Ag Chat with Scott Schultz - March 11

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- Stocks of U.S. corn were projected up by 100 million bushels in the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand report issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report also reduced its estimate for ethanol use by 25 million bushels of corn. The report also reduced the estimates of corn exports, based on increased competition from Brazil and Argentina. The estimated soybean carryover was decreased by 10 million bushels. There was no change from the USDA’s last carryover report where Chinese soybean exports are concerned, with projections of a 6.5 reduction in Chinese purchases continuing.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced a formal agreement to jointly oversee the production of human food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry. The agencies released a formal agreement to address the regulatory oversight of human food produced using this new technology. The formal agreement describes the oversight roles and responsibilities for both agencies and how the agencies will collaborate to regulate the development and entry of these products into commerce.

Trempealeau County 4-H teams won recent state 4-H senior Livestock Quiz Bowl and Skillathon contests at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The winning Quiz Bowl and Skillathon teams include Mara Quarne, Blake Johnson, Tyler Johnson and Johanna Haines; they were coached by Dwight Quarne. They will represent Wisconsin later this year at the national 4-H Quiz Bowl in Omaha and at the National 4-H Skillathon in Louisville. Polk County was second in the senior Quiz Bowl division. A Jackson County team placed second in the mixed-age division of the Quiz Bowl.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection secretary Brad Pfaff is reminding farmers to report winter storm losses to their county Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible. Pfaff said those reports are essential to making the determination whether to seek a disaster designation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary.