Agriculture has an uphill battle

The pro-agriculture advocacy group Protect the Harvest wants Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States to apologize.  During a recent interview, Pacelle said he rejects the idea that “the truth is in the middle” in the struggle between animal rights and animal agriculture.  Pacelle went on to say, “I don’t think the… Read more »

‘The Food Dialogues’ is latest effort to reach consumers

Animal welfare, GMOs, food prices—those were just a few of the topics covered in Thursday’s nationwide Food Dialogues event, hosted by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. At a Food Dialogue viewing session in Lincoln, Nebraska, farmer Dawn Caldwell of Edgar said the questions being asked by consumers were similar to the ones she hears… Read more »

Miss America advocates for agriculture

Since being crowned Miss America in January, Teresa Scanlan of Gering in the Nebraska Panhandle has been speaking out about the importance of agriculture.   During an appearance at the Nebraska State Fair, Brownfield’s Ken Anderson asked Scanlan what prompted her to become an outspoken advocate for farmers and ranchers. AUDIO: Teresa Scanlan (2:07 MP3)  

Nebraska programs focus on reaching educators, students

In an effort to spread the positive story of agriculture, many agricultural organizations are focusing on schools and looking for creative ways to reach elementary teachers and their students. The Nebraska Soybean Board has helped develop two programs that are doing just that. Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) RET programs are designed to provide graduate-level… Read more »

Nebraska FFA convention is underway

More than 3,300 FFA members are converging on Lincoln this week for the 83rd annual Nebraska FFA Convention.  One of the new events at this year’s convention is an Agricultural Issues Academy, where 36 FFA’ers are learning to be more effective spokespeople for modern agriculture.  “They’ll learn about issues in agriculture, as well as working… Read more »

‘Dirty Jobs’ Rowe says farmers have it right

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The creator of television’s ‘Dirty Jobs’ – keynote speaker at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Atlanta on Monday – says farmers don’t need a spokesman. Mike Rowe has done many of his shows on US farms working side by side with farmers. “What I most hear (from farmers) is a sense that the… Read more »

Nebraska rancher is an ‘agvocate’ for agriculture

Jecca Ostrander ranches and raises quarter horses with her family near the small town of Gordon in northwest Nebraska.  Jecca is one of the growing number of farmers and ranchers who are using the social media—Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogging—to share agriculture’s story with the non-ag public.  We recently visited with Jecca about her “agvocating”… Read more »

Paying attention to rural issues

The mission of Rural Votes is to promote initiatives and ideas that support rural America. Debra Kozikowski, is the Executive Director of Rural Votes, the organization she founded as a result of a frustration. AUDIO: Debra Kozikowski, Exec. Director, Rural Votes (3:00 MP3)

Ignite herbicide price reduced

Arlene Cotie, Product Manager for Communications and Trait Integrity with Bayer CropScience had good news to share at Commodity Classic Thursday.  Just in time for the 2010 growing season, Ignite herbicide will cost 20% less. Ignite is the only non-selective alternative to glyphosate and can be applied across to all Liberty-Link crops. Arlene Cotie talks… Read more »

Taste of Shelby County Agriculture

The Shelby County Ag Promotion Committee held their annual Taste of Shelby County Agriculture Banquet, Wednesday, March 3. The purpose of the event. “To get people to walk away from this banquet and realize that ag is a very vital and important part of not only Shelby County but the entire State of Indiana,” said… Read more »