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Lessons for broiler farmers from across the globe

Nuffield Scholarships afford study trips for people involved in UK farming to tour the world to find lessons for their own sector or business. Here, we summarise the findings of Patrick Hook, of hatchery business PD Hook.

Iron and phytase: A good combo

Recent research indicates that iron levels can be positively affected when applying the right amount of phytase.

ARA Honors AGCO Operator of the Year

The 2017 Operator of the Year, sponsored by AGCO Corporation, Andrew Myburgh of Aberdeen, South Dakota, was honored at the recent Agriculture Retailers Association (ARA) annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Originally from South Africa,...Show More Summary

France to better market its maize seeds

France remains the biggest European producer of maize seeds and hence a major exporter. To be able to remain in this position, efforts are being made to step up branding the French corn seeds.

Ethanol Report on RFS2 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago this month, just days before Christmas, President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act which greatly expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to include up to 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022. The expansion became known as RFS2, like the sequel to a big movie that had just been released two... Read More

Feed safety scheme holders unite to harmonise

A “temporary mutual recognition” between OQUALIM and “AIC, GMP+ International, OVOCOM, and QS”, is effective as of January 1st 2018.

Last Minute Gift Ideas from USFRA

If you are looking for last minute gift ideas, the U.S. Farming and Ranching Foundation may have the answer. The foundation is a nonprofit organization associated with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) with the mission of supporting sustainability and consumer education in American culture. Show More Summary

Zimfo Bytes 12/22

Ninety-nine percent of U.S. farms are family farms, and they accounted for 90 percent of farm production in 2016, according to America’s Diverse Family Farms – 2017 Edition. Farming is still overwhelmingly comprised of family businesses. Show More Summary

Farmers' confidence hits an all time low

Medium-term confidence among farmers has hit an all time low according to the latest NFU survey: Business confidence goes into the red One in five plans to cut investment and there is concern about rising input prices, regulation and Brexit. Show More Summary

Policy instruments for domestic agricultural policy

Following the recent workshop of the Brexit working party of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society we have produced an interim report on policy instruments in a domestic agricultural policy after Brexit: Interim Report A more detailed report is in preparation.

Weighing at weaning can help identify diseases early

French researchers are currently testing a tool capable of alerting swine farmers when weaner pigs show signs that might indicate the presence of pathogens.

Municipal electric utilities can be independent

When it comes to rural development, the town of Bloomfield, in southeast Iowa, is holding its own, and can act as a model for other municipal electric utilities. A 2014 study concluded Bloomfield (population 2,643) could become energy independent in its use of electricity by 2030. Show More Summary

Seasons Greetings from IFAJ

This greeting comes to you from the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ). Best wishes to all IFAJ members for a warm holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous 2018. Thank you for your vital work in helping farmers feed their families, their communities and the world. Best Regards, Owen Roberts President, IFAJ

GROWMARK Reports 2017 Numbers, Names Directors

GROWMARK reported $7.3 billion in sales for fiscal year 2017, up from $7.0 billion in 2016. The company shows a pretax income of $91 million, down from $116 million the previous year. “The fiscal year was not without its challenges, with economic conditions putting continued pressure on farm net incomes,” said GROWMARK CEO Jim Spradlin. Show More Summary

Brownfield Mobile App Features Local Grain Markets

Midwest farmers now have another source for local grain prices. The Brownfield Mobile application, available to iPhone and Android users, now provides cash bids and basis levels for the five nearest grain elevators when farmers enter a zip code. Data is updated after the close of the Chicago Board of Trade each day. The free app is available from iTunes... Read More

Subsidies to continue for hill farmers

Defra secretary Michael Gove has told the House of Commons Defra committee that subsidies for hill farmers will continue beyond 2022. He said, 'Farmers in less favoured areas, and upland hill farmers who are producing sheep meat as well as wool... Show More Summary

On demand: Webinar ‘Antibiotic reduction in poultry’

Reducing or totally abolishing the use of antibiotics in poultry production, that was the main theme of the recently held Poultry World webinar ‘Antibiotic reduction in poultry’. View now online from free.

Women’s Learning Circle Spotlight: Crystal Powers utilizes land

This is the second of two case studies we completed on our Women's Learning Circles. Check out the one page case study here. Crystal Powers’ motivation for farming is to help people restore the land through sustainable agriculture. “The...Show More Summary

Ag Responds to Tax Reform Passage

Our House of Representatives again passed the GOP Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1 (115) today after a re-vote. And agriculture is beginning to chime in. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) praised House passage and...Show More Summary

CBB Names Scott Stuart to CEO Position

The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB) has named Scott Stuart of Colorado as the new chief executive officer, effective February 1, 2018. “The beef industry is very complex,” notes Brett Morris, CBB chairman from Ninnekah, Oklahoma. Show More Summary

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