USFRA Helps Farmers Speak on Sustainability

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What does sustainability mean to you? What does it mean to your friends and family? Based on research from the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), not the same thing. So if it means different things to different people then how do you communicate with consumers about the sustainable actions you are taking on your farm? Well, that’s easy, says …

Agribusiness, Sustainability, USFRA

New Propane Tractor Prototype from New Holland

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For ten years, New Holland’s brand position has been as a Clean Energy Leader and the company didn’t disappoint at this year’s Farm Progress Show with the launch of the third-generation Alternative Fuels Tractor prototype that is powered by propane autogas. I got all the details about the cutting-edge tractor from New Holland’s Mike Cornman who said the concept tractor …

Agribusiness, Audio, Equipment, Farm Progress Show, New Holland, Propane

Why You Should Consider an AgriBusiness Career

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A career in agribusiness may not be high on your list of things to do, but if you have grown up in a farming community, it’s a natural route. While it helps to have a good understanding of the agricultural business, an in-depth knowledge is not necessary. People working in agribusiness pursue a wide range of different careers, from helping …

Agribusiness, Agriculture Education, Employment

New Holland’s Big #Biomass Baler

Joanna Schroeder

Several years ago the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the Billion Ton biomass report and recently made an updated version available. The study shows that there is more than 1 billion tons of biomass available to be used for bio-products including biofuels. For many years, New Holland has been committed to growers who harvest biomass and when the biofuel …

Audio, biomass, Energy, Ethanol, Farm Progress Show, Harvest, New Holland

Pressure Continues on Illinois Farmland Values

Joanna Schroeder

Pressure continues on farmland values in Illinois according to research released during the 2016 Farm Progress Show. Prices have been reduced on average between an estimated 3.3 percent and 7 percent with projected low net returns and softening commodity prices cited as the primary cause of the decrease in value. The results of the Mid-Year “Snapshot Survey” was provided by …

Agribusiness, Audio, Farm Progress Show

NCGA Tells EPA to Leave Atrazine Alone

Joanna Schroeder

Atrazine is once again under attack with a recent report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) highly critical of the ag herbicide. National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has been fighting for the right of growers to use atrazine and to learn more I spoke with Kevin Skunes, the first vice president elect for NCGA and a farmer from Eastern …

Agribusiness, Audio, Farm Progress Show, Herbicide, NCGA

IA Gov Branstad Visits #FarmProgessShow

Joanna Schroeder

Another successful Farm Progress Show has wrapped up in Boone, Iowa. We ended on a high note with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad visiting exhibitors and stopping by the BASF Media Tent to speak with reporters about key ag issues. I spoke with him about three issues: ethanol, water quality and trade. Branstad said that we appreciate the private sector support …

Audio, Ethanol, Farm Progress Show, Trade, Water

New Holland Expands Self Propelled Forage Harvesters

Joanna Schroeder

New Holland has continued the launch of its Self Propelled Forage Harvester line that started last year. The five model line-up ranges from 480 horsepower all the way up to 825 horsepower according to New Holland’s Doug Otto, with whom I spoke with during the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa this week. One of the greatest features of …

Agribusiness, Audio, Equipment, Farm Progress Show, New Holland

Iowa Home to New Ag Tech Accelerator

Joanna Schroeder

Iowa is the new home of a new startup business accelerator: Ag Tech Accelerator (The Accelerator). Four investors have provided funding for the initiative including DuPont Pioneer, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company, John Deere and Peoples Company. Each company has committed to providing $100,000 for the first year. The Accelerator was announced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the …

Agribusiness, Audio, Farm Progress Show, International, John Deere, Pioneer, Precision Agriculture

Report Finds #Ag Can Help Combat Climate Change

Joanna Schroeder

Growers to provide feed, fiber and fuel and now according to a new report released during a press conference at the Farm Progress Show this week, farmers, or agriculture, can also help combat climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). ICF International conducted the research entitled, “Charting a Path to Carbon Neutral Agriculture: Mitigation Potential for Crop …

Agribusiness, Audio, Climate Change, Conservation, cover crops, Farm Progress Show, Monsanto