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How corporate giants are automating the farm

23 minutes agoIndustries / Agriculture : Grain

Self-driving tractors and the internet of cows – welcome to the world of precision agriculture. Jim Thomas of the ETC Group lays out the vision driving corporate giants into a merger frenzy

Staff Spotlight: Rock focuses on water and clean energy in Iowa

Katie Rock recently joined the Center for Rural Affairs, where her focus will be on water and clean energy issues in Iowa. She is based in our Nevada, Iowa, office. “I’m excited to join the Center’s staff in Iowa. There is a lot at stake for rural communities when it comes to water and clean energy,” said Rock. Show More Summary

FMC Freedom Pass for the VIP Farmer

This year FMC Agricultural Solutions launched Freedom Pass to give growers exclusive agronomic and economic incentives allowing more freedom in the field. We learned more about Freedom Pass at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk last week from Senior Communications Manager at FMC Lisa Homer. Show More Summary

Iowa farmers prioritize needs in new farm bill

By Kevin Patrick Allen, Public News Service - Iowa Iowa plays a large role in the process of creating a farm bill and, with less than one year remaining before the current bill expires, work is underway to draft legislation that will support farmers in the state.  Sens. Show More Summary

Rural mental health care must not be overlooked

The challenges that try rural communities in nearly all aspects of health care – greater travel distances, fewer providers, heightened health concerns, lower incomes – also stand in the way of the delivery of behavioral and mental health care services. Show More Summary

More Smart Solutions from AMVAC

Jamie and the Golden ZimmComm Microphone were able to find about about more Smart New Solutions from AMVAC during the NAFB convention. Jim Lappin, AMVAC crop marketing manager for corn and soybeans, got another session to talk about some of the new products like ParaZone and ACROPOLIS™. Show More Summary

Zimfo Bytes 11/17

Registration and housing for the 2018 Commodity Classic, February 27-March 1 in Anaheim, California, is now open. All registration and housing reservations should be made online at   A nationwide economic impact...Show More Summary

USFRA Continues to Grow and EngAGe

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) celebrated its seventh anniversary of helping provide a voice for agriculture on the national stage at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention in Kansas City last week. “There were six original organizations…we’re up to over 100 now,” said USFRA CEO Randy Krotz. Show More Summary

Who will pick fruit and vegetables after Brexit?

I return to this issue in a contribution to the LSE Brexit blog: The migrant labour dilemma

USDA petitioned to include poultry in humane slaughter

Animal welfare lobby group Mercy for Animals has filed the first-ever petition calling on the US Department of Agriculture to include poultry in the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

Investor group warns US farm antibiotics lagging

One of the largest agricultural investor groups has warned the United States that it is lagging behind Europe on antibiotics and is urging companies to phase out their routine use on healthy livestock.

Carrefour announce all eggs going cage free by 2025

Global supermarket chain Carrefour has announced that all of its private label branded eggs being sold across Europe will be cage-free from 2025.

The weekly global feed business update

New products, events and acquisitions. All About Feed wraps up the latest updates and new business developments that happened last week in the global animal feed industry.

China’s corn price remains high this season

China’s corn price remains stable in this harvesting season, due to less output of corn, hindered by extreme weather occurrences. However, the price is likely to further fall in the next months, facing high supply and sluggish deman...

ASTA Spotlights Seed at NAFB

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is excited about the role of seed in soil conservation and new plant breeding technology that could revolutionize the industry. Those were two of the topics ASTA officers addressed at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) annual trade talk last week. Show More Summary

Thanksgiving Dinner Will Cost Less Than Last Year

This year’s Thanksgiving dinner should cost slightly less than last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation‘s 32nd annual price survey of items traditionally used in the Thanksgiving meal. The cost of the dinner is the lowest since 2013, according to Dr. Show More Summary

Grease is the Word for Biodiesel Documentary

Grease is the word of the day for the National Biodiesel Board, with tonight’s on-air debut of the new Discovery Impact documentary “HOT GREASE”. NBB Director of Communications Jessica Robinson says HOT GREASE showcases what the biodiesel industry is about and the challenges it faces. “At the end of the film I felt like the audience was really rooting for... Read More

Trade, Farm Bill & Taxes…Oh My!

Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst represented the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) at last week’s NAFB Trade Talk. As you can guess, trade, 2018 farm bill and tax reform were key issues we discussed. When it comes to NAFTA renegotiations, Hurst said, “U.S. Show More Summary

Untapped economic opportunity in organic farming

Organic farming in Iowa is on the rise, and proving to be an important economic opportunity for small to mid-size farmers. This growing industry is significant for our state because it gives farmers an important and often untapped avenue to continue farming and make money. Show More Summary

ZimmCast from the #NAFB17 – Part 2

Hello folks. The ZimmComm Team is in post-NAFB Convention recovery which includes editing and publishing interviews and other content we created in Kansas City last week. This week’s program includes feature interviews with our sponsors who help make everything happen. Show More Summary

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