• GMO Labeling on Agenda in Vermont

    April 18, 2014

    The race to see who enacts a GMO labeling law first – the national government or a state – is about to be over. Vermont is close to becoming the first state in the nation to enact a law requiring food labels to disclose whether a product contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

  • As Beef Prices Rise, Could Backyard Grillers Turn to Pork, Chicken?

    April 17, 2014

    Beef prices continue to climb, hitting a 27-year high in February, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The average price of fresh beef rose to $5.28 per pound, up 5 percent over January and the highest point since 1987.

  • Decades Later, Forage Research Still Making Life Better for Ranchers

    April 16, 2014

    When athletes from across the world step out on the soccer pitch for the World Cup in June, a grass variety designed in Georgia will take center stage. And it won’t be the first time. The grass that covered some of the fields for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa also came from Georgia research.

  • On Sale Today Only: Future Tool for American Farmers

    April 15, 2014

    Regular people will get the first chance to buy the next whiz-bang piece of technology today, but researchers at Auburn University already have tested out how Google Glass could become a great tool for farmers in the field.

  • Hurt: WASDE Report Eases Fear of Low Crop Prices

    April 14, 2014

    Corn and soybean producers now can have a more optimistic grain-price outlook after the U.S. Department of Agriculture's April 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, according to Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt.

  • Bio-Businesses Adding Value to Rural America

    April 11, 2014

    Bio-energy projects can turn agricultural waste into a valuable resource, while creating jobs for rural America, USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Lillian Salerno said as she wrapped up a tour of sites that use agricultural products to make more than food and fiber.

  • Economists Still Waiting to Advise on PLC, ARC Decision

    April 09, 2014

    Two months after the president signed the farm bill into law, ag economists and extension agents across the country are traveling their respective states explaining to farmers what it all means.

  • Experts: Hog-Hunting Popular, But Won’t Control Population

    April 07, 2014

    Wildlife Specialist Bronson Strickland has seen the damage feral pigs cause as they spread out into new territory. This is the time of year when hungry hogs cause farmers the most heartache by ripping apart freshly planted fields and rooting up seedlings.

  • Alltech Promoting Ag Education from the College Classroom to the Farm Field

    April 03, 2014

    When thousands of livestock producers get together for Alltech’s 30th annual symposium next month, they’ll hear from professionals in the food and feed industry around the world. They’ll also hear from eight of the bright young minds that will lead the food and feed industry in the future.

  • Farmer’s Wifee: Four Words Don’t Define a Farm

    April 02, 2014

    There are four words that consumers use when they are talking about farms: Corporate (or corporation, depending on the context), factory, sustainable, and real. All four of those words bother me.

  • Farmers Surprised at Similarities, Differences in Foreign Farms

    April 01, 2014

    When a group of peanut farmers from the southern U.S. traveled to Brazil to visit with producers there, they were struck by the similarities in growing techniques, modern equipment and attention to detail.

  • Women in Ag: Black Goes From Raising a Calf to Raising Awareness

    March 31, 2014

    Before Caroline Black could read, she knew she wanted to be a farmer. At 4 years old, she couldn’t really picture what that would mean to her – that a career in agriculture didn’t necessarily mean she’d spend life in overalls and work boots.

  • Purdue Researchers Launch Two New Farm Decision Tools

    March 28, 2014

    A group of Purdue University researchers has led the Useful to Usable climate initiative in launching two free online tools to help farmers make crop decisions in variable weather conditions.

  • Expert: Forage Can Feed Cattle 300 Days out of the Year

    March 27, 2014

    Cattlemen sometimes are skeptical when Tom Troxel tells them they can grow enough forage to feed cattle for 300 days out of the year. But that’s just what the extension team from the University of Arkansas does. Next week they will travel to Georgia to tell other producers how.

  • Could Marijuana Be a New Cash Crop?

    March 26, 2014

    Whether you call it cannabis, marijuana or hemp, the plant known as weed in slang is anything but a weed for farmers contemplating growing it. The legal challenges are formidable, though.

  • Waging War on Stink Bugs Using Trap Crops

    March 25, 2014

    Most of the time, farmers want to kill the bugs that would destroy their crops. But some growers in Alabama, Georgia and Florida are working with Auburn University to try to find the best way to distract pests – at least until the main crop has a chance to flourish.

  • Court Overturns Mandate on Harvest Date for Onions

    March 24, 2014

    Farmers may be able to begin harvesting Georgia’s famous onion crop earlier this year, after a judge in Atlanta sided with a farmer’s complaint about state control of the decision.

  • USDA Advocating for More Rural High-speed Internet

    March 21, 2014

    Over the past five years, the federal government has spent more than $15 billion to bring broadband internet to rural areas, allowing businesses in America’s heartland – many of them agribusinesses – to connect, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

  • Cattlemen Weigh Whether to Grow the Herd

    March 20, 2014

    As beef and cattle prices climb, producers are facing a tough choice: Cash in or invest in a larger herd. Record-high cattle prices and lower feed costs have made an incentive to start expanding the herd, but investing isn’t cheap.

  • Proud of the Peanut, Group Helps Feed Those in Need

    March 19, 2014

    Peanuts are a nutritious, shelf-stable food that most kids – and quite a few adults – love to eat. So, when a salmonella outbreak in 2008 made the public afraid of the lunchtime staple, peanut producers and processors banded together to support research and remind consumers of the power of the peanut.