Midwest briefs: farm machinery on highways at night
FAIR OAKS, IN
TerraNu Nutrient Technology™ manufacturing facility grand opening
On June 16, Midwestern BioAg held the grand opening of its new TerraNu fertilizer manufacturing plant. The event, hosted at Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana, featured remarks from Midwestern BioAg leadership and Mike McCloskey, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board at Fair Oaks Farms.
Guests received an exclusive look at the new 85,000-square-foot facility, a turnkey fertilizer manufacturing plant capable of producing 65,000 tons of fertilizer each year. The plant is located at Prairie’s Edge Dairy Farm, a founding member of Fair Oaks Farms.
The new manufacturing facility uses TerraNu Nutrient Technology™ to transform manure into uniform, dry fertilizer granules that can be efficiently stored, transported and applied. The process builds on the environmental benefits of anaerobic digesters by eliminating the logistical challenges of manure application.
For more information about TerraNu fertilizers, visit: MidwesternBioAg.com/TerraNu.
Glencoe Capital acquires specialty food leader Robert Rothschild farm
Glencoe Capital Management, LLC announced it has acquired Urbana, Ohio-based Robert Rothschild Farm. Rothschild has been a leader in the specialty food industry for more than 30 years, specializing in gourmet sauces, dips and spreads.
Rothschild further expands Glencoe’s food products group and will combine with Cincinnati-based Clearbrook Farms, a premium fruit-based food manufacturer Glencoe acquired in 2016. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.
Roasted Pineapple and Habanero Sauce is one of many of Rothschild Farm's popular line of gourmet sauces, dips and spreads.
Both Clearbrook and Rothschild have been innovators in the growing “clean-label,” premium, specialty food and ingredient markets, and the added investment in the two organizations will bring expanded capabilities around innovation, new product offerings and consumer preferences to a diversified customer base. Best-in-class service has been a hallmark for each of these businesses and will continue to be paramount in the future.
Farmers to learn how practices can improve their operations and profitability
When it comes to caring for farmland and adopting the next generation of farming practices, there cannot be enough sharing. That’s the philosophy of the Soil Health Partnership, hosting its fourth year of field days this summer and fall within its network of more than 100 farms.
At the field days, Midwestern farmers can learn how changing nutrient management and tillage strategies, along with cover crop adoption, can make farmland more productive, efficient and sustainable.
Some events are open for registration in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Nebraska. The organization plans about 70 field days throughout the summer and fall, with more events yet to be scheduled in those states, plus additional events in Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
“Whether you are brand new to the topics covered during a field walk, field day or round table discussion, or you are a seasoned soil health veteran, you can learn valuable information that will help your business,” said Nick Goeser, director of the Soil Health Partnership and National Corn Growers Association director of soil health and sustainability. “We know local information is most relevant to agronomists and other farmers, and this is a unique chance to learn from neighbors and other experts about what has worked in your area.”
Protecting and improving soil is one of the best opportunities for increased yield potential and water quality, erosion control and carbon mitigation, Goeser said.
The Soil Health Partnership is a data-driven program working to quantify the benefits of practices that support soil health, from an economic as well as environmental standpoint.
For a list of field days, and to register, visit soilhealthpartnership.org. More dates will be added throughout the summer.
Iowa county confirms presence of emerald ash borer
Officials say Butler County has become the 51st Iowa county in which an insect that's killed millions of ash trees has been found.
Officials with Iowa's Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department and the Iowa State University Extension services say the emerald ash borer was found in a tree in Clarksville.
Earlier this week, the destructive pest was confirmed in Benton, Buena Vista, Floyd, Howard and Warren counties.
Infected trees usually lose leaves at the top of the canopy and the die-off spreads downward. The trees usually die within four years.
The insects have killed tens of millions of ash trees and have been confirmed in 30 states. They are native to Asia and were first reported in the U.S. in Michigan in 2002.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO
Missouri law to allow farm machinery on highways at night
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is signing bills to allow farm equipment on highways at night and tax propane used as vehicle fuel.
Greitens announced his support June 29. One new law will allow farm machinery with proper lighting on state highways at night.
The law also will tax propane used for motor vehicles. The tax starts at 5 cents and will increase gradually to 17 cents per gallon by 2025.
Another provision will allow Department of Transportation workers to use flashing red and blue lights while working at night. That law also will require drivers to pull over or slow down when passing utility vehicles, who can use white and amber flashing lights when stopped.
Another new law creates statewide licensing for electrical contractors.