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GROWMARK Reports Estimated Year-End Financials

At the GROWMARK annual meeting in Chicago today, CEO Jim Spradlin reported the estimated year-end financial results for the cooperative to stakeholders in attendance. For fiscal year 2015, the unaudited, estimated sales for GROWMARK are reported to be $8.8 billion with pretax income is estimated at $140 million. Show More Summary

Farm to School Profile: Fremont Community Learning Centers – Afterschool Programs

School Name: Fremont Community Learning Centers – Afterschool Programs         Washington Elementary         Linden Elementary         Milliken Park Elementary School Address: Main Street Education and Administration Center, 130 East...Show More Summary

N.Y. Apple Association adjusts to loss

The New York Apple Association recently lost one of its key employees and allies, when John McAleavey, longtime accounts manager with the organization and former executive director of the Eastern Produce Council, died June 5, at age 80, said Jim Allen, president of the New York Apple Association.

Farm to School Profile: Lyons-Decatur Northeast Schools

School Name:  Lyons-Decatur Northeast     School Address:   PO Box 526  400 S. 5th Street, Lyons, NE  68038 Number of Students:  240 How many schools are in your district?  Lyons-Decatur Northeast is a pre-K through 12 school housedShow More Summary

Russia complicates European market

Eastern apple exporters anticipate a robust year in 2015, even with a new wrinkle thrown into the European marketplace.

Keeping the Farm in the Family

We are seeing fewer and fewer young people returning the their family operations and just because you are blood doesn’t mean you have a right to the farm. Succession planning is one step many families forget about when it comes to the future. AgriLegacy is a growing Midwest company whose main focus is helping farm families keep the farms in... Read More

Leg conformation and sow reproduction related

Genetic selection for sound leg conformation and locomotion of young pigs also appears to positively influence reproductive performance in sows.

Farm Broadcaster Wins Ethanol Media Award

Tom Riter of WNAX in Yankton, SD was awarded this year’s American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Excellence in Media award at last week’s annual meeting in Omaha. Riter is pictured here receiving the award from ACE Director of Communications Chuck Beck. Riter is a veteran farm broadcaster and a native of Rock Rapids, Iowa. He is a regular contributor to... Read More

Champion Corn Grower at @BASFAgProducts Event

He’s only been farming for less than ten years, but already Randy Dowdy of Valdosta, Georgia has made quite a name for himself by making history last year with a yield of nearly 504 bushels per acre in the National Corn Yield Contest. During a BASF media event in Tennessee this week, Dowdy talked about his philosophy when it comes... Read More

JSC Floreni to produce one million chicks per month

Moldavian poultry producer JSC Floreni will produce a record million chicks each month at its newly updated hatchery complex, with the commissioning of next-generation Smart single stage incubation technologies from Pas Reform.

NCC: biosecurity principles for reemergence of AI

In preparation for the potential reemergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the fall as wild birds begin to migrate south from Canada, the National Chicken Council (NCC) has identified the top biosecurity principles for broiler and broiler-breeder producers.

Monsanto pulls out of Syngenta takeover

Monsanto is no longer interested in acquiring Swiss rival Syngenta, since the Swiss indicated that the offer of 470 Swiss francs per share offered this week was too low and not according to expectations.

Judge Blocks WOTUS

The day before the controversial rule formally known as the Waters of the US (WOTUS) was to be implemented, a federal judge in North Dakota has blocked it from taking effect. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction against implementation of the Clean Water regulation, saying a group of 13 states was likely... Read More

Nebraskans Discuss State's Energy Future

When it comes to power, Nebraska is unique from every other state. That’s because our state is the only one in the nation with public power, giving Nebraskans the ability to elect board members that will represent our interests when it comes to powering our homes and businesses. Show More Summary

Standing Up for Rural Postal Delivery

Post offices are crucial anywhere, but especially crucial in rural areas that depend on the postal service to stay connected through news delivery, services crucial to businesses, and, in some communities, a link to prescription drugs and other services.   The mail service is a national treasure that has been in operation for 240 years. Show More Summary

Clinton Unveils Ag Plan, Gets Vilsack Support

With a John Deere tractor as a backdrop, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton went where no candidate has gone yet – into a detailed discussion on agricultural issues. Introduced by former Iowa governor and current Secretary...Show More Summary

Study shows fruit and veggie plate waste increase

While Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urges Congress not to roll back school nutrition rules that mandate produce in school menus, a University of Vermont study suggests that students are throwing the produce away.

New John Deere Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters

Quite a few new products were put on display for those of us in ag media this week. That includes three new models of the 8000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters. “We took the momentum from the 8000 Series rollout last year and added to an already stellar lineup of forage harvesters,” says Tim Meister, division manager, marketing with John Deere.... Read More

The Commercial UAV Expo

We keep hearing that it’s “the year of the drone.” Here’s more proof of that. The first ever Commercial UAV Expo is slated for October 5-7 in Las Vegas and AgWired is a supporting media sponsor. To learn all about it I visited with Lisa Murray, Diversified Communications. Lisa says that not only is there a precision agriculture segment of... Read More

Grant boosts IWC promotion, education efforts. Ag Minute For Idaho Aug 27, 2015

The Idaho Wine Commission will use an $88,000 grant to help fund a host of marketing, promotional and educational efforts. Click here for full story.

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