Features

  • Cotton Growers Look to Save Costs in Down Year

    March 27, 2015

    Early next week, producers across the country will get a clearer idea of the size and makeup of the 2015 crop, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases the Prospective Planting Report, a survey of what farmers across the country say they intend to plant.

  • Ag Committee Considering Cost of GMO Labeling

    March 26, 2015

    How much would GMO labeling cost? That’s the question the House Agriculture Committee is asking in a hearing this week. In 2014, 125 bills mandating the labeling of biotechnology were introduced in 30 different states.

  • Purdue Leading Research to Improve Water Management on Farms

    March 25, 2015

    A Purdue University researcher is heading a $5 million federally funded project examining the economic and environmental benefits and costs of storing water on farms in ways for crops to use it when they need it and to reduce nutrients draining into waterways.

  • Access to Land Still Young Farmers’ Biggest Worry

    March 24, 2015

    The biggest challenge on young farmers’ minds is finding enough land to grow crops and raise animals in the future, according to the producers who responded to a survey by American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers program. Those young farmers also are worried about profitability, taxes, water and finding financing.

  • In This Farm Family, the Farmer is Mom

    March 23, 2015

    Kristen Nickerson is a farm wife and a farm mom. … She’s a farmer and she’s a wife and she’s a mother. “For most people, farm wife means you are the farmer’s wife,” said Nickerson, who runs a 3,000-acre grain and swine farm with her brother and sister in Kent County, Maryland. “It’s usually the man who is the farmer in the family.

  • Can GMO and Organic Live Side by Side? USDA Thinks So

    March 20, 2015

    Farmers who only grow organic and farmers who use genetically engineered plants can coexist. An effort through the U.S. Department of Agriculture has focused for the past few years on mapping out ways to help different growers coexist without infringing on each other’s business.

  • In Nutrition Debate, Meat Group Says, ‘Hands off My Hot Dog’

    March 19, 2015

    Meat producers are using their voices – and a little bit of humor – to make sure that federal officials know they don’t want climate politics to get involved in the setting of dietary guidelines.

  • USDA: Family-Owned Farms Drive American Agriculture

    March 18, 2015

    The vast majority of farms in the United States are family-owned, and the most recent Census of Agriculture shows it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service is pointing out that 97 percent of American farms are family-owned.

  • This is the Week to Honor a Farmer

    March 17, 2015

    Wednesday is National Ag Day, the day set aside each year for communities to celebrate agriculture and its impact on Americans’ lives. Started 42 years ago, the Agriculture Council of America aims to increase the public’s awareness of agriculture's vital role in our society. Celebrations range from huge events in the nation’s capital to tiny parades in rural towns.

  • Bird Flu Confirmed Further East

    March 16, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed a deadly strain of avian flu further east than before, leaving poultry producers to worry that the disease could spread to high production states east of the Mississippi.

  • Profile: ‘Farm Mom’ a Dream Job for Pugh

    March 13, 2015

    Bethany Pugh is an office manager, chauffer, teacher, volunteer, cook, accountant, veterinary technician and housekeeper. In short, she’s a farm mom. Last year, Pugh was named the top Farm Mom for the Southeast region in the annual America's Farmers Mom of the Year contest put on by American Agri-Women and Monsanto.

  • Court Orders Cotton Farmer to Pay Monsanto for Collecting Seed

    March 12, 2015

    A federal court judge has ordered a Tifton cotton farmer to pay $360,000 to Monsanto after the company accused him of saving and delinting cotton seed for himself and other South Georgia farmers.

  • USDA Announces Funding Available for Specialty Crops

    March 11, 2015

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of more than $66.5 million in funding for research and extension activities to address the needs of America's specialty crop industry and solve critical organic agricultural production issues. The grants will be funded through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative and the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative.

  • Antibiotic-Free Chicken Seems Inevitable

    March 10, 2015

    McDonald’s announcement last week that the company will begin sourcing chicken raised without antibiotics may signal that the overall industry is headed in that direction, though some poultry companies already are there.

  • Ag Leaders Head to Cuba to Support Trade

    March 09, 2015

    A week after a bill was introduced into the U.S. Senate to open trade with Cuba, a delegation of powerful agriculture leaders visited the island nation last week for meetings, to court business partners and to push U.S. lawmakers to lift the long-running embargo. The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, a group of powerful ag companies including Cargill, put together the trip.

  • Immigration Enforcement without Reform Hurts Farms

    March 06, 2015

    As the U.S. House of Representatives takes up immigration changes that could make farm labor harder to find, American Farm Bureau Federation is asking for reform first and urging citizens to learn the positive impact immigrants have in their state. On Thursday, AFBF tweeted a link to an interactive map by Partnership for a New American Economy showing the impact of immigrants in individual states.

  • Have You Picked ARC-PLC? Some Farmers Want More Time

    March 05, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that the government would extend the deadline for producers to update yield history or reallocate base acres under new Farm Bill safety net programs.

  • 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?

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