Threat grows from SCN

Threat grows from SCN

Agriculture and farming officials are helping growers manage soybean cyst nematodes to prevent a major loss in yield as the crop’s production season approaches.

Farmers should think about proactively managing soybean cyst nematodes since they are the No. 1 pest in soybeans, said Jeremiah Mullock, the production manager of chemical company Baden Aniline and Soda Factory, or BASF.

  • Mar 28, 2022
Apply by April 29 for Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge

Apply by April 29 for Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, is seeking entrepreneurs to apply online for the 2023 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Now in its ninth year, this national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies developing innovative solutions to challenges faced by America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

  • Mar 23, 2022
Taking Every Opportunity

Taking Every Opportunity

“I didn’t know I wanted to farm full- time until I went away to college at Michigan State,” Ben said. “Being away that first month was so awful. I couldn’t wait to come home and help. All through the fall harvest I drove home almost every day after class to help – I couldn’t stand not being there.”

  • Feb 22, 2022
Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference

Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference

The 2022 Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference kicks off Feb. 9 for two days of special guest speakers, networking opportunities and breakout sessions that address personal, farm and family issues affecting women, families and farm businesses.

  • Jan 28, 2022
Urban Farmers Looking to Team up with Rural Farmers

Urban Farmers Looking to Team up with Rural Farmers

Two urban farmers are ready to bridge the communication gap with rural farmers. Quilen Blackwell with Southside Blooms in Chicago tells Brownfield urban famers have access to a massive consumer market and rural farmers have more flexibility to raise livestock and crops – which could be a win/win if put together.

  • Jan 11, 2022
Biden meets with farmers to talk food prices, detail meat processing assistance

Biden meets with farmers to talk food prices, detail meat processing assistance

President Biden held a virtual meeting with farmers and ranchers Monday to discuss the rising costs of food prices in the meat industry, and a plan for $1 billion in federal spending to expand the capacity of independent meat processors.

  • Jan 03, 2022
USDA to test 2022 Census of Agriculture online questionnaire

USDA to test 2022 Census of Agriculture online questionnaire

Starting in January, approximately 15,000 agricultural producers across the nation and the various segments of U.S. agriculture will receive an invitation to assist in the online 2022 Census of Agriculture Content Test. The Content Test, which will run through spring, is a critical part of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS’s) preparation for the once-every-five-year Census of Agriculture. 

  • Dec 28, 2021
Consumers Energy to construct $17M biodigester facility at Swisslane Farms

Consumers Energy to construct $17M biodigester facility at Swisslane Farms

Consumers Energy has announced an agreement with Swisslane Farms to build a biodigester at the Kent County dairy facility that will convert manure into clean, renewable natural gas, or RNG. The $17-million biodigester, which requires regulatory approval, would be owned and operated by Consumers Energy. The 2-million-gallon facility, with the ability to expand to 4-million gallons, is expected to start production in late 2023, producing enough RNG annually to heat nearly 1,000 homes.

  • Dec 28, 2021
Selling the herd: Labor woes force dairy farmer’s hand

Selling the herd: Labor woes force dairy farmer’s hand

Empty stalls inside a mostly empty barn.

A few birds chirp in the rafters.

Seventy-one-year-old Hank Choate, feeling somewhat empty himself, walks through the structure.

He just sold off his roughly 500-head Holstein dairy herd, pivoting to 1,800 acres of row crops.

  • Dec 28, 2021
USDA prepares for upcoming 2022 Census of Agriculture

USDA prepares for upcoming 2022 Census of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) mails the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) this month to more than a million potential U.S. agricultural producers, in preparation for the 2022 Census of Agriculture. 

  • Dec 07, 2021