John Deere sells crop insurance business

John Deere has sold its crop insurance division to Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH). John Deere entered the crop insurance business in 2005.  The company announced in September that it was prepared to sell the crop insurance division, saying it wanted to focus on its core manufacturing business. A leader in the… Read more »

World Dairy Expo names judges

World Dairy Expo has named their list of judges for the 2015 show;   International Ayrshire Show           Mary Creek, Hagerstown, Maryland. International Brown Swiss Show           Paul Trapp, Taylor, Wisconsin. International Guernsey Show           Lynn Harbaugh, Marion, Wisconsin. International Holstein Show           Nathan Thomas, North Lewisburg, Ohio International Junior Holstein Show           Chad Ryan,… Read more »

Koster still believes in dismissed California egg court case

The Missouri Agribusiness Association – MO-AG, as it’s commonly known – recognized Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster for his support of agriculture in Missouri.  After accepting the organization’s Advocate for Agriculture Award, Koster said that policy makers should do all they can to protect agriculture in Missouri. “So whether it be intrusion via eminent domain… Read more »

Managing tighter margins in 2015

In a world where margins are tighter, Purdue Ag Economist Chris Hurt says farmers are going to have to make some adjustments. Starting in the short term.  “We look very quickly at capital expenditures,” he says.  “This would be cutting back on purchases of new machinery, cutting back on things like irrigation, tiling, and cutting… Read more »

Wisconsin couple named to AFBF Young Farmer committee

Tim and Danielle Clark of Beaver Dam have been appointed by the American Farm Bureau Federation to its Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for the 2015-2017 term beginning in March. National committee members are nominated by their state Farm Bureau. Tim Clark recently completed a three-year term on the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and… Read more »

Members make the difference

Farm Bureau’s members are at the heart of the organization’s success.  Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock says it is the members that make the difference.  “The president (of FB) can go to Washington, DC or go to the State House or Farm Bureau staff that are very talented can go,” he says.  “But, quite… Read more »

Senate passes tax extenders package

The Senate has approved the tax extenders package on a 76-16 vote. It now heads for the White House for approval. The bill, which retroactively extends a package of expired tax breaks for 2014, holds key provisions for small businesses such as section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation. It also includes the dollar-per-gallon biodiesel tax… Read more »

Young Ag Professionals to hold conference

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professional’s will hold their annual winter leadership conference on January 30 and 31 in downtown Columbus. Nathan and Jennifer Brown of Highland County chair the YAP committee. Nathan says the conference program will begin the evening of January 30. “We have a nice evening of networking and just a social… Read more »

Purdue offers new agronomy course online

Purdue University’s Department of Agronomy is offering a distance education course to give farmers and those in the agriculture industry a better understanding of agronomy.  Agronomy Essentials aims to expand agribusiness professional’s knowledge of crop production to enhance communication with farmer clients. The course was designed by Bruce Erickson.  It includes six units with multiple… Read more »

Iowa ag coalition releases ‘Big Data’ report

A new report from an Iowa agricultural coalition offers strategies to help farmers capture value from “Big Data”. The report was developed by The Hale Group at the direction of Iowa AgState, a coalition of farm organizations, agribusinesses, state government and Iowa State University. AgState officials say it provides a roadmap for how agricultural data… Read more »