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ICYMI farm news highlights | Thursday, December 16, 2021

Machinery news and livestock headlines dominated the Agriculture.com homepage today as we head toward the weekend. In case you missed the latest coverage, here’s a quick recap.

New machinery for farmers

A new series of windrowers are available to order now from Case IH. The WD5 series windrowers boast transport speeds up to 30 mph and field speeds up to 20 mph.

“Producers are looking for reliable harvesting equipment that consistently saves time without sacrificing quality,” said Brian Spencer, Case IH hay and forage equipment marketing manager. 

Editor Alex Gray dives into the details in the latest news in an article published earlier today.

Dave Mowtiz highlights the latest in semitrucks for farmers. Peterbilt, Kenworth, and Navistar have all made recent announcements featuring new models or power trains. Take a look at the ways manufacturers are building more fuel-efficient trucks.

The John Deere 4455 is not a new tractor, but this one highlighted by columnist Ryan Roossinck is set to find a new home on December 20, when it goes up for auction. Check out this week’s Interesting Iron story to see why Missouri farmer Lance Arnold is selling “the nicest John Deere 4455 you’re going to find this month.”

Livestock headlines

Groups representing organic dairy farmers in the Northeast said Danone North America, owner of Horizon Organic, needs to do more to cushion farmers against its decision to pull out of the region.

Early this week, Danone said it would extend contracts with the 89 organic dairies through Feb. 28, 2023, six months beyond the original termination date, and pay an additional amount on milk produced in the final six months as a transitional payment. It also said would explore co-investments to resolve systemic challenges to milk production in the region.

Chuck Abbot has more in the latest coverage of the situation.

Farmers and ranchers must pay $1 per head of cattle sold to an organization some, including Kyle Hemmert, say works against their interests. 

The check off organization, The Cattlemen’s Beef Board, which administers the checkoff funds and brought in more than $40 million in revenue in 2019, said the organization represents farmers of all sizes. 

This article unpacks the latest updates from lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the checkoff program, seeking reforms it says would tip the scales in favor of ranchers.

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