An American dairy farm employee from Mexico says language and culture differences cause fewer problems for Latino workers now, but they still exist.
Ignacio Escamilla, who calls himself Hispanic, manages a dairy parlor near Alma Center, Wisconsin where he has been employed for 22 years.Â He tells Brownfield religion and certain holidays are important in their culture.Â âMotherâs Day is one of the big ones and itâs like a holiday for us because we celebrate our mothers, and the other is DÃa de Muertos, thatâs another big holiday in Mexico.âÂ DÃa de Muertos is a celebration of the dead that dates back to ancient Aztec culture.
The Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee is enabling farmers interested in engagement with consumers.
Melinda Groth serves on both the American Farm Bureau and Minnesota Farm Bureau committees and says there are many opportunities to explain modern farming practices to an often uneducated audience.
“We tend to think that everybody is not interested (because) it’s boring.Â It’s our everyday thing, why would anyone else be interested in hearing about how we do chores or what planting decisions we make.Â
An agronomist says micronutrients are one of the biggest economic factors as farmers prepare for the 2017 growing season.
Jon Zuk with Winfield United tells Brownfield consecutive years with record corn and soybean yields have left many soils nutrient-deficient.
“If you look at the way the market is positioned right now, a lot of those micronutrient prices have come down.Â But looking at our 2016 crop we know the removal (of nutrients) was awfully great, in a good way.Â
The president of a Midwestern state Farm Bureau says he is glad someone with an ag background, closely tied to production agriculture, has been nominated for U.S. Ag Secretary, âA lot of the names that were being discussed were a little bit further away from our industry, so thatâs the good news. The most important thing that he can do now that heâs there â once heâs confirmed â is be an advocate within the administration for trade.â
Blake Hurst, President of the Missouri Farm Bureau, tells Brownfield he hopes Sonny Perdue fully supports ag trade because trade benefits ALL of agriculture, whether southern or Midwestern.
The Coalition to Protect the Missouri RiverÂ has hostedÂ farmer meetings across the state of Missouri in preparation for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineersâ hearings on the Corpsâ Environmental Impact Statement draft.
Coalition leader Dan Engemann tells Brownfield the Corps has proposed six alternatives â several of which involve increasing river flows from Gavins Point in South Dakota that would impact the lower river basin to protect several endangered birds and the pallid sturgeon fish, âMother Nature typically raises those (spring and fall) flows for us and so youâre talking about shortening the freeboard on levees, impacting interior drainage, and affecting crop production and yields, harvest, planting.