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#TPP Signed Amid Protests in New Zealand

Protesters nearly shut down the city of Auckland, New Zealand yesterday, but the ceremonial signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) went on as scheduled. Trade ministers representing Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile,...Show More Summary

Trump a Future Farmer?

Donald Trump was “honored” that he placed second in the Monday caucuses in Iowa and expressed his love for the state during his speech to supporters last night, with a parting note that he could become a farmer. “Iowa, we love you, we thank you, you’re special,” said Trump. “We will be back many, many times – in fact, I... Read More

Ethanol, Farmers and Politics in Iowa

With the Iowa caucuses coming up on Monday, agriculture and renewable fuels finally got some attention in the Republican debate last night, as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was asked about his position on the Renewable Fuel Standard. “We should be developing oil and gas and coal and nuclear and wind and solar and ethanol and biofuels but I don’t... Read More

Grassroots Movement Expanding through CommonGround

CommonGround volunteer farm women from across the country met in Washington D.C. at the National Museum of American History to learn how to share their story.  Presentations from various ag groups, like the Center for Food Integrity, helped give the women tools to reach urban and suburban moms online, through public speaking, and in media interviews. Show More Summary

Soybean Leader Loves LibertyLink Real Yield Radio

This soybean grower is not using the LibertyLink system (yet). But when he listens to Cindy on Bayer CropScience’s LibertyLink Real Yield Radio it has him thinking. Real Yield Radio is the radio portion of the current Bayer CropScience campaign airing nationally. Show More Summary

Webinar: An Easier Way to Make the School Connections

An Easier Way to Make the School Connections The final of our Farm to School webinars brings you three experiences of connecting farmers and schools.   Our presenters are: 1 - Justin Jones, President of Lone Tree Foods, shares how Lone...Show More Summary

Webinar: Food Service Staff Explain How They Do Farm to School

Farm to School Case Studies for Nebraska Food Service Staff We kicked off our first of three Farm to School webinars by listening to three Nebraska food service staff. (Watch above!) They were rock stars as they shared how and why they have participated in local food procurement and farm to school activities. Show More Summary

New Holland Tractor Could Change Face of Farming

A new video produced by CNH Industrial, parent of global agricultural machinery brand New Holland Agriculture, looks at its prototype Methane Power tractor, and what it is capable of achieving during the the Sustainable Farm Pavilion at the 2015 Expo in Milan, Italy. Show More Summary

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

11 months agoIndustries / Agriculture : AgWired

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

11 months agoIndustries / Agriculture : AgWired

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

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