Farm Bureau releases results of ‘Big Data’ survey

A survey of farmers by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows that while more farmers are reaping the benefits of the latest agricultural technologies, most also remain wary of the risks involved with big data collection. Farm Bureau economist Matt Erickson says liability was the number one concern of farmers surveyed. “In the case of… Read more »

Iowa biodiesel plant completes upgrades

Renewable Energy Group (REG) has completed upgrades to its 30-million gallon biorefinery in Mason City, Iowa. The upgrades will allow the plant to produce biodiesel from a wider variety of raw materials such as inedible corn oil, animal fats and greases.  That’s in addition to the refined vegetable oils the plant was originally designed to… Read more »

Another sales record for Certified Hereford Beef

Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC set another sales record in fiscal year 2014. Sales grew two percent to 50.2 million pounds.  Since 2008, CHB sales have increased by 43 percent. Company officials say they’re pleased with the continued growth, which took place despite tight cattle supplies, record high beef prices and a consumer trend of… Read more »

Another Nebraska county is ‘Livestock Friendly’

Knox County is Nebraska’s newest county to receive the “Livestock Friendly County” designation through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Knox County is the 28th county to receive that designation. The Livestock Friendly classification demonstrates a county’s commitment to rural economic development through livestock production.  To receive the designation, the county board must hold a public… Read more »

Valent’s Intego Suite System–making every seed count

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Valent recently held a series of meetings to educate retailers on “the hidden threat of Phytophthora and Pythium”. They also discussed how Valent’s new soybean seed protection product, Intego Suite System, will help in the fight against those yield-robbing soybean seedling diseases. Leading the technical discussion of the diseases at the Omaha meeting was Dr…. Read more »

ACE welcomes E15 endorsement from two motor clubs

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The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has received some welcome assistance in its ongoing battle with the AAA Motor Club over E15, the blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. AAA has repeatedly called for the suspension of E15 sales, saying it is potentially harmful to automobile engines.  It contends consumer confusion over E15… Read more »

Nebraska’s corn harvest picking up steam

After a slow start, Nebraska’s corn harvest is starting to pick up steam. Last week’s temperatures, which averaged ten degrees above normal for mid-to-late October, aided the drydown of the corn crop.  As of Sunday, 40 percent of the crop was harvested compared to 59 average. Soybean harvest was 87 percent complete, sorghum at 50… Read more »

Iowa’s corn harvest at 36 percent

Iowa’s soybean harvest is nearing the finish line, but the corn crop has a long ways to go. As of Sunday, 81 percent of the state’s soybeans were harvested.   But corn harvest was only 36 percent complete, more than two weeks behind normal.  Many farmers continue to wait for corn to dry down in the… Read more »

Two motor clubs endorse E15

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has received some welcome assistance in its ongoing battle with the AAA Motor Club over E15, the blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. AAA has repeatedly called for the suspension of E15 sales, saying it is potentially harmful to automobile engines.  It contends consumer confusion over E15… Read more »

Farm Bureau releases results of its Big Data survey

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A survey of farmers by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) shows that while more farmers are reaping the benefits of the latest agricultural technologies, most also remain wary of the risks involved with big data collection. We discussed the survey results with Matt Erickson, an economist with AFBF. AUDIO: Matt Erickson