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What Does Sustainable Mean to the Consumer?

The 2015 NAMA Bootcamp was again held in Kansas City, MO. The event attracts those new to the world of agri-marketing or simply new to the agriculture community. Sustainability and the consumer was one breakout session which discussed how farmers and ranchers can communicate with food connectors and millennials about sustainability. Show More Summary

PCV2 vaccine available with new adjuvant

For the US market, animal health company Zoetis has updated its PCV2 vaccine Fostera PCV using an squalane oil adjuvant.

High hygiene concept extended to finisher pigs

A new concept based on high health and hygiene for sows and piglets will soon also become available for finisher pigs.

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Robert Johansson of USDA

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson. In this wide-ranging interview, you’ll hear his perspective on any relationship between the drop in equity markets and commodity prices, thoughts on China,...Show More Summary

German egg farmers to get premium for intact beaks

Almost 600,000 laying hens in Lower Saxony, Germany, have been included in applications for a new initiative to improve bird welfare, which also includes measures to end beak-trimming.

Crop Insurance Windfall: Land-hungry Mega-Farms Stomping Out Family Farms

The debate over crop insurance has become a debate between big business interests and family-scale farmers. As you will read here and at, we are putting a stake in the ground. We are preparing to push back against the largeShow More Summary

John Deere Reveals 4 Track 9RX Tractor

This morning John Deere revealed a brand new high horsepower tractor – the 9RX. Here it is on the showroom floor of the John Deere Waterloo Tractor, Cab, Assembly Operations facility where it is being built. I recorded the program this morning which features moderator Michelle Rook, WNAX. Show More Summary

Many Opinions in GOP Race

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Who’s your pick now for GOP candidate?” When you have nearly 20 GOP candidates, you are bound to have many opinions. Our latest ZimmPoll proves that, but one opinion was clear. Donald Trump took the majority of the votes. The rest were scattered. Candidates from both sides had the opportunity to speak at the... Read More

Pea buyers look to Eastern Idaho growers. Ag Minute for Idaho Aug 25, 2015

Growers see promise in peas as a rotation crop with wheat, though finding buyers has been a challenge. Click here for full story.

Apple price recovery may take time, expert says. Ag Minute for Aug 25, 2015

Washington wholesale apple prices should rise this season due to a smaller U.S. crop, but they still may take time to rebuild. Click here for full story.

US pork exports down 5% in first half year

US pork exports have droppped by 5% in the first six months of 2015, when compared to the same period in 2014. The value of pork exports dropped even more – 16%, from $3.4 billion to $2.9 billion.

Priority Issues for Missouri Policy Makers

Missouri State Fair’s legislator day brought policy makers together to talk about issues facing not only Missouri farmers and ranchers but about regulation that affects those involved with agriculture across the country. On that list was immigration. Show More Summary

MO Farm Bureau Speaks Out Against Over Regulation

The Missouri Farm Bureau has put together interactive maps to give a feel of how the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that goes into effect this weekend will impact the state. Well over 95% of the state of Missouri will qualify as a water of the U.S. under this rule. I spoke with Blake Hurst, president of the... Read More

BIVI Seminar Highlights FAD Preparedness

Pork industry preparedness for FAD was the first topic on the schedule at the Boehringer Ingelheim North Carolina swine seminar this year – and no, FAD does not mean the latest social trend. “FADs are foreign animal diseases,” said Dr. Lisa Becton with the National Pork Board. “Those are diseases that currently don’t exist in the United States and diseases... Read More

Breeding tropical feed crops with superior traits

The quest is on to further improve Brachiaria, a vital livestock feed crop in central Africa and Latin America.

Delapaz Joins Agri-Pulse

Agri-Pulse has a new editorial coordinator. The farm and rural policy news source says Jodi Delapaz is joining the operation. “With such strong audience growth this year, we are pleased to have Jodi join us to continue to build reader and listener engagement,” said Editor Sara Wyant. “We expect her to play a crucial role as we continue to expand... Read More

Wheat exports up in Black Sea countries

Once again, Black Sea countries’ (Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine) wheat exports are projected at a record in 2015/16. This is stated in the USDA report: Grain: World Markets and Trade.

US prepares for AI fall back by stockpiling vaccines

In preparation for a potential recurrence of HPAI this autumn, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is examining the potential use of vaccines to help prevent illness in birds and interrupt the spread of the disease.

Tanimura & Antle and The Produce Mom launch family farming campaign

Tanimura & Antle and The Produce Mom recently launched a #FamilyFarming Campaign to raise awareness of Tanimura & Antle’s company blog, “Family Farming.”

Final Republicans Take the Soapbox Stage

The last batch of Republican presidential candidates took the Soapbox stage this weekend during the last weekend of the Iowa State Fair. U.S. Senator from Texas Ted Cruz (R) took much of his time to crack jokes about the Democrats and the rest of his time to talk about all the U.S. government executive orders he would rescind and government... Read More

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