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  • Study Refutes Claim that COOL Hurts Canadian Producers

    March 03, 2015

    Mandatory country-of-origin labeling for beef and other meats has not cost other countries the billions of dollars in lost business that they claim, according to an Auburn University professor’s analysis of almost 30 years’ worth of U.S. cattle import and price data.

  • Auburn Grad Takes Helm of Peanut Producers Group

    March 02, 2015

    When Caleb Bristow was a boy, he loved to hang out at his father’s peanut-buying point in Columbia, Ala. “When I was a kid, Daddy ran a buying point for Golden Peanut and that was a time I looked forward to each year,” said Bristow. “I got to take samples and check the moisture to see if the peanuts were dry coming out of the field or needed to go through the dryers before being graded.

  • Survival is the Theme for 2015

    February 27, 2015

    We all know 2015 is going to be a tight year. Bankers know this is on your mind. We are thinking about it, too. So what are your options to make it smoother?

  • Christian Farmers Share Good News with Walking Sticks

    February 26, 2015

    With some sort of winter weather predicted Wednesday afternoon, Walter Powell was leaving Cracker Barrel in Birmingham, Ala., hoping to get to Memphis, Tenn., before snow started to fall. It wasn’t great weather for a long drive, he agreed, but the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show was scheduled to start Friday, and he wanted to get there to hand out walking sticks.

  • Clear a Path for Irrigation Systems, Purdue Expert Advises

    February 25, 2015

    Farmers using center pivot irrigation should pay special attention this year to make sure the system has plenty of clearance, says Lyndon Kelley, a Purdue and Michigan State Extension specialist. Plant debris and other obstructions could become entangled in a system’s lateral arms, potentially causing thousands of dollars in damage, Kelley said.

  • Ag Students Begin to Study Drones as MTSU Adds Degree Program

    February 24, 2015

    In the next few years, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will create high-paying jobs for around 70,000 Americans, many of them in agribusiness. And one of the first universities to turn out those young professionals will be Middle Tennessee State University, which launched a new UAS degree program this year.

  • Experts Give Tips to Prevent Yield Loss in Soybeans

    February 23, 2015

    Without a clear winner among commodities next year, many agriculture economists are predicting some growers will shift acres from corn and cotton to soybeans in 2015. While the USDA has projected that soybean acres will drop slightly in 2015, business and crop consultants expect soybean acreage will be much higher.

  • USDA: Farmers Will Plant Less Acres in 2015

    February 20, 2015

    U.S. farmers will plant less of … well, most everything, in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s acting chief economist. Robert Johansson’s comments on Thursday surprised some analysts, who have been predicting that growers would choose less expensive crops, but still plant as many acres as they did last year.

  • Controlling Invasive Species Takes Nationwide Effort

    February 19, 2015

    Next week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week, a time when weed and insect experts urge the public to be aware of the plants and insects that can take over a landscape and push out crops or native species.

  • Ag Could Benefit as Talks Progress with Cuba

    February 18, 2015

    U.S. and Cuban leaders will meet in Washington later this month to continue trade talks, after a delegation visits Havana this week. A group of Democratic lawmakers, including the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, traveled to Cuba this week, the first House delegation to go there since president Obama announced in December that he would work toward normalizing relations with Cuba.

  • FAA Proposes Rule to Allow Drones in Ag, Other Businesses

    February 17, 2015

    The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a set of guidelines that would allow small drones to be used in agriculture and other routine businesses. The federal government has allowed only a handful of companies to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial purposes until rules were set to protect people on the ground and in aircraft.

  • Family Dairy & Creamery Deliver Tasty Milk from Happy Cows

    February 16, 2015

    Scott Glover didn’t inherit a dairy, but he inherited a love for animals. This month, the Glovers started milking cows at their new dairy in North Georgia, a site will help show people how their milk begins in the field and winds up on their dinner table.

  • USDA Offering Grants for Energy Improvements

    February 13, 2015

    Farmers who are considering energy-saving upgrades can save even more though a federal program that helps them make the initial investment in improvements. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award up to $280 million inRural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants through the 2014 Farm Bill, the agency announced this week.

  • When Fire Cancels his Birthday Party, Boy Raises Money for Ag Museum

    February 12, 2015

    Ashland Clark loves the Mississippi Agriculture Museum and he loves mules. His friends and relatives all knew that – even before Ashland’s 10-year-old birthday party was cancelled due to a fire that gutted a popular part of the museum late last year.

  • 6 Receive Purdue Ag Alumni's Certificate of Distinction

    February 11, 2015

    Six agricultural leaders received the Purdue University Agricultural Alumni Association's top award during the group's annual Fish Fry in Indianapolis. The Certificate of Distinction recognizes contributions to agriculture - and society in general - that go far beyond the requirements of a job or profession.

  • Profile: Zurn Tells the Farmer’s Story

    February 09, 2015

    Karolyn Zurn didn’t grow up on a farm; she grew up in the suburbs of Southern California. But she visited rural Minnesota often, where she saw the life her relatives lived growing soybeans and other northern-grown crops. Turns out, farm living was the life for her.

  • Fraction of Farms Have Elected PLC/ARC

    February 06, 2015

    With only a few weeks remaining to sign up for crop support under the 2014 Farm Bill, only a fraction of eligible farmers have completed the process. But Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack isn’t worried, he said Thursday, as he and guests met with reporters to talk about the progress of the bill one year after it was passed.

  • In Tight Year, Hedge Your Input Costs

    February 05, 2015

    Smart farmers hedge their risks, guaranteeing that they’ll get a certain price for their crop even if the markets go haywire. But 2015 offers unique opportunities and challenges that aren’t always part of a tight year, according to Glen Arnold, a commodities broker who advises Southeastern farmers.

  • Obama Budget Would Cut Crop Insurance, EQIP

    February 04, 2015

    The 2016 budget President Barack Obama sent to Congress this week includes less money for crop insurance subsidies, a cut that might offset the expense of new commodity-support plans included in the 2014 Farm Bill.

  • U.S. Cattle Herd Growing Again

    February 03, 2015

    The U.S. cattle herd grew in 2014 for the first time since 2007, according to the semiannual cattle report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday.

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