Happy Independence Day!

Cindy Zimmerman

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that …

Top Precision.AgWired Stories for 2014

Cindy Zimmerman

Precision.AgWired.com – formally Precision.Pays.com – was given its new name earlier this year to better identify with the ZimmComm family of on-line publications, but this site will celebrate its eighth birthday in just a couple of months. Since the re-branding, our viewership has tripled, so thanks for being a part of our year! In keeping with our annual tradition, here …

Giving Thanks for Our Bounty

Cindy Zimmerman

O God, source and giver of all things, You manifest your infinite majesty, power and goodness In the earth about us: We give you honor and glory. For the sun and the rain, For the manifold fruits of our fields: For the increase of our herds and flocks, We thank you. For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace, …

Watch FARMLAND On Demand for Thanksgiving

Cindy Zimmerman

The feature film Farmland is now available for rent and purchase via On Demand platforms – providing more people with the opportunity to view the film from their own homes and digital devices. The film’s move to digital platforms takes place this month, following a successful four-week run on Hulu.com and Hulu Plus. Farmland is available for digital download via …

Farm Bureau Wants EPA to Ditch Water Rule

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Waters of the US” rule was published in the Federal Register last week – all 111,000 words of it. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) responded with just three words – “Ditch the Rule”. AFBF Public Policy Director Dale Moore says the “ditch” part comes from the fact that a reading of the rule indicates …

Hick Chick Chat: Farmland Film

Leah Guffey

It’s finally here, Farmland the film. We’ve heard about it being in production thanks to the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance promotion of the movie, as ag media we have been awaiting its arrival to theaters nationally on May 1, also coming to digital download and DVD (stay tuned for those details). Last week, it was shown at the Tribeca …

Forest Service Helps Farming Trees as Fuel Source

John Davis

In honor of Earth Day today, the U.S. Forest Service is seeking proposals that expand wood energy use and support responsible forest management. This news release says the service is also offering a Wood Energy Financial App to help business leaders see a positive bottom line for these efforts. “USDA through the Forest Service is supporting development of wood energy …

Field to Market Adds Water Metric to Online Tool

Jamie Johansen

Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, announced today that the Fieldprint® Calculator now incorporates the Water Quality Index (WQI) offered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS). The metric’s inclusion in the tool, which will help farmers track continuous water quality improvement on their farms, is a result of ongoing collaboration between Field to Market …

Hick Chick Chat with AEM on Farm Equipment

Leah Guffey

The important contribution of U.S. agriculture equipment manufacturing to the health of the nation’s economy is demonstrated in an economic paper recently released by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. For this edition of the Hick Chick Chat, I spoke with AEM senior vice president Charlie O’Brien about the analysis. “Agriculture’s achievements have resulted from scientific advances in many areas, including …

Registration Open for Mid-Year Meeting

Jamie Johansen

Registration is now open for AgGateway’s 2014 Mid-Year Meeting, to be held June 9-12, 2014, at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. AgGateway’s more than 200 member companies use this working meeting to advance efforts to enable eBusiness in agriculture, resulting in improved business efficiencies and better use of ag technology. Current work spans the areas of precision ag, crop nutrition, …