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What is today’s news? | Wednesday, February 9, 2022

In case you missed the news during the busy midweek, here is a summary of stories to help you catch up.

Machinery

Editor Alex Gray covers New Holland’s T6 Methane Power tractor. It is the world’s first factory-ready, methane-powered tractor, designed to further the use of more sustainable fuel sources.

Using this tractor, farmers can grow energy crops and use ag waste or manure to generate biomethane fuel.

Livestock and dairy farmers can take this cycle even further when producing biomethane from manure, subtracting CO2 from the environment, resulting in a carbon-negative footprint.

AGCO is introducing a new self-propelled windrower from Hesston by Massey Ferguson.

The WR Series self-propelled windrower is designed to have a 10% efficiency boost from previous windrowers with an increase in power, equipment uptime, and operator comfort. Editor Alex Gray covers the new machine in the article linked below.

On the Farm and Ranch

The USDA released no game changers in its February Supply/Demand and WASDE reports Wednesday. However, the CME Group’s farm markets shook off the data and closed stronger.

Editor Mike McGinnis covers the report in the article linked below.

A first-generation rancher, Cortney Wagner has strong ties to agriculture. She and husband Jeff raise Black Angus cattle, quarter horses, as well as grass and alfalfa in Big Horn County, Montana.

Recently elected to the CHS Inc. board of directors, Wagner is also carrying on not one but two family legacies in the cooperative world that date back to the 1930s. Editor Laurie Bedord interviews Wagner for this 15 Minutes with a Farmer.

U.S. farm exports were a record $177 billion in the calendar year 2021, beating the previous mark by $22.5 billion, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

It was the second time that the USDA declared 2021 was a record setter. Last November, it said sales were record high in fiscal 2021, which ended on September 30. Vilsack said record sales, as the world economy recovered from the pandemic, “demonstrate that U.S. agriculture is incredibly resilient.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu in an Indiana turkey flock, the nation’s first case in a commercial poultry operation since 2020.

Cases of the disease, known as bird flu, can hurt the U.S. farm sector because poultry are killed and trading partners can limit imports from infected areas. China said on Monday it banned imports of poultry from Spain and Moldova due to outbreaks.

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