Thirsty Land Debuts To Positive Response

Joanna Schroeder

As a hush came over the theater and the lights went down for the opening scene of the documentary Thirsty Land, the sound of rain pounding on the roof served as background noise. A bit ironic. Especially in light of meeting a community in California that has run out of water. Thirsty Land, directed and produced by Conrad Weaver, focuses …

Agribusiness, Audio, Movie Review, water, Water Management

Small Farmers Show Concern Over FSMA Regs

Joanna Schroeder

In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was introduced by the FDA. The program serves as a new method of regulating the growth, harvesting, and processing of agricultural goods. While the aim of this new regulatory system is to increase food safety and reduce the prevalence of foodborne illness, there are some aspects that have become a burden on …

Agribusiness, Food, Vegetables

GROWMARK Leader in #Propane Use Expansion

Joanna Schroeder

Propane continues to expand into new areas from grain drying to new irrigation engines. To learn more about propane, Cindy Zimmerman spoke with Becky Hornblower, GROWMARK’s propane marketing and technical services manager, to get a handle on all things propane including its expanded use in agriculture. As the forth largest propane retailer in the country, they have quite a member …

Audio, Growmark, Irrigation, propane

Book Review: Planters & Cultivators with Casey & Friends

Joanna Schroeder

Casey & friends are back just in time for spring planting. In this just released book, Planters & Cultivators, by Holly Dufek and the 4th in the series, Casey and her lively friend Tillus the worm teach kids how to plant seeds and the importance of soil health. The CASE IH cartoon equipment characters are very content at Happy Skies …

Book Review, Case IH, Education, Equipment, Soil

PERC Says Propane Irrigation Engines Save Money

Joanna Schroeder

All growers are looking for ways to lower costs and propane may just be one way to do this. According to research conducted by the Propane Research and Education Council (PERC) on its Propane Farm Incentive Program. To learn more about the program and how farmers can get involved and save money, Chuck Zimmerman spoke with PERC’s Director of Agriculture …

Agribusiness, Audio, Commodity Classic, Irrigation, propane

GROWMARK Launches Endure Program

Joanna Schroeder

GROWMARK’s Agronomy division has launched a new Pollinator Seed Program coined the Endure Advocate Program focused on entry-level and advanced nutrient management training programs. The secondary focus on the program is to support honeybees; GROWMARK is donating wildflower seed to many of its supply and grain members to plant and promote honeybee health. If all the FS and grain members …

agronomy, Bees, Growmark, Nutrient Management

#Classic16 Partners with Ag PhD

Joanna Schroeder

The grower education experience during Commodity Classic 2016 (#Classic16) taking place in New Orleans March 3-5, 2016, is getting even better this year with a partnership between Commodity Classic (CC) and Ag PhD. As part of the collaboration, Ag PhD will promote CC farmer workshops through its various communications and outreach platforms. In addition, Ag PhD’s Darren and Brian Hefty …

Agribusiness, Commodity Classic, Education

NFU Joins Field to Market

Joanna Schroeder

Sustainability continues to be a key initiative among farmers around the world. The National Farmers Union (NFU) has joined Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, an initiative to unite the agricultural supply chain in defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of agriculture production in the United States. Just last week Cool Planet announced its support of the program …

Agribusiness, NFU, Resources, sustainability

ETS Partners with 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program

Joanna Schroeder

In an effort to help farmers realize the environmental advantages of precision nutrient placement, Environmental Tillage Systems (ETS) is partnering with the 4R Stewardship Program, a science-based approach that offers enhanced environmental protection, increased production increased farmer profitability and improved sustainability. The program is founded on the concept of using the 4 “Rs”: right fertilizer source, at the right rate, …

Nutrient Management, Soil, sustainability, Tillage