Ag Chat with Bob Bosold- June 4
The official Class 3 milk price for May was released yesterday. And it wasn't good. The price was $12.14 a hundred, down 93 cents from the April price. So far this year the Class 3 price average is 15.10-in 2019 the average was 16.96.
A group of Wisconsin's Democratic lawmakers in Washington isn't happy with how the USDA is selecting the companies and organizations to get parts of the $3 billion in funds to buy food to distribute to food banks. That's because, the group, led by Third District congressman Ron Kind, point out that less than 1% of the money is to be used to source dairy products and fluid milk. In a letter to USDA officials, the group is asking for clarification on why some relatively unknown companies received contracts while other companies with a history of providing these same products for years have been left out. Less than 1% of the contracts awarded for dairy products went to Wisconsin companies.
A few months ago, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Environmental protection Agency violated the law by awarding small refinery waivers to 3 western refiners so they wouldn't have to blend ethanol into their gasoline products. Well now one of those refineries in Wyoming is changing teams. The Holly Frontier refinery just announced they will soon stop refining petroleum and start producing renewable biodiesel instead. The company plans to produce about 90 million gallons a year starting in the first quarter of 2022.
Some soybean growers are going to have to change their weed control plans. That's because a Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that vacates the registration for three Dicamba type herbicides. The ruling comes following a 2017 lawsuit by a coalition of farm groups that charged that the product violated the Federal Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and the Endangered Species Act when the product was registered for Dicamba tolerant crops. Manufacturers of the product say they will appeal.
More county fairs are being cancelled around the state. That means over 25 fairs won't happen this summer and the list grows almost daily. This week we found out that the St. Croix county, Taylor County and Portage county fairs as well as the Northern Wisconsin State Fair are now on the cancelled list.