Preparing your farm for the “what-if” scenario

Would you know what to do if your farm was destroyed by a tornado or featured on an undercover animal activist video? The Pork Checkoff has a two tools to help you plan and prepare for a crisis situation. FULL STORY »

U.S. government won't fall apart on "sequester" day of reckoning

Just as computers worldwide did not crash on January 1, 2000, in the "Y2K" scare and Earth itself did not shatter on December 21, 2012, as some interpreters of the Mayan calendar predicted, March 1, 2013, will not be remembered as the day the U.S. government disintegrated. FULL STORY »

New UN report claims a fertilizer crisis is looming

The United Nations has issued a new report, “Our Nutrient World” that claims the world is facing a fertilizer crisis because some areas of the world have too much fertilizer and others not enough. FULL STORY »

Risk management plans includes crop insurance

Many farms look to crop insurance as a key component of their risk management plan. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Feed milling charges

A couple of weeks ago I was with the mill manager of a local coop. He had just come from a meeting with his electricity supplier. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: 2012 pork exports were record high

U.S. pork exports in 2012 were record high for the second consecutive year. Last year, the nation exported 5.4 billion pounds of pork and imported only 802 million pounds. FULL STORY »

Pork conference to unite producers, veterinarians, academics

Purdue University Extension and Indiana Pork are teaming up to host the third annual Southern Indiana Pork Conference and offer an update on the latest news in the pork industry. FULL STORY »

Overholt Drainage School offers soil, water management education

Ohio growers can increase yields by some 20 to 35 percent for rotation corn with proper subsurface drainage, according to research from Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center conducted at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station in Hoytville, Ohio. FULL STORY »

ObamaCare decisions loom for some farms

Although the Act doesn’t go into effect until next Jan. 1, management decisions that farms make in 2013 will have an impact on what they need to do in 2014. FULL STORY »

St. Louis Fed: Higher than expected 2012 farm income

Abundant crop insurance shielded farmers’ income from much of the impact of this summer’s record drought across the Midwest and Mid-South, according to the latest Agricultural Finance Monitor released this week by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. FULL STORY »

Corn and dry soils at planting; looking ahead to 2013

It doesn’t surprise any of us that in areas of the Corn Belt with poorer soils and/or reduced rainfall, farmers typically reduce plant populations to compensate for conditions. Is that something Iowa farmers should again consider if conditions remain dry at planting? FULL STORY »

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