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December 13: Prevent plant acres may have out-of-the-ordinary weed management challenges for the 2020 crop year, according to Brandon
. He says growers may have to be more aggressive with control measures going forward.
December 12: The Rural Community Insurance Company (RCIS) handled
massive numbers of crop insurance claims
in 2019, including record
numbers of prevented planting claims in some areas.
December 11: Syngenta recently announced a 5-year, $2 billion
to invest in R&D for product innovation in the area of climate
change mitigation. The company is also hoping to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030.
and government efforts to keep African Swine Fever out of the United States have been successful to date, though the
virus has decimated the pork industry in China and has turned up in a number of other countries in Asia and Africa.
December 9: Matt Bennett is a farmer from Windsor, Illinois, and also a grain marketing
. He often represents
December 6: Eric Lee-Mader is pollinator program co-director for the
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
in Seattle. He discusses
issues with bee populations in an episode (number 024) from the USDA’s SARE program podcast series,
Our Farms, Our Future
is a Massachusetts company that builds and operates anaerobic on-farm digesters that turn manure and
waste food into energy.
December 2-4: Alma Jordan is a farmer, a mother, and Ireland’s top advocate for keeping farm kids safe. She founded the organization,
, and has brought the message of farm safety to thousands of farm kids in Ireland.
November 29: University of Minnesota researchers teamed with Oxford University to look at
foods that are healthy for you and for the
. They identified a number of healthy foods that can be produced in ways that are environmentally-friendly, unhealthy foods that
are bad for the environment, and various combinations in between.
November 28: Robin White is a faculty member in the Department of Poultry and Animal Sciences at Virginia Tech. She was part of the release
event for the GAP Report mentioned below. If you wish to hear her comments on the role animals play in the future of food production, they
start at 1:08:10 in the
video record from the GAP Report launch event
November 27: The 2019
Global Agricultural Productivity (GAP) Report
indicates that, while productivity gains in developed nations are on pace
to meet or exceed projected needs by the year 2050, the productivity gains in developing countries are not keeping pace. Video is available
report release event
November 26: The sixth episode of the
from Farm Policy Facts features Bruce Thalmann, immediate past president of the
Minnesota Corn Growers Association, talking about the uncertainty in the farm marketplace.
November 25: John Newton, chief economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation, was a panelist at a Farm Foundation Forum about the
farm economy. You can listen to an audio recording of the entire session
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