Getting the most out of your precision equipment

Farmers are heading into the growing season facing the lowest commodity prices they’ve seen in recent years.  Andrew Hamilton, technical services and quality manager for Cenex says precision equipment can help farmers get the most out of their inputs. But, he says, in order for farmers to maximize their return on investment, the equipment needs… Read more »

Ohio Ag groups send TPA support letter

Several agricultural organizations in Ohio are urging Ohio’s Congressional delegation to support the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). A letter, signed by organizations representing farmers, processors and related industries in the state, emphasizes the need for greater access to foreign markets only possible through trade agreements and TPA. In addition to the economic benefits,… Read more »

ACEP funds available for Indiana farmers

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced over $330 million in funds available through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. Jane Hardisty, Indiana state conservationist says the easement program provides long-term protection for America’s farm, ranch, grass, and wetlands. She says over $3 million will be available in Indiana.  “For this year, we’re receiving about $2.7 million… Read more »

MFU lobby day timing a little off

As Missouri Farmers Union members gathered at the Capitol in Jefferson City today to lobby against proposed legislation they consider anti-family-farmer – the state legislature passed an omnibus ag bill the group does not like.  MFU President Richard Oswald says the broad ag bill has a provision making it easier for foreign entities to own land in… Read more »

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education

Farmers have an opportunity to nominate their local school district to apply for a grant to help build their school’s math and science programs. Since 2011 the Monsanto Fund has awarded over $7 million dollars through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program. Heather Wolfe, Customer Advocacy Manager at Monsanto says funds are used in… Read more »

Pork donated to Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Just in time for the Easter holiday, farmers in Ohio have made a big donation to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Over 8,000 pounds of lean ground pork will provide nearly 42,000 meals to hungry families in central and eastern Ohio. “Recognizing that agriculture is the state’s number one industry, it is important that we continue to… Read more »

California drought impacting state economy

California is heading into its fourth consecutive year of drought.  California Water Alliance executive director Aubrey Bettencourt says the drought continues to put strain on the state’s ag economy.  “Last year UC Davis estimated about 17,000 people unemployed that are directly connected to agriculture,” she says.  “Then you look at the fact that about $2… Read more »

Summit to address Wisconsin’s agricultural needs

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One of the challenges facing agriculture down-the-road is will there be enough skilled people to fill the jobs the industry will create in the years to come? All indications are, there are not enough people in the “training pipeline” today to meet those needs tomorrow.  That is the impetus behind the Wisconsin State Legislature creating… Read more »

Soy Innovation Competition winners named

The Indiana Soybean Alliance named the winners in its annual Soy Innovation Competition.  The competition, held in partnership with the Purdue University College of Agriculture, challenges students to develop new products with the use of soybeans. This year’s winning team is “Soy Sniffs” a soybean-based air freshener. Sara Richert, a Public Relations/Strategic Communications major says… Read more »

AMI challenges science in nutrition recommendations

The North American Meat Institute is challenging the science behind the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s updated nutrition recommendations.  Janet Riley,   senior vice-president of public affairs for NAMI says the committee’s report is confusing.  “It says eat less red and processed meat, but then in a footnote it says lean meat can be part of… Read more »