News & Events

Green innovation: This company is growing the future of automated agriculture

Published Nov. 16, 2015

For Spread, the next stage of it vegetable factory development will emphasize the role of robots in the agricultural effort. The purpose of the change is to create cleaner, safer crops by significantly reducing key bacteria sources from much of the process — namely, germ-prone humans.

Grassley: High hopes for TPP on agriculture

Published Nov. 16, 2015

The new market access for U.S. agricultural products is good news. On pork, Japan would eliminate duties on 80 percent of tariffs, and the gate price mechanism that has been a barrier in the past would be significantly improved.

Genetically modified salmon OK’d for human consumption in US

Published Nov. 20, 2015

“There are no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of AquAdvantage Salmon compared to that of other farm-raised Atlantic salmon,” the agency said in announcing the approval.

FDA finalizes produce safety rules

Published Nov. 17, 2015

The rules focus on “prevention” and seek to combat foodborne illness before it occurs. According to the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick each year from foodborne diseases.

Farm Service Agency approves ARC-CO changes based on farm's location

Published Nov. 25, 2015

The Farm Service Agency recently approved a modification allowing growers on a farm with one or more tracts outside the administrative county the option to recalculate Agriculture Risk Coverage-CO benefits based on the farm's physical location

Farm management school teaches small, beginning producers farm finances

Published Nov. 20, 2015

The goal of the program, he said, is to help young and beginning farmers learn how to become financially savvy and how to make their agricultural operations successful.

Farm income, farmland values weaken in Midwest, Mid-South

Published Nov. 13, 2015

“Due to some concern about the fall harvest and the recent dip in livestock prices, agricultural bankers have a rather dour view of farm income prospects in the fourth quarter of 2015,” the report said, noting a projected fourth quarter index value of 23.

El Nino's impact beyond agriculture to cost billion

Published Nov. 24, 2015

"The impact is likely to be high, affecting energy, food and water in many parts of Asia," Ancha Srinivasan, principal climate change specialist at the Asian Development Bank told CNBC's The Rundown.

Corn has Competition as Ethanol's Leading Grain

Published Nov. 20, 2015

In terms of ethanol production, corn has some competition this winter— grain sorghum. The grain, also known as milo, produces the same amount of ethanol per bushel, but uses one third less water in the process of creating the fuel. It is also used as feed, like corn

Climate Change Is Going to Wreak Havoc on World Agriculture

Published Nov. 24, 2015

The MIT study looked at 11 different possibilities of trade and internal food production under a climate change scenario. They wanted to know what would happen if countries couldn’t continue to grow all the same crops they do today