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Nufarm Growing in Cotton Market

In 2015 cotton growers have some new tools courtesy of Nufarm. These include Cheetah and Cheetah Max. Presenting at the Cotton Crop Consultants Conference for NuFarm was Jerome Kovar. Jerome is a marketing manager for the company and we sat down to discuss what Nufarm is doing in cotton with these new herbicide options. Show More Summary

‘Perfect storm’ pushes onion prices below costs - AgMinute for January 7, 2015

Onion prices have dropped significantly and are below the cost of production for most growers. The West Coast port slowdown, a decline in exports and the Russian embargo are some of the many factors causing the price decrease. Click here for the full story

Processors ship fries by air to ease shortages in Japan - AgMinute for January 6, 2015

Some processors have flown french fries to Japan, seeking to keep markets intact in the face of West Coast dock worker labor stoppages and slowdowns. Click here for the full story

Cotton Crop Consultants Gather at Beltwide

The man who coordinated the Cotton Consultants Conference during the Beltwide Cotton Conferences is Bill Robertson, Professor, Cotton Extension Agronomist at University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture. He says the Consultants Conference is broken into two parts. Show More Summary

2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences Underway

The “new format” is now in its second year. That is the new format of the annual Beltwide Cotton Conferences. The conferences have been slimmed down to three days and there is no trade show. I missed last year’s in New Orleans but thanks to my sponsor, Nufarm, I am able to spend a day here in San Antonio. To... Read More

AgNerd Cloud – Ayrstone Ayrmesh

It’s time for another edition of the AgNerd Cloud, a fairly regular column on new technology for the farm. In this program we’ll learn about how you can obtain a good internet cloud on your property that can include remote ethernet connections via a new wireless device! Thanks to Bill Moffitt, Ayrstone Productivity, for working with us by supplying some... Read More

Farm Service Agency offers new insurance buy-up - AgMinute for January 5, 2015

A new USDA Farm Service Agency insurance option has broad appeal for hay and grass seed growers, according to an agency official. Click here for the full story

NASS to survey organic producers across U.S. - AgMinute for January 2, 2015

The USDA is conducting a survey of organic producers across the United States as a follow-up to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Click here for the full story

Analysts ponder whether cattle, beef prices can go higher - AgMinute for January 1, 2015

Rabobank analysts say it remains to be seen whether constrained supply and strong demand have set a new norm for cattle and beef prices or whether they could go even higher in 2015. Click here for the full story

Longshoremen blame terminal operators for port congestion - AgMinute for December 31, 2014

Longshoremen are blaming port congestion on container terminal operators but have not decided whether to let federal mediators participate in labor contract negotiations. Click here for the full story

Policy Issues; Ag Economy; Trade; Biotech; and, Regulations- Wednesday

Policy Issues Jenny Hopkinson, Helena Bottemiller Evich, Bill Tomson and Chase Purdy reported yesterday at Politico that, “The Obama administration is becoming increasingly involved in what Americans put on their dinner plates and in their cereal bowls, from requiring school children to be served fruit to eliminating trans fats in doughnuts. But the new Republican Congress […]

Idaho & Washington ranked 2 & 3 in West in 2013 net farm income - AgMinute for December 30, 2014

Idaho ranked No. 2 among the 11 Western states for total net farm income in 2013, despite trailing No. 3 Washington in total farm cash receipts by $1.6 billion. California remained an unchallenged No. 1 in both categories. Click here for the full story

Four Industry Trends for 2015

Looking for what some of the trends in agriculture will be in 2015? Well, Bo Warren, director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, has four key ones for you. In this week’s program he talks about them. Precision agriculture will become more precise The FAA has been paying close attention to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as the technology... Read More

Podcast #212 – David Mann, “Creating a Lean Culture, 3rd. Ed.”

MP3 File (run time 51:25) Today’s guest is David Mann (bio), talking about the new 3rd edition of his Shingo Research Award winning book Creating a Lean Culture. David tells us what’s new in the book and we discuss “leader standard work” and other elements of a Lean culture. David also talks about the difference between “Lean […]

S. Korea imports of U.S. dairy products growing - AgMinute for December 29, 2014

Opportunities for U.S. dairy exports to South Korea center mainly on cheese and butter, followed by value-added ingredients such as whey proteins and lactose for food. Click here for the full story

Rabobank: Dairy prices continue downward - AgMinute for December 26, 2014

Rabobank expects further decline in global prices for dairy products in the first half of 2015, a gradual tighting of supply in the second half and price recovery momentum in the fourth quarter. The downturn in U.S. prices has lagged that of other exporting regions, and U.S. recover could lag as well. Click here for the full story

Farm groups hope for clearer food safety regs - AgMinute for December 25, 2014

Food safety rules leave some farm sectors with questions about on-farm processing. Click here for the full story

Federal mediators asked to intervene in port dispute - AgMinute for December 24, 2014

Container terminal operators are asking for federal mediators to intervene in labor contract negotiations with the longshoremen's union. Click here for the full story

Avian flu found in Southern Oregon - AgMinute for December 23, 2014

A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been found in guinea fowl and chickens in a small backyard flock in Southern Oregon, the state Department of Agriculture said today. Click here for the full story

NASS to send economic surveys to agricultural landowners - AgMinute for December 22, 2014

More than 8,000 agricultural landowners throughout the West are receiving surveys this month from the National Agricultural Statistics Service gauging the economic health of their industries. Click here for the full story

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