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NAFB Mourns Loss of Hall of Fame Member

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) has lost another legend. Bill McReynolds, who spent 50 years on the airwaves at WOAI Radio in San Antonio, Texas has passed away. Bill was a 1997 inductee into the NAFB Hall of Fame. Bill is survived by his three sons Michael and wife Phyllis, Mark, and Don and wife Sharon, as well... Read More

Christmas Dig Targets Known Site, Hoard Found but Quickly "Dealt Wiv".

A Saxon hoard (reputedly 7000 coins of Cnut and Ethelred) was found on Sunday's Weekend Wanderers Christmas commercial rally t Manor Farm, Lenborough near Buckingham in Buckinghamshire - billed as the site of a deserted medieval village,...Show More Summary

You know what else is in the spending bill? The sage grouse, North America’s silliest creature

The debate over the sage grouse is a crucially important one for all kinds of people out West. If the federal government were to list the bird as endangered, development of ranches, mines, oil wells and wind farms would be halted on millions of acres across 11 states. Some 31,000 people would be put out of work, Reid […]

A Wrap-Up on Congress and Its Work on Animals in 2014

The U.S. Congress wrapped up its work on the Farm Bill in early 2014, and in the end we saw two very good outcomes in that package: an upgrade to the federal law against animal fighting to make it a...        Related Stories HSUS's Top Transformational Results of 2014 Science and Sentiment Say Wolf Trophy Hunting Doesn't Wash Pope Francis Says All Animals Can Go to Heaven  

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Five Sorghum Checkoff board directors were sworn in during the Dec. 10, 2014, board meeting in Lubbock, Texas. As a follow-up to its Stacked Income Protection Plan/Farm Bill workshops, the National Cotton Council is hosting four regional information webinars. Show More Summary

Baylen Linnekin: Who Can Save Us from the Farm Bill's False Savings?

2 weeks agoNews : Reason

When the U.S. Senate voted in favor of passage of he 2014 Farm Bill in February, the buzz on Capitol Hill was that he bill would "save" taxpayers lots of money. A giddy press release put out by the Senate Agriculture Committee, hailing the passage of the Farm Bill as it awaited Pres. Show More Summary

NRCS Official Discusses Programs at NAFB

Soils, climate change, pollinators, and the 2014 Farm Bill conservation programs were among the topics addressed at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention by James Tillman, southeast regional conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Show More Summary

Jon Stewart Ripped Chris Christie For Vetoing A Bill That Would Allow Pigs To Move Around On Pig Farms

TheNewJerseylegislaturerecentlypassedabill—withoverwhelmingbi-partisansupport—thatwouldbantheuseofrestrictivecratesthatpreventpigsfrommovingaroundatallonthestate’spigfarms.AndwhilethebillhadtheoverwhelmingsupportofthepeopleofNewJersey,GovernorChrisChristievetoedthebill...Show More Summary

Roseanne Makes Awful Joke About Being Assaulted By Bill Cosby

Roseanne is pretty much the best. Her show was great (all her shows were) and the woman has literally lived on a nut farm! But yesterday, Roseanne posted and deleted a photo that was not just uncool, it was downright offensive, making fun of both the Bill Cosby rape allegations and domestic violence. Read more...

Ayrstone Introduces AyrMesh Bridge

How about an ethernet cable without the wires on your farm network? Yes, it’s possible. That is, with the Ayrstone Productivity AyrMesh Bridge! During the NAFB convention I spoke with company president Bill Moffitt about their newest product. The Bridge joins a growing family of products from Ayrstone like their AyrMesh Hub, Receiver and a Hub that mounts in your... Read More

Policy Issues; Ag Economy; Trade; Tax Extenders; Regs; Biotech; and, Immigration- Thursday

Policy Issues Bill Tomson reported yesterday at Politico that, “‘It’s never too early to start on the next farm bill,’ said Rep. Mike Conaway, the next chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. “The Texas Republican, whose position in the top agriculture post was confirmed Tuesday by the House Republican Steering Committee, told POLITICO in an exclusive […]

Re-using heat reduces energy bill by 65%

At EuroTier, Dutch company Inno+ showcased the Air WTW, a new heat recovery system to be used on poultry and pig farms. This can save producers a lot of money. Pigs and poultry produce a lot of heat, which automatically heats up the air in the stalls to around 20 to 23°C, but also leaves the stalls...

Policy Issues; Ag Econ; Biotech; Trade; Immigration; CFTC; and Climate- Wednesday

Policy Issues- Farm Bill, Tax Extenders Chase Purdy reported yesterday at Politico that, “‘Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, the likely next chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says he has no plans to reopen the farm bill to make any substantial changes,’ Pro Agriculture’s Bill Tomson reports this morning. ‘Roberts, who sought far bigger cuts to food […]

Ag Economy; Farm Bill; Budget; Immigration; Trade; Biotech; and, Regs- Tuesday

Agricultural Economy A news release yesterday from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) indicated that, “According to the November Crop Production report released today by [NASS], corn production is expected to reach 14.4 billion bushels this year, up 3 percent from 2013 [related graph]. Show More Summary

Policy Issues; Trade; Ag Economy; Biotech; Immigration; and, Regulations- Monday

Policy Issues: Farm Bill; Tax Extenders; and Budget Pat Westhoff, the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri, indicated in a column on Saturday at the Columbia Daily Tribune (Mo.) Online that, “Our current set of farm and food policies only can be understood in the context of past […]

Post Election Policy Issues; and, the Ag Economy- Thursday

Post Election Policy Issues: Farm Bill, Tax Extenders, and Food Labeling AP writer Steve Karnowski reported yesterday that, “U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson anticipates being able to work out compromises on agricultural issues in the next Congress, but said Wednesday he has concerns about the makeup of the next Senate Agriculture Committee.” The article noted that, “Peterson […]

A history lesson for Tom Cotton (and voters in Arkansas)

As campaign whoppers go, it wins the most chutzpah award. When President Obama hijacked the farm bill, turned it into a food stamp bill… I voted no. That’s U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (R) talking, and he’s running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Mark Pryor (D). When this campaign ad was released in September, fact checkers [...]Show More Summary

USDA Seeks to Move New Products Into BioPreferred Program

The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to move some new products into a preferred procurement initiative for federal agencies. USDA is using the 2014 Farm Bill to justify making available some new, biobased forest products in...Show More Summary

Get penalized at Kansas State, and Bill Snyder might put you out of your misery

'Timmy got a holding penalty, and now he's, uh, living on your uncle's farm upstate.' Kansas State is one of the least penalized teams in the country. The Wildcats have been called for just 25 on the season -- only Navy (22) has less...Show More Summary

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