National briefs: Farm Bureau annual convention heads to Nashville

Wisconsin State Farmer


Trumann committee won't change ordinance for pet pig 

A committee examining whether a Trumann woman can keep a pot-bellied pig as an emotional support animal says the city council should decide the issue. 

Matt Miller says the pig, Gordy, helps with his wife's health issues. The Jonesboro Sun reported Monday that a special committee has recommended that a swine and livestock ban remain in place, but that the council can decide whether a waiver is warranted. 

The Miller household has had the pig about two years. Miller says he cannot afford to move from Trumann if the city council makes Gordy leave. 

Council member Debbie Cook says Gordy's fate will likely come up at the city council's meeting Nov. 14. 


Farm Bureau annual convention set for Jan. 5-10

Farm Bureau members from across the nation will gather for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th Annual Convention, Jan. 5 - 10 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Top-notch speakers will deliver updates on the latest national ag issues, as well as strategies to succeed in rural America. The meeting will also feature a trade show where you can review the best tools and equipment available to farmers and ranchers. The meeting will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.  

A tentative rundown of the convention, including schedule, speakers and trade show information can be found at:  


SHIELDEX@ 400SC herbicide now available to U.S. corn growers 

Summit Agro USA announced the launch of SHIELDEX@ 400SC corn herbicide, a new post-emergent HPPD chemistry that is safe and effective for use in all types of corn. 

In evaluations of more than 500 university and private research field trials since 2010, SHIELDEX@ 400SC has consistently demonstrated excellent weed control without compromising crop safety. 

SHIELDEX@ 400SC controls a wide range of broadleaf and grass weeds, including troublesome weeds such as tall waterhemp, Palmer amaranth, giant ragweed and giant foxtail. The unique HPPD technology that powers SHIELDEX@ 400SC provides growers with a flexible new tool in the battle against herbicide resistance. 


Grant money available to Minnesota livestock owners for prevention of wolf attacks 

Minnesota livestock producers can now apply for grant money to help prevent wolf attacks. The Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention Grants were funded by the Minnesota Legislature earlier this year.  

There is $120,000 available to producers this fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) and another $120,000 available next fiscal year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Applications for this fiscal year are due November 24, 2017. 

The grants provide reimbursement for costs of approved practices to prevent wolf-livestock conflicts. 

Producers must live within Minnesota’s wolf range, as designated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, or on property determined by the Commissioner of Agriculture to be affected by wolf-livestock conflicts. 

Any animal species produced for profit and documented to have been killed by wolves in Minnesota in the past is eligible. This includes bison, cattle, chicken, deer, donkey, duck, geese, goat, horse, llama, mule, sheep, swine and turkey.  

The grant application must be emailed or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2017. Work for this first grant cycle must be done and expenses reported by June 30, 2018. 

The application and more information can be found at


Washington pulp mill plans to turn straw into paper 

A pulp mill under construction in southeast Washington plans to give farmers in the state and in eastern Oregon another option to sell their leftover wheat straw. 

Columbia Pulp began construction late last month on a new plant near Starbuck, Washington, which will make wood-free pulp for paper products, the East Oregonian reported. The mill will pay for farmers' straw that might otherwise be burned or plowed into the ground. 

John Begley, the company's CEO, said they plan on revitalizing the local straw industry with $13 million in annual purchases, and farmers will pocket between $5 and $10 per ton of straw. The $184 million mill will take 250,000 tons of straw per year to produce 140,000 tons of pulp to make household products like paper towels and tissues. 

Berk Davis, a wheat farmer in northeast Oregon, said he leaves about 50 percent of the leftover straw on the ground. The board member for the Umatilla County Soil and Water Conservation District said the mill could be good news to farmers as it might bring more value to the straw.