More women in agriculture

Some might find it surprising, but over the past 10 years the presence of women in agriculture has increased significantly, with a 21 percent rise in the number of female principal farm operators. Today, 30 percent of all farm operators are women, according to the latest Census of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Is there room for improved farm production efficiency?

Traditionally, farmers and other business managers use a measure of production, cost or profit to evaluate overall economic progress. FULL STORY »

Cash rents in 2014 and expected cash rents in 2015

The Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers released 2014 and expected 2015 cash rents for professionally managed farmland. Expected 2015 rents point to decreasing cash rent levels on professionally managed farmland. Whether or not other cash rents follow professionally managed cash rents down is an open question. FULL STORY »

Farm bill base acre correction deadline fast approaching

In July, farm landowners received a base acre and yield commodity crop history summary letter from their Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. FULL STORY »

Delayed planting, cool weather might require late irrigation

Late-planted crops and cooler-than-normal temperatures may result in a later end to the irrigation season. We expect to see some fields irrigated well into late September this year. FULL STORY »

Texas school district joins Meatless Mondays trend

Dripping Springs School District in Texas has a pilot program that gives students meatless meals every Monday at lunch in all three of its elementary schools. FULL STORY »

Lighter Side: Even vegetarians can’t resist bacon

Bacon is the last thing you would expect on a vegetarian's plate, but who can really resist the irresistible power of bacon? FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Third party audit checklists

As we move forward with SWAP and packer on-farm audits for animal welfare and drug residue safety, many producers are now facing third party audits. FULL STORY »

Baise: Conservation Service expands role on farmed wetlands

The Natural Resources Conservation Service goes back in time to re-define authority over farmed wetlands. FULL STORY »

Purdue Extension’s 2015 ag outlook webinar set for Sept. 12

Purdue Extension and the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture will present their "Agricultural Outlook 2015" webinar Sept. 12 to help farmers, land owners, suppliers and others interested in agriculture make better business decisions in the coming year. FULL STORY »

How much risk of frost do you have?

The last USDA crop progress report indicates 72 percent of corn in or past the dent stage with 5 percent of the corn acres mature and soybean with 26 percent leaves turning color. FULL STORY »

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