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 »

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 »

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 »

'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 »

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 »

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 »

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