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Successful Farming July 2019

Successful Farming magazine serves the diverse business, production, and family information needs of families who make farming and ranching their business. Get Successful Farming digital magazine subscription today and learn how to make money, save time, and grow your satisfaction in the farming business. True to its name, Successful Farming magazine is all about success. Every issue is packed with ideas readers can take right to the field, barn, shop, and office to increase their profit and to position their farming business for growth and success in the competitive and global industry of agriculture.

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Meredith Corporation
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successful farming@agriculture.com

SPECIAL Members of the Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator were hunted by one of their own. A former leader confesses to stealing more than $5 million in company funds. Read the story at Agriculture.com/ashby. MINNESOTA COOPERATIVE FALLS PREY TO ITS GENERAL MANAGER SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE Never miss a Successful Farming video after subscribing to our YouTube channel. Each week, we post a variety of videos, including tours of top farm shops, auctions featuring late-model equipment, farmer inventions, unique antique tractors, and the latest precision ag technology. Whether you’re buying, trading, or selling farm equipment, knowing its value is crucial. Now, get two appraisals free at Agriculture.com/whatsitworth. STAY CONNECTED: Successful Farming @SuccessfulFarm successful_farming successfulfarm…

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across the editor’s desk®

ARE CONSUMERS LISTENING? THE CHALLENGE OF FARMING IN 2019 IS FINALLY REACHING MAINSTREAM CONSUMERS. Flooding, trade wars, low commodity prices, late (or prevent) planting caused by even more flooding. The 2019 season has started off pretty rocky. Everyone in farm country knows it. Now the message is being heard by everyone. Farmers have suffered in silence long enough. Few people living in urban areas truly understand the depth of the damage done to farms, farm families, and farm communities. Perhaps you saw this column written by Beth Ford, CEO of Land O’Lakes, titled “Farmers Are in Crisis – and America Isn’t Paying Attention” on Fortune.com. “America needs to start listening to the voices of the Heartland. It’s not just about feeling empathy for flood-ravaged communities. It is about recognizing our shared destiny. It is…

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successful farming

EDITORIAL Successful Farming Magazine, 1716 Locust Street/LS257, Des Moines, IA 50309-3023 | Email: adminsf@meredith.com EDITORIAL CONTENT DIRECTOR Dave Kurns ART & PRODUCTION CREATIVE DIRECTOR Matt Strelecki COPY & PRODUCTION MANAGER Janis Gandy NEWS & BUSINESS EXECUTIVE EDITOR Betsy Freese MARKETING EDITOR Mike McGinnis DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR Natalina Sents MACHINERY EXECUTIVE EDITOR Dave Mowitz CONTENT EDITOR Paula Barbour AG TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE EDITOR Laurie Bedord AGRONOMY & TECHNOLOGY EDITOR Megan Vollstedt CROPS EXECUTIVE EDITOR Gil Gullickson CROPS EDITOR Bill Spiegel FAMILY FAMILY & FARMSTEAD EDITOR Lisa Foust Prater AUDIO & VIDEO MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Jodi Henke SENIOR PRODUCER & CUSTOM SOLUTIONS David Ekstrom EDITORIAL OFFICE COORDINATOR Diana Weesner CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Gene Johnston, Al Kluis, Dan Looker, Cheryl Tevis, John Walter PUBLISHING ADMINISTRATION / ADVERTISING SALES NATIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Tyler Smith, Tom Hosack, Ali Peltier REGIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Brian Keane, Collin Coughlon DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL STRATEGY Jessie Scott DIGITAL SERVICES MANAGER Alyssa Dixon DIGITAL CAMPAIGN SPECIALIST Jana Timmerman CUSTOMER INSIGHTS ANALYST Lucy Hermann CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MANAGER Catherine…

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scott irwin

If trade is the hottest topic flowing through the agricultural industry at the present time, ethanol is right behind it. Both have been in the news headlines for over a year. Yet, when one ag economist, in particular, speaks (or writes) about ethanol policy issues, President Trump listens. Recently, Successful Farming magazine caught up with the ag economist who has his finger on the pulse of the renewable fuels war. Scott Irwin, Laurence J. Norton chair of agricultural marketing at the University of Illinois, shares his thoughts on topics spanning his childhood farm background, the future of the ag economy, and the possibilities of a black swan event turning the industry around. SF: Tell us about your farm background. SI: I grew up on a grain and livestock farm in west-central Iowa – in…

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first cut

GREEN LIGHT FOR GE TRUMP SPEEDS UP GENE-EDITED CROPS AND LIVESTOCK. With an eye to assuring U.S. preeminence in the sector, President Trump has directed USDA, FDA, and EPA to streamline their regulation of agricultural biotechnology “so that farmers can get access to critical scientific advances faster.” The June 11 executive order also says the agencies should exempt low-risk gene-edited (GE) crops and livestock from undue regulation and also calls for U.S. leadership in winning global acceptance of genetic engineering. Farm and biotech groups, who have complained of a costly and time-consuming federal approval process, said the accelerated reviews would unleash the power of scientific innovation. “America is on the verge of entering a new era of sustainable agriculture and food production, and it’s important we get this right for farmers, consumers, U.S.…

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managing your farm

INTERESTING RATES A PAUSE IN INTEREST RATE INCREASES BRINGS WELCOME NEWS FOR AGRICULTURE. I know, I know… You’re thinking I sound like your father or your grandfather when I say high interest rates can kill a farm business. If you’re a fellow grandfather, you remember, too, some loan rates of 18% or more that tipped America’s farm economy into the farm debt crisis of the 1980s. So when I heard economist Jason Henderson speak at the National Agricultural Bankers Conference in Omaha last fall, I listened hard as he talked about rising interest rates. Henderson didn’t forecast disaster. He expected a gradual rise to perhaps 7.5% over the next two years. As some values were falling, the Fed was raising interest rates during 2018, perhaps helping tip values lower. By now, we know that we’ve dodged…

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