the line in the privacy of our own homes, but formal politeness and courtesy in behavior and speech was expected of us in a public setting and we expected it of others. Elected officials, especially those at a state and national level, were held to a higher standard of formality. Although the citizenry often disagreed with them, the offices they held were highly respected. “Just call me Mike,” said the man sitting across the studio table from me last week. “No, I’m sorry, I can’t do that,” I said. “You are the lieutenant governor for the state of Missouri, and I hold that office in high regard.” He was Mike for years before he became a state legislator and then lieutenant governor. I do think he’s a great guy, but even if I didn’t, I would still respect his office. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon both appeared on non-news television programs back in their day — JFK chatting it up with Jack Paar on “The Tonight Show” and Nixon with a brief cameo appearance on the then-popular “Laugh In” where he deadpanned “Sock it to me.” Although lighthearted appearances, the formality of the office of president was not lost on the audience. I remember clearly the 1992 “Arsenio Hall Show” in which President Bill Clinton donned wraparound dark sunglasses and a loud yellow tie, played “Heartbreak Hotel” on the saxophone and joked with the show’s host. It was a pivotal moment in how many people would view not only President Clinton, but those presidents who would come after him. President Barack Obama was a regular guest on numerous entertainment programs. He danced, he talked about his relationship with the first lady and cracked jokes with talk show hosts while holding the highest office in our country. You can blame television, social media and video games for the wavering of civility in this country, but the truth is, we’ve quickly accepted — even welcomed — this move toward a more relaxed atmosphere surrounding the elected leaders of our state and nation. As those in elected office have been encouraged to be more casual and relatable and “the kind of guy you want to go have a beer with,” we’ve lost something important that we may never get back. I’m disappointed that the leader of my country chose a social media platform to randomly “tweet” important announcements, as well as opinions and insults. But the recent public lack of civility and the great disrespect for the Office of the President of the United States by the Speaker of the House when she tore up her copy of the State of the Union address left me shaken.

Going green is about getting green One thing Big Ag has gotten very good at over the last two decades is fighting what it sees as the “green” invasion of do-good outsiders into American farming and ranching. You know who I’m Farm & Food talking about; these tie-dyed, righteous interFile lopers of Eastern Elites and Left Coast Libs Alan Guebert riding impossibly white unicorns into battle in defense of climate change, natural resources, governmental environmental rules and — warning: hum loudly if you don’t want to hear this one — over-population. For the most part, however, Big Ag’s powerful lobbying arms have grabbed these environmental anarchists and tossed them and their Birkenstocks aside. This is especially so since the beginning of the deregulation-driven Trump administration. Gone or made toothless is the Waters of the U.S. rule, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Paris Climate Agreement. While most farmers and ranchers cheered these deregulatory actions, upstream food and fiber users were busy identifying, buying, packaging and retailing clothing, food and beverages that mostly younger, more affluent customers saw as “green” or “sustainable,” or “regenerative.” In short, they were demanding — and getting — through their purchasing power the exact opposite of what U.S.

farmers and ranchers and their commodity lobbying groups were actively fighting against. In late January, Tyson Foods Inc. joined the fight on the side of its customers by announcing it would help form and fund, according the to Wall Street Journal, “a worldwide coalition of protein producers, academics and environmental and human-rights groups to work together on social and environmental issues.” Wring the PR from that sentence and what Tyson hopes to do is take on animal agriculture’s biggest problems — an enormous greenhouse gas footprint, increasing water pollution, an at-best spotty record on animal rights and worker rights — so it can tell its customers, “We care about the same things as you do, so buy Tyson protein.” And Tyson has a lot of protein to sell. Each week the big-shouldered butcher, according to 2018 data, slaughters 37 million chickens, 408,000 hogs and 133,000 head of cattle in 50 U.S. facilities. Little wonder then that a new Tyson heir, 29-year-old John R. Tyson, returned to the family business — after acquiring a MBA from Stanford University — as the company’s new chief sustainability officer. He knows that in the long run, an environmentally greener Tyson means a profitably greener Tyson, too. Tyson isn’t the only major food company to see green. Last November, Maple Leaf Foods, Canada’s leading animal and plant protein purveyor, announced it was the “first major food company in the world to be carbon neutral.” It did so as a way to “acknowledge … the urgent

need for transformative change” in “the global food system.” A big part of the change, explained Sylvain Charlebois, writing in the Nov. 28, 2019, Manitoba Co-operator, is that in today’s hyper-competitive, global marketplace, “everything in on the table.” And, added the professor of food distribution and policy at Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University, Maple Leaf Foods is “becoming a completely different company” in order to “adapt to a wider variety of customer situations” it now faces due to environmental challenges. Players in other industries are feeling the same urgent environmental concerns as their customers. It’s been widely reported that Nestle SA intends to cut its use of oil-based plastic by one-third. Microsoft Corp. recently said it intends to cut its carbon emissions to zero. Curiously, however, as these customer-driven, globe-spanning giants move into greener pastures, American farmers and ranchers are openly celebrating — what almost certainly will be — their short-lived, rule-tossing victories that will make rural America and what it grows less green and less customer friendly. Worse, in today’s world of perverse politics, these farmers and ranchers — and their powerful allies in Congress and the White House — believe they are winning the day for themselves when, in fact, they’re losing the future for all who follow. Farm & Food File is published weekly through the U.S. and Canada. Source material and contact information are posted at www.farmandfoodfile.com.

A promising harvest for agricultural trade By Scott VanderWal

Those improvements didn’t happen America’s farmers and ranchers are by accident, either. eager to turn over a new leaf on the This deal is testatrade front. From the recent signing of ment to our strong the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement grassroots efforts and groundbreaking Phase 1 trade deal working across the with China to the U.S.-Japan Trade ag community and Agreement last fall, the Trump adminiswith Congress and tration is answering the call to expand the Trump administrade opportunities for U.S. agriculture. tration. VanderWal And there’s no question that we are And while it may not eager to get back to business in the be perfect, we came global marketplace. out with a deal that not only protected Of course, farmers and ranchers will agriculture’s gains from NAFTA, but will need to see results before they celebrate. also increase our ag exports to Canada But those results will happen only if we and Mexico by $2 billion. negotiate and sign trade deals to pave The Phase 1 deal with China promises the way for increased trade. even greater returns, more than double The trade war has taken its toll on our what China’s ag purchases were before farm and ranch land and rural commuthe trade war. This is a tall order — and nities, and restoration of our markets far better than we could have hoped for cannot come soon enough. when this trade war began nearly two While we all pray for Mother Nature years ago. to be kinder this year, farmers and When President Donald Trump came ranchers across the country are ready to our recent annual convention in not only to return to full steam in proAustin, Texas, he expressed his confiduction, but also begin to explore opdence in America’s farmers and ranchers portunities for meeting the demand of to meet the increased demand of an expanding markets. anticipated $80 billion in ag purchases With USMCA ratified by the United from China over the next two years. I States and Mexico, we have only to wait think we can all agree that we are more for the Canadian parliament to approve than up to that challenge. the deal, as well, before it can go into full A question we’ve been asked is effect. whether these amazing increases in agIt’s no secret that the idea of reopening ricultural exports to China are realistic. North American Free Trade Agreement Will they actually happen? gave us some heartburn in the ag comWe are heartened by the adminismunity, but we have come out on the tration’s assurance their work isn’t other side with a stronger, modern agree- done. The deal will be monitored to ment that has created a framework for ensure that China lives up to its comother ag trade deals. mitments.

Although we have passed some significant mile markers this month, the race to expand U.S. agriculture’s global market share is far from over. We are urging the administration to build on this momentum and complete a full trade agreement with China to secure fair and free trade there once and for all. We will also be keeping a close watch on progress with European Union trade talks to bring balance to ag trade and remove the continent’s non-scientific barriers to our ag products, and we anticipate the upcoming talks with the United Kingdom can expand an already strong market for our farm exports. The remaining hurdles are real, and it will take time to rebuild our markets once these new deals go into effect. But the accomplishments we are celebrating this month are proof that these challenges can be overcome. Time and again, America’s farmers and ranchers have risen to the challenge of competing in new markets. Our ag exports have traditionally enjoyed a surplus, not by chance, but because of the sterling reputation of American-grown food, fuel and fiber. Thanks to these new trade deals, we can continue to lead the way in growing the highest quality, and most sustainable, ag products in the world. Scott VanderWal is a third-generation corn and soybean farmer and cattle feeder from Volga, South Dakota. He is the president of South Dakota Farm Bureau and vice president of American Farm Bureau.

Cyndi Young-Puyear is farm director and operations manager for Brownfield Network.



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Risk management programs for hemp growers Pilot insurance plan offered

now, and the deadline to sign up for both programs is March 16. “We are pleased to offer these coverages to hemp producers. Hemp offers new economic opportunities for our farmers, and they are anxious for a way to protect their product in the event of a natural disaster,” said Farm Production and Conservation Undersecretary Bill Northey.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the availability of two programs that protect hemp producers’ crops from natural disasters. A pilot hemp insurance program through MultiPeril Crop Insurance provides coverage against loss of yield because of insurable causes of loss for hemp grown for fiber, grain or cannabidiol oil. The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage protects against losses associated with lower yields, destroyed crops or prevented planting where no permanent federal crop insurance program is available. Producers may apply

MULTI-PERIL CROP INSURANCE PILOT INSURANCE PROGRAM The MPCI pilot insurance is a new crop insurance option for hemp producers in select counties of 21 states for the 2020 crop year. The program is available for eligible producers in certain counties in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana,

Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesot a, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. Information on eligible counties is accessible through the USDA Risk Management Agency ’s Actuar ial Infor mation Browser. Among other requirements, to be eligible for the pilot program, a hemp producer must have at least one year of history producing the crop and have a contract for the sale of the insured hemp. In addition, the minimum acreage requirement is five acres for CBD and 20 acres for grain and fiber. Hemp will not qualify for replant payments or prevented plant payments

grown for fiber, grain, seed or CBD for the 2020 crop year where no permanent federal crop insurance program is available. NAP basic 50/55 coverage is available at 55% of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50% of expected production. Buy-up coverage is available in some cases. The 2018 farm bill allows for buy-up levels of NAP coverage from 50% to 65% of expected production in 5% increments, at 100% of the average market price. Premiums apply for buy-up coverage. For all coverage levels, the NAP service fee is $325 per crop or $825 per NONINSURED CROP producer per county, not DISASTER ASSISTANCE to exceed $1,950 for a proPROGRAM NAP provides cover- ducer with farming interage against loss for hemp ests in multiple counties. under MPCI. This pilot insurance coverage is available to hemp growers in addition to revenue protection for hemp offered under the WholeFarm Revenue Protection plan of insurance. Also, beginning with the 2021 crop year, hemp will be insurable under the Nursery crop insurance program and the Nursery Value Select pilot crop insurance program. Under both nursery programs, hemp will be insurable if grown in containers and in accordance with federal regulations, any applicable state or tribal laws and terms of the crop insurance policy.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Under a reg ulation authorized by the 2018 farm bill and issued in October 2019, all growers must have a license to grow hemp and must comply with applicable state, tribal or federal regulations or operate under a state or university research pilot, as authorized by the 2014 farm bill. Producers must report hemp acreage to FSA after planting to comply with federal and state law enforcement. The farm bill defines hemp as containing 0.3% or less tetrahydrocannabinol on a dry-weight basis. Hemp having THC above the federal statutory compliance level of 0.3% is an uninsurable or ineligible cause of loss and will result in the hemp production being ineligible for production history purposes.

USDA casts vision for scientific initiatives through 2025 WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauded the publication of the USDA Science Blueprint, which will serve as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s vision for and continued commitment to scientific research. “USDA’s agricultural research is vital to helping our farmers, ranchers,

producers and foresters increase efficiency and productivity, and our science agencies play an integral role in setting forth new visions for innovation through their work,” Perdue said. “As the department strives to anticipate and meet the future needs of our customers, the USDA Science Blueprint will

Market data FOR WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 7, 2020

Futures Prices This Last This week week Chg. week CATTLE HOGS FEB 20 121.32 121.37 -0.05 FEB 20 57.10 APR 20 119.80 119.67 0.13 APR 20 66.25 JUN 20 111.27 111.57 -0.30 MAY 20 74.85 AUG 20 109.87 109.77 0.10 JUN 20 81.55 OCT 20 113.10 112.82 0.28 JUL 20 82.45 DEC 20 117.60 117.02 0.58 AUG 20 81.45

Last week Chg. 57.12 61.60 70.02 76.85 78.12 77.85

-0.02 4.65 4.83 4.70 4.33 3.60

MILK CLASS III FEB 20 17.06 MAR 20 17.42 APR 20 17.50 MAY 20 17.45 JUN 20 17.54 JUL 20 17.76

17.14 17.75 17.57 17.45 17.52 17.72

-0.08 -0.33 -0.07 0.00 0.02 0.04

22 20 12 18 34 22

SOYBEANS MAR 20 8820 MAY 20 8950 JUL 20 9080 AUG 20 9124 SEP 20 9132 NOV 20 9184

8724 8866 9004 9054 9064 9122

96 84 76 70 68 62

CHICAGO WHEAT MAR 20 5586 5536 50 MAY 20 5566 5524 42 JUL 20 5570 5524 46 SEP 20 5624 5590 34 DEC 20 5710 5680 30 MAR 21 5790 5754 36

K.C. WHEAT MAR 20 4724 MAY 20 4784 JUL 20 4852 SEP 20 4932 DEC 20 5046 MAR 21 5156

4654 4724 4800 4886 5002 5110

70 60 52 46 44 46

BRENT CRUDE OIL APR 20 54.47 56.62 -2.15 MAY 20 54.80 56.42 -1.62 JUN 20 55.16 56.24 -1.08 JUL 20 55.26 55.98 -0.72 AUG 20 55.37 55.79 -0.42 SEP 20 55.42 55.61 -0.19


1.350 1.366 1.382 1.382 1.382 1.382

-0.010 -0.006 -0.007 -0.007 -0.007 -0.007

FEEDER CATTLE MAR 20 135.20 APR 20 137.50 MAY 20 139.57 AUG 20 147.87 SEP 20 149.47 OCT 20 150.35

136.07 -0.87 137.52 -0.02 139.70 -0.13 146.87 1.00 148.60 0.87 149.60 0.75

CORN MAR 20 3834 3812 MAY 20 3884 3864 JUL 20 3922 3910 SEP 20 3894 3876 DEC 20 3940 3906 MAR 21 4026 4004

1.340 1.360 1.375 1.375 1.375 1.375

Stocks of Agricultural Interest

This Last 52-wk week week high


45.71 66.85 16.97 54.08 42.17

This Last 52-wk week week high

44.76 47.20 Corteva 31.04 28.92 32.78 70.14 81.39 Dupont 52.55 51.18 83.72 16.90 20.98 Deere 167.45 158.58 180.48 52.43 59.65 FMC 105.14 95.59 108.77 40.28 55.15 Mosaic 20.25 19.84 33.91

Export Inspections (MIL BU.) This Year Cumulative Cumulative Cml. week ago this year year ago % diff. WHEAT 413.984 443.265 16639.73 14827.601 12.22 CORN 562.380 912.191 10724.37 22496.268 -52.33 SOYBEANS 1355.627 1092.842 26594.75 21577.745 23.25

Livestock Summary % diff. This Last Year week year week week ago ago ago Hog Slaughter-est 11000 HD 2691 2703 2511 -0.44 7.17 Cattle slaughter-est 1000 HD 631 640 625 -1.41 0.96 MEAT PRICES This week Last week Change Pork Cutout Bellies Loins Hams Yld Gr 3 Choice Beef Select Beef 5-Mkt Fed Cattle Live 5-Mkt Fed Cattle Carcass

65.29 70.82 -5.53 87.01 97.17 -10.16 64.60 69.89 -5.29 53.47 59.42 -5.95 210.61 213.34 -2.73 204.85 210.90 -6.05 120.83 122.07 -1.24 192.91 194.47 -1.56

OKLAHOMA CITY This week Last week Change FEEDER STEER Low High Low High Low High 4-5 Wt Mf 1’S 5-6 Wt Mf 1’S 6-7 Wt Mf 1’S 7-8 Wt Mf 1’S 8-10 Wt Mf 1’S

154.00 135.00 131.00 124.00 121.00

190.00 151.75 185.00 135.00 162.50 135.00 152.00 131.50 144.25 115.00

199.00 2.25 -9.00 171.50 0.00 13.50 147.75 -4.00 14.75 145.00 -7.50 7.00 141.00 6.00 3.25

CASH HOGS, PRACTICAL TOP, LIVE PRICE This week Last week Change Interior Illinois





51.19 52.53 -1.34

serve as a roadmap to guide our scientific collaboration over the next five years across the department and with our partnering research organizations.” T he USDA Science Blueprint provides a foundation for focused leadership and direction in advancing USDA’s scientific mission through 2025. It lays out five overarch-

USDA National Grain Market Review Compared to last week, cash bids for wheat and corn were mixed; sorghum was steady and soybeans were higher. For the week ending Jan. 30, corn export sales for 2019-2020 increased 49.1 million bushels, soybean exports sales increased 25.9 million bushels, and wheat export sales increased 12.4 million bushels. Ethanol production for the week ending Jan. 31 reported an increase of 52,000 barrels per day to 1.081 million barrels a day. Ethanol stocks decreased .77 million barrels at 23.5 million barrels. Wheat was 4 cents lower to 5 cents higher. Corn was 3 1/4 cents lower to 4 3/4 cents higher. Sorghum was unchanged. Soybeans were 4 3/4 cents to 17 3/4 cents higher.

CORN Kansas City US No 2 rail White Corn was 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 cents lower from 4.01-4.06 3/4 per bushel. Kansas City US No 2 truck Yellow Corn was 1/4 cent lower to 4 3/4 cents higher from 3.89 1/43.94 1/4 per bushel. Omaha US No 2 Yellow Corn was steady to 1 cent lower from 3.75-3.82 per bushel. Chicago US No 2 Yellow Corn was 1 3/4 cents higher from 3.93 1/4-3.95 1/4 per bushel. Toledo US No 2 rail Yellow corn was 1/4 cent lower to 1 3/4 cents higher from 3.99 1/4-4.02 1/4 per bushel. Minneapolis US No 2 Yellow corn rail was 1/4 cent lower at 3.49 1/4 per bushel.

OILSEEDS Minneapolis Yellow truck soybeans were 4 3/4 cents higher at 8.39 per bushel. Illinois Processors US No 1 Yellow truck soybeans were 4 3/4 to 7 3/4 cents higher from 8.81-8.96 per bushel. Kansas City US No 2 Yellow truck soybeans were 9 3/4 to 17 3/4 cents higher from 8.71-8.86 per bushel. Illinois 48 percent soybean meal, processor rail bid was 3.30 lower from 288.20-290.20 per bushel. Central Illinois Crude Soybean oil processor bid was 0.61 to 1.11 points higher from 31.24-31.49 per cwt.

WHEAT Kansas City US No 1 Hard Red Winter, ordinary protein rail bid was 3 1/4 cents lower from 5.47 3/4-5.57 3/4 per bushel. St. Louis truck US No 2 Soft Red Winter terminal bid was 4 cents lower at 6.21 per bushel. Minneapolis and Duluth US No 1 Dark Northern Spring, 14.0 to 14.5 percent protein rail, was 4 cents lower at 6.67 1/2 per bushel. Portland US Soft White wheat rail was steady to 5 cents higher from 6.20-6.35 per bushel.

SORGHUM US No 2 yellow truck, Kansas City was steady from 6.15-6.24 per cwt. Texas High Plains US No 2 yellow sorghum (prices paid or bid to the farmer, fob elevator) was steady from 6.32-6.68 per cwt.

OATS US 2 or Better oats, rail bid to arrive at Minneapolis 20 day was 3/4 cent lower to 2 1/4 cents higher from 3.29 3/4-3.54 3/4 per bushel.

Futures Prices compiled by faculty and staff of the Ag Economics Department at the University of Missouri from information obtained from USDA, United Producers and Dow Jones. Grain Market Review from USDA Dept of Ag Market News, St. Joseph, Missouri.

ing themes for research, education and economics, each with established objectives, strategies and evidence-building measures: n Sustainable Ag Intensification. n Ag Climate Adaptation. n Food and Nutrition Translation. n Value-Added Innovations. n Ag Science Policy

Leadership. “USDA has a long history of putting its scientific discoveries and knowledge into practice,” said Scott Hutchins, who leads USDA’s Research, Education and Economics mission area. “By prioritizing our research initiatives around these themes, it will enable us to best conduct

critical, long-term, broadscale science and spur innovation throughout our nation’s agricultural enterprise, natural resource base and food systems. We are committed to putting science to work for the American public. We will always strive for scientific excellence and integrity in support of America’s agriculture.”

Hone your marketing skills A strong ardential election gument can years. Since be made that 1928, when January 2020 was January is up in the most bearish an election year, start to a new the year is up year and new 100% of the time decade in history with an average for the commodS&P 500 return ity markets. of 16.6%, accordCommodity Consider that ing to Bank of Insight the CRB index, America.” weighted to The weakness Jerry Welch with stocks and grains and livestock, fell to a commodities to four-month low, and the start 2020 is generally atGoldman Sachs comtributed to the spread of modity index slipped to a coronavirus from China five-month low. to the United States and Individual markets other parts of the world. such as copper, crude Investors, traders and oil, cattle and soybean agriculture producers prices fell to five-month were caught off guard lowd. Hog prices hit a in the middle of January 12-month low. Most other and a tsunami of selling commodities also showed unfolded that caused unusual weakness in paper and hard assets to January, a rare phenomdo a nosedive. ena. Of course, it is still too By any measurement, soon to predict the final January was one of the outcome of the virus, but most bearish starts to a the markets did what the new year and new decade markets always do: Shoot ever seen. first and ask questions However, stocks as later. measured by the Dow Many on Wall Street Jones also stumbled tout the first trading day in January, also a rare of the year, or the first scenario. On the final month of the year, as a session of the month, the harbinger for what lies Dow fell a few ticks shy ahead. For years, Wall of 600 points. The loss Street has proclaimed, wiped out the gains seen “as January goes, so goes since the first of the year the rest of the year.” with the Dow now in the They may be right red by 1%. because since the huge More damning and loss on the final day of telling are the following January, stocks as meacomments from CNBC sured by the Dow Jones News with a headline have rallied quite dramatthat blared, “Friday’s ically to a new all-time massive sell-off ruins high. ‘January barometer’ marCommodity values ket signal.” also have bounced Here are a few observa- higher in the first week tions from the CNBC arof February. Such gains ticle that need to be read in February suggest the and read carefully: weakness flashed on the final day of January was n “Going back to 1950, a head fake and nothing when the S&P 500 was more. positive in January, 86% of the time, the full year But here is my spin on turned out to be up, acwhat may unfold in the cording to Stock Trader’s period ahead for stocks Almanac.” and the U.S. ag markets, grains and livestock. Of n “The track record course, I may change my is even better in presi-

mind as the year unfolds in light of “events,” and the main event on the lips of investors, traders and ag-producers is the coronavirus and how it will impact the markets. It seems as if the virus is being well contained, which suggests it will have a minimal impact on the markets. But it is way too premature to make such a bold prediction. Stocks: I have little desire to be long either stocks or bonds. Both markets are historically pricey. My work shows here is more downside risk than upside potential from current levels. Time will tell. Livestock: The upside leader in the world of the U.S. ag markets should be livestock. In fact, in my twice a day newsletter, Commodity Insite, I have stated repeatedly that 2020 will be “The Year of the Livestock Markets.” I am comfortable with that forecast. Grains: In 2019, 15 million to 20 million acres of farmland were not planted due to wet and cold conditions at planting time. In 2020, the odds are great those acres will make their way back into production which will, with normal weather conditions, keep grain prices on the defensive into early spring, or longer. To those who do produce grain, I suggest hone your marketing skills. The key to success in agriculture is marketing, pure and simple. Here in 2020, when those 15 million to 20 million acres come back into production — and they will — marketing skills will need to be razor sharp. And all ag producers should watch the weather carefully as, I still fear greatly, “climate change” issues move forward.

T&T Fertilizer joins Ceres Solutions GOSHEN, Ind. — Last fall, T&T Fertilizer began discussions and due diligence procedures in order to join the Ceres Solutions Cooperative organization. The employee group at T&T recently announced that the company has officially made the transition and has begun to serve customers, effective immediately, as Ceres Solutions Goshen Agronomy. What customers may

notice right away is a new logo and several enhancements at the County Road 15 location. “We look forward to this new era of service to our customers. We also greatly appreciate the leadership of Tom Lechlitner, who has been a valued supplier in local agriculture for so many years. Through this transition, Tom’s primary concern has been to ensure employees and custom-

ers will be well served in this new arrangement,” said Brian Glass, Ceres Solutions agronomy region manager. Experienced local team member Jackie Mullet has been named to the manager position by the leadership group at Ceres Solutions. She and her team invite farmers to the location’s open house Feb. 20 and to take advantage of Sale Week, which is Feb. 17-21.

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Indiana Corn Growers seeks candidates for board election INDIANAPOLIS — Farmers who want to represent agriculture in federal and state legislative halls should consider adding their name to this year’s Indiana Corn Growers Association board election ballot. The ICGA board advocates for Hoosier corn farmers at the local, state and federal levels. ICGA’s governing districts match the nine congressional districts across the state. This year, ICGA will fill seats in dis-

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tricts 1, 4 and 7. “It is the mission of ICGA to represent Indiana’s corn farmers to policy makers who make decisions that affect our business,” said ICGA President Mike Beard, who operates a corn, soybean and hog farm in rural Clinton County. “In my travels around Indiana, I have met numerous corn farmers who have shared their concerns for our industry. ICGA offers the platform necessary to

address the people and agencies who can satisfy those concerns. This is an opportunity for those interested corn growers to take an active part in helping secure a better future for Indiana farmers.” Candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements: member of ICGA in good standing; producer of corn as an owner, manager or operator; resident of the district they seek to represent; and


1,500 Package Express Centers join UPS network ATLANTA — UPS announced that about 1,500 Package Express Centers locations will join the UPS Access Point network in 2020. UPS Access Point locations in rural cities and towns across the United States offer the convenience of one-stop, package pickup and drop-off services. These small businesses enjoy increased foot traffic and customers get increased options to receive and drop off packages when and where it is convenient. In some communities, Package Express Centers are the only shipping option within as many as 50 miles, allowing them to serve as community hubs. In turn, UPS expands the number of locations where consumers and small business can gain access to UPS shipping and delivery services. Coverage is expanding so that 92% of the U.S. population will be within five miles of a UPS Access Point location. “We are extending the reach of our UPS Access Point network into rural and super-rural locations, areas that have been underserved in the e-commerce era, which don’t always have access to full-service shipping services,” said Kevin Warren, UPS’s chief marketing officer. “This collaboration will give these consumers much-needed choice, control and convenience over their package deliveries and merchandise returns.” For more than three decades, Greeneville, Tennessee-based Package Express Centers has worked with independent, smalltown businesses, ranging from pharmacies to hardware stores, to offer full-service UPS shipping services, including packaging expertise. About 50 locations have been testing the addition of full-service UPS Access Point location features in recent months, and a full offering is being implemented across the Package Express Centers network. The test has received positive reactions from participating businesses and customers. “In some of these towns, anyone waiting on a package or needing to return a parcel will often feel out of luck and out of place due to a lack of options,” said Stephanie Hopson, president of Package Express Centers. “We are excited to bring this UPS service enhancement to our network of businesses across the nation’s heartland. This new UPS Access Point rollout will assist retailers, their communities and UPS customers by making their lives more convenient.” For UPS, this collaboration further extends the reach of its UPS Access Point program, which allows consumers to choose from more than 36,000 specially selected global locations, including The UPS Stores, Michaels, CVS Pharmacy, Advance Auto Parts and thousands of independent merchants in North America. It works in conjunction with the UPS My Choice program, a free service allowing nearly 67 million members to customize package deliveries to fit their specific needs.

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n Collaboration enhances UPS’s solutions for busy consumers and small and medium-sized businesses to pick up and ship packages in rural areas underserved in the e-commerce era. n Small-town businesses can offer new services while boosting foot traffic, while UPS adds delivery services at pre-existing pickup locations. n Expansion will increase UPS Access Point locations to more than 22,000 in the United States in 2020 and more than 41,000 globally.


National Sorghum Producers Chairman Dan Atkisson (left) and NSP Board Director Amy France present the Sorghum Congressional Award to Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas.

Congressional Award to Marshall, Peterson WASHINGTON — During the annual National Sorghum Producers D.C. Fly-In, NSP producer leaders awarded bot h House A g r icult u re Committee Chairman Collin P e t e r s on , D - M i n ne s ot a , and Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, with the Sorghum Congressional Award for 2019 — the organization’s top honor presented to individuals who work diligently for the sorghum producers they represent and for achievements in creating and implementing farm policy that benefits sorghum farmers. The NSP board of directors recognized Peterson for his support and leadership crafting the 2018 farm bill that provided effective risk management tools, advances in conservation policy and continued support for sorghum ethanol production. “Chairman Peterson has been a true and devoted champion for U.S. agriculture,” said NSP Chairman Dan Atkisson, a sorghum producer from Stockton, Kansas. “His leadership through the 2018 farm bill provided certainty producers needed during a trying time, and he has remained a steadfast voice of reason throughout his tenure on the House Agriculture Committee.” NSP a l s o r e c o g n i ze d Marshall for his representation of farmers in the U.S. Sor g hu m Belt . Ma r sha l l represents the first district of Kansas, the largest sorg hum-producing st ate in

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (left) is handed the Sorghum Congressional Award from National Sorghum Producers Chairman Dan Atkisson. the nation, and has advocated for sorghum producers through the Environmental Protection Agency approval of a sorghum oil pathway, Renewable Fuels Standard policies and working to find resolutions during the China tariff issue. “Congressman Marshall represents a large number of our grower members in Kansas and has been a powerful advocate for the Kansas Big First,” Atkisson said. “We appreciate his relentless efforts to be a champion for sorghum and the Kansas farmers he represents.” Past recipients of the S or g hu m C on g r e s s iona l Award can be found at sorghumgrowers.com/recognition.

Wilbur-Ellis partners with Ceres Imaging OAKLAND, Calif. — Ceres Imaging, the aerial imagery provider that helps growers make proactive decisions to maximize resources, announced a partnership with Wilbur-Ellis Agribusiness to distribute and use its technology in core markets throughout the United States.   As a recognized leader in precision agriculture technology, crop protection, seed and nutritional products, WilburEllis’ partnership with Ceres Imaging will give it a competitive advantage in its precision services business.   “We’ve tried a lot of different imagery technology in the past,” said WilburEllis Director of Business Development Doug Grott.  “We were impressed with Ceres Imaging’s accuracy and reliability, and we especially like that it goes one step further, making it easy to interpret the images and get to answers.” Through the partnership,

Wilbur-Ellis will offer Ceres Imaging’s service to its customers in California, Washington and Oregon. Additionally, Wilbur Ellis’ representatives will use the imagery to offer an increased level of value to its customers.  “This partnership is a great example of our mission of helping farmers solve problems with confidence,” said Ashwin Madgavkar, founder and CEO of Ceres Imaging. “Wilbur-Ellis’ expert advisers will be a powerful partner to help ensure that every grower can take the insights from Ceres Imaging and make corrective actions in a timely manner.” Customers participating in this program will have access to the full suite of Ceres Imaging’s analytics and imagery products. To get started or learn more, reach out to a Wilbur-Ellis representative, or contact Ceres Imaging at marketing@ ceresimaging.net.

current on their ICGA membership dues. n One open seat in District 1, which includes the counties of Lake, Porter and LaPorte. n One seat up for re-election in District 4, which includes the counties of Newton, Jasper, Benton, White, Cass, Carroll, Howard, Clinton, Tippecanoe, Warren, Fountain, Montgomery, Boone, Putnam, Hendricks and Morgan.

n One open seat in District 7, which includes Marion County. Election applications are due to the ICGA office by March 6. Ballots will be mailed to members in mid-June and must be returned in July. Winners will begin a three-year term in December. To learn more about this year’s election, find a district map or download an application, visit w w w.incorn.org/ ICGAelections.

Annie’s Project names co-CEOs WOODLAWN, Ill. — Annie’s Project Education for Farm Women named joint CEOs for the APEFW leadership team, Karisha Devlin and Doris Mold. This new partnership approach brings together the strengths of two recognized leaders to expand the reach of APEFW, which has educated more than 14,000 women in agriculture since 2003. APEFW, based in Woodlawn with outreach across the United States, empowers farm and ranch women and growers to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. Devlin and Mold have a long history of working with women in agriculture. They will work closely with the APEFW Board of Directors, state coordinators and facilitators and director of administration on moving the organization forward. “We are looking for ward to the next chapter of growth of A n nie’s P roject , wh ich will benefit women farmers, ranchers and g rowers acr oss the United States,” said APEFW Board President and Annie’s Project Founder Ruth Hambleton. KARISHA DEVLIN Devlin is a field specialist in agricultural business with University of Missouri Extension. A native of Mississippi, she received a bachelor’s degree in animal science, as well as a master’s degree in agribusiness management from Mississippi State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from University of Missouri. Devlin is passionate about educating farm women and has been involved with Annie’s Project since 2004. She has served on the Annie’s Project National Leadership Team and later on the APEFW Board of Directors. Additionally, Devlin serves as the co-state coordinator for Annie’s Project in Missouri. Her dissertation “Meeting the Educational Needs of Farm Women: A Case Study of Annie’s



Project,” evaluated the effectiveness of Annie’s Project in meeting the educational needs of Missouri, Iowa and Illinois farm women. She is married to a fifth-generation row crop farmer and has two children who both want to farm one day. DORIS MOLD Mold is the president of Sunrise Agricultural Associates LLC, an agricultural consulting firm. She is an agricultural consultant, agricultural economist, educator and advocate, as well as a farm co-owner and operator. Mold’s consulting practice has included a broad range of work, including business and risk management, farm stress, coaching, evaluation, marketing, advocacy, leadership and organizational development. She teaches farm and agribusiness management at the University of Minnesota for MAST International. Mold served on the Annie’s Project Board of Directors for four years, as well as the American Agri-Women Executive Committee for six years and was president of AAW in 2016 and 2017. Mold has also been co-led of the Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture “farm stress” project and co-founded the Women’s Ag r icultural Leadership Conference, which is entering its 22nd year. In 2015, she served on an expert national Panel on Statistics on Women and Beginning Farmers for the USDA Census of Agriculture that recommended the new demographic questions for the 2017 Census of Agriculture, which resulted in an increase of nearly 27% in women producers.

Bushel, Granular connect farmers to grain elevators Minimizing data entry for faster business decisions FARGO, N.D. — Bushel, an innovative provider of grain industry software, and Granular, a leading Farm Management Software platform, have announced an agreement to collaborate, streamlining farmers grain management and marketing tasks. This initiative will create a connection between the Bushel platform, which supports over 1,200 grain receiving locations around the United States and Canada, and Granular’s Farm Management Software which serves more than 10 million farmer acres. Both companies will be devoting engineering resources to minimize farmers’ data entry and their need to manually track scale tickets and settlement sheets. As a result, growers leveraging both Bushel and Granular software will now have a secure connection to account information from their Bushel-powered grain facility, automatically delivering real-time critical grain and financial information and enabling better business decisions. The connection will be controlled by a secure, permission-based workflow initiated and controlled solely by the grower. A beta launch is planned this month.

“Bushel believes that farmers and the grain companies they do business with deserve technologies that continue to strengthen their business relationship,” said Jake Joraanstad, CEO of Bushel. “The ability to close data loops across the supply chain helps all parties involved in the buying and selling of grain. Bushel is eager to partner with companies like Granular who share this like-minded approach. We will continue to invest in opportunities that accelerate digital connectivity for the agriculture value chain.” With a mission to connect and enhance the grain industry through digital infrastructure, Bushel software provides real-time account information directly to growers by integrating into a grain elevator’s accounting system and market feeds. Offered through elevatorbranded apps, Bushel powers real-time scale tickets, contracts, commodity balances, futures, prepaids, cash bids, e-sign and contract management. “By teaming up with Bushel, farmers who run their operations on Granular will now have a more secure, accurate data connection between the combine and the elevator, helping them to make smarter, faster business decisions that we believe will have a positive impact on their bottom line,” said Sid Gorham, CEO of Granular and president of Corteva’s Digital Platform.

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Brandt promotes five to leadership positions SPR INGF IELD, Il l. — Brandt, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of specialty agriculture products, has promoted five managers to corporate leadership positions. T he promotions ref lect Brandt’s new holding company structure. Implemented on Jan. 1, the corporate structure enables the company to expand its leadership team and provide additional advancement opportunities within the organization. The five promotions represent leaders for the five customer-facing operating companies under Brandt Inc., the new holding company umbrella. Q John Allen has been promoted to vice president in the Brandt Agronomic Services LLC operating company. Allen is a 40-year employee who has worked his way up the management ladder after a distinguished career in the field. He was most recently retail sales manager. Q Brent Wallner has been promoted to vice president of Brandt Dealer Support LLC. A member of the Brandt team for 18 years, Wallner will be responsible for Brandt’s wholesale purchasing, industrial sales and customer service to retail customers.

Q Brian Haschemeyer will lead Brandt Discovery & Innovation LLC as a vice president. Promoted two years ago to director of Brandt’s Discovery and Innovation unit, Haschemeyer leads the global team responsible for Brandt’s formulations, quality control and new products. Q Ramon Georgis has been promoted to vice president of Brandt International LLC. Formerly director of international sales, Georgis will provide increased leadership and direction for Brandt’s international businesses. He is charged with building out a distinguished international team, where he has already advanced team members Russell Gardner and Pablo Merello to leadership positions. Q Mark Powell has been promoted to a new position: VP, Chief Development Officer. Formerly seed sales manager in the Brandt Retail division, Powell will work to find and fulfill opportunities to grow across the entire organization. Reporting to the CEO, Powell’s role will be to develop ideas that keep advancing Brandt no matter where he finds them around the world or across the company.

Kunkler manages ASA biotech, crop protection efforts WASHINGTON — The American Soybean Association announced Kyle Kunkler will join ASA’s policy team Feb. 20 as director of government affairs, with a focus on the biotech and crop protection portfolio. This comes as part of ASA’s strategic realignment of establishing an independent office in Washington and restructuring the government affairs team. Kunkler spent three years with Biotechnology Innovation Organization managing federal government affairs on food, agriculture, energy and environmental policy. Previously, he served on the

legislative teams for Reps. Dan Newhouse and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, both Republicans from Washington state, as well Kunkler as with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. “Kyle is a great addition to our team, bringing expertise in agriculture and policy, a can-do attitude and eagerness to serve

ASA in an advocacy capacity,” said ASA Executive Director of Government Affairs Christy Seyfert. “As ASA begins its historical centennial year with a growing independent D.C.-based government affairs office, we’re excited to have Kyle on board.” Kunkler joins Seyfert and Hanna Abou-El-Seoud, trade and international policy expert, on the ASA government affairs team. Kunkler is a native of eastern Washington state, where his mother’s family farms potatoes and onions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political economy from the College of Idaho.

Soil Health Partnership introduces new data manager ST LOUIS — The Soil Health Partnership introduced Carrie Roever as its new data manager. Her primary responsibility will be to assist in organizing and finding efficiencies in the SHP data. “I enjoy assembling the puzzle that is involved with figuring out data and looking for efficiencies. I’m eager to dig into SHP’s data and make sense of how it all fits together,” she said. SHP, a program of the National Corn Growers Association, promotes the adoption of soil health practices for economic and environmental benefits. SHP collects on-farm data that enable farmers to under-

stand the long-term changes in soil health in order to make management decisions based on regional data sets. Roever completed her bachelor’s degree at Indiana State University, her master’s degree at the University of Alberta and her doctorate at the University of Pretoria. Her degrees are in wildlife biology, looking at habitat selection. After her doctorate, Roever went to Oregon State University, where she studied cattle movement across the landscape during a drought. Roever then accepted a data manager position at the University of Idaho where she helped to train and educate researchers on how to


manage data and ensure compliance with state and federal laws. By measuring soil macronutrients, micronutrients and other health indicators on participating farms, SHP is building an in-depth data set to learn more about the relationship between soil health practices, soil health management systems, environmental quality and quantity, and farm economics. “We are eager to have Dr. Roever join our staff and help us better organize our rich dataset. She will be working closely with our team as we work to improve how we collect, manage, and integrate data to serve SHP farmers,” said SHP Lead Scientist Maria Bowman.

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