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  • USDA Calls for Nominations for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee

    Aug 14, 2017, 01:00 AM by System

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations to fill vacancies expiring in 2017 on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC).
    FVIAC, administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, was established by USDA in 2001. Members of the committee meet up to two times a year to develop recommendations on issues affecting the U.S. produce industry. Committee members represent a broad cross-section of the industry.
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  • Exports of U.S. Feed Grains In All Forms Setting Records As End of Marketing Year Nears

    Aug 14, 2017, 00:59 AM by System

    Exports of U.S. feed grains in all forms (GIAF) are up 20 percent year-over-year from September-June to 96.9 million metric tons, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). 

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    With only two months left in the 2016/2017 marketing year, exports by this measure that is ... (722 words)

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  • Longtime Farming Families Honored at the Indiana State Fair

    Aug 14, 2017, 00:59 AM by System

    At the Indiana State Fair, Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Director Ted McKinney and ISDA Deputy Director Melissa Rekeweg presented 72 families with a Hoosier Homestead Award in recognition of their commitment to Indiana agriculture.
    "Our state's legacy has been shaped by our farming families, who continue to pass down their traditions and values from one generation to the next," said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves ... (694 words)

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  • Marine Veteran Serves through Agriculture

    Aug 14, 2017, 00:59 AM by System

    Garfield Jarret served in the Marine Corps until he was injured in Iraq during a roadside attack. When he returned to the United States, he attended Florida International University (FIU) to receive his undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work.

    As an FIU student, he learned about the FIU Veterans and Small Farmers Outreach Program (VeSFO). The intent of this program, funded by USDA, is to provide veterans, socially disadvantaged ... (526 words)

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  • American Agri-Women and Bayer Announce ‘Gen Z Speaks Ag’ Advocacy Contest

    Aug 14, 2017, 00:59 AM by System

    The contest is for photos, videos, special events and pollinator education events and is part of American Agri-Women’s #AgDay365 campaign. 
    Generation Z, it’s your turn to speak up for agriculture. American Agri-Women (AAW) and Crop Science, a division of Bayer, announce the “Gen Z Speaks Ag” advocacy contest as part of AAW’s “AgDay365: Ag Day is Every Day Campaign.” AgDay365 celebrates the fact that everyone is part ... (637 words)

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  • U.S. Tractor Sales Up 6% for the Year, Combines Down 4% in July

    Aug 14, 2017, 00:59 AM by System

    According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturer's monthly "Flash Report," the sale of all tractors in the U.S. in July 2017, were up .5% compared to the same month last year. For the seven months in 2017, a total of 135,267 tractors were sold which compares to 128,105 sold thru July 2016 representing a 6% increase for the year. For the month, two-wheel drive smaller tractors ... (163 words)

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  • USDA Issues Bearish Corn, Soybean Forecast Report

    Aug 14, 2017, 00:59 AM by System

    USDA delivered a bearish blow to crop markets on Thursday by forecasting the fall harvests will be larger-than-expected with corn production seen at 14.2 billion bushels and soybeans at 4.38 billion. Those numbers, along with larger-than-expected ending stocks, hit crop futures with corn dropping about 10 cents lower for the day shortly after the report and soybeans 27 cents lower. "If realized, this will be the third highest ... (421 words)

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  • World Wheat Consumption Increases, Spring Wheat in Short Supply

    Aug 14, 2017, 00:59 AM by System

    USDA increased its estimates for world wheat production, consumption and trade in its August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released today. USDA forecast global wheat production at 743 million metric tons (MMT), 3 percent above the 5-year average but still 2 percent below last year's record. The global wheat consumption estimate increased to 737 MMT in 2017/18, up 4 percent from the 5-year average but ... (423 words)

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  • Farm Economy Softens Further, but Shows Signs of Stabilizing

    Aug 14, 2017, 00:59 AM by System

    A prolonged downturn in the agricultural economy continued in the second quarter of 2017, but recent data from the Kansas City Fed's Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions suggest conditions in the farm sector may be stabilizing. Agricultural credit conditions weakened further in the second quarter, but the pace of deterioration has slowed. Although the rate at which farm loans are being repaid continued to decrease, the change from a ... (323 words)

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  • Mycogen Seeds Offers Novel Product to Battle Pythium, Other Yield-Robbing Pathogens

    Aug 14, 2017, 00:59 AM by System

    After a season plagued by seedling diseases caused by cool, wet soils at planting, farmers have a new option to protect seed investments. Mycogen Seeds is offering its new REVONTEK™ seed treatment in its Mycogen® brand corn and silage hybrids for 2018 planting. "Seedling diseases have been especially challenging this year," says Andrew Hoffman, Mycogen Seeds agronomy marketing manager. "The effects of Pythium and Rhizoctonia are still evident in farmers ... (656 words)

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  • American Seed Trade Association Releases "Laws, Regs & Other Considerations When Buying Seed" Report

    Aug 14, 2017, 00:59 AM by System

    No matter what type of seed you buy, it's important to know exactly what you're getting. There's a lot more to buying seed than meets the eye. Quality seed has been bred for specific traits, such as geographic adaptation, disease or insect resistance, physical attributes, or plant function. It has been selected, harvested, cleaned, analyzed, tested, processed, packaged and shipped. Professional seed producers with years of knowledge ... (982 words)

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  • New Food and Farm Facts Book From Farm Bureau Now Available

    Aug 13, 2017, 23:59 PM by System

    The new Food and Farm Facts book, map and pocket guide, produced by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, are now available. "Food and Farm Facts provides the opportunity to learn about the many ways modern farmers produce food to meet the needs of today's consumers. I hope it also puts into perspective how blessed we are to be Americans," said Foundation Chairman Zippy Duvall, who also serves ... (334 words)

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  • USDA Replaces the Phrase "Climate Change" With "Weather Extremes"

    Aug 13, 2017, 23:59 PM by System

    Officials at a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) office told staffers to avoid the term "climate change" in their communications and use language like "weather extremes" instead, The Guardian reported Monday. According to emails obtained by The Guardian, officials told staffers in the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to change the way they discuss climate change in their work. According to the office, climate change would become ... (471 words)

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  • House Ag Committee Chair Expects Farm Bill by End of the Year

    Aug 13, 2017, 23:59 PM by System

    House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, who has said he wants to finish the next farm in 2017, said Saturday that he now hopes to have the bill on the House floor in the last quarter of 2017 or the first quarter of 2018. Conaway made the statement at the beginning of a House Agriculture Committee farm bill listening session on Saturday in Modesto, California. Conaway, California Republican Reps ... (812 words)

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  • 1st Half: Compass Minerals' Sales Up 19%, Net Income Down 73%

    Aug 13, 2017, 23:59 PM by System

    Compass Minerals reported a second-quarter loss of $6.4 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to earnings of $6.3 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016. "Despite a strong performance this quarter in our Plant Nutrition North America business, our results were pressured by increased costs in the Salt segment and sluggish plant nutrition sales in South America," said Fran Malecha ... (205 words)

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  • Ban of U.S. Potatoes Ordered by Mexican Judge

    Aug 13, 2017, 23:59 PM by System

    A federal judge in Mexico has ordered SAGARPA, the Mexican department of agriculture, to stop the import of fresh U.S. potatoes. The National Potato Council, Washington, D.C., is waiting for details on the Aug. 4 decision, including whether it affects the 26-kilometer zone where U.S. tablestock potatoes are allowed. The judge listed concerns about pests among reasons for the ruling. "We still have a lot of questions ... (367 words)

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  • Impact NASDA's Policy Outreach: Submit Your Action Items & Policy Amendments by August 18

    Aug 13, 2017, 23:59 PM by System

    NASDA Members have an opportunity to impact NASDA's policy positions and actions at our upcoming Annual Meeting. Policy Amendments and Action Items should be submitted to Britt Aasmundstad (britt@nasda.org) by Friday, August 18. Items submitted after this date will require a 2/3 vote for consideration. Details on NASDA’s policy process and Policy Amendment/Action Item Forms are available online on the Pre-Meeting Documents page. For your reference, NASDA’s existing policy statements are available online. Please contact Britt with any questions about our policy process. (78 words)

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  • Food Network

    Aug 13, 2017, 23:59 PM by System
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  • Make Room for Over Six Billion Pounds of Peanuts

    Aug 13, 2017, 23:59 PM by System

    Farmers were taking contracts with zero option just to have a place to put their peanuts because they needed a warehouse receipt just to get a loan…they were taking way lower prices than they should have because of that error…the losses were in the millions. It was a rough time… (929 words)

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  • Feeding Foals after Weaning

    Aug 13, 2017, 23:59 PM by System

    As summer ends and your foal continues to grow and gain independence, it’s time to think about the nutrition requirements of your weanling horse. This can be a stressful time, both emotionally and nutritionally. Keep these tips in mind to ensure a smooth transition and continued healthy growth through weaning.

     

     
    When to wean a foal
     
    “If the weanling horse is one you’ve raised since birth, you have a ... (723 words)

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