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  • Black and Brown unity in Alabama

    first_imgBlack and Brown unity at Voting Rights March, Shelby County, Ala.WW photo: Minnie Bruce PrattColumbiana and Gadsden, Ala.“Forward ever, backward never! Not one step back!” shouted over 100 people in Columbiana, Ala., on the morning of June 20 at the first annual march for restoration of voting rights. The Alabama NAACP and the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice called the action.The Black and Brown unity crowd was protesting the U.S. Supreme Court strike-down of part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act last year, as well as the growing right-wing assault on voting access in the U.S. Speakers made clear these attacks are racist in intent. One said, “The Klan doesn’t wear white robes anymore. They wear black robes and they are in the courthouse.”Columbiana is the county seat of rural Shelby County, now a “white-flight” suburb of Birmingham complete with McMansions, horse farms and up-scale housing developments with names like “Old Ivy.”Its all-white Board of County Commissioners won the suit to gut the Voting Rights Act by removing Section 4, which had mandated that states with a history of racist discrimination in voting must have any voting law change OKd by the federal government.Marchers saw the attack on voting rights as an attempt to wipe out hard-won victories of the Black Civil Rights Movement, known worldwide through the Selma struggle, only 60 miles to the south.NAACP Shelby County President Rev. Kenneth Dukes had stated previously: “Shelby County has become the new Selma. Not because of the brutality. But because we’re still here fighting for the same things, fighting the same battle.” Dukes is a bus driver for the Montevallo school district.Ben Monterrosa, of the California-based, Latino/a-focused Mi Familia Vota, thanked all those who had “fought the fight” for many years for voter rights. He stressed: “We can not depend on the courts or elected officials — but on ourselves. Strength in unity!” Other speakers emphasized the importance of wresting back local community control of decisions about education, health care and jobs.As the march wound through the tiny town to the courthouse on a street lined with police cars, we sang civil rights protest songs updated to “Ain’t gonna let the Supreme Court turn us around” and “We shall overcome — today.” Marchers included American Federation of Government Employees members; the Montgomery Mu Nu alumni chapter of the traditionally Black men’s fraternity Omega Psi Phi; representatives from the traditionally Black Alabama Education Association; NAACP Women in Network members; and officers from Birmingham, Calera, Jemison, Montevallo, Troy and elsewhere.ICE out of Alabama!That afternoon, 90 miles north in Gadsden, over 50 people protested in front of the Etowah County Jail/ICE Detention Center. The demand was “No more cages in Alabama!” The county has a contract with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement to jail more than 300 men detained because of their immigration status.The protest, “Chant down the walls,” was part of a series of concerts and demonstrations at detention centers begun in Los Angeles by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. On the parking lot in front of the jail, Los Jornaleros del Norte (Day Laborers of the North), part of NDLON, played traditional Mexican ballads about worker struggles as well as spirit-lifting salsa.On this blazing hot afternoon, protesters sang and called out to the incarcerated men in spite of the phalanx of police in front of the fortress-like building. Caroline Earhart, a member of the Huntsville Visitation Committee, held up a sign with the names of those who are now her friends inside the jail, and was greeted by thank-you signs in one high-up window: “Caroline, thank you from Robelto.”The men have come from all over the world and all over the U.S.; some have been jailed for many years. At the Detention Center they live in extreme social isolation, in conditions among the worst in the U.S., including no access to exercise facilities, recreation or educational programs, according to Detention Watch Network. In addition to DWN, groups participating were the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Southerners on New Ground and Birmingham Quaker meeting members. The Adelante Worker Center near Birmingham called the protest.Kenyan citizen and former Etowah detainee Sylvester Owino spoke at the rally, saying: “I spent nine years in immigration detention before finally winning my release in March. I am coming back to Alabama to let other detainees know that they are not alone, and we all must keep fighting. I also want the public to know more about the abuses that go on inside the Etowah Detention Center and the way those of us caught up in the immigration detention system are treated as less than human.”As recently as 2013, Gadsden was counted as one of the 10 poorest cities in the U.S., but the County Jail/Detention Center stands out on the aging street as impressively new and modern.The name of the street where the jail was built underlines how racism buttresses the U.S. prison system, both governmental and for-profit. The Etowah Detention Center is located on Forrest Avenue — named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, founder of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan after the U.S. Civil War.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Months of protest bring light to a neighborhood

    first_imgDetroit — The ugly face of banker-imposed austerity takes many forms. The world has watched in horror as the residents of Detroit, a city whose population is majority African-American, have been deprived of basic necessities such as housing, water and quality education. Last year, two United Nations rapporteurs concluded from their investigation that the mass water shutoffs constituted a human rights violation.What is not well-publicized is a public safety crisis, affecting many poor neighborhoods but not touching the downtown and midtown areas targeted for gentrification. The city has miles of broken street lights. Not only on side streets but on major thoroughfares there are wide areas — where people of all generations walk, bicycle, drive, catch buses and maneuver their wheelchairs — that are pitch dark when the sun goes down.The privately operated Public Lighting Authority originally planned to repair or replace only 10,000 of the 53,000 lights that have been out of service, reducing the total number of street lights from 88,000 to 45,000.Walkers win street lights in Detroit. Aug. 27.WW photo: Martha GrevattBut this crime of racist neglect has not gone unchallenged. Since June 5, the Dexter/Waverly intersection has been the scene of weekly “Light Walks.” Every Thursday at 9:00 p.m., people have turned out with flashlights and signs, chanting “No lights! It ain’t right!” Sometimes they hold the illuminated letters of the Detroit Light Brigade, flashing a simple message: “Turn on the lights.” Neighborhood children, with and without their parents, come every week. Due to complaints and protests from the people of Detroit, an additional 20,000 lights will be replaced, bringing the total to 65,000.Protestors were skeptical of the promise made by Mayor Mike Duggan to Light Walk organizer Cynthia Johnson that busy Dexter Avenue would be lit up by the end of August. But in fact on Aug. 27, Light Walkers witnessed the power of protest. When they arrived for another Thursday night action to demand basic public safety, they were nearly blinded by the brightness of brand new street lights on shiny new metal poles. Workers installing the lights had revealed that they were reassigned from other neighborhoods to Dexter Avenue “because of the Light Walks over there.”Neighbors walked and bicycled over to the protest site to express their elation and gratitude. Now they can get around safely, without fear of being hit by a vehicle or victimized by crimes of survival.Light Walk organizers will now target another unlit area — and another and another — until the entire city emerges from darkness.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Southern workers converge to organize the South

    first_imgRaleigh, N.C. — Longshore workers from Charleston, S.C. Hospital workers from El Paso, Texas. Diesel engine parts manufacturing workers from Rocky Mount, N.C. State mental health workers from Petersburg, Va. Farm workers, union organizing committees and social movement activists from 10 states and over 30 workplaces.They all came from across the U.S. South to attend the first session of the Southern Workers School. Organized by the Southern Workers Assembly, the school took place March 4-6 in Raleigh, N.C. Seven more school sessions will take place over the next six months to continue to develop an action plan and give workers the opportunity to engage in joint study.This session of the school had several main objectives, including building a plan, with the worker leaders and rank-and-file activists gathered, to strategically organize workplaces across the region and begin the development of a committed core of activists. This core will study political economy and the organizing lessons of past union and Civil Rights campaigns in the region to inform a strategy where workers can best build unions and workers’ power.The school was also held to help develop social movement conditions and bottom-up worker activism in order to attract support from international unions and other sources and be able to challenge those among the world’s largest corporations that invest in the region. Net income from U.S. and foreign investments in the South now equals $3.7 trillion, making it the world’s fourth-largest economy behind Japan.‘For a broad fighting movement’“The Southern Workers School is not an event,” stated Saladin Muhammad, of Black Workers for Justice, in his opening remarks. Muhammad is a retired international representative of the United Electrical Workers. “It’s about building infrastructure for a broad, fighting social movement that exposes the capitalist system and to build workers’ power to transform the economy.” Along with Muhammad, Ed Bruno, retired southern director for the National Nurses Union, developed and presented the curriculum for the school.A school document reads: “The U.S. South is a region where forced labor and a system of racist apartheid were legalized. It shaped a culture of social, economic and political divisions that has made the U.S. South a region of low-wage labor, low union density and political conservatism. Because of the role of the U.S. South in fueling the growth of U.S. and global capitalism, particularly as a region producing the majority of the world’s cotton for the European textile industry during the 18th and 19th centuries, there was an acceptance of the conditions of forced labor and racist oppression in the European countries and developing global economy profiting from the international slave trade and forced labor.“Rank-and-file workers, especially in the South, need a new orientation and organizing forms that break with business unionism that demobilizes members, bargains concessionary contracts, and aligns with corporate-run political parties.”The school also sought to connect to the broader social movements, including the Black Lives Matter movement and against racist police killings. In the week before the school, a 24-year-old Black man, Akiel Denkins, was killed by a Raleigh police officer, and several demonstrations took over the streets.‘About more than getting paid right’“I lived through the 1960s,” stated Rolanda McMillan, a fast food worker from Richmond, Va., with Raise Up. “It’s about more than getting paid right. It’s about, am I gonna get killed tomorrow by a cop because of the color of my skin? Am I on a terrorist list because I am a Black woman?” McMillan also testified about being fired from McDonald’s for going on strike for $15 an hour and union rights, but later winning her job back after her co-workers, the community and Raise Up pressured the company.Professor Patrick Mason from Florida State University led two major sessions about the political economy of the South. Mason’s presentation focused on the role of chattel slavery in shaping the economy here, including the continued repression that Black folks have faced in the region since abolition: the counterrevolution after Reconstruction, Black codes, sharecropping, Jim Crow, segregation, mass incarceration and overpolicing.So-called “right-to-work” (for less) laws were enacted in the South to maintain segregation in the workplace and thus prevent the unity of workers organizing into unions and into a united working class that fights to bring about a society that addresses the human rights and needs of all. New York State alone has more union members than all 12 Southern states combined.“Right-to-work,” anti-union codes and stripping of collective bargaining have now spread outside the South to states like Michigan and Wisconsin. Workers from Detroit and Wisconsin attended the school to show solidarity and connection with the workers’ movements there. A strong delegation of day laborers from New York, who belong to the Movimiento Independiente de Trabajadores (Independent Workers Movement), also attended.The victorious Boston School Bus Drivers Union, United Steelworkers Local 8751, which recently defeated the global apartheid corporation Veolia/Transdev, led a session Sunday morning. Their two-year campaign to reinstate four unfairly fired bus driver leaders, win a just contract, fight hundreds of stalled grievances, take back their local union under progressive leadership and beat back criminal charges provided rich experience and lessons to share with Southern workers and inform future campaigns.Recently elected Local 8751 Treasurer Georgia Scott connected her experience as a young girl in Alabama, where she and others in the Civil Rights Movement were attacked in 1965 by police while marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, to her recent union efforts.President Emeritus Donna Dewitt, of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, told the assembled workers: “The Southern Workers Assembly was responsible for drafting the resolution that was adopted at the national AFL-CIO convention in 2013 to organize the South.” Yet the national unions and the two labor federations, the AFL-CIO and Change to Win, have not engaged in coordinated efforts in many years to organize labor in the South.With few exceptions, unions organizing in the South tend to be trying to make up for the loss of union members elsewhere. They lack a long-term strategy, including allocating financial resources to organize Southern labor as a social movement. Dewitt continued, “This school was a critical step to move this plan forward.” At the end of the school, workers discussed a constitution for the Southern Workers Assembly and vowed to take it back to their locals for adoption and support.The struggle to organize the South just took a momentous leap forward. To learn more, visit southernworker.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Low-wage workers go on strike, fight for $15

    first_imgDes Moines, IowaOn Labor Day workers in the Hawkeye State rallied for $15 an hour and a union.The Service Employees Union (SEIU) and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement are organizing Iowa workers in the Fight for $15 and preparing them for future battles in the class war being waged across the state. Earlier this year, a series of anti-worker laws enacted by the state was met with fierce opposition by workers.Two Des Moines rallies took place early on Labor Day — one for fast food workers and the other for health care workers. The demonstrations were part of a national day of action in over 400 U.S. cities. Iowa CCI Executive Director Hugh Espey told WW it was “a great day” for holding corporate power accountable and showing community support for Iowa’s workers and their right to organize. (tinyurl.com/y7ukjf9b)Fast food workersThe first demonstration was a strike at a Burger King. At 6 a.m., 42 fast food workers from Burger King, McDonald’s and Subway joined nearly 200 community allies in a solidarity demonstration.The night before at 11 p.m., BK workers in Ankeny, Iowa, went on strike. The workers are not being paid overtime while being short-staffed and forced to work in a hot environment with poor air-conditioning. Shift manager Jake Laun told the Des Moines Register that workers deserve better wages, better bonuses and better working conditions. (Sept. 4)Sonia Mae Sayers, who participated in the day of action, is a 54-year-old McDonald’s employee in Des Moines. Despite over 20 years’ experience in the industry, her hourly wage is only $8.50. In an op-ed in the Sept. 1 Des Moines Register, Sayers wrote: “We need to stand together and use our power in numbers to make sure that corporations and our politicians listen.” (tinyurl.com/y8zakjs8)Although she receives health care through the state, Sayers noted that many co-workers “fall through the cracks” and “millions of underpaid workers” receive no health care whatsoever. “Together, with our allies, we have the power to push back on lawmakers and corporations who have stacked the deck in their favor. We have the power to ensure every person can live a healthy life and dignity on their job.”Health care workersNearly 300 people rallied in solidarity with health care workers at the second demonstration at 8 a.m. Like many Midwest states, Iowa has seen a decrease in manufacturing while the health care industry has boomed.According to the SEIU, Unity Point Health with over 8,000 employees and Mercy Medical Center with over 7,000 are the second and third largest private employers in the region. In 2015 the hospital industry in Des Moines made over $236 million in profits.Health care workers are denied a living wage and adequate benefits despite the massive profits garnered by health care companies. The National Employment Law Project reports that while 1.3 million hospital jobs were added since 2011, 71 per­cent of those jobs pay less than $15 an hour.SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry stated: “Hospitals are the biggest employers in many cities and generate enormous revenues. There is no excuse for them to keep wages so low that thousands of their nursing assistants, housekeepers, and dietary workers live in poverty.” (USA Today, Aug. 31)Tacoma, Wash., hospital worker and SEIU Local 199 NW member Candy King said, “Some workers have to work one or two extra jobs in order to make ends meet because their wages are so low. That is really shameful and terrible for both the workers and the patients they care for.” (SEIU press release)The struggle must continueThe term “living wage” is not hyperbole. A 2016 report in the American Journal of Public Health found that “a $15 minimum wage could have prevented 2,800-5,500 premature deaths between 2008 and 2012” in New York City alone. The study concluded, “Most of these avertable deaths would be realized in lower-income communities, in which residents are predominantly people of color.” (May 6, 2016)Iowa’s $7.25 minimum wage is less than half a proper living wage. The struggle continues!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Rally demands: ‘Prison profiteers out of California!’

    first_imgDemonstrators in front of Taylor Street facility, March 7San FranciscoMarch 7 — Streets and sidewalks around 111 Taylor Street, a semi-lockdown halfway house run by the for-profit GEO Group, shook today with resounding chants: “What’s the call? Free Malik, and free them all!” Over 200 protesters carrying brightly colored banners took over the streets to demand Malik Washington be released from custody and allowed to go home.Washington is a formerly incarcerated federal prisoner held at Taylor, and he is also the new editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. He recently broke the silence around GEO’s mishandling of a COVID outbreak at the lock-up. For exercising his First Amendment rights as a Black journalist, he is threatened with immediate return to federal prison. When GEO officials realized Washington was communicating with people outside the Taylor facility, they placed him in house arrest in his room and confiscated his phone. Public pressure eventually won him a return to work. Only recently was his phone returned. (Workers World, Jan. 19)Today’s rally showed the depth and breadth of support in the Bay Area for Washington and his strong opposition to GEO. Speakers included Nube Brown, managing editor of the SF Bay View; Matt Haney, San Francisco Supervisor for District 6; Sandy Valenciano of Immigrant Legal Resource Center/Dignity Not Detention; Jeremy Miller with Poor Magazine; Pierre Laboissiere of the Haiti Action Committee; and Susan Stryker, trans activist and historian.Stryker pointed to the first floor of the Taylor facility and said, “That used to be Compton’s Cafeteria. It was where [trans] people used to come at night to get out of the cold . . . to show that they survived their night. The cops would come in and harass them repeatedly. Then one night [the people] stood up and pushed back and made history. Just like we are making history and pushing back against GEO Group’s occupation of this building.” (Guardian, June 21, 2019)In August 1966, three years before the Stonewall Rebellion, drag queens, trans women and sex workers rose up and fought the police in this downtown Tenderloin neighborhood in the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot. Victor Silverman and Stryker documented this history in “Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria.” (imdb.com/title/tt0464189/)Stryker added, “We are here today to support Malik. . . . We think it is an obscenity that this historic site of trans resistance to police repression, and to the carceral system, is occupied for profit by a group like GEO.”Jeremy Miller said, “We are here today, because Malik was standing up for the people,” ending with the chant, “Free Malik, but that’s not all! Keep on pushing! Free them all!”A letter of support from San Francisco District Attorney, Chesa Boudin, was read: “It is deeply concerning when people like Malik Washington, who are devoted to truth telling, are targeted precisely for trying to ensure that critical information is made public. We must ensure that the truth be told to protect the vulnerable.” Editor Nube Brown, who is also a leader of California Prison Focus, urged that the fight continue for Washington, and for the closure of companies like GEO. She asked everyone to virtually pack the courtroom for Washington at the March 10 hearing on his case. To give support, go to linktr.ee/freemalik.Prisons for profitMalik Washington filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons Feb. 1 to oppose the gag rule placed on him by the BOP. The activist journalist was the first person to expose GEO’s cover-up of COVID. The company’s mishandling of the virus has become public knowledge and the subject of a short video produced by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, “111 Taylor (During a Pandemic).” (wearedefender.com/111-taylor)GEO Group is one of the largest managers of private prisons in the U.S., and it controls a number of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detention centers. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the company for inhumane treatment. ICE prisoners have organized hunger strikes and other actions to protest dangerous conditions faced in its facilities during the pandemic.Though President Biden issued an executive order that the federal government will stop using private prisons, that order did not include privately held ICE detention centers like those run by GEO. (US News and World Report, Jan. 26) At the rally many speakers from immigrant rights groups exposed the atrocities suffered by incarcerated migrants in GEO-run ICE detention centers. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Indiana Packers Researcher Wins Indiana Discussion Meet

    first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Packers Researcher Wins Indiana Discussion Meet Indiana Packers Researcher Wins Indiana Discussion Meet By Andy Eubank – Dec 16, 2013 Duttlinger wins Discussion MeetThe final four round of the Indiana Farm Bureau Discussion Meet was a barn burner. IFB President Don Villwock said it was the tightest he’s ever seen. One judge told HAT there was a tussle to select one who had emerged from the group. But in the end they did select Alan Duttlinger of Tippecanoe County. He was a first time entry in the Young Farmer contest but so were two of the others. Duttlinger said that trio has something else in common.“Those same rookies were also classmates of mine from Purdue. We were all three animal science majors although one was actually an animal science minor, but we’ll still claim him. We all graduated the same year, all classmates, and all very good friends, so it was really unique we all made it to the final four.”He told HAT knowing each other that well “certainly added to the challenge. As I worked through the room there were some people I knew and didn’t know through the other rounds. But there were some advantages just knowing what their background is and know what a little bit of their experience would be. I think we helped feed off of each others’ experiences from that standpoint.”Young Farmer competitors are 35 years or younger and typically very busy, involved professionals. What is it about the competition that makes them set aside the time to compete?“It’s an opportunity to reconnect with people that we already know in our industry that we just don’t get an opportunity to see as much as we do get so busy. It’s these events that are the vehicle to bring everyone together and at the same time to meet new people. It’s always enjoyable to go through these events and learn so much along the way and really appreciate Farm Bureau’s efforts in putting these events together.”Duttlinger has a master’s in animal nutrition from Kansas State and is a researcher at Indiana Packers in Delphi. He received a $4,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and a paid ticket to the national contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in January in San Antonio.Saturday morning’s final round of Discussion Meet featured a 4-way discussion on “How should Farm Bureau engage farmer and rancher members, representing all types and kinds of operations (i.e., conventional, organic, large, small and niche markets) to work together to better promote a more positive image of agriculture?”The other members of the final four are Katie Darr of Kosciusko County, C.J. Fleenor of Orange County, and Liz Stitzel of Clinton County. They each received a $1,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.Listen to the Duttlinger interview:Alan Duttlinger SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous article$4 Corn Not Hurting Farm Show AttendanceNext articleMotion to Dismiss LFTB Suit Against ABC News Heard Andy Eubanklast_img read more

  • Purdue Survey Confirms Decline in Indiana Farmland Values

    first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Survey Confirms Decline in Indiana Farmland Values Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Aug 9, 2015 Name Sym Last Change Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 All quotes are delayed snapshots SHARE SHARE Previous articleSunday OutlookNext articleThirty-one Years at the Fair, That’s A Lot of Corn Dogs Andy Eubank RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Facebook Twitter Results of a new Purdue University survey show farmland values across Indiana fell in the past year, in line with a slight pullback analysts anticipated after a decade-long rally.“The results are about what we expected,” said Michael Langemeier, Purdue agricultural economist and farmland value specialist. “There were no large surprises.”According to the Purdue Land Value and Cash Rent Survey, prices for the state’s top-quality farmland declined by 5.1 percent, from an average of $9,765 an acre in 2014 to $9,266 this year. Farmland considered to be of average quality fell by 3.8 percent, from $7,976 to $7,672, and prices for low-quality land fell 4.8 percent, from $6,160 to $5,863.It was the first time since 2009 that all three classes of farmland declined in value in the same year.Values fell in all parts of the state except the 10 counties in southwest Indiana, where prices rose by 13 percent for the best available farmland.“It was interesting to see land values actually increase there,” Langemeier said. “I think this is the result of the very strong corn and soybean yields in the region last year.”Declines were steepest in areas where farmland prices have traditionally been highest, such as the west-central part of the state, where prices for the most productive land dropped by 11.5 percent.Cash rents also fell statewide – by 2.4 percent for top-quality farmland, 1.3 percent for average land and 2.2 percent for poor land.This was the first year since 1999 that cash rents declined in all three categories.Experts attributed the declines to several factors, including lower commodity prices, which make farming less profitable, and the potential for higher interest rates. When interest rates are low, land prices tend to go up because it becomes cheaper to borrow money to buy real estate.Nearly half of the survey respondents, 48 percent, said they expected farmland values to continue to decline over the next five years with commodity prices remaining lower over the period.The survey was conducted in June by Craig L. Dobbins, professor of agricultural economics, and research associate Kim Cook. More than 200 farm managers, appraisers, land brokers, loan officers, Purdue Extension educators, farmers and other agribusiness professionals were interviewed.The full report is available at https://ag.purdue.edu/agecon/Pages/Purdue-Agricultural-Economics-Report.aspx. Source: Purdue News Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 Purdue Survey Confirms Decline in Indiana Farmland Values Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribelast_img read more

  • Spotty Rains and Cooler Temperatures Provide Some Relief for Indiana Crops

    first_img Spotty rains and cooler temperatures continued to provide relief to most of the dry areas of the State, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rain showers throughout the week were highly variable, leaving some areas soaked and others mostly dry. Statewide precipitation remains below average at 1.11 inches.Areas that did not receive the benefits from the rains at least experienced below average temperatures, helping to reduce crop stress. The statewide average temperature was 73.4 degrees, 5.3 degrees below normal.Corn silking was 6% complete in the North, 12% in Central, and 17% in the South. Corn rated in good to excellent condition was 75% in the North, 79% in Central, and 57% in the South. Farmers continued to utilize irrigation systems to aid with maintaining adequate soil moisture. Much of the corn crop that was affected by the previous week’s storms have recovered, however, heavy rains over the weekend in SW Indiana dropped up to 7 inches of rains in some fields.By region, soybeans blooming was 14% in the North, 20% in Central, and 15% in the South. Soybeans rated in good to excellent condition was 73% in the North, 79% in Central, and 57% in the South. Herbicide applications continued in the soybean fields, although controlling for marestail has been a challenge for growers. Plantings of early and double-cropped soybeans are finishing up.Nationally the condition of the U.S. corn crop remained unchanged at 75% good to excellent. Soybeans, however, declined slightly in condition.The weather was good for cutting and bailing hay again this week. Growth of hay and pasture fields have slowed down from the lack of significant rain, but remain above 70% in good to excellent condition. Livestock was reported to be in excellent condition. Other activities for the week included scouting fields for insects, certifying acreage with FSA, cleaning fencerows, applying fertilizer, working on harvest equipment, and mowing roadsides.Winter wheat was 27% harvested in the North, 65% in Central, and 93% in the South. Wheat harvested is well underway throughout the State. Downed wheat from the previous storm system has slowed harvest for some farmers. Otherwise, harvest is progressing far more quickly than last year and the five year average. Straw bailing is also progressing well. Spotty Rains and Cooler Temperatures Provide Some Relief for Indiana Crops By Gary Truitt – Jul 5, 2016 Home Indiana Agriculture News Spotty Rains and Cooler Temperatures Provide Some Relief for Indiana Crops SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleSaudi Arabia Opening to U.S. BeefNext articleNew Insect Control Technology from Dow AgroSciences Gary Truittlast_img read more

  • GMO Label Issue Finally Clears Congress

    first_img Facebook Twitter GMO Label Issue Finally Clears Congress SHARE GMO Label Issue Finally Clears Congress SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jul 14, 2016 A national standard for food products that contain genetically modified ingredients is finally on the President’s desk.  The House passed its first GMO label bill a year ago, but it took passage of a state law in Vermont to goad the Senate into action. Just ahead of a 6 week recess, the House passed the Senate version of the bill on Thursday and it is now on its way to the President. Farm and commodity organizations praised the quick House action on an issue that was more about biotechnology than food safety. “Today, our representatives in the House built upon last week’s work in the Senate, taking another important step toward bringing consistency to the marketplace,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “This achievement was made possible as members of the food and agricultural value chain came together as never before to advance a solution that works for farmers, food companies and, most importantly, consumers.” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said, “House passage of GMO disclosure legislation means we now begin the work of putting in place a uniform, national labeling system that will provide balanced, accurate information to consumers. Genetically engineered crops have a decades-long track record of safety and benefits for agricultural productivity and our environment.”  American Soybean Association President Richard Wilkins said, “We believe this thoughtfully-crafted compromise provides consumers with the information they need, without stigmatizing a safe and sustainable food technology.” Home Indiana Agriculture News GMO Label Issue Finally Clears Congress Previous articleMonsanto, BASF, Resume Talks on AcquisitionNext articleIndiana Ag will be a part of Governor’s Billion Dollar Plan Gary Truitt The President is expected to sign the measure, but don’t expect GMO opposition to go away. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

  • Soybeans Better than Corn Crop South of Indy

    first_img How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Oct 2, 2016 Previous articleSpeak Up Now to Save AtrazineNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program Facebook Twitter SHARE mullen-late-september-crop-checkJohnson County, Indiana corn has some issues going into the harvest season, but the soybean crop is very promising, a scenario common around the state. Just southwest of Franklin late last week some late planted beans weren’t quite ready for harvest, but Bill Mullen, at Seed Consultants said it should be a good yielding crop.“We caught some rains when we really needed it for pod filling time,” he said. “As you can see on this plant here the nodes are close together, and our clusters, 3, 4, 5 and 6 to the node. There’s some of these plants that are holding 4-bean pods, so the likelihood this year is what the stress has hurt for the corn probably hasn’t hurt the beans quite as bad, and I really anticipate our bean yields are going to be as good as last year, and some places a little bit better than that.”Mullen did spot a bean where the pod itself had opened. He said that’s a field that should be targeted for harvest priority.“These beans that really had some issues, lack of moisture for a period of time, the health of the pods started to deteriorate and it started hitting the ground. Go into your fields and look, not so much on the outside, go in the inside of the field a little bit and see if you see any of the beans laying on the ground.”But for corn in that part of Indiana it has been a year with a litany of issues.“Moisture stress, lack of moisture and the high heat after pollination, and we’re seeing dropped ears,” Mullen said. “In many fields we’re seeing European corn borer that went into the stalk and up through the ear shank. There are some places where the ear shank really didn’t develop as good because of the stress.”He said those should also be harvest priority fields since heavy winds can knock the ears to the ground. See more of what Mullen found in the new HAT video. Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Home Indiana Agriculture News Soybeans Better than Corn Crop South of Indy Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Soybeans Better than Corn Crop South of Indy All quotes are delayed snapshots Name Sym Last Change Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 SHARE STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 last_img read more