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Why everyone who is sure about their food philosophy is wrong

Published Jul. 27, 2015

Nobody knows the shortcomings of the organic standard, or GMO corn, or no-till, better than the farmer who has put it into practice. But the farther you get from the farm, the louder the voices get.

Webinar series to focus on drone use in agriculture

Published Jul. 16, 2015

A 2013 report by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicts the UAS global market to reach $140 billion over the next decade. The report also said that agriculture would make up 80 percent of the potential commercial market for the devices.

Walker's conservative stance extends to agriculture

Published Jul. 14, 2015

Walker's style and policy agenda has earned him admirers and detractors in agriculture. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau thinks he's been good for farmers

USDA: Corn, Soybean Condition Ratings Improve

Published Jul. 21, 2015

n its Crop Ratings Report Monday, the USDA pegged the corn good/excellent condition at 69%, equal to a week ago, but below a 76% five-year average. This is the first time, this year, the corn rating was not below the previous week's rating. The corn crop’s silking rate is at 55% vs. a five-year average of 56%.

USDA preps for next round of bird flu

Published Jul. 14, 2015

Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, shared the risk of the disease re-emerging in the fall or spring is “significant” but also said many changes have already been put into place or will be the next time around.

US agriculture is ready for world's growth

Published Jul. 22, 2015

n the next decade, the largest intergenerational transfer of wealth will be seen in history. Currently, 40 percent of wealth is in the hands of baby boomers. This includes equipment and land. Only 20 percent of American businesses survive the second generation and only 4 percent survive the third generation.

The question most farms still have about the future

Published Jul. 14, 2015

what's going to happen with the family farm in the future? There are times when neither generation is clear about the plan – maybe even the most central thing of all: who's going to be involved in the farm in the future?

Sweet and hot products get top honors in Ohio food innovation contest

Published Jul. 15, 2015

The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) sponsored this year's contest, asking food entrepreneurs and chefs to submit written applications, which are scored for their product's concept.

Senate subcommittee advances $20.5B bill funding Agriculture, FDA

Published Jul. 15, 2015

The bill's contains $20.5 billion in discretionary funding, which is $65 million below the current level and $1.1 billion below President Obama’s request. The bulk of the measure, however, contains $123.3 billion mandatory funding. The text of the bill won't be released until Thursday.

Senate subcommittee advances $20.5B bill funding Agriculture, FDA

Published Jul. 15, 2015

The bill's contains $20.5 billion in discretionary funding, which is $65 million below the current level and $1.1 billion below President Obama’s request. The bulk of the measure, however, contains $123.3 billion mandatory funding. The text of the bill won't be released until Thursday.