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"From the Land of Sky Blue Waters"

I will be curious to hear how many people make a connection with the subject of this post. It was the marketing phrase and song for Minnesota-based Hamms Beer, a classic cheap light beer made by a Minnesota company that was acquired by a string of other companies, with the St. Show More Summary

“Down to Earth” Examines Sustainable Farming

Indiana’s “Down to Earth” documentary examines the world of sustainable farming. Small-farm issues in a big-farm world are the central theme of a new documentary created by students at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. The film is focused on … Continue reading ?

iCropTrak Soil with 1 Tap Entry for Serious AgNerds

AgNerd Alert! One tap data entry is important. Because as Aaron Hutchinson, President, Cogent3D, says, “Every click is money.” That’s part of the improvements in the latest release of iCropTrak. Aaron says the company has also created a new version … Continue reading ?

Yes, we have no bananas

The famous song of this title dates from 1923: Bananas. Bananas have been a hot topic in agricultural trade negotiations: I have a book on the subject on my shelves. They are an enjoyable fruit which provides an energy boost and are the biggest fruit of the planet in terms of production volume. Show More Summary

The Wild Radish Song

I like radishes. But like some folks in Australia, not the wild kind. A parody of the Gotye hit “Somebody I used to know” by agronomic consultant Bill Long, who farms on the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia as well … Continue reading ?

The madness of click-friendly headlines: How --- can save the planet!

I have this strange vision of a hundred planets lining up in the aisle of a church for the televangelist to push their foreheads and pronounce them "saved." Grazing cows can save the planet (according to Mercola recently, which provoked this blog post). Show More Summary

Ag Economy; Farm Bill; Regulations; and, Biofuels- Monday

Agricultural Economy Gregory Meyer reported yesterday at The Financial Times Online that, “US farmers are becoming gripped by anxiety even as they close the books on their best financial year. “A twin threat of sagging grain prices and a retreat on biofuels policy in Washington has prompted warnings that some farm operations could struggle to break […]

SMS Training and Resources

One goal of the Ag Leader SMS Software team is to provide training opportunities and resources that are effective regardless of the users SMS knowledge and fit into their busy schedules. This is why they have put all of their … Continue reading ?

Soil Sampling This Fall

As we move deeper into the fall and harvest wraps up in some areas, growers and ag-professionals shift their focus towards other fall activities, like soil sampling. Ag Leader’s SMS Desktop and Mobile Software can assist with this activity helping … Continue reading ?

AGree’s Video on Food and Agriculture Systems

AGree seeks to identify the most critical issues facing the global food and agriculture system and through a collaborative process that challenges leaders from diverse communities, build consensus around solutions. This short animated video describes AGree’s origins, principles and plans … Continue reading ?

Pre-harvest Calibrations, During Harvest!

Farmers across the Midwest are in the thick of corn harvest right now, but still keep in mind that there are some pre-harvest calibrations that you should run. Even if you don’t think you need to recalibrate everything on the … Continue reading ?

How your smart phone may be more valuable than you think

On an 8-minute video shot with a smart phone that won a film festival prize I recently heard Carlton Evans, the director of the Disposible Film Festival, speak about “disposible films”— all the video that is made when you click openShow More Summary

House Passes Water Resources Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives proved Wednesday that it can agree on some matters and get legislation passed in a bipartisan way. By an amazing 417 to 3 vote, the House passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), … Continue reading ?

Australian Farmer on TATT Roundtable

Australian farmer Andrew Weidemann along with his wife and youngest son attended the Wold Food Prize with Truth About Trade and Technologies (TATT) Global Farmer Roundtable. While chatting with Andrew outside of his roundtable role, I learned more about life … Continue reading ?

2013 IFAJ Congress Video

The organizers of the 2013 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress have just posted a video that gives you a great overview of the enjoyable time we had in Argentina last month. For those of us who went it brings … Continue reading ?

Selling House Water Bill on Social Media

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is using social media to promote the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA) introduced last week by the committee. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) narrates a whiteboard-doodled YouTube video … Continue reading ?

iCropTrak Puts Food Safety On The Map

If you have driven on a California highway recently you may have noticed an occasional tomato heap, scattered bell peppers or bunch of celery on the roadside. Harvest crews are busy bringing in crops throughout the state and truck traffic … Continue reading ?

Farm Bill Split Could Happen

Momentum seems to be building for a vote in the House on a farm only farm bill – but only if the votes are there. During a town hall meeting in Oklahoma over the July 4th recess, House Ag Committee … Continue reading ?

NCGA Tools for Water Quality

10 months agoIndustries / Agriculture : AgWired

To help corn farmers understand water issues and ways to enhance water quality on their farms, the National Corn Growers Association has added a video and an interactive educational module to its online learning tools concerning water quality management. The … Continue reading ?

Monsanto Chairman Keynotes IFAMA World Forum

10 months agoIndustries / Agriculture : AgWired

Monsanto chairman and CEO Hugh Grant was the keynote speaker for the 23rd annual International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) World Forum, being held this year in Atlanta, Georgia. “IFAMA – a very cool organization,” Grant began his address … Continue reading ?

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