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Firefighting plan aims to protect Western habitat - AgMinute for March 11, 2015

The intent is to protect greater sage grouse habitat while contending with fires that have been especially destructive in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California. Click here for the full story

USFRA Holds Research & Food Industry Workshop

I had the opportunity to catch up with U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) chairwoman Nancy Kavazanjian during the Commodity Classic to find out about their Research & Food Industry Workshop which was held just prior to Classic. “We’ve been doing research because to talk the talk we need to know what the consumers want to know, the messages that... Read More

Annual Commodity Outlook w/ Richard Brock

While at the 2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, Richard Brock, of Brock Associates, gave his annual Commodity Outlook update to conference attendees. Brock’s session was packed with attendees hoping to gain insight into commodity markets. Show More Summary

It’s Patient Safety Awareness Week and I Was Surprised That This Video Made Me Cry

This week is the annual Patient Safety Awareness Week, presented by the National Patient Safety Foundation, a non-profit that I like and support. As Lean thinkers, I hope we’d recognize that the amount of patient harm and death that’s caused by preventable medical errors is a huge problem around the world. When we ask “why […]

Deadly bird flu strain confirmed in Missouri, Minnesota - AgMinute for March 10, 2015

The virus is the same highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza that’s been confirmed in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Minnesota. Click here for the full story

Smart Sensors & Cheap Connectivity Future of Ag

A combination of more, cheaper smart sensors and more connectivity could make the future of agriculture and food production pretty bright in this country. During the recent Bayer CropScience 10th annual Ag Issues Forum in Phoenix, Michael...Show More Summary

10 Ways that Lean Respects & Supports Healthcare Staff

One of the two main pillars of the Toyota Way management system is “respect for people.” I’ve blogged about that often over the past ten years, including this post. “Respect for people” is a critically important (and necessary) component of a Lean transformation effort. Show More Summary

Walker and Cruz at Iowa Ag Summit

Two potential presidential candidates who received a lot of media attention at the Iowa Ag Summit on Saturday were Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Cruz, who has introduced legislation to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), was honest about his views, even though he said the “easy thing to do” would be to tell the... Read More

Iowa Summit Generates National Coverage

The first Iowa Ag Summit featuring nine possible GOP presidential candidates put the spotlight on agricultural issues in the national media. Comments made by at the event by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, New Jersey Gov. Show More Summary

USPB fills new research director position - AgMinute for March 9, 2015

The U.S. Potato Board has created a new position to coordinate industry research efforts. Click here for the full story

Cuba looks north to U.S. farmers for help with food crisis - AgMinute for March 6, 2015

Cuba spends roughly $2 billion a year to import about 80 percent of its food and a long-standing humanitarian exception to the trade embargo allows U.S. farmers to fill some of that demand. Click here for the full story

Seed Education Campaign Taking Root

Registration is now open for the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) 132nd Annual Convention which will be in Washington DC this year, June 17-20, where members will be sowing seeds of information inside the Beltway. “One of the focuses there is going to be on advocacy,” said ASTA CEO Andy LaVigne at Commodity Classic, who adds that it will be... Read More

Presidential Possibles Take on Ag Issues

Nine potential Republican presidential candidates were asked their opinions on various agricultural issues at the Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines on Saturday. Each taking a seat on a stage with agribusiness entrepreneur Bruce Rastetter for 20-30 minutes were former Florida Gov. Show More Summary

Bayer Issues Forum Shows Evolution of Innovation

Agribusinesses are reaching more and more into the innovation realm to help farmers stay at the top of production and meet the needs of a growing world population. Some have even characterized the process as an “evolution of innovation.” “The ag companies, and in particular, Bayer, have been very good at innovation in the past, and we’re very good at... Read More

Bayer Ag Issues Forum: Transparency is Accountability

With consumers more and more concerned about what’s in the food they eat and drink and how the animals that produce much of that food are treated, agribusinesses are finding they need to be more transparent with the public. During the the recent Bayer CropScience 10th annual Ag Issues Forum in Phoenix, Dr. Jennifer Walker, DVM, Director, Dairy Stewardship, Dean... Read More

Bayer Talks Investing in Innovations at Ag Issues Forum

Bayer CropScience is making major invests in innovations in agricultural research to make sure the world has the food, fiber and fuel it needs for a growing population. During the the recent Bayer CropScience 10th annual Ag Issues Forum...Show More Summary

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 354 – Another February

9th Circuit reverses Jersey Boys ruling, SiriusXM gets to appeal over pre-1972 sound recordings and the Megaupload case gets its first guilty plea.

Deere Smaller Self-Propelled Sprayer at #Classic15

Doug Felter, with John Deere, was excited to chat about John Deere’s newer sprayer series, especially the newest model; the JD R4023. The R4023 was first released at National Farm Machinery Show. In the past two years, Deere’s entire sprayer line has been updated to the 4 series which offers expanded storage capacity along with a complete redesign on sprayer... Read More

New Holland’s Certified Pre-Owned Program

Another announcement from New Holland Agriculture includes their new Certified Pre-Owned program. Chuck learned more about the program as he spoke with New Holland’s Dan Valen. “The Certified Pre-Owned program for New Holland high horse...Show More Summary

Bayer Looks to Support Next Generation of Ag Professionals

Bayer is working to make sure there’s the next generation of ag professionals ready not only to grow the food, fiber and fuel for this country, but also develop the science and even make sure ag products are marketed the right way. During the the recent Bayer CropScience 10th annual Ag Issues Forum in Phoenix, Chuck caught up with Inci... Read More

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