'Super app' helps track insect populations

An upgraded online pest management program could help agricultural growers and consultants track insect populations to better control crop damage caused by pests and reduce the amount of insecticides released into the environment. FULL STORY »

High gasoline prices another hurdle for U.S. consumers

Rising gasoline prices are putting a squeeze on Americans already under pressure from higher taxes and are likely to restrain economic growth in the first quarter. FULL STORY »

Swedish ag authorities recommend tax to reduce meat consumption

Experts on the Swedish Board of Agriculture produced a report in late January that essentially states there are environmental and health benefits to eating more vegetables and less meat. FULL STORY »

USFRA Consumer Media Tour decodes food terms

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) continues its outreach efforts on Friday this week with a Consumer Media Tour. FULL STORY »

Will crop insurance be changed as you are enrolling this year?

Less than eight months left now before the “extended” 2008 Farm Bill expires, and little has been accomplished in Congress other than for the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to announce their new members. FULL STORY »

Can agriculture adapt to climate change?

Rising temperatures blamed on climate change could devastate the country’s agricultural industry within the next century, forcing farmers to deal with new pests, faster-growing weeds and smaller crop yields. FULL STORY »

The Congressional Budget Office just stole USDA’s thunder

Will you be planting more corn or more soybeans in 2013, compared to 2012? While that is a personal decision, the Congressional Budget Office projects a few more corn acres and less soybean acreage. FULL STORY »

New generation farmers add 21st-century spin

Joseph and Jeremy Gonzales are doing something different with their Gonzales Land and Cattle operation in Lovington, N.M., and it’s hard not to notice. FULL STORY »

Understand cost of production to manage risk and maximize profit

Michigan State University Extension’s free crop and livestock budget tools can help you analyze your expenses, revenue and opportunities. FULL STORY »

Climate outlooks indicate moisture, but drought isn't over yet

Although much of Minnesota is still in severe to extreme drought, University of Minnesota Extension climatologist Mark Seeley says the outlook shows a different story for late winter all the way into planting season. FULL STORY »

The farm bill and environmental sustainability

It appears to us that the farm bill is in some sort of limbo caught between a hastily constructed 12-month extension of some, but not all, of the elements the 2008 legislation and the need of Congress to address fiscal issues including the threat of sequestration if nothing is done. FULL STORY »

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