USDA Announces $21M for Bioeconomy R&D

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made $21 million available to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products. The funds can also be allocated to train the next generation of bio-scientists. The funding is offered through the AFRI Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts challenge area designed to create or sustain jobs by improving existing food …

Agribusiness, Agriculture Education, biobased, Biofuels, biomass, USDA

Book Review – Coolbean the Soybean

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Ahhh…Spring is here and planting has begun and it’s a perfect time for kids to meet Coolbean. This week I read “Coolbean The Soybean,” by Shawn Conley, Ph.D. who is the state soybean specialist, aka agronomist, at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Who better to write a book about the life of a soybean from seed to seed. Coolbean …

Agriculture Education, Agronomy, Book Review, Soybean

Will FSMA Produce Regs Prove Costly to Small Farms?

Joanna Schroeder

Most of us involved in agriculture have become familiar with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that was introduced in 2011 as the FDA’s new method of regulating the growth, harvesting, and processing of agricultural goods. While the aim of this new regulatory system is to increase food safety and reduce the prevalence of foodborne illness, there are some aspects …

Agribusiness, politics, Produce, Vegetables

#Classic16 Corn and Wheat Scholarship Winners

Joanna Schroeder

The number of scholarships presented by BASF Crop Protection and the various commodity organizations at Commodity Classic increases every year. Yea. It’s great to see so many young men and women take an interest in agriculture. We were able to interview some but not all of this year’s winners – but they are all outstanding. The $1000 National Corn Growers …

Agriculture Education, Audio, Award, BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn, Wheat

Farmers Saving Money with Propane

Joanna Schroeder

Farmers are saving money with propane according to research conducted by the Propane Research and Education Council (PERC) on its Propane Farm Incentive Program. To learn more about the program and how farmers can get involved and save money, Chuck Zimmerman spoke with PERC’s Director of Agriculture Business Development Cinch Munson during Commodity Classic 2016 in New Orleans. The results …

Agribusiness, Audio, Commodity Classic, PERC, Propane