Bayer Fund partners with farmers to offer grants to ag programs, schools and nonprofits

Bayer Fund partners with farmers to offer grants to ag programs, schools and nonprofits

Bayer Fund's America's Farmers Grow Communities program is once again teaming up with farmers across the country to find and fund the organizations and institutions that keep their communities thriving. Eligible farmers can enroll for the chance to direct a $5,000 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization, school or youth agriculture program. Applications are being accepted until Nov. 1.

  • Aug 09, 2022
Breaking barriers for beginning farmers

Breaking barriers for beginning farmers

When it comes to agriculture, the ever-changing market is a fierce-enough industry to compete in, let alone if you are a beginning farmer just starting out. Entering the industry looks different for each producer, but there are several industry-wide challenges that are common obstacles for beginning farmers.

  • Jul 20, 2022
The Senate is nearing a deal on immigration that could also lower food prices

The Senate is nearing a deal on immigration that could also lower food prices

Senate Republicans and Democrats are inching closer to a deal on an immigration bill that farmers say if passed could help reduce food prices in part by helping them hire more workers. This measure, known as the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, is focused mainly on updating the food production workforce, a system some call outdated and that has led to higher food prices especially for dairy, meat and vegetables.

  • Jul 20, 2022
Grants to accelerate cover crop adoption in Midwest

Grants to accelerate cover crop adoption in Midwest

 In partnership with ADM and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has announced $2.6 million in grant awards to help farmers plant cover crops across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan and Minnesota. Awarded under NFWF’s Midwest Cover Crop Initiative, these five grants will support implementation of this beneficial agricultural practice on 500,000 acres.

  • Jul 15, 2022
G20: FAO says global threats to agrifood systems need complex approach

G20: FAO says global threats to agrifood systems need complex approach

The challenges undermining global food security call for a complex approach embracing investment, policy reforms and better use of resources, QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) told a key meeting of the G20 today.

  • Jul 14, 2022
Farms, Families Often Suffer Without Estate Planning

Farms, Families Often Suffer Without Estate Planning

An estate and succession planning expert says not developing a farm transition plan is often difficult for survivors and the farm operation. John Shoup with the Indiana Ag Law Foundation tells Brownfield families have been fractured after the death of a family member. “The relationships are fractured because of either maybe there was no plan or maybe people didn’t feel like they were included in the plan, and that’s an awfully difficult situation.”

  • Jun 29, 2022
USDA announces assistance for on-farm food safety expenses for specialty crop growers

USDA announces assistance for on-farm food safety expenses for specialty crop growers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to provide up to $200 million in assistance for specialty crop producers who incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses to obtain or renew a food safety certification in calendar years 2022 or 2023.

  • Jun 24, 2022
West Michigan-developed ‘Craigslist for local food and farms’ app nears 100K users

West Michigan-developed ‘Craigslist for local food and farms’ app nears 100K users

Local entrepreneur Terra Osman leveraged her self-taught development skills to create a mobile app that connects buyers and sellers of local produce and garden supplies. After launching Farmish in mid-March, the app now has more than 100,000 downloads and 86,000 current users as Osman mulls how to grow the business further.

  • Jun 24, 2022
Conservation, crop insurance, dairy pricing priorities detailed at 2023 farm bill hearing

Conservation, crop insurance, dairy pricing priorities detailed at 2023 farm bill hearing

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and ranking member U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) officially kicked off the first hearing on the 2023 Farm Bill at Michigan State University. Noting strong bipartisan approval of the current farm bill, Stabenow said she and Boozman intend to continue the tradition as the committee seeks input from producers on needed improvements, in light of the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • May 09, 2022
Deere launches See & Spray Ultimate

Deere launches See & Spray Ultimate

 John Deere has introduced See & Spray™ Ultimate, a factory-installed system available for model year 2023 John Deere 410R, 412R, and 612R Sprayers that enables targeted spraying of non-residual herbicide on weeds among corn, soybean, and cotton plants.

  • Mar 30, 2022