• Bee Strategy Calls for Scrutiny of Neonics

    May 22, 2015

    The government will reassess neonicotinoids and whether they play a bigger role in the loss of honey bees than people think. This week, the White House released the “National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators,” a guide for how the government and private groups will work to build the population of insects that pollinate flowers and stop the factors that are causing bees to die off.

  • EPA: There’s Overwhelming Support for Waters of U.S. Rule

    May 21, 2015

    The Obama administration is taking some heat from an unlikely source – the New York Times – for advocating for increased federal control of small waterways, a change that is wildly unpopular with agriculture advocates.

  • Bill Introduced to Repeal COOL

    May 20, 2015

    House Agriculture Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, on Tuesday introduced H.R. 2393, a bill to repeal mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork, and chicken products. Chairman Conaway and his colleagues held a bipartisan press conference with representatives from industries that are targets of retaliation by Canada and Mexico.

  • Lawmakers to Consider Scrapping COOL

    May 19, 2015

    The chairman of the House Agriculture Committee will introduce legislation today to repeal Country of Origin Labeling requirements that could lead Canada and Mexico to retaliate against U.S. products.

  • El Niño Chance Grows, But Southeast Still Parched

    May 18, 2015

    You don’t find odds much better than this: There’s a 90% chance that El Niño will continue through this summer in the U.S. and an 80% chance that the weather pattern will continue through the end of the year.

  • USDA Creating a GMO-Free Certification, Label

    May 15, 2015

    The federal government has created a verification process and label for food producers who want their products certified to be free of genetically engineered plants.

  • Experts Don't Know What's Spreading Avian Flu

    May 14, 2015

    A deadly form of avian influenza cropped up in Indiana last week, 2000 miles from the last place the strain was confirmed. The case of H5N8 was found in a backyard mixed-poultry flock in northern Indiana; the only other cases of this particular strain were in California and Oregon.

  • Report: Price of Eggs, Turkey Rises as Bird Flu Culls Flock

    May 13, 2015

    Prices for eggs and turkey meat are on the rise as avian influenza kills more and more chickens and turkeys in the Midwest. The cost of a carton of large eggs in the Midwest has jumped 20 cents – from $1.19 to $1.39 a dozen – in less than a month as the virus spread across Iowa's laying chicken flocks.

  • Report: Ag Majors in Demand in Workforce

    May 12, 2015

    Any high school senior looking for a career with good job prospects would do well to consider going to college to study agriculture, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Son Retires from Ag Museum his Father Helped Found

    May 11, 2015

    When Monty Spinks went to work for the Agrirama more than two decades ago, he essentially was looking after his father’s legacy. After all, it was his father, Ford Spinks who brought the museum to life nearly 40 years ago.

  • CASE IH Books Bring Farm Machines to Life for Kids

    May 08, 2015

    When Holly Dufek, Paul E. Nunn and the CASE IH team started to put together a series of children’s books to tell the story of a modern farm, they pictured a world of machines come to life, much like the cast Nunn helped create in the Pixar hit “Cars.”

  • Chick Chain Teaching 4-Hers about Poultry Production

    May 07, 2015

    An innovative project to give kids experience in raising poultry is creating a Chick Chain across the Southeast. “A lot of the kids we reach nowadays are three or four generations removed from the farm. They honestly think that food comes from the grocery store,” said Katelyn Ellis, an agent in southeastern Alabama.

  • While Some See Opportunity, Florida Fears Trade with Cuba

    May 06, 2015

    As the United States seems to be getting closer to normalizing relations with Cuba, agriculture leaders from Florida are starting to express their concerns – from introducing exotic pests to competing with domestic vegetable growers.

  • Can Farmers Hack Tractor Software? Copyright Office Will Decide

    May 05, 2015

    This month the U.S. Copyright Office will hear arguments on the pros and cons of letting farmers repair the software that runs agricultural machinery, but not a single representative from a farmers union is scheduled to speak at the upcoming hearing in California.

  • Transplants Might Add Revenue to the Farm

    May 04, 2015

    As more small farms get into the business of growing local produce, a value-added business has sprouted for those willing to fill a need – growing the transplant seedlings those farmers need.

  • Light Research Could Give Produce Longer Shelf Life

    May 01, 2015

    One day, packing houses may shine certain frequencies of light over produce to turn on genes that will make fruits or vegetables stay fresh longer. At home, consumers may have adjustable lights in their fridges to finish the job – making a fruit taste more or less sweet, depending on the buyer’s tastes.

  • Fighting Thrips is All about Timing

    April 30, 2015

    Farmers have a lot on their minds this time of year – planning, prepping, planting. But before many cotton producers are ready to put the planter back into the barn, it’s already time to start scouting and perhaps treating for thrips in the earliest planted fields.

  • Survey Shows Public Support for Ethanol Mandate

    April 29, 2015

    A new poll commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) found that more than 60% of registered voters support the federal ethanol mandate.

  • Claiming Harm on the Farm, Chipotle Goes GMO Free

    April 28, 2015

    Chipotle Mexican Grill announced Monday that the restaurant no longer uses any ingredients from genetically-engineered plants. The guarantee is designed to reach millennial customers, but is misleading, according to Wayne Parrott, a Plant Breeding and Genomics expert from the University of Georgia.

  • Prepare to Fight Sugarcane Aphid for Sorghum Yield

    April 27, 2015

    Sugarcane aphids likely will be a big challenge for sorghum this year, and entomologists across the Southeast are warning growers to prepare. “I’m expecting it to be pretty bad this year,” said University of Georgia grain crop entomologist David Buntin, who was compiling advice to send to sorghum growers late last week. “If this year is anything like last year, every field will be treated at least once.