Big Drop in Farm Income Forecast

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Farm sector profitability is forecast to decline for the second straight year, according to the latest report from USDA. Net cash income is forecast at $100.3 billion, down about 21 percent from 2014 levels. Lower crop and livestock receipts are the main drivers of the change in 2015 net cash farm income from 2014, while cash production expenses are projected …


Lawmakers Ask FDA to Help Farmers with FSMA

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Senator Chris Murphy and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, both Democrats from Connecticut, this week joined with 12 other members of Congress in calling for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement programs to help family farmers and ranchers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In letters to FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the lawmakers stressed the importance …

Government, NFU, Regulation, Safety

GROWMARK and FS Help Farm Progress Show Go

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GROWMARK and the FS System always go all out when the Farm Progress Show is held in their home state of Illinois and this year will be no exception. GROWMARK Marketing and Communications Manager Beverly Long says GROWMARK has a presence at the Farm Progress Show on behalf of the FS System retailers in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and in Ontario …

agronomy, Audio, Farm Progress Show, FS System, Growmark

Michelin Receives CNH Supplier Award

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According to Michelin Agriculture has earned the 2015 “Best Supplier Award,” a prestigious recognition from CNH Industrial, a global leader in the areas of agricultural machinery, construction equipment, commercial vehicles and powertrain technology. Michelin is the first tire manufacturer to receive the award. CNH Industrial evaluates its major suppliers through key performance criteria such as relationship, quality, supply chain and …

Agribusiness, Award, New Holland

Farm Internet Use Continues to Grow

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A new USDA-NASS report shows that internet access on the farm continues to grow. According to the Computer Usage and Ownership report, 70 percent of U.S. farms and ranches now have access to internet, up three percent from 2013. DSL remains the most popular method for accessing internet, accounting for 30 percent of all farms and ranches with internet access. …

computers, Internet, USDA

Science Moms Take On Celeb “Fear Mongermoms”

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The granddaughter of the father of the Green Revolution has a bone to pick with the mother of Apple. Julie Borlaug, granddaughter of Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, joined eleven other “science and advocate” moms across the country in co-signing a letter to celebrity moms, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Michelle Gellar, regarding their opposition to agricultural biotechnology. Paltrow and her …

biotechnology, GMO

USDA Launches Improved AMS Website

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has launched a redesigned website ( to make it more user-friendly for stakeholders. “Whether you are looking for information about our services, want to comment on proposed regulations, or are interested in selling food to USDA, our new website makes it easier to find the right information and tools,” said AMS Administrator Anne L. Alonzo. …

USDA, Website

GROWMARK Names New Grain Director

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GROWMARK, Inc. has announced the appointment of Bob Rasmus as the Executive Director, Grain, which became effective in June. Rasmus, who received his bachelor of science degree in agriculture from Illinois State University, will be responsible for providing grain operations leadership, risk management analysis, and marketing direction to member cooperatives. He will also oversee the operations of MID-CO COMMODITIES, INC., …

Grain, Growmark

USDA Invests in Western Lake Erie Basin Water Quality

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest an additional $5 million to help Ohio, Michigan and Indiana improve water quality in the western Lake Erie basin. These investments will enable the region’s farmers to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the watershed, one of the sources of disruptive algae blooms. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the targeted funding will …

Conservation, Nutrient Management, USDA, water

FMC Authority and Aim for Fall Application

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It’s still summer but not too early to start thinking about fall herbicide applications. David Wheeler with FMC Corporation says with all the resistant weed pressure around the country a fall burndown is more important than ever. “Primarily we use a fall burndown application in soybeans or corn to prevent the early season growth of winter annual weeds that can …

Ag Media Summit, Audio, FMC, Herbicides, Weed control