Nominations sought for Beck’s Beyond the Fence awards

Nominations are being accepted for the Beck’s Beyond the Fence Awards.  The award program honors individuals for their outstanding service and contributions to Indiana agriculture.  For the fourth year, the awards are sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids of Atlanta, Ind. in conjunction with the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Growers Association. Scott Beck, vice-president… Read more »

New Iowa beef processor to begin operations

A tight beef supply has forced several beef packing plants across the U.S. to close their doors in recent years.  But a new beef plant in east-central Iowa hopes to buck that trend. Iowa Premium Beef of Tama will begin operations in early November and plans to be slaughtering 1,100 head of cattle per day… Read more »

NCBA says COOL has to go

Following the latest rebuke by the WTO of the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is renewing its call for COOL to be repealed. “We have looked at this every way we possibly can and there is no change that the Secretary of Agriculture can make that would… Read more »

Big bucks involved in Oregon’s GMO labeling battle

The battle over labeling of genetically modified food is officially Oregon’s most expensive ballot fight ever. According to the Statesman Journal, opponents and supporters of Measure 92 have raised a total of 17.6 million dollars.  Opponents of the proposition have raised 11.1 million dollars while supporters have raised 6.5 million. The opposition campaign’s largest donors… Read more »

Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch

October is harvest time in Wisconsin; Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks has taken-in cranberries, ginseng and apples to mention a few Wisconsin products.  As part of Farm-to-School Month, she is promoting the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch this Friday.  Students and others across the state and the Great Lakes region are asked to bite into… Read more »

Texas dairy tour

  The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin hosting a Texas dairy tour in November.  The two-day event will feature Hilmar Cheese Company, Dalhart Jersey Ranch, Avi-Lanche Jerseys, Del Rio Dairy, High Plains Dairy and Dairy Fountain dairy farms.  There are rotary parlors, unique housing and other features on the farms which range from 2,700 to… Read more »

Grassley says Congress needs to revisit COOL

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says Congress needs to “go back to the drawing board” on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Grassley was reacting to the WTO’s ruling that USDA’s revised COOL rule unfairly discriminates against Canada and Mexico. The National Farmers Union doesn’t want Congress to tamper with the COOL law. The group argues that… Read more »

Poe elected IN State Fair board president

The Indiana State Fair Board has elected Stan Poe as their new president. Poe is a Franklin, Ind. sheep producer and has served on the board since 2011 and has served the board as vice-president for the last three years.  He succeeds Steve Simmerman as board president. Other officers elected to the board:  Paul Graf,… Read more »

Markets may not have seen the lows yet

As harvest moved into full swing, Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt says it looked as if there was additional pressure on commodity markets.  Until, he says, farmers around much of the Corn Belt saw a nearly two-week weather delay.  “And that really gave some incentives to put some weather risk or uncertainty into the price,”… Read more »

New tool measures crop yield gaps worldwide

Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s largest gap in farm yields—70 to 90 percent below their potential—according to a new research tool unveiled at the Global Water for Food Conference in Seattle. The new web-based platform is called the Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas.  According to Frank Rijsberman, CEO of the international agricultural research… Read more »