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Bad wildfire season is quickly burning through federal firefighting budget. Ag Minute for Aug 20, 2015

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said firefighting costs are consuming an ever-greater share of the agency’s budget, taking money away from programs that could help prevent wildfires. Click here for full story.

You Just Never Know …

… what you will find when you live on the farm. This morning, I was downstairs working at my computer with the windows open when I heard an odd noise. I grabbed my phone and stepped out on the back deck. This is what I saw. What these two were doing in our yard, or how they got there, is... Read More

More Internet on the Farm

A new USDA-NASS report shows that internet access on the farm continues to grow. According to the Computer Usage and Ownership report, 70 percent of U.S. farms and ranches now have access to internet, up three percent from 2013. DSL remains the most popular method for accessing internet, accounting for 30 percent of all farms and ranches with internet access.... Read More

Perry Says Americans Fed Up with DC

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry’s main message on the Des Moines Register soapbox at the Iowa State Fair this week was about getting America back to a constitutional country. Citing the 10th amendment, he stressed that power and decision making needs to go back to the state and to the people, as intended by our founding fathers, and taken away... Read More

Rabobank: China’s hog herd shrinking ‘incredibly’

According to Rabobank’s latest report, the size of the Chinese hog and sow herd is shrinking so incredibly that the entire global pork market in the remainder of 2015 and into 2016 will be impacted.

Osborne: new indicator for pig heating pads

US-based swine equipment manufacturer Osborne Industries, has introduced a new electric indicator light for the company’s Stanfield pig heating pads.

Protein in cow diets: ?Not as simple as it seems

The efficiency with which protein is captured in milk by the dairy cow is staggeringly low. Optimising the dairy cow's use of dietary protein would decrease associated cost for producers and minimise the environmental impact of dairy farms.

Prof Choct awarded for poultry nutrition work

The American Feed Industry Association in partnership with the Poultry Science Association (PSA) recognised Mingan Choct, Ph.D., professor at the University of New England, for his contributions to poultry nutrition.

Food Environment on the Rural Great Plains

Jon M Bailey looks at food access and security in rural and non-rural counties of the Great Plains.  Food is a major component of health and healthy living. Consumption of healthy foods and a balanced diet will limit obesity, accompanying health issues, and premature death. Show More Summary

Midwest Produce Expo means business

MINNEAPOLIS — Midwest produce and retail companies brought their style of business to the Twin Cities for the Fourth Annual Midwest Conference and Expo, Aug. 13-14, presented by The Packer.

Biodiesel 2015 and Beyond

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council is conducting a first ever event today in Mankator, MN. The event, “Biodiesel 2015 & Beyond: A Biodiesel/Bioheat Forum,” brings together biodiesel industry market developers, researchers and a number of representatives of east coast oil heat and fuel companies. Show More Summary

Kasich Supports #Ag While Rubio Stayed Silent

During the question portion of Ohio Governor John Kasich‘s time on the soapbox during the Iowa State Fair he stressed that he supports agriculture. Due to rain, Florida Senator Marco Rubio cut his remarks short and did not directly address the topic. Show More Summary

China licks other nations in ice cream consumption. Ag Minute for Aug 19, 2015

China has overtaken the U.S. as the largest market for ice cream. Click here for full story.

Zimfo Bytes

The twenty-ninth annual Georgia Peanut Tour brings the latest information on peanuts while giving a first-hand view of industry infrastructure from production and handling to processing and utilization. USDA has announced the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee Meeting date. Show More Summary

#Ag Not on Republican Soapbox Agenda

Apparently agriculture is not a main agenda item during the Iowa State Fair for many Republicans. During the Des Moines Register’s Soapbox series speeches, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Senator...Show More Summary

Clements Joins NAFB as New Service Editor

National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) welcomes Micheal Clements as their News Service Editor.  He comes to NAFB from KFEQ in St. Joseph, Mo where he was Farm Director. Micheal has been covering rural and agricultural issues for nine years. Show More Summary

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with POET’s Jeff Broin

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features Jeff Broin, Executive Chairman of POET. At 22, Jeff Broin managed a small South Dakota ethanol plant. Today POET is the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels. In this interview, Jeff Broin...Show More Summary

Online Data Tool from FarmLink, Progressive Farmer

Arriving for the 2016 planting season, growers will soon be able to subscribe to an online tool through DTN/The Progressive Farmer and FarmLink. The two companies have announced an agreement to develop a new dashboard product to help farmers evaluate productivity. Show More Summary

French pig market resumes despite boycott by major buyers

The Marché du Porc Breton, the pig market in Plérin, Brittany which sets the reference price for France, has resumed after a week without any sessions because 2 of the major purchasers refused to participate.

Alternative egg production for French industry

Eggs and egg products in the ?alternative segment are in high demand in the Pays de Loire region of France. “More and more food products are marketed with an emphasis on their barn egg or free range egg ingredients,” says poultry farmer Regina Minier. Show More Summary

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