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Farm to School at Your Fingertips: Join our Fall Webinars

The Center for Rural Affairs is celebrating Farm to School Month (and season!) with 3 webinars filled with useful information for school staff and farmers and ranchers! You’ll find detailed information below. (And if you just can’t wait, access our Farm to School Midwest Menu webinar here.) 1. Show More Summary

Learn About #LibertyLink and Play #RealYield Game

No matter what kind of year it is, real yield makes all the difference and that is what real farmers who use the LibertyLink system are saying they are getting. We interviewed 200 soybean farmers from North Dakota to Mississippi this summer to find out how their experience with LibertyLink has been – whether they’ve used it since it was... Read More

Prez Candidate Rand Paul: Stop EPA Farmland Grab

Republican Presidential Candidate and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is kicking off his first Iowa radio campaign ad “decrying the Obama Administration’s land grab of Iowa farmland”. The radio ad will be heard on farm radio stations. The ad is focused on the Waters of the US legislation and highlights the devastating consequences of the new regulation. Show More Summary

The Passing of the 2014 Farm Bill

Here’s an interesting mini documentary of the passing of the Agricultural Act of 2014. It features the work of Rep. Frank Lucas, Agricultural Committee Chairman. Every few years a farm bill must be passed to ensure the state of American agriculture. Farmers like Danny Davis of Oklahoma rely on the provisions granted in the legislation to maintain their farms, and... Read More

ASTA Chairman Presides Over Busy Year

It’s been a busy year for John Schoenecker of HM Clause as chairman of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). One priority for the organization has been to develop a communications strategy and Schoenecker says they have moved forward with that plan in the past year developing a new video message that stresses the importance of seeds in our daily... Read More

#RealPigFarming Campaign Nominated for PR Oscar

A program that features real pork producers telling their stories has been nominated for an Oscar of public relations award. The National Pork Board’s #RealPigFarming campaign, developed by Des Moines, Iowa-based PR firm Lessing-Flynn, is a finalist in the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Silver Anvil awards competition. Show More Summary

Unfair Treatment of Contract Chicken Farmers Ruffles John Oliver's Feathers

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Chickens (HBO) John Oliver recently explained how chicken farmers are treated unfairly by large corporations on his program Last Week Tonight. His segment is funny and heartbreakingly true (but let us warn you about the colorful language). Oliver reports what we already knew: Americans love the taste of chicken. Show More Summary

Ag Urges Senate to Pass TPA

Senate Republicans and agriculture industry leaders held a press conference in Washington today to discuss the ways new trade deals could benefit the agriculture community and urge passage of the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. Show More Summary

GROWMARK Crop Update

Another 10% of the nation’s corn crop was planted last week, bringing the total now a couple of points ahead of last year but still behind the five year average. According to the latest progress report from USDA, farmers now have 19% of the corn crop in the ground and two percent has emerged, most of it in non-Corn Belt... Read More

Farmers Unite to Fight Organic Attack Video

Both conventional and organic farmers joined together last week on social media to criticize a video that uses cute kids to attack modern farming practices. The YouTube video was produced by a group called Only Organic and features children...Show More Summary

Eggs and Kevin Bacon

Please don’t make puns about Kevin’s last name. He would appreciate it. I’m sure he’s also appreciating the American Egg Board for including him in their latest campaign, Wake up to Eggs with Bacon. Nobody knows eggs better than bacon, which is why America’s egg farmers are teaming up with the most famous bacon of all, Kevin Bacon. The new... Read More

Jessica Alba, Cam Newton, and the Fruits and Vegetables Marketing Machine

Jessica Alba and Cam Newton participated recently in an upbeat advertisement for healthful fruit and vegetables, sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthier America.An AP article Feb 26 explained some of the origins, noting that the...Show More Summary

Friday Morning Update: Policy; Trade; Ag Economy; Biofuels; Biotech; and, Budget

Policy Issues On Thursday, the House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee met, “to review SNAP recipient characteristics and dynamics.” Yesterday’s hearing followed Wednesday’s full House Ag Committee meeting on SNAP and nutrition issues. Show More Summary

Meet the New USFRA Faces: Carla Wardin

11 months agoIndustries / Agriculture : AgWired

Earlier this month, we told you about the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) announcing the winners of its second class of the Faces of Farming and Ranching program. Now, we’d like you to meet each of the five selectees, starting with Carla Wardin of Michigan, who along with her husband Kris, both sixth-generation farmers, are the sole owners of... Read More

Policy Issues; Tax Extenders; Immigration; Ag Economy; and, Regulations- Friday

Policy Issues Tennille Tracy reported yesterday at the Washington Wire blog (Wall Street Journal) that, “Rep. Mike Conaway (R., Texas), the newly appointed chair of the House Agriculture Committee, is pledging to undertake a ‘thoughtful’ review of food stamps. “Mr. Conaway, a certified public accountant, has been critical of the food stamp program, formally known as […]

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11 months agoIndustries / Agriculture : AgWired

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of eight individuals to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. The American Farm Bureau Federation together...Show More Summary

Legislative Agenda; Farm Policy; Biotech; Regulations; and, Climate- Thursday

Legislative Agenda: Keystone, Budget- Immigration Link, and Trade Ashley Parker and Jeremy W. Peters reported in today’s New York Times that, “As newly victorious and recently vanquished members of Congress descended Wednesday on Capitol...Show More Summary

Broad Policy Issues; Farm-Food Policy; Ag Economy; and, Regulations- Friday

Broad Policy Issues- Budget, Taxes, Immigration, and Trade Budget, and Taxes Lori Montgomery and Ed O’Keefe reported in today’s Washington Post that, “Before ceding full control of Congress to the GOP in January, Senate Democrats are planning to rush a host of critical measures to President Obama’s desk, including bills to revive dozens of expired tax […]

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; and, Regulations

Farm Bill Chris Clayton reported yesterday at DTN that, “A provision to exclude yields from Actual Production History for farmers affected by severe weather will go into effect for some select spring crops in 2015, USDA announced Tuesday. “USDA’s rollout comes too late to boost insurance coverage for winter-wheat producers who have been some of the […]

Policy Issues; Ag Economy; and, Regulations- Wednesday

Policy Issues- Farm Bill New York Times political correspondent Nicholas Confessore penned an article that was posted yesterday at the paper’s webpage titled, “How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground” (the article is from the October 12 edition of the Sunday Magazine). A twitter generated summary of the lengthy and detailed article provided this […]

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