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June 14-16: University of Washington (Seattle) professor David Montgomery has a new book out that suggests simple methods for restoring soil health, which would improve the environment as well as farm profitability. The book, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life, is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers.
June 12-13: Author, speaker, and family business advisor Jolene Brown advises intergenerational family farmers to talk out their differences with each other, and not drag innocent family members into the mix. She also talks about her new book, Holy Crap! I Married a Farmer!
June 5-9: Rob Saik is an agrologist (the Canadian version of agronomist) and the founder of AgriTrend, a global agricultural consulting company. He's also a high profile advocate for ag technology. He and his son, Nick, are producing a film documentary called Know GMO, which seeks to present the facts about genetic modification's benefits to agriculture and to the world--countering what Rob calls the "antiscience" movement.
May 31-June 2: Read more about the "facts and fiction" on cover crops.
May 29-30: Pat Westhoff heads the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri.
May 26: Bob Dinneen is president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, a trade association for the American ethanol industry.
May 23-25: The Farm Foundation held a forum on April 26th on the future of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). An audio recording of the 2-hour event is available here.
May 22: Myron Friesen, co-owner of Farm Financial Strategies in Osage, Iowa, helps farm families with estate planning.
May 18-19: The State Agricultural Heritage Museum for South Dakota is located on the South Dakota State University Campus in Brookings. The museum is hosting two feature exhibits currently. One is Barley to Barrel: Science and History of Brewing in South Dakota. The second is The Unspun Tale: Sheep in South Dakota.
May 16-17: The National Pork Board administers the pork checkoff program, which includes research and marketing programs on behalf of pork producers in the United States.
May 15: Jim Masterson is the creator of the Masterson Method of integrated equine performance bodywork. In other words, his technique is designed to identify problem points in a horse's body and "work them out." Many individuals have been certified to perform the work and there are practitioners around the globe.
May 12: The Heartland Museum in Clarion, Iowa, is open Monday through Saturday, 10am-3pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day, and by appointment the rest of the year.
May 9-11: North Dakota farmer Rocky Bateman used minimum tillage techniques and focused on restoring the health of the soil on his farm. In just a few years, he went from the edge of bankruptcy to being able to cash flow even in times when commodity prices were low.
May 8: AgFunder is a California-based company that seeks to match up ag technology entrepreneurs with potential investors.
May 5: The Successful Farming Engine Man, Ray Bohacz, prefers new "original equipment" parts from the manufacturer versus remanufactured or rebuilt parts for farm machinery and equipment. They may cost a little more, he says, but inferior parts could set you back much further if they fail at a critical time.
May 2-4: Julie Spiegel is a partner in the accounting firm of Varney & Associates in Manhattan, Kansas. Her specialty is tax and accounting services for agricultural clients.
May 1: A study by the University of Iowa School of Public Health suggests that highway accidents involving farm vehicles could be reduced by 60% if states tightened their policies on equipment marking and lighting.
April 28: Successful Farming Family and Farmstead Editor Lisa Foust-Prater shared her family's experience with having pets on the farm.
April 27: Would solar power work on your farm or ranch? An Illinois farmer put in a system a year ago and has had good results.
April 24-26: Thieves often target farms and many farmers are installing security devices for protection. In a clip from the Successful Farming television show, you'll hear from two farmers who found solutions to theft problems, and from a couple of companies that offer security equipment.
April 21: Seeding cover crops as a companion to a cash crop (versus planting after or shortly before harvest of the cash crop) may offer additional benefits to soil health.
April 20: This show resulted from a panel discussion on creating resiliency in food and agriculture at the Food Tank Summit held in February in Washington, D.C. You can watch archived video of this and other sessions at that event here. (The creating resiliency in food and agriculture panel is in part 2. It starts 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 30 seconds into the clip.)
April 19: The aquaculture industry has become an important customer of the soybean industry, as soy meal can replace much of the fish meal currently fed to fish.
April 18: Sculptor John Lopez is from Lemmon, South Dakota, where he's renovating a former bar into a studio and gallery for his work.
April 17: Todd Janzen is an attorney from Indianapolis. He frequently works on cases dealing with agricultural subjects.
April 14: This show resulted from a panel discussion on creating resiliency in food and agriculture at the Food Tank Summit held in February in Washington, D.C. You can watch archived video of this and other sessions at that event here. (The creating resiliency in food and agriculture panel is in part 2. It starts 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 30 seconds into the clip.)
April 12-13: These shows resulted from a panel discussion on healthy food systems at the Food Tank Summit held in February in Washington, D.C. You can watch archived video of this and other sessions at that event here. (The healthy food systems panel is in part 2. It starts 1 hour, 9 minutes, into the clip.)
April 11: Matthew Bennett farms near Windsor, Illinois, and also consults for Channel seed, a Monsanto brand. He also produces a grain marketing newsletter.
April 10: Read more about the resurgence of interest in wool upholstery in the February issue of Sheep Industry News (p. 16).
April 7: Kurt Seevers of Verdesian Life Sciences suggests that farmers should experiment more with crop enhancement products during the "good" times, so they have a better idea of what to expect those products to do for them when times are "bad."
April 6: The largest flour miller in the United States, Ardent Mills, has been busy developing relationships with organic farmers and getting mills certified for organic operations to meet the growing demand for organic flour.
April 5: Don't let a fuel filtration problem derail spring planting this year. CENEX offers advice on keeping your diesel engines running smoothly.
April 4: Carinata is a member of the mustard family and shows promise as a source of oil for biofuels, particularly jet fuel and diesels suited to colder climates. It could become a rotational crop in the northern plains states.
April 3: This show resulted from a panel discussion on creating resiliency in food and agriculture at the Food Tank Summit held in February in Washington, D.C. You can watch archived video of this and other sessions at that event here. (The creating resiliency in food and agriculture panel is in part 2. It starts 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 30 seconds into the clip.)
March 31: This show resulted from a panel discussion on creating resiliency in food and agriculture at the Food Tank Summit held in February in Washington, D.C. You can watch archived video of this and other sessions at that event here. (The creating resiliency in food and agriculture panel is in part 2. It starts 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 30 seconds into the clip.)
March 30: This show resulted from a panel discussion on the future of agriculture in the United States at the Food Tank Summit held in February in Washington, D.C. You can watch archived video of this and other sessions at that event here. (The Future of agriculture panel is in part 2. It starts 4 minutes into the clip.)
March 29: Zachary Michael Jack's new book, Wish You Were Here: Love and Longing in an American Heartland, is a collection of essays about living in the heartland. You can order the book from the publisher, or from other booksellers.
March 28: Desirable plants (like field crops) grow a little bit better with higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere (climate change), but weeds are growing a lot better as a result.
March 27: This show resulted from a panel discussion on healthy food systems at the Food Tank Summit held in February in Washington, D.C. You can watch archived video of this and other sessions at that event here. (The healthy food systems panel is in part 2. It starts 1 hour, 9 minutes, into the clip.)
March 24: The Tribine is new to the ag machinery arena. It's a combination of the combine (no pun intended) and the grain cart.
March 23: This show resulted from a panel discussion on the future of agriculture in the United States at the Food Tank Summit held in February in Washington, D.C. You can watch archived video of this and other sessions at that event here. (The Future of agriculture panel is in part 2. It starts 4 minutes into the clip.)
March 22: Yamaha's Outdoor Access Initiative is an effort to promote safe, responsible use of off-highway vehicles. The program includes grants to deserving organizations that are working to further the aims of the initiative.
March 21: DuPont Pioneer launched what it calls Accelerated Yield Technology 4.0 last year, moving soybean seed variety development into a faster track.
March 20: This show resulted from a panel discussion on food security at the Food Tank Summit held in February in Washington, D.C. You can watch archived video of this and other sessions at that event here. (The food security panel is in part 1. It starts 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 50 seconds into the clip.)
March 17: SF Executive Editor Betsy Freese and her husband, Bob, own a farm along with Betsy's parents in Iowa. About half the farm's acreage was river bottom and, in recent years, flooded frequently. They decided to place the problem acres in a portion of the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program. Read the story here.
March 13-16: To learn more about the four women farmers profiled on the SF Radio Magazine this week, you can watch a video clip by reporter Anna McConnell or read her story.
March 10: Gotten a little soft from all that time in the tractor seat? Maybe it's time to get some "agcercise."
March 8-9: DuPont Crop Protection offers a variety of products for weed control in cereal crops.
March 7: Families in Motion is a promotional effort of the Cattlemen's Beef Board to reach busy, young families. The emphasis is on cooking tips, recipes, and nutritional information.
March 6: Last year's winner of the Borlaug CAST Communication Award, Kevin Folta, offers six tips for farmers and others in agriculture for successfully getting the point across to consumers. Folta is chair of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida.
February 28 - March 3: The Iowa Soybean Association has taken a lead role in designing, funding, and operating water quality improvement projects in the state, which then benefit those "downstream." The ISA's Director of Environmental Programs and Services, Roger Wolf, talked about the work in a recent interview for Successful Farming magazine.
February 27: A new book written by Kennesaw (Georgia) State University history professor William Thomas Okie, The Georgia Peach, tells the story of how the peach became a symbol not just for the state of Georgia, but also for southern culture following the Civil War.
February 24: Case IH continues to work on its autonomous tractor products and has shown the results in a variety of public demonstrations in the past year. You can watch a brief video of this driverless machine on the Case IH website.
February 23: Jeff Hartz, marketing manager for Wyffels Hybrids, recommends that growers use a mix of maturities in seed varieties to mitigate risk.
February 22: Huanglongbing disease--more commonly known as citrus greening--has had a huge impact on Florida's orange growing sector and has also been detected in Texas. A product from Nufarm called Mycoshield has demonstrated an ability to stall the progress of the disease in infected trees.
February 16-21: Michigan State University extension is promoting efforts to folks in the farming community to cope with stress.
February 15: Crop rotation and diversification is a tool that farmers use to handle herbicide-resistant weed problems and various insect pests and diseases, according to Bridgette Readel of Underwood, North Dakota, who works for Dow AgroSciences.
February 14: 2016 was the warmest year on record and the third straight record-breaking year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
February 13: Scott Brown is with University of Missouri Extension in the Agricultural and Applied Economics department.
February 10: Rabo AgriFinance includes a fair amount of research and analysis related to agriculture on its website.
February 7-9: Two farmers and a veterinarian participated in a panel discussion on the importance of sustainability on the farm at the recent national convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation. You can hear an audio recording of that panel here.
February 6: Early season weed control is strongly advised at Winfield United to manage resistant weeds and keep them from maturing and going to seed.
February 2-3: Winfield United's R7 tool integrates data from various sources to enable farmers to make agronomic decisions to achieve maximum yields.
February 1: Learn more about the Veterinary Feed Directive here, and about a Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica internal program called The Pledge concerning responsible use of antibiotics in livestock.
January 31: Cargill's Pro Pricing is a way for farmers to contract a portion of their crop to be sold by experts at Cargill.
January 30: Read more from SF Markets Editor Mike McGinnis and other SF staffers about the prospects for a turnaround in the farm economic picture.
January 27: FMC's Dr. Terry Mize says disease and insect pests are constantly evolving to resist chemicals used to control them, so farmers need to adopt techniques for crop protection that overcome those resistant efforts. This includes such things as multiple modes of action with chemicals, crop rotations, and precise timing of chemical applications.
January 26: Proper inflation pressure in machinery tires will make them more efficient and extend the life of the tires. That's according to Brad Harris of Firestone, which offers a new tire design called Advanced Deflection Design.
January 25: There are more openings for agriculture teachers in secondary schools (middle school and high school) right now than there are qualified individuals to fill them. So the National Association of Agricultural Educators is encouraging young persons to pursue careers in that field.
Janaury 23-24: Denver-based CoBank, a member of the Farm Credit System, has a Knowledge Exchange program which provides expertise and research to customers and others.
January 20: The largest farmer-owned cooperative in the United States, CHS, commissioned a study to determine the value that co-ops bring to rural America.
January 19: Merial veterinarian Joe Dedrickson of Wamego, Kansas, says stress will compromise the immune systems of cattle, making them more susceptible to various diseases. The company offers vaccines and other treatments to prevent or treat a variety of cattle disorders.
January 18: DeKalb is offering several new "Disease Shield" corn varieties for planting in 2017 that offer resistance to five fungal diseases: anthracnose stalk rot, grey leaf spot, Goss's wilt, southern rust, and northern leaf blight.
January 17: When Ray Bohacz isn't busy raising sweet corn on his New Jersey farm, he's also Successful Farming's resident "engine man."
January 16: Exede satellite internet offers download speeds of up to 25Mbps in some locations.
January 13: Pioneer suggests you select seed hybrids based not on reports of exceptional or record-breaking yields elsewhere, but on what is working best in your specific area.
January 10-12: A recent forum hosted by the Farm Foundation included panelists discussing ideas and concerns for the next farm bill. The current farm program will continue through 2018, but debate will likely begin soon on shaping the next generation farm program. You can listen to the entire forum, which was held November 30th.
January 9: The Sustainable Corn Project is a joint venture involving the USDA and multiple land grant universities who are attempting to create a suite of practices for sustainable corn production.
January 6: The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, General Mills, and a nonprofit conservation group called the Xerces Society, recently announced a partnership to promote the development of pollinator habitat. The NRCS and General Mills are each investing $2 million to pay for biologists to work with farmers to create pollinator habitat on their farms.
January 5: At the behest of the federal government, the American Petroleum Institute has introduced two new diesel engine oil standards. CK-4 oils are for existing diesel engines, and FA-4 oils will be available for yet-to-be-released diesel engines. There are backwards compatibility issues with some of these oils and the CENEX website has more information about what oil you should use in your particular engine.
January 3-4: Dan Basse is an economist with AgResource Company in Chicago. You can listen to more of his thoughts on ethanol and biofuels, grain markets, and more, here.
January 2: Don Jonovic is a family business advisor. He's authored a number of books and other materials that are particularly helpful to farm family businesses.
December 30: British equipment manufacturer JCB is in the process of expanding its dealer network in North America.
December 29: Mycogen Seeds and Valent Biosciences Corporation are just two of the companies that make an effort to give farm customers a bit of a price break when the ag economy is soft.
December 28: Yamaha's Viking off-road utility vehicles feature a steel cargo bed that enables farmers to fabricate their own modifications to the vehicles.
December 26-27: A Chicago couple, Bill and Angie Mitchell, bought and moved to a 20-acre farmstead in southwest Wisconsin and began raising organic garlic. They sell their crop mainly for seed but also take online orders for culinary garlic.
December 21-23: The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames was established to foster and promote sustainability in agriculture.
December 20: Kubota's M7 series tractors are the company's latest effort to move closer to the machinery needs of larger farms.
December 19: The Cattlemen's Beef Board (administers the beef checkoff program) recently began the 30-Day Food Waste Challenge. To raise awareness of the dramatic amount of food wasted by American consumers--and perhaps to help reduce that--the CBB will email a food waste prevention tip daily for 30 days to anyone who signs up on the Beef It's What's For Dinner website.
December 16: Farmers Business Network offers $500 annual memberships to farms of all sizes. Farmer members have access to a pool of member farm data and can also take advantage of purchasing opportunities negotiated by the network. Members can attend a free Farmer2Farmer gathering in Omaha, December 12-14, 2016.
December 15: Shawn Williamson is a CPA with Fick, Eggemeyer, and Williamson, with offices in St. Louis, Missouri, and Columbia, Illinois.
December 14: CHS Hedging is a marketing service of CHS, the largest farmer-owned cooperative in the United States. Their website has quite a bit of market news and analysis.
December 13: I hope you've been listening to the Growing Point programs monthly from DuPont-Pioneer. Pioneer has loads of additional information online from Growing Point.
December 12: Syngenta launched 16 new crop protection products in 2016. Much of that effort is designed to address problems with herbicide-resistant weeds.
December 9: The Operations Center at John Deere is a platform for managing precision ag data on the farm, and more.
December 5-8: Phillip Jensen and his family operate Prairie Whole Farm near Ida Grove, Iowa. They raise produce without using chemicals, and a breed of hogs called Red Wattles. Jensen received a "microloan" from the USDA to buy a small tractor and to construct a high tunnel. The loan is part of a program designed for beginning farmers.
November 30 - December 2: Farm Commons was started by Rachel Armstrong under the premise that "Strong, resilient, sustainable farm businesses are built on a solid legal foundation." The Duluth, Minnesota, organization helps educate farmers about legal services.
November 29: Oakland, California-based Roots of Change works to change food system policy. Its mission: "deliver roadmaps to victory for the food movement, which seeks a healthy, equitable, and resilient food system.
November 28: Food Tank is a nonprofit focused on "building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters." It was started in 2013 by Danielle Nierenberg, who serves as the organization's president.
November 23-25: Successful Farming and Grasshopper Mowers ran a promotion called the Fighter to Farmer Contest to recognize military veterans--and active military--who are also engaged in farming or ranching. Three finalists were chosen: Dave Baumann, Robert Huttes, and Michael Nocton. Each received a $5,000 cash prize and a trip for two to Opryland, and they are eligible to win a grand prize of $10,000 toward the purchase of a Grasshopper mower. Until November 30th, you can vote to help determine the grand prize winner.
November 22: Henry Family Farms and the Henry Meat Company are a family farming operation in De Soto, Missouri, that sells direct to customers.
November 21: TerrAvion is headquartered in San Leandro, California, and uses manned aircraft to provide aerial imaging services to farm clients. The company has operated primarily in West Coast states and in a portion of the Great Plains but is expanding within the Plains states and into the southeastern United States.
November 18: Consumer trust in farmers and ranchers is on the rise, according to a 2016 survey by Sullivan, Higdon, & Sink, an advertising and marketing firm based in Wichita, Kansas.
November 17: The local foods movement has been good for strawberry growers, especially the U-pick operators. That's according to Kevin Schooley, executive director of the North American Strawberry Growers Association.
November 16: Certified Public Accountant Shawn Williamson of the St. Louis accounting firm of Fick, Eggemeyer, & Williamson, says local and state governments are looking to squeeze every bit of revenue they can out of taxpayers and it wouldn't hurt to review your farm real estate tax situation to make sure you're not paying more than your fair share.
November 15: The term "horsepower" is used frequently to describe the amount of work an engine can perform. But the SF Engine Man, Ray Bohacz, says we're really talking about torque.
November 14: David Franzen is a soils specialist with North Dakota State University Extension. He suggests that soil testing is a better investment toward determining the fertility needs of a field, versus a blanket application of specialty micronutrients. Here's a related story from SF.
November 8-11: Reed Johnson, an entomologist at Ohio State University (and an amateur beekeeper), is one of the experts featured in a story about honeybees in the October issue of Successful Farming.
November 7: Ben Brancel is the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
November 4: Raj Patel is a research professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He works primarily on issues related to the global food system. You can watch a short video of him from the 2016 Food Tank Summit in Washington, D.C.
November 3: The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service has a program called EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and other landowners to plan and implement environmental practices. This includes practices to conserve energy use.
November 2: Dan Forgey, agronomy manager at Cronin Farms near Gettysburg, South Dakota, has used cover crops and no-till to improve soil health and to give crops better resistance to low moisture growing conditions.
November 1: Ben Wiginton of AgYield, a marketing solutions company in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, says many farmers are frustrated by the "new" version of the grain markets. The shift to mostly electronic trading has created a great deal more volatility in the markets, and less transparency about what moves the markets.
October 31: Ann Bybee-Finley, a doctoral candidate in agronomy at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, is researching intercropping techniques for forage production. By mixing plant species, the likelihood decreases for a complete crop failure.
October 26-28: Farm Credit Services of America and Frontier Farm Credit have a Young and Beginning Farmer program operated through a strategic alliance between the two farm credit lenders.
October 25: The Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania has formed the Organic Farmers Association, the first nationwide organization to represent the interests of organic farmers and their supporters.
October 24: BiOWiSH Technologies in Cincinnati makes a variety of bio-based products for agriculture, including a fruit and vegetable wash.
October 17-21: The Farm Foundation held a recent forum on What's Next for Food and Agriculture Policy. Panelists shared their views on the important issues the next administration should prioritize, including trade, input regulation, water and land resources, and farm labor/immigration. Audio from the forum is available here.
October 14: The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is "an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities."
October 13: Some advice for starting and managing a website for a farm or ranch from SF's Digital Content Manager, Jessie Scott.
October 12: Randy Dowdy of Pavo, Georgia, set a new world record soybean yield of 171.8 bushels/acre this year, eclipsing the former record by about 11 bushels.
October 11: Krysta Harden, the new Vice President of Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer for DuPont, shares her thoughts on her move from the public sector to the private sector in a brief video at Agriculture.com.
October 10: Bill Erbes sells his produce at farmers markets and through a CSA. He farms near Colfax, North Dakota.
October 6-7: Sherri Brown, VP for Science Strategy for Monsanto, is an advocate for young people to be educated in and pursue careers in the STEM fields--science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Brown also co-chairs the STEM Food and Ag Council.
October 5: Minnesota farm owner Brent Olson thinks the farming community should take a more proactive approach to erosion control. He says far too much soil and too many chemicals are running down rivers through farming country.
October 3-4: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, an agricultural law specialist with Texas Agri-Life Extension, advises farm business operators to carefully screen farm job applicants if there's a concern that animal rights activists may try to gain employment on a farm.
September 30: Demand for beef continues to grow and one reason is that the Cattlemen's Beef Board spends checkoff dollars on market research and promotion. Jeanne Harland, a producer from La Fayette, Illinois, co-chairs the CBB's Market Research Working Group.
September 29: Author, speaker, and family business advisor Jolene Brown helps farm families attempt to resolve conflict within the family business. Though, she admits, the scenario laid out in the Can Their Problem Be Solved? column in the September issue of Successful Farming is likely unfixable.
September 28: Agroforestry is defined by the USDA as the "intentional integration of trees and shrubs into crop and animal farming systems to create environmental, economic, and social benefits."
September 27: A significant number of rural roads and bridges are in poor condition. County and state funds for construction and maintenance have not kept pace with time and wear and tear.
September 26: Kansas City-based MachineryLink offers a new service called MachineryLink Sharing which gives farmers who have idled equipment the opportunity to rent it short-term to other farmers.
September 23: Not everyone who inquires about your farm or ranch has an agenda. Katie Pratt, who farms with her husband and his family near Dixon, IL, says sometimes people are just genuinely curious and their queries provide opportunities to educate them about food and agriculture.
September 22: Iowa State University Extension forestry specialist Jesse Randall urges landowners to be wary of itinerant logging companies who want access to their timber lands. He says payments these companies offer may not be anywhere near the fair value of the timber taken and he recommends getting advice from extension, from your state's department of natural resources, or from a private forestry consultant before agreeing to allow any logging on your property.
September 21: The National Ag in the Classroom program's new curriculum focuses on wheat, specifically how wheat is grown and harvested and the career opportunities associated. The lessons make use of video collected during the production of the documentary film, The Great American Wheat Harvest.
September 19-20: Michelle Cote of MyWebGrocer.com dispels the belief that consumers don't buy perishable products when shopping online for groceries. In fact, she says, dairy products are included in 93% of online grocery orders and fluid milk is the top pick in that category.
September 14-16: The Center for Food Integrity, a not-for-profit that helps the food system earn consumer trust, held a webinar recently on the subject of transparency in the food system. Panelists included Niki King of the Campbell's Soup Company, Deb Arcoleo of Hershey, and Charlie Arnot, CFI's CEO.
September 12-13: Corn yields have risen because corn planting populations have risen. Harry Stine of Stine Seed was instrumental in the adoption of those higher planting populations.
September 8-9: Wanda Patsche farms with her husband near Welcome, MN, and she volunteers some of her time as an ag advocate. That includes her blog, Minnesota Farm Living.
September 7: Even if you know your cost of production, Michael Rusch of the Stewart-Peterson Group, says the market isn't going to care.
September 6: Marketing expert Roy Smith of Plattsmouth, NE, says owned farmland and even machinery costs (if the machinery is appreciating in value) make it difficult to calculate a farm's cost of production.
September 5: There's a right-to-farm constitutional amendment question on the ballot this November in Oklahoma. It's called Question 777 and supporters are trying to head off efforts by animal rights groups to restrict their activities and livelihoods.
September 2: Christ Reynolds trained as a chef before he enlisted in the Army. He worked in food service with the Army, including 16 months in Iraq. After his service, Christ worked as a chef and is now operating an organic poultry farm in upstate New York.
August 29 - September 1: Agrohoods are housing developments that are build around a farm or horticultural enterprise. Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC, says it's a growing trend and developers are scrambling to put them up.
August 23/24/25/26 - On July 7, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the topic of Agriculture and National Security: On-the-Ground Experiences of Former Military Leaders. Three retired military men--a colonel and two major generals--with strong ties to agriculture testified about the connection between food security and national security. A video record of that hearing is available.
August 22 - Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere: Tales of Humor and Healing from Rural America, is the title of a just-released book by Texas veterinarian Bo Brock. It's available from Amazon and other booksellers, including the publisher.
August 19 - This show included another clip from a June panel discussion on rural infrastructure that was sponsored by the Farm Credit System. Video of the full panel (and a second panel on supporting the next generation of agriculture) is posted on Farm Credit's Vimeo channel.
August 18 - The Fifth Season Cooperative is one of the tenants of the Food Enterprise Center featured in the August 12th show. The co-op helps local farmers and food processors gain access to distribution to a four-state region.
August 15/16/17 - The Farm Foundation featured three individuals who have an international perspective on agriculture in a forum about Brexit's impact on the global food system. An audio recording of the entire forum is available to download or stream.
August 12 - A Wisconsin community turns a vacated industrial property into a thriving center for food-based local businesses.
August 8/9/10/11 - The 19th edition of Iowa attorney Neil Harl's book, Farm Estate & Business Planning, was just released.
August 5 - Purdue University has developed (along with CME Group) what it calls an Ag Economy Barometer. It's a measure of the way farmers feel about their economic status relative to a baseline of farmer opinions created in late 2015 and early 2016.
August 4 - A survey by the Farmers National Company shows farmers and ranchers seem to be less interested in acquiring land right now.
July 19 through August 3 - As part of its 100th anniversary observance, the Farm Credit System sponsored two panel discussions in June in Washington, D.C. One panel was about rural infrastructure and one was about supporting the next generation of agriculture. Farm Credit has posted the video of the two panel discussions on its Vimeo channel.
July 18 - A recently-finished expansion of the Panama Canal allows much larger ships to use the canal, and Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, says soybean farmers and other agricultural producers will enjoy a lower cost-per-bushel shipping expense as a result.
July 14/15 - The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems was assembled to explore ideas for global sustainable food production. Panelist Dr. Emile Frison gave a presentation recently at a biodiversity conference in Norway and you can watch the 23-minute video on YouTube.
July 13 - Wisconsin's AgrAbility program is marking its 25th year of assisting farmers who wish to continue farming despite disabilities or illness.
July 12 - The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for the corn, grain sorghum, and barley sectors.
July 11 - The Farm to Table Alliance is a collection of agriculture-related entities which is fostering sustainable, local, farm-fresh, seasonal products. It's a spinoff of the annual Farm to Table Experience in New Orleans.
July 4/5/6/7/8 - The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a reduction of 200 million gallons from the 2017 fuel ethanol blend volume laid out by Congress in the Renewable Fuel Standard. Ethanol proponents are opposing this. The EPA is taking comments until Monday, July 11. If you wish to submit a comment, here are the instructions from the federal register: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0004, at . Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. The EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e. on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit .
July 1 - Sunscreens, proper clothing, and sunglasses are all recommended for keeping you safe from the sun's harmful rays.
June 30 - Enogen is the Syngenta brand name for corn that's optimized for ethanol production.
June 27/28/29 - Anuradha Mittal is the founder of the Oakland Institute, a think tank in Oakland, California. The institute has published a number of reports about land grabs and other situations involving agriculture in developing countries.
June 20/21/22/23/24 - Futurist Brian David Johnson is a fellow with Frost & Sullivan, an international research company headquartered in Mountain View, California. He's also a futurist in residence at the Center for Science and Imagination at Arizona State University.
June 15/16/17 - Jim Murray, an animal science professor at the University of California at Davis, is an advocate for genetic engineering in agriculture. He's worked with goats that give milk with antimicrobial properties that was successfully used to treat animals with microbial-caused diarrhea (from E. coli, for example). Murray's hoping for eventual regulatory approval to allow the milk to be used for human consumption. He says a million children die in developing countries every year because of the kinds of illnesses that could be treated or prevented by using this milk.
June 14 - A Manitoba farmer, Dustin Williams, uses a combination of conservation and holistic management techniques to control crop pests on his farm, while at the same time improving soil quality.
June 13 - A new product called AgriSync is a smartphone app (free to farmers) that allows farmers to connect with service providers and advisors to give them visual access to issues on the farm. It's like a virtual service call.
June 10 - The DVR "Smart Motor" uses technology that originated in New Zealand to produce switch reluctance motors. They operate with fewer moving parts than traditional electric motors and use less power, in addition to providing variable speed capabilities. A Florida company called StriaTech is hoping to develop a market for these motors on farms.
June 9 - Lois Braun (pronounced like "brown") is a hazelnut researcher with the University of Minnesota and is working on a project to turn wild hazelnuts in the Upper Midwest into a cash crop that also offers many environmental benefits to farmers and landowners.
June 8 - Jamie VanDeWalle has her hands full as a wife, mother, farm partner, and dairy nutrition consultant in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. But she also has time to blog for Successful Farming at Agriculture.com and one of her recent posts explains how she now tries to Strive for Progress, Not Perfection.
June 7 - Joe Byrum is global head of product development for soybeans for Syngenta. He and his team won the Franz Edelman Award for achievement in operations research and management sciences, which led to the creation of the Syngenta Crop Challenge.
June 6 - Soil sampling and testing tips.
June 2/3 - Tom and Barbara Womack operate Homestead Hill Farm near Middlebrook, VA, where on just 12 acres they raise enough to feed themselves and enough to sell to others to make a living from it. Barbara has a blog she writes to help close the information gap she believes exists between farmers and consumers.
June 1 - An Oregon farm woman, Linda Bisnett, creates decorative arrangements with wheat (the stalks and heads) and sells them worldwide.