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2015 could be a break-even year for Idaho dairy farmers - AgMinute for April 1, 2015

During a presentation to lawmakers by United Dairymen of Idaho officials, most of the questions from legislators centered around Fairlife, a new premium milk product being distributed by the Coca-Cola Co. Click here for the full sto...

Ag Conservation Easement Funding Available

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Natural Resources Conservation Service chief Jason Weller have announced the availability of $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Show More Summary

USDA Releases Prospective Plantings Report

The much-anticipated 2015 Prospective Plantings released by USDA today shows declines expected in corn, wheat and cotton acres this year, with only a modest increase in soybean acreage. Corn planted area for all purposes in 2015 is estimated at 89.2 million acres, down 2 percent from last year. If realized, this will be the third consecutive year of an acreage... Read More

U.S. Potato Board unveils new price elasticity tool - AgMinute for March 31, 2015

A new tool developed for the U.S. Potato Board analyzes how the price fluctuations of fresh potato products affect demand. For more information visit

Rural Electric Tackles Diversity & Internet Access

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with former Congresswomen from my home state of Missouri, Jo Ann Emerson. She currently calls Washington, D.C. home where she holds the title of first female CEO for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). “I am very excited to be selected by the Board of Directors of the NRECA to serve... Read More

Perennial rice coming soon, perennial wheat? - AgMinute for March 27, 2015

Perennial rice may soon be available to farmers in China and Australia, but researchers are mixed on how long it will take a perennial wheat to make its way to U.S. farmers. For more information visit

Bill would create organic-type labels for non-GMO foods - AgMinute for March 26, 2015

The proposed government-certified label would allow companies that want to advertise their foods as GMO-free to do so, but it would not be mandatory for others. Click here for the full story

Propane Grain Dryers Increase Efficiency

Farmers at Commodity Classic were showing increased interest in upgrading their grain dryers to high efficiency propane units. Cinch Munson with the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) says their research shows that a new propane grain dryer can result in 50% efficiency savings. Show More Summary

FarmHer at Ag Day

During last week’s Ag Day Activities in Washington, DC I met Marji Guyler-Alaniz, FarmHer, Inc. during the Celebration of Agriculture dinner. Earlier in the day Marji participated in a Google Hangout with USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and Dr. Show More Summary

Northwest hop acreage continues to grow - AgMinute for March 25, 2015

The March 1 inventory of hops is slightly down but acreage is expected to keep growing this year as the craft brewing industry drives demand. Click here for the full story

Canadian government approves GM apples - AgMinute for March 24, 2015

Two Canadian agencies have approved genetically modified apples that were developed in British Columbia. They have also been approved in the U.S. Click here for the full story

Meet Bethany – Farm Mom of the Year

The Farm Mom of the Year is an award presented by America’s Farmers for those mom’s out there who don’t ask for recognition for everything they do. It’s a simple opportunity to thank them. Bethany Pugh, Monsanto Farm Mom of the Year, hails from North Carolina and is the heart of Middle Creek Farms and Pamlico Shores Produce. Ken Rahjes,... Read More

Case IH Introduces Certified Pre-Owned Program

Dan Danford, Case IH, talked with Ag View‘s Ken Rahjes at the 2015 Commodity Classic about the Case IH Certified Pre-Owned Program. The program is aimed to give customers the best warranties and financing on late model Case IH Steiger tractors, Magnum tractors and Axial-Flow combines. “This is targeted for those who over the past five or six years have... Read More

Ag Day 2015

National Ag Day activities are conducted by the Agriculture Council of America. This year’s Chair is Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. In this week’s program I talked with Colin about the work of the ACA and this year’s activities. I also spoke with Amy Bradford, GROWMARK, an Ag Day sponsor and sponsor of my coverage of Ag Day activities... Read More

Increasing Access to Affordable Broadband

The White House along with USDA held a press call to “lay out next steps to increase access to affordable high-speed broadband for all Americans.” On the call are Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council and Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The call talks about efforts on the part of private enterprise as well as those by... Read More

Federal lawsuit takes on Idaho's Ag Security Act - AgMinute for March 23, 2015

The dairy group that authored Idaho’s Agricultural Security Act will not be allowed to intervene in a federal lawsuit against the law. For more information visit

Yeutter Kicks Off UNL Trade Center Fundraiser

Former agriculture secretary and trade ambassador Clayton Yeutter was honored at the Agri-Pulse Ag Day event last week in Washington DC, the day after he made a $2.5 million dollar commitment to establish an international trade and finance institute at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Show More Summary

Food Tank at Bayer Ag Issues Forum

Food and social justice go hand-in-hand, and producers need to find more ways to bring balance to what is produced and how people on the producing side and the consumption side are treated. Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank, an organization founded two years ago to highlight the role of food in social justice, spoke with Chuck at the Bayer... Read More

Reaching Out to Millennials Starts Locally

Millennials have a lot of questions and concerns about agriculture, and it’s up to their age counterparts to help explain what modern farming is all about. One of the great “ag-vocates” for today’s farmers has been the Peterson brothers, whose YouTube video parodies of pop songs have reached millions in a fun way. Greg Peterson, who sat on the Millennial... Read More

OSU scouting program confirms onion thrips - AgMinute for March 20, 2015

An Oregon State University scouting program has confirmed onion thrips — tiny, winged insects that spread iris yellow spot virus in onion fields — are reproducing in Western Idaho and Malheur County, Ore., nearly a month early. For more information visit

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