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Will you pay to harness farm data?

Published Mar. 2, 2015

Say there's a company that's employing a team of experts to harness weather data, allowing you to plug in your fields and crops and planting conditions. The company isn't trying to sell you insurance, seed or equipment. You pay a subscription and your farm data doesn't get sold down the line.

Weather Ramping Up to Slow, Cool Start to Spring Planting

Published Mar. 4, 2015

Keep your eye on the forecast for the middle third of this month, forecasters say. In the 11- to 15-day forecast, temperatures are expected to remain higher than normal with less-than-normal precipitation, two trends that could help the Midwestern soils wake up from winter and lay the groundwork for this spring's planting window.

Uncle Sam's farm office: How the Farm Service Agency was born

Published Mar. 6, 2015

The Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 established the Agricultural Adjustment Administration to stabilize farm prices at a level on which farmers could survive. The law established state and county groups farmers called "Triple A committees," which oversaw the first federal farm program

U.S. exports of farm equipment down by 29% in 2014

Published Feb. 26, 2015

While a decline of nearly one-third is steep, the drop in U.S. farm equipment exports was not completely unexpected, AEM said. In 2014, a record harvest led to lower commodity prices and falling farm incomes, leading to a deterioration in farm economics worldwide.

U.S. agriculture delegation visits Cuba, protests embargo

Published Mar. 3, 2015

Two former agriculture secretaries, a number of state agriculture officials and representatives of various state farm bureaus are among the 95 people making the trip, which was organized by the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba. That group was formed after the Dec. 17 announcement the United States and Communist-run Cuba would restore diplomatic relations.