News & Events

‘Historic Wins’ for Organic Industry in New Farm Bill

Published Apr. 3, 2014

Vilsack also said that the industry is growing at a record pace as more than 25,000 certified organic operations in 120 countries registered with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

Farm Belt Pest Gnaws at Syngenta

Published Apr. 3, 2014

The western corn rootworm, a Farm Belt scourge, is gaining further ground against genetically modified crops designed to kill it, marking a setback for biotech seed makers.

Borlaug's granddaughter calls agriculture to action

Published Apr. 3, 2014

"The debate on GMOs is over," Julie Borlaug, granddaughter of the late wheat scientist Norman Borlaug, told an audience of agricultural media and industry members. Although the scientific community has repeatedly demonstrated the safety and value of biotech crops, she said, "advocates of biotech need to do a better job of explaining to the public why biotech is vital to our future."

Ohio’s prison farms help inmates experience freedom, responsibility

Published Apr. 3, 2014

The farm is reserved for inmates who meet the correctional system’s lowest security score — known as “security level 1” or “minimum security.” The most common offenses are related to alcohol and narcotics.

COOL upheld in court ruling

Published Apr. 3, 2014

A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia allows the government to move forward with Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).
The controversial COOL has been hotly debated for years between those in agriculture interested in providing consumers with more information aand many in the meat industry concerned about the cost, logistics

Weather Worries Appear On Traders' Radar

Published Apr. 4, 2014

April has only begun, but bulls are already talking up wet. cold conditions that keep tractors out of the field in many areas this week. A variety of weather, from snow to rain to even warmer temperatures has farmers and traders wondering when planting will begin in earnest, helping give futures a boost after Tuesday’s sharp downturn.

Farm Bureau Dismayed After Reviewing EPA’s Proposed Waters Rule

Published Apr. 4, 2014

After reviewing EPA’s waters of the U.S. proposed rule, Farm Bureau thinks EPA is trying to extend Congress’ definition of navigable waters to include land that is only rarely wet - such as ditches and so-called “ephemeral streams” that only carry water when it rains.

"Farmland' gives a glimpse of boots-on-the-ground agriculture

Published Apr. 4, 2014

While each of the six were passionate about their little corner of the industry and held deeply-rooted opinions (that they were willing to share) about the production practices they choose, all six repeatedly reiterated that the diversity in agriculture today ultimately benefits the consumer.

Branding the farm

Published Apr. 7, 2014

Since small farmers compete with large grocery chains, branding and marketing their farm and maintaining relationships with customers is an important part of business,

U.S. food prices rising, Farm Bureau says

Published Apr. 7, 2014

U.S. consumers are paying more for several food items at their local grocery store, including many of their favorite breakfast staples such as bacon, eggs and bread, the country’s largest farm group said Thursday