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Industry Adjusting to Lower Farm Equipment Sales

Sales of farm tractors and combines are continuing their downward trend this year and the industry is adjusting after several good years in a row, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). “The last five years have been pretty darn good years and we were at pretty high levels of equipment sales,” said AEM Senior Vice President and Ag... Read More

What’s Interesting About This Toyota Executive Rising from the Factory Floor

I hope you might have access to this interesting article from the Wall St. Journal: “Toyota Veteran Rises to Corporate Office From Factory Floor.” I was able to access it while logged out from my WSJ account. Mitsuru Kawai, pictured, started working at Toyota in 1963, at age 15.  After 52 years of employment, Kawai […]

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 357 – Legal Trifecta

The Gaye estate seeks to expand Blurred Lines ruling, DVDFab hit with more injunctions and Beastie Boys win sampling case.

USDA expects more barley out of Idaho in 2015 - AgMinute for April 6, 2015

USDA expects Idaho farmers will plant more wheat and barley this season, following a disastrous 2014 harvest affected by widespread late-season sprout damage. For more information visit

An Invention to Prevent Empty Gel or Foam Sanitizer Dispensers in a Hospital

Every time I am in a hospital or clinic setting, one of the first things I do is get a pump or squirt of gel or foam from a wall-mounted dispenser to clean my hands. Or, I should say try to get hand sanitizer. For one, it’s important to practice proper hand hygiene when entering […]

Mink prices drop as global production rises - AgMinute for April 3, 2015

Mink pelt prices have plummeted recently, following years of sustained growth, according to Fur Commission USA Executive Director Michael Whelan. Click here for the full story

KBOO Bike Show: Vision Zero

 Listen to the show (mp3, 26.5MB) Alon and Jocelyn talk with PBOT Director Leah Treat and Manager of Policy, Planning and Projects Art Pearce about Vision Zero, the Comprehensive Plan, Transportation System Plan and other important planning processes. The post KBOO Bike Show: Vision Zero appeared first on Portland Transport.

Critics challenge World Health Organization's conclusion on glyphosate - AgMinute for April 2, 2015

Critics say the World Health Organization’s conclusion that glyphosate “probably” causes cancer runs counter to what numerous other studies have found and should be withdrawn. For more information visit

Throwback Thursday: My Past April Fools’ Day Posts

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s April Fools’ Day joke about turning this blog into an insipid BuzzFeed-type site. It’s become a bit of a tradition for me, having some fun on April 1st. You can browse them via this link or scroll down in this post. In case you’re a new reader, here’s my past posts […]

2015 could be a break-even year for Idaho dairy farmers - AgMinute for April 1, 2015

During a presentation to lawmakers by United Dairymen of Idaho officials, most of the questions from legislators centered around Fairlife, a new premium milk product being distributed by the Coca-Cola Co. Click here for the full sto...

Ag Conservation Easement Funding Available

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Natural Resources Conservation Service chief Jason Weller have announced the availability of $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Show More Summary

USDA Releases Prospective Plantings Report

The much-anticipated 2015 Prospective Plantings released by USDA today shows declines expected in corn, wheat and cotton acres this year, with only a modest increase in soybean acreage. Corn planted area for all purposes in 2015 is estimated at 89.2 million acres, down 2 percent from last year. If realized, this will be the third consecutive year of an acreage... Read More

U.S. Potato Board unveils new price elasticity tool - AgMinute for March 31, 2015

A new tool developed for the U.S. Potato Board analyzes how the price fluctuations of fresh potato products affect demand. For more information visit

10 More Reasons to Come See Kaizen at Franciscan St. Francis Health This April

You Still Have Time to Register Joe Swartz and I have been planning the first-ever workshop (a conference of sorts) where people can come see what a Kaizen culture, or a culture of continuous improvement, looks like at his health system, Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis. It’s designed to be a small event. We […]

Rural Electric Tackles Diversity & Internet Access

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with former Congresswomen from my home state of Missouri, Jo Ann Emerson. She currently calls Washington, D.C. home where she holds the title of first female CEO for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). “I am very excited to be selected by the Board of Directors of the NRECA to serve... Read More

Is Cruz a Brainy Reactionary or Just 'Right' for Evangelical GOP? Or Both?

LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Remember that post-2012 RNC "autopsy" that was supposed to expand the party? Now comes contender Cruz who wants the base to vote, not grow. Ron Christie and Gara LaMarche debate whether he's the party's RX or poison. Show More Summary

Podcast #220 – Dr. Bob Wachter, Lean & The Digital Doctor

MP3 File (run time 46:32) My guest for episode #220 is somebody I’ve wanted to interview for a long time, Dr. Robert Wachter, one of the leading voices in the modern patient safety movement. He’s most recently author of a brand-new book The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer […]

Amicus: Mercury Rising

Listen to Episode 14 of Slate’s Amicus: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Michigan v. EPA—a challenge to new federal regulations requiring coal-fired power...Show More Summary

Listen: The Washington Report

Talk Radio News Service White House correspondent Victoria Jones talks about Harry Reid’s retirement, the DEA sex romps with Colombian drug cartel-provided prostitutes and the proxy war in Yemen.

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