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This Week in Agribusiness, October 31, 2020

Part 1

Chad Colby checks in with grower, Jabob Wade about data from his field trials in 2020.

Max tours rural America facilities and agriculture entrepreneurs KSI and Landoll Inc.

Joe Camp, Commstock Investments joins Mike to talk markets.

Part 2

Joe Camp is back with more about wheat markets, grain exports, COVID and meat demand.

Chad Colby gives an update on the new Apple iPhone 12.

Part 3

Rita Frazer, RFD Radio Network and Tom Brand, NAFB joins Max to talk virtual FFA convention and connecting during this time.

Part 4

Denny Uphoff and Jim Brown from Beason, Illinois joins Max to talk about corn and soybean field trials.

Greg Soulje is in to share is weekly weather forecast.

Part 5

Greg is back with an extended weather outlook.

Part 6

Max’s Tractor Shed showcases a 2016 Fendt 740.

Mark Stock shares what's coming up on the auction block for Big Iron Auctions.

The FFA Chapter Tribute goes to Tupelo FFA, Tupelo, Oklahoma.

Orion adds a word (virtual) to the list that he shared last week Samuelson Sez.

Part 7

Mike shares the Case IH tiller demonstration from Farm Progress Virtual Experience.

FSA, Farm Credit Administration refocus on younger farmers

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In 1987, when Congress voted to keep the Farm Credit System going with an infusion of funds, a contingency was that each of the system institutions needed to have a young beginner and small farmer program. In late 2017, when Iowa farmer Glen Smith took over as the president and chief executive officer of the regulatory arm of the Farm Credit System -- the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) -- he was interested in seeing the program grow and expand those opportunities for young and beginning farmers.

The average age of all U.S. farmer producers is 57.5 years, according to the 2017 "Census of Agriculture." Young producers have unique financing needs as they strive to start, develop and grow their operations. The success of beginning farmers and ranchers is critical to ensuring the future viability of U.S. agriculture.

As Smith has traveled across the country and visited farm credit institutions and different farm operations, one common theme in successful young and beginning farmer programs was a good relationship with the Farm Service Agency (FSA), in particular access to the guaranteed loan programs for beginning farmers.

This led to a conversation with another Iowa farmer who also has landed himself in Washington, D.C.: Bill Northey, U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for farm production and conservation. USDA's farm loan programs, direct loans and loan guarantee programs provide access to credit and needed capital for agricultural lenders to work with beginning farmers and ranchers.

“We started to discuss what we could do jointly between our agencies to further advance our young and beginning small farmer programs,” Smith said, which coincided with the 2018 farm bill that initiated a national director for young and beginning farmers within FSA and a system of sate directors.

Smith and Northey brought their two federal agencies together in an Oct. 27 event to facilitate a discussion on finding ways for agricultural lenders to better serve the credit needs of beginning producers. The event included staff from FSA, representatives of the agricultural lending community and beginning farmers and ranchers exploring ways to better serve these producers.

The goal of this event was to begin the process of more effectively leveraging these programs to benefit beginning farmers and ranchers. The event included representatives of the American Bankers Assn., the Independent Community Bankers Assn., the National Rural Lenders, the Farm Credit System, credit unions and FSA discussing how they could improve the way they work together. The groups agreed on establishing a process for agricultural lenders and FSA to communicate when challenges arise in financing beginning farmers and ranchers.

They plan to share best practices to extend credit and improve creditworthiness by developing workgroups between agricultural lenders and FSA to identify a consistent process to overcome challenges to financing beginning farmers and ranchers.

Smith himself recognizes the important role of both farm credit institutions and commercial lending, and this event brought them all to the table. “Getting competitors within the industry to sit down and listen to how we could all improve our relationship with the Farm Service Agency was an accomplishment within itself,” Smith explained. “Agriculture needs a number of alternatives when it comes to financing. It was a neat thing that all lenders were represented and sitting down at the table with FSA.”

The roundtable discussions with lenders from commercial banks, community banks and Farm Credit institutions revealed a common theme that resonated: the relationship between the loan officer and the beginning farmer or rancher. Those at the meeting agreed to engage agricultural lenders and FSA staff in loan-making training sessions and farm loan conferences.

Smith said this often requires a higher level of communication and expertise in helping these young farmers develop a business plan and helping them be successful. This often tales additional training within the lending financial institutions as well as FSA to increase the level of training and, thus, increase the effectiveness of the loan officer relationship, Smith said.

Smith said it’s also important to structure young beginning farmer programs, and particularly as FSA structures loan guarantees, it has to fit the individual area and individual operation. “Maximum flexibility is very important to advancing the YBS programs,” Smith said.

"With 58 as the average age of U.S. farmers and ranchers, it’s clear we need new entrants to agriculture to ensure that the industry continues to thrive. FCA is eager to work closely with USDA and other stakeholders to find ways to better meet the financing needs of beginning farmers," he concluded.

While there are many challenges, this event demonstrated that FSA and agricultural lenders are committed to finding ways to improve the opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers — who are, after all, the future of U.S. agriculture.

Dairy & specialty livestock markets, 10/30/2020

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Talking CFAP and more with FSA's Fordyce

Meat, poultry, dairy and grain markets were all rocked by COVID-19 in the early months of 2020, and the ongoing repercussions from the pandemic injected massive uncertainty for farmers throughout the rest of the year. As with a variety of industries, agriculture was the beneficiary of government stimulus efforts coordinated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.

In this episode we talk with the administrator of FSA, the arm of USDA tasked with delivering a variety of financial programs enacted by Congress and delivered through the Department, about the alphabet soup of programs designed to help mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19 on the farm economy.

Richard Fordyce is a fourth-generation farmer from Bethany, Missouri, and has served as FSA Administrator since May of 2018 after serving as the state executive director for FSA in Missouri and as Missouri Director of Agriculture. In a conversation with Feedstuffs policy editor Jacqui Fatka, Fordyce explains the difference between the two Coronavirus Food Assistance Programs approved by Congress and how much of the more than $30 million allocated for the programs has been paid to farmers through mid-October.

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FEEDSTUFFS PRECISION PORK: Special Report - Weather, molds and mycotoxins: What you need to know

The weather this year has been out of the ordinary, to put it mildly. That means the potential for molds and mycotoxins this fall in places like Iowa and Nebraska is quite real. As a feed manufacturer or livestock producer, what do you need to know and be on the look out for? Likewise, what can you do to manage the overall mycotoxin risk to your operation and your herd.

In this special episode of Feedstuffs Precision Pork, we talk with Don Geisting and Matt Wolfe about these important topics. Geisting is micronutrition innovation lead and Wolfe is strategic account manager – swine. Both are with Provimi, a Cargill company.  Take a listen.

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FEEDSTUFFS PRECISION PORK Market Report – October 30

This has been a week of strong kills, logging another day on Tuesday at 492,000 head. Packers continue to have high hopes each day, aiming for those 2.7 million head weekly kills. Still, there are some feelings that COVID fears may be creating concerns to labor again, says Dave Bauer, senior market analyst with Provimi. This latest resurgence of COVID cases in rural America, even though more in the non-processing community, doesn't keep plant workers from being concerned about being around crowds.

Over the past three Fridays, kills have averaged 487,000 head and approximately 260,000 head over the past three Saturdays. With those kinds of numbers this week, we would have a chance at 2.7 million head killed. That is, of course, if Thursdays 492,000 head estimate stands and isn't adjusted lower. Weekly runs of 2.7 million head seem to be getting harder to achieve, says Bauer.

Producer weights have plateaued over the past couple of weeks, around 214 lb. and packer weights have backed off a pound or so.  There has been an abrupt correction to prices. Depending on how the cutout finishes, the week will dictate packer appetite for market hogs come Monday. Pork exports on Thursday, put net 2020 sales at 29,000 metric tons with 2021 new sales of 7,000 metric tons, for a combined 35,000 metric tons of new forward sales. Bauer says it been a great week, for sure, and all in the absence of China only taking 2,500 metric tons of pork. What can we expect from China in the near term? What’s ahead in terms of profitability for producers? Bauer gives his thoughts in this latest episode of Feedstuffs Precision Pork.

These are uncertain times and it will pay dividends to be well-prepared. If you have questions on this week’s recap or want to discuss something not covered, feel free to ASK DAVE at [email protected]. Plan today for tomorrow’s success.

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Names in the News: November 2020

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ALZCHEM ANIMAL NUTRITION, Atlanta, Ga. — David Nelson has joined the company as national sales manager for the U.S.


CAL-MAINE FOODS INC., Jackson, Miss. — James Hull has retired as vice president, egg products, effective Oct. 30, 2020. Hull has been with the company since 1991.

Timothy Thompson has been appointed to manage the egg products division. Thompson will also continue his current responsibilities for all of the company's Arkansas and Kansas operations.


CLAAS OF AMERICA, Omaha, Neb. — Ray Ochsner has joined the company as vice president–retail. Ochsner will oversee the development and growth of the business.


FAMO FEEDS, Freeport, Minn. — Dr. Ken Swanson has been promoted to vice president. Swanson will be responsible for the areas of strategic planning and business development while continuing to lead the sales, marketing and technical teams.


HELIAE AGRICULTURE, Gilbert, Ariz. — Chad Bush has joined the company as regional sales manager. Bush will help lead sales initiatives in Iowa.

Scott Chanley has joined the company as regional sales manager. Chanley will help lead sales initiatives in the Indiana, Ohio and Michigan territory.

Cory Palm has joined the company as regional sales manager. Palm will help lead sales initiatives in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.


LALLEMAND ANIMAL NUTRITION, Milwaukee, Wis. — Gregg Koerner has joined the North American team as territory business manager supporting the Midwest U.S. Koerner will focus on supporting feed additive and forage inoculant customers while continuing to grow relationships with producers.


LALLEMAND ANIMAL NUTRITION, Blagnac, France — Isalie Bénéditti has joined the company as marketing coordinator for swine and poultry solutions. Bénéditti will help coordinate global swine and poultry marketing projects and support local marketing and sales teams.

Cindy Jacobs has joined the company as swine technical deployer. Jacobs will be responsible for swine technical support in the Benelux Union, Central, Northern and Eastern Europe and Russia.

Camille Leballeur has joined the company as swine technical deployer. Leballeur will manage field trials in different European locations and will help develop swine liquid feed applications for probiotic inoculants.

Corinne Morvan has joined the company as Aviguard product manager and poultry technical deployer. Morvan will support business growth for this exclusion solution as well as support other microbial poultry solutions. She was previously with Aviagen Turkey.

LAYN NATURAL INGREDIENTS, Newport Beach, Cal. — Dariusz Litwinienko has joined the TruGro by Layn team as European animal nutrition sales and business development director. Litwinienko will provide technical product advice and formulation guidance to key animal and pet nutrition customers throughout the European region. He was previously with DELACON Polska.


NEDAP LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT, Groenlo, Netherlands — Tera Baker has joined the North American livestock team as applications and marketing manager. Baker will work with the North American dairy business partners to spearhead technology advancement and help drive the team's marketing efforts. She was previously with Topcon Agriculture.

Duane Kleve has joined the North American livestock team as general manager. Kleve will be responsible for sales and marketing opportunities by working with the North American livestock team to collaborate with business partners and producers to strengthen business relationships and increase on-farm management success. He was previously with Midwestern BioAg.


ROYAL PAS REFORM, Zeddam, Netherlands — Paul Smits has been appointed chief executive officer. Smits was previously with CTB.


SEABOARD CORP., Shawnee Mission, Kan. — Peter Brown has joined the company as president and chief executive officer of the Seaboard Foods LLC Pork Division. Brown will work collaboratively to drive results and have direct responsibility for all company operations, with a focus on aligning Seaboard Foods' strategy and strategic company priorities with leadership, customers, data and analytics, people and results. He was previously with Butterball LLC.


STANDARD NUTRITION SERVICES, Omaha, Neb. — Dr. Jason Payne has joined the company as a senior technical poultry consultant. Payne will provide technical services and support to customers and the poultry sales team. He will also aide in the development, enhancement and implementation of the poultry feed programs.


STONEHAVEN CONSULTING AG, Frauenfeld, Switzerland — Matthew Dobbs has joined the company as practice leader digital technology.

Rebeca Garcia Escudero has joined the company as analyst.

Katja Glauser has joined the company as analyst.

Christine Hsu has joined the company as analyst.

Peter McCarthy has joined the company as practice leader commercial and strategy.


TOPIGS NORSVIN USA, Burnsville, Minn. — Dr. John Eggert has been appointed chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Eggert was most recently chief development officer.

Dr. Mike Terrill has been named senior business advisor. Terrill was most recently CEO.


VERAMARIS, Delft, Netherlands — Nathalie Gross has been appointed senior global communications manager. Gross will be responsible for communications for the aquaculture business and the Veramaris Pets product. She was previously with Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate.


VETS PLUS INC., Menomonie, Wis. — Adam Yankowsky has joined the company as director of sales. Yankowsky will oversee sales and marketing activities for the Merrick's Blue Ribbon line of livestock health products, the Pets Prefer line of companion animal products and the Probios line of probiotics. He will also supervise private-label and other business development initiatives. He was previously with AgriLabs/HuvePharma.


VITA PLUS, Madison, Wis. — Dr. David Carlson has joined the company as dairy nutritionist and technical services specialist. Carlson will provide technical support for field staff, dealers and customers in southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois and eastern Iowa and will remain up to date on current research and technologies to lead dairy nutrition and management training initiatives.

Interrupting cholesterol pathway reduces Marek's disease spread

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In a new discovery, scientists from The Pirbright Institute in the U.K. confirm that cholesterol production and transport play a crucial role in how Marek’s disease virus (MDV) infects poultry cells.

The Pirbright researchers also found that inhibiting a protein involved in this pathway can reduce virus replication and spread among cells. These results pave the way for the design of new antivirals and vaccines that interrupt the cholesterol pathway to prevent shedding and transmission of the virus among birds, the institute said in an announcement.

Marek’s disease is caused by a highly infectious virus that is spread among poultry through inhalation. Infection with the virus causes cancer and immune system suppression, making birds susceptible to secondary infections. The disease is estimated to cost the global poultry industry more than $1 billion per year, Pirbright said.

Researchers in Pirbright’s Avian Immunology Group took an in-depth look at exactly how MDV hijacks the cholesterol pathways of poultry cells in order to replicate. The findings, published in the Journal of Virology, showed that MDV increases the cholesterol content of cells and upregulates a protein called lysosomal associated membrane protein 1+ (LAMP-1), which transports cholesterol around the cell, Pirbright explained.

Scientists also demonstrated that LAMP-1 interacts with an MDV protein known as glycoprotein B, which is integral to viral replication. When the gene for LAMP-1 was switched off, MDV replication and cell-to-cell spread were reduced, indicating that LAMP-1 plays a vital role in MDV infection.

Dr. Shahriar Behboudi, head of the Pirbright Avian Immunology Group, said, “Our research indicates that MDV uses LAMP-1 to transport one of its own proteins in order to infect other cells. By silencing the gene that produces LAMP-1, we prevented the transportation of this vital MDV protein and, therefore, hindered the virus’s ability to spread.”

Understanding more about the mechanisms that MDV uses to spread between cells could provide new targets for treatments, the institute said, adding that knowledge gained by Pirbright researchers could be used to inform the design of inhibitors that can block the interaction of the virus with proteins involved in cholesterol production and trafficking or vaccines that are able to switch off specific parts of the cholesterol pathway.

The research was funded by the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council, part of UK Research & Innovation.

SHIC funding enables parvovirus investigation at swine farms

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A project funded by the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) will develop an understanding of the prevalence and phylogenetic relationships of porcine parvovirus (PPV) infections in swine farms.

In addition, researchers at South Dakota State University will explore the role PPV2 infection plays in important diseases such as pneumonia, immune deficiency, reproductive failure and lameness -- all causes of concern and lost productivity for pork producers, SHIC said.

Other specific project objectives include development of research and diagnostic assays, including in situ hybridization and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR), for the detection, identification and differentiation of PPV1 and PPV2.

SHIC said its mission to protect the health of the U.S. swine herd includes funding of this project, enabling work no one else is doing in the industry, then sharing the insights gained to benefit all.

During the project, researchers will ask what the current condition of PPV2 is on pig farms. They know, through evolution, new genetic and antigenic variants of parvovirus have arisen and occasionally achieve high frequency throughout the world, SHIC said. For example, a highly pathogenic canine parvovirus 2a recently emerged in dogs. This virus has gradually replaced the prototype of canine parvovirus as the predominant strain since 2010.

In pigs, a new type of PPV2 was first detected in the U.S. in 2013, with 20.7% and 7.6% prevalence in lung and fecal samples, respectively. Since 2013, five additional species of PPV have been discovered, with PPV7 recently identified in the U.S., Europe and China, SHIC said.

SHIC noted that surveillance of PPV infections in the U.S. is rather limited. Several recently published studies have suggested a clinically significant role for PPV2; however, these results are limited in scope.

PPV1 is a well-known pathogen that can cause swine reproductive failure. It also frequently co-infects with other bacterial and viral pathogens in diseases such as porcine respiratory disease complex and postweaning multisystemic wasting syndrome, SHIC said. To date, the knowledge of PPV2 is rather limited, particularly its pathogenicity. Different from a co-infective agent, it was recently noted PPV2 was the sole causative agent of pneumonia in a gilt, as other pathogens were ruled out by metagenomic sequencing, SHIC said. With the awareness of PPV2, researchers further detected a high titer of PPV and PCV2 co-infection by real-time PCR in a finishing pig (230 lb.) showing sudden death on a South Dakota farm.

With the coming of winter and spring, SHIC said it is expected that PPV2 may play a significant role in pneumonia, abortion and other disorders (perivasculitis, lameness and sudden death).

With answers to the questions posed by researchers for this project, valuable information will be made available to pork producers and swine practitioners to aid in the understanding of the etiological significance of this virus, helping prevent production losses, SHIC said.

As the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, SHIC continues to focus efforts on prevention, preparedness and response to novel and emerging swine disease for the benefit of U.S. swine health. As a conduit of information and research, SHIC encourages the free sharing of its publications and research. SHIC is funded by America's pork producers to fulfill its mission to protect and enhance the health of the U.S. swine herd. For more information, visit http://www.swinehealth.org, or contact Dr. Paul Sundberg at [email protected].

Vaccine for lethal deer virus shows promise

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A viral disease that affects deer around the country can be devastating, but a vaccine shows promise for the $8 billion per year deer farming industry, according to the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).

The disease, epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV), is the leading cause of herd losses for deer farmers. In some cases, 15,000-20,000 deer can die from EHDV in one season, according to Samantha Wisely, professor and director of the IFAS Cervidae Health Research Initiative (CHeRI). Typically, the disease is managed with pesticides that reduce the midge population that causes the disease, but this is not guaranteed to eradicate the disease.

“The vaccine has changed how we look at this disease,” Wisely said. “We finished vaccine testing here in Florida last year and found it to be efficacious. Another vaccine is in development to be released next year, and we look forward to both of these vaccines becoming licensed for use in farmed deer. These are complicated pathogens, and having more researchers working on resources to prevent outbreaks will help us manage EHDV and, ultimately, really help the industry.”

“We are very excited about the new EHDV vaccine because of the promising results during the field trials,” IFAS research and extension veterinarian Juan Campus Krauer said. “This new vaccine gives deer farmers the long-waited possibility to prevent outbreaks of the disease in their herds. We are sure that this vaccine will be a game changer in the deer farming industry with the potential of saving thousands of deer susceptible to this disease.”

EHDV is an insect-borne disease carried by “no-see-ums,” or midges. In Florida, the impacts of the disease are seen seasonally, with the greatest caseload occurring between early August and late November, IFAS said.

It a member of a virus family that includes bluetongue virus, and symptomatically it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two. There are six additional hemorrhagic disease viruses that may cause similar symptoms and kill deer, so diagnosis and treatment can be difficult, Wisely said.

At CHeRI, diagnostic testing for Florida deer farmers with deer suspected to have EHDV or bluetongue is free, confidential and assists Wisely and the team in developing new and better vaccines for HD viruses. Testing is available for those outside Florida for a fee.

Florida ranks fourth for deer farming in the country. Between 2016 and 2018, the industry grew by 50 farms and now exists in 65 of Florida's 67 counties, according to Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission records.

“Like other agricultural industries, deer farming is concentrated in rural counties, serving as an economic boost for the area,” Wisely said. “Keeping deer healthy is important for the farmers and the communities in which they operate. We’ve seen farmers that lose 50% of their population, and it can be economically devastating for them.”

In Florida, EHDV is primarily a concern for farmed deer, but the virus does exist in wild populations. Occasionally, a buildup of the disease in wild populations will cause a small loss, but the researchers' focus is on managing EHDV in farmed populations, she said. The disease is very episodic: In some years, many farms are affected, but in other years it isn’t so bad.

“While we understand that midges and weather patterns impact EHDV, we don’t exactly understand the climate relationship,” Wisely said. “We know that the disease is slowly moving north, with the first case ever seen in Canada in 2018, so it likely has to do with rising temperatures. Our dream is to better understand these patterns so that, someday, we could help farmers predict when it may be a tough year.”

Now that CHeRI has determined that the vaccine is effective, the next step is to determine the best way for farmers to administer vaccines, the time of year to administer, the age of deer best suited for vaccination and more, IFAS said.

“We don’t want to give guidance to farmers that is impractical for them to implement,” Wisely said. “We have opened up the opportunity for farmers to provide feedback to ensure the guidance we provide is helpful while also effective at mitigating the disease.”

“Due to the way deer are raised, we must still find the most effective way to administer the vaccine so that all animals can be immunized,” Campos added. “On the other hand, we need to continue monitoring the disease to increase our understanding of the prevalence and distribution of the different serotypes of EHDV in Florida.”