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New Holland Pavilions Unveiled at #WDE14

The official ribbon cutting for the New Holland Pavilions took place this morning on the opening day of the 2014 World Dairy Expo. State and county officials joined New Holland executives and other industry partners for the ceremony that took place outside the $24.9 million facility. Show More Summary

Corn Stocks Up, Soybeans Down

There’s more corn in the bins than there was a year ago at this time. USDA’s newest Grain Stocks report shows 1.24 billion bushels of old crop corn in all positions as of September 1, up 50 percent from the same time last year. The report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) found less soybean stocks than a year... Read More

Drink More Milk, Buy More Balers

Exhibitors at the 2014 World Dairy Expo are the first to break in the New Holland Pavilions. Last night New Holland Agriculture hosted one of their infamous Club Blue parties for all World Dairy Expo exhibitors. The evening was full of food, drinks, music and some great conversation. Abe Hughes, VP New Holland North America, said they are so excited... Read More

Oregon GMO wheat investigation ended - AgMinute for September 30, 2014

The investigation into the unauthorized release in Oregon has ended without any determinations about the source of the biotech wheat, though USDA continues to believe it was an isolated incident and none of the crop entered commerce. Click Here for the full story

Unauthorized GMO wheat in Montana - AgMinute for September 29, 2014

USDA said more biotech wheat was found at a former field trial site in Montana but it's unrelated to a 2013 unauthorized release in Oregon. The agency has ended its investigation into the Oregon incident without firm conclusions as to its source. Click Here for the full story

GROWMARK Encourages Proactive Nutrient Management

This is the third of a four part series on Nutrient Management sponsored by FS/GROWMARK There are lots of good reasons to be proactive about nutrient management in agriculture, not the least of which is the threat of government regulation and litigation. Show More Summary

Farm Bill; and, the Ag Economy- Tuesday

Farm Bill House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) was a guest yesterday on the AgriTalk radio program with Mike Adams, where the conversation focused on the Farm Bill (audio replay here, MP3- 10:17). An unofficial transcript of yesterday’s discussion is available here. With respect to USDA Farm Bill implementation, Rep. Peterson noted […]

NACD Meets With EPA on WOTUS

Representatives of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials last week to express concerns on behalf of member conservation districts regarding the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule. Show More Summary

Outlook bright for livestock, dairy - AgMinute for September 26, 2014

An economic outlook by University of Missouri's FAPRI projects high prices for the livestock and dairy sectors and lower prices for the grains and oilseed sectors, resulting in livestock receipts eclipsing crop receipts in 2014 -- which last occurred in 2005. Click Here for the full story

East Idaho farm teaches fourth-graders about ag - AgMinute for September 25, 2014

Swore Farms in southeast Idaho has an annual tradition of inviting all of fourth-graders in the Pocatello-Chubbuck school district to come and learn about agriculture. Click here for the full story

Idaho cropland rent increases - AgMinute for September 24, 2014

Idaho farmers weren't surprised to hear that the average cost to rent irrigated cropland increased $20 an acre this year. The average rent expense for all cropland in Idaho is estimated at $151 an acre, an increase of $12 over 2013. Click here for the full story

USDA Unveils New Risk Management Programs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the new programs included in the 2014 Farm Bill to help farmers better manage risk. The new programs, Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), represent the endShow More Summary

Nutrient Management with N-Watch

This is the second of a four part series on Nutrient Management sponsored by FS/GROWMARK Two years ago, GROWMARK started a pilot program in the state of Illinois called N-Watch to help farmers determine the concentration, form and location of plant-available nitrogen. It started with about 45 sites in Illinois and it has grown quite a bit since then. “Right... Read More

Canadian Farm Writers Conference Preview

This week on the ZimmCast we are previewing the upcoming Canadian Farm Writers Federation 2014 conference in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island October 2-5. That’s just a week from now, but if you have ever wanted to learn more about eastern Canadian agriculture, this would be the event to do it – and they would be happy to welcome more attendees!... Read More

A bread revolution underway? Here's what it looks like

I heard a comic say last night that instead of gluten free loaves, she would have free gluten -- which is actually what I've been doing when I offer samples at book talks. Maybe I'll put up a sign: "free gluten."  But it's not simply gluten I write about, rather all the facets of what it akes to make great bread. Show More Summary

Grant seeks to grow Idaho farm to school program - AgMinute for September 23, 2014

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture will use a $18,000 federal grant to conduct four events around the state designed to increase the amount of local food being included in school menus. Click here for the full story

FDA releases revised produce rule - AgMinute for September 22, 2014

FDA officials say the agency's revised produce rule would provide more flexibility for farmers to meet proposed water quality standards. The revisions were announced today on the Federal Register website. Click here for the full sto...

Water will flow until October in Treasure Valley - AgMinute for September 19, 2014

Irrigation districts in southwestern Idaho won't cease delivering water to farmers until the first part of October, a month later than last year. They also expect to have a decent amount of carryover water left for the 2015 season. Click here for the full story

Lawsuit could impact Idaho agriculture - AgMinute for September 18, 2014

A pending lawsuit targeting Idaho Wildlife Services could impact Idaho agriculture since 88 percent of the agency's funding is used to protect agriculture, especially livestocck producers, from predators. Click here for the full sto...

Policy Issues; Ag Economy; Biotech; and, Biofuels- Monday

Policy Issues Late last week, Ron Hays, of The Oklahoma Farm Report and Radio Oklahoma Network, spoke with House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R., Okla.) about Farm Bill issues. An audio replay and summary of the Chairman’s remarks from Thursday can be found here, while an unofficial transcript of the conversation with Ron […]

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