LOUISVILLE, Ill. — U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced USDA has invested $12.8 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 1,650 homes in rural Illinois.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Premiums and sustainability topped the discussions at the 2019 Iowa Organic Conference.
Idaho ag representatives and politicians talked about the impacts of the USMCA.
The United States and China remain deadlocked in a major trade dispute. While many sectors have been impacted, the U.S. agricultural sector has paid a heavy price in the dispute. The first major impact on U.S. agriculture came in July 2018 when China imposed a 25 percent retaliatory tariff on many U.S. agricultural products. This post reviews the impacts and stakes of the Trade War.
OPINION The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a big win for American workers and the economy, especially for our farmers and ranchers. The agreement improves virtually every component of the old North American Free Trade Agreement, and the agriculture industry stands to gain significantly. President Donald Trump and Ambassador Robert Lighthizer are laying the foundation for a stronger farm economy through the agreement. I thank them for all their hard work and perseverance to take the agreement across the finish line. While I am encouraged by the breakthrough, we must not lose sight that the House and Senate need to work diligently to pass it by Christmas.
For farmers, looking at the grain markets in recent years has been all about trying to find silver linings. The overall picture simply isn’t good, but the hope is that some possibilities pop up.
The Sand County Foundation is forging urban–rural partnerships in the Mississippi River basin. The organization will work with upstream farmers on land-management practices to improve water quality and reduce municipal-water-treatment costs downstream.
Choosing corn hybrids and soybean varieties is one of the most important crop management decisions to be made. It is a hard decision to make because it is typically made months before the growing season begins.
Winter calving can lead to health risks for newborn calves. Heavy snowfall and dangerous wind chills can create calving conditions that are difficult to manage. They can put the ears, feet and life of newborn calves at risk. But calving indoors also has its drawbacks.
Researchers working to improve the disease resistance of organic tomatoes recently received funding to continue their work. The University of Wisconsin-Madison and several collaborating research institutions were awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture for “Tomato Organic Management and Improvement Project: Part II.”
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Madison Area Technical College recently signed agreements to provide transfer opportunities in engineering-, biotechnology- and veterinary-technician studies. The agreement recognizes Madison Area Technical College as an official site for the UW-Engineering Partnerships program.
INDIANAPOLIS — As part of a U.S. Soybean Export Council event, a small group of Hoosiers visited Taiwan to strengthen farm trade relationships.
YPSILANTI, Mich. — Indiana Corn Growers Association member J.R. Roesner, a farmer from Ferdinand, Indiana, told U.S. Environmental Protection Agency representatives in a public hearing that ethanol producers are a valuable customer for Hoosier corn growers.
INDIANAPOLIS — Retiring Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council CEO Jane Ade Stevens received an Honorary American FFA Degree during the National FFA Organization’s annual convention in Indianapolis.
TUCSON, Ariz. — The U.S. Meat Export Federation added Indiana Soybean Alliance board member Mark Legan, a farmer from Coatesville, Indiana, to its Executive Committee during its Strategic Planning Conference in Tucson. Legan accepted a position on the committee representing the Oilseed Producing sector.
SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — Compeer Financial, a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, announced the results of its 2019 board of directors election.
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Plant Response Biotech and Koch Biological Solutions LLC have combined operations to form Plant Response Biotech Inc. The new venture will leverage both companies’ complementary capabilities, assets and product offerings.
Constant change is a staple of a cattle producer’s life. Sometimes it’s instigated by the producers themselves. Sometimes it’s a requirement demanded by outside forces, including government agencies. The question of whether to choose a covered-roof or mono-slope building to house livestock may depend on location, but there’s no doubt government regulations tend to expand rather than shrink.
SPERRY, Iowa — For Joni Myers’ family, the Christmas season started long ago. Myers, who helps operate Myers Tree Farm in Sperry, Iowa, said their preparations for the holiday season are almost year-round.
INDIANAPOLIS — To give farmers the best control of tough and resistant weeds, Corteva Agriscience and BASF are recommending the use of Liberty and Enlist One herbicides on Enlist E3 soybean and Enlist cotton acres. These two leading herbicides offer exceptional control of broadleaf weeds including waterhemp, pigweed, kochia, marestail and ragweed species.
Wisconsin farmers who have recently implemented alternative rotations in forage production will discuss their experiences at an upcoming University of Wisconsin-Discovery Farms conference. The subject is being explored due in part to the wet and cold weather conditions of 2019.
Magic Valley bees are dying fast. "I'm not even sure if I'm in business," one beekeeper said. "We've got to have the bees or we aren't going to eat."