What Rodeo Event Is Your Favorite?

Melissa Sandfort

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Planning to buy new iPhone or upgrade?” Our poll results: · Happy with my current iPhone 25% · Still using a dumb phone 25% · Not an iPhone fan 17% · Upgrading to 5S 17% · Buying 1st iPhone – either one 8% · Other 8% · Upgrading to 5C 0% It looks like …


Human & Robot Team Up for High-tech Harvest

Talia Goes

Fall is in the air and it’s harvest time for Washington apple growers. With another bumper crop expected this season many Washington tree fruit growers dream of a day when automated technology helps bring in the harvest. Manoj Karkee, assistant professor with the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems at WSU, believes that day will soon be upon us. …

Agribusiness, Harvesting

REAP Funds Make Rural Areas More Energy Efficient

John Davis

Farmers, ranchers and small businesses in rural areas of 22 states will benefit from projects designed to use energy more efficiently, as well as making sure renewable energy from rural America is a significant part of the mix. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the latest round of grants and loans being made available through the Rural Energy for …

Energy, USDA

What is Conservation Agriculture Worth?

Jamie Johansen

The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) Dialogues are right around the corner. The panel discussion will focus on the economic and ecological benefits of agricultural conservation systems. Conservation tools, measurements for economic and ecological benefits, long-term economic returns and their effects on producers’ decision-making processes and conservation trends that will affect agriculture in the next five years are all topics …

Conservation, environment, Events

New Shuttle Loading Facility Up and Running

Cindy Zimmerman

A new 110-car shuttle loading facility on the Norfolk Southern railroad near Kankakee, Illinois is up and running just in time for the fall harvest. The state-of-the-art facility is the result of a partnership between GROWMARK and Heritage FS Eastern Grain Marketing (EGM) that provides additional value from GROWMARK’s investment in Central States Enterprises, a partner firm with significant rail …

Audio, Growmark, transportation

2013 ARA Conference

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The 2013 ARA Conference will be held December 3-5 at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida. One of the features of this year’s conference is a breakout session dedicated to new technologies. The top two supplier nominees of the 2013 ARA/AgGateway Technology Contest will present cutting-edge technologies alongside a retailer customer who utilizes these technologies on the …

Agribusiness, Events

USDA Data Shows Need For National Sodsaver Provision

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Recently released USDA Farm Service Agency data demonstrates a rapid conversion of non-cropland to cropland. Center for Rural Affairs analysis of the 2012 data reveals the importance of inclusion of a national Sodsaver provision in the Farm Bill that would help address the significant loss of grasslands by ratcheting down subsidized crop insurance on cropland converted from native prairie. “This …

Agribusiness, USDA

Young Texas Trio Brings Technology to the Farm

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The tales of young, tech-savvy entrepreneurs launching new ventures out of Silicon Valley are common. But what about three 20-something brothers who live – not in some high tech mecca – but near the small community of Wilderado, Texas, who started a new business venture? The Gruhlkey brothers – Brittan, 24, Braden, 25, and Cameron, 20 – are farming cotton, …

Agribusiness, Conservation, USDA

BASF Launches New Mobile Website

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BASF launched a new mobile platform, m.agproducts.basf.us, for U.S.-based Crop Protection products. This platform gives BASF customers and employees access to company and product information for use on all tablets and smartphone models. The m.agproducts.basf.us website features full access to all BASF Crop Protection product information. This includes relevant product labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS). The Contact Us …

Agribusiness, BASF

USDA and Coca-Cola Partner

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Coca-Cola Americas President Steve Cahillane announced a public-private partnership to restore and protect damaged watersheds on national lands. Together these efforts aim to return more than a billion liters of water to the National Forest System – which provides drinking water to more than 60 million Americans. The announcement was made …

Agribusiness, USDA