Features

  • Maps Show Impact of EPA Rule on Farms

    August 29, 2014

    A picture is worth a thousand words. And soon, farmers will get a picture of just how much a new federal rule would impact waterways in their states. Dozens of farming groups have opposed the Waters of the U.S. Rule, which would define which streams and ditches fall under the regulation of the Clean Water Act.

  • Project Could Give Women Farm Owners a Voice

    August 28, 2014

    Nearly half of Iowa farms are owned – or at least co-owned – by women. Experts don’t really know how many farms in other states are owned by women. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census focuses on operations and doesn’t capture info about the person who owns the land, if another person leases and operates the farm.

  • How to Make the Most of High Cattle Prices

    August 27, 2014

    Most cattlemen have a slight grin on their faces these days. Cattle have been selling for record prices this summer. What is causing this major increase in prices? Primarily there are two key factors: fewer cattle, and cheaper feed.

  • Dirty Underwear Shows How to Keep Pasture Healthy

    August 26, 2014

    There’s nothing like a pair of dirty drawers to drive home a point about soil health. Extension specialists at North Carolina State University and Clemson have put a spin on an old agronomy demonstration project by burying underwear – rather than just plain cotton swatches – to show ranchers what happens when the soil is depleted of carbon.

  • Farmer Profile: Extension Work a Calling from God to Help Farmers

    August 25, 2014

    Rome Ethredge has a piece of paper somewhere that says he graduated high school in Lincoln, Nebraska. He’s never been to Nebraska, but as an agronomist, might like to go one day. The diploma he earned through correspondence lessons is just one of the details of a life that took a South Georgia farm boy to France and then Togo, Africa, only to bring him back to the same type of South Georgia farming community he loved as a boy.

  • Farms Across U.S. Win Funds for New Products

    August 22, 2014

    Titan Farms, the largest peach operation on the East Coast, throws away 14 million pounds of fruit a year. Most of the peaches are edible, just not as perfect as fresh-market consumers demand. That waste equates to 275 tractor-trailer loads of peaches that go into the trash.

  • Old Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Wet Sunshine State

    August 21, 2014

    Much of the country will face drier than normal weather in 2015, while drought in California will continue and parched ground will cost farmers yield in the Midwest, according to the prognosticators at the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which went on sale on Wednesday. On the other hand, Florida could face a wetter-than-normal winter.

  • AgView Helping Farmers Get Feet Wet with Remote Irrigation

    August 20, 2014

    By and large, farmers are a conservative bunch. Most of them like to watch how new technology works for a few years before they make a leap. Still, most producers are all about efficiency and will adopt just about any practice that makes for a better yield and saves cost.

  • Invasive Species Workshop to Offer Continuing Education

    August 19, 2014

    The Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is offering a two-day, continuing education workshop on invasive species management in conjunction with the Indiana chapters of The Wildlife Society and the Society of American Foresters.

  • Project Aims to Give Ag School Grads the Skills in Demand

    August 18, 2014

    Several years ago, when seniors filed into agribusiness professor Aaron Johnson on the first day of spring semester, a couple of them already would know where they would go to work. Now, nearly all of those seniors have a job lined up after graduation, and businesses are recruiting students a full year before they finish classes.

  • Beef Program Brings Moms to the Farm

    August 15, 2014

    The Beef Check-off Program has been reminding moms for more than 20 years that beef is what’s for dinner. But to make sure that message connect with all moms – including busy millennials – the national organization that promotes beef is getting women across the country out onto the farm to see how that dinner can be the easiest, most nutritional option for their families.

  • Pecan Center Shelling Out New Ideas for New Products

    August 14, 2014

    The recently established center authorized UGA researchers led by Dr. William L. Kerr, professor and coordinator for the UGA Food Processing Research & Development Laboratory, to create two products with consumer-appeal using heart-healthy pecans. Eighty percent of the world’s pecan crop is produced in the U.S., and Georgia produces more pecans than any other state — an estimated 100 million pounds annually.

  • Farmers Could Take 25% Hit with 2014 Crop, Expert Says

    August 13, 2014

    Farmers who grow row crops could see their incomes drop 25 to 30 percent this year as major commodities like corn, soybeans and cotton all turn in bumper crops under low prices, an agricultural economist said Tuesday.

  • Farmers Struggle with Bt Resistance South of the Border

    August 12, 2014

    A group of South American farmers are complaining that Bt corn no longer is resistant to the pests that feed on their crops, and they want big agri-companies to pay for the pesticides they’ve had to use.

  • Cotton Below 60 Cents? Tuesday Report May Decide

    August 11, 2014

    Cotton farmers should get an idea Tuesday whether cotton prices will remain near a five-year low or rally before the end of the growing season. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates are due out Aug. 12, and could deal another blow to cotton prices if the report shows a larger-than-expected crop size.

  • From the Field: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

    August 08, 2014

    The roller coaster ride that has been the corn market over the last month and a half is the inspiration for this installation of From the Field. As farmers we are subject to unknown economic forces, foreign trade and something Adam Smith called “the invisible hand.” It affects every facet of our operation’s financial well-being, and the thought of losing it all looms in the back of every farmer’s mind.

  • What To Do if Your Crop Proceeds Come Up Short

    August 07, 2014

    This is an exciting time of the year for farmers as they start to see what kind of harvest they can expect to have this year. August is the month that we start to picture corn in the bin and cotton in the bale. But, while there are great growing years – seasons with plenty of rain, low pest stress and high commodity prices – we also have years of adversity, times when the crop just won’t produce the profit that we expected at the beginning of the year.

  • Muck Boots in Trouble over HSUS Support on Facebook

    August 06, 2014

    Muck Boots really stepped in it. The 15-year-old line of outdoor footwear is popular with outdoorsy types, but really infuriated farmers – many of them cattlemen – this week when two photos surfaced of company employees raising money for the Humane Society of the United States.

  • Farmers’ Expenditures Up in 2013

    August 05, 2014

    Farmers’ cost of doing business rose 2.3 percent last year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The biggest blow to the wallet came in cash rents, particularly in the Midwest. Altogether U.S. farmers spent $367.3 billion on production in 2013, 2.3 percent more than in 2012, according to the Farm Production Expenditures report, published Friday by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

  • Farmer Profile: Crump Keeps Citrus Roots, But Expands into Vegetables, Too

    August 04, 2014

    Steve Crump doesn’t think of himself as the kind of farmer who takes risks, even if the University of Florida Cooperative Extension picked him as one of three small-farm innovators in 2014. “I don’t consider myself to be very innovative. I usually let someone else be the first to try something new. If it works for them, then Buddy, I will copy it; I will steal that idea,” he jokes.

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