Ag Policy Update: Farm Bill, Budget Deals & Trade

Jamie Johansen

The Missouri Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference took place over the weekend. I was able to attend with my husband and had great intentions to not ‘work.’ But when I heard topics being discussed that are timely and others might learn from, I couldn’t help but pull out my recorder and gather some content. Missouri Farm Bureau’s Director …

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Nebraska Congressman Praises Water for Food Forum

Cindy Zimmerman

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) is very proud of the work that the Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska has been doing for the future of sustainable agriculture by encouraging the involvement of young people in the industry. “Agriculture has become cool! I never thought I would see that,” said Fortenberry at the recent Water for Food …

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John Deere Dealers Develop Applications to Help Growers

Carrie Muehling

Some of the John Deere dealers who attended this year’s Develop with Deere conference are also developers. Ryan Hutchison with South Country Equipment in Regina, Saskatchewan, has been working on the John Deere Field Connect application. The app takes data, applies agronomic knowledge from the grower and the agronomist, and incorporates weather information to develop what he calls “crop intelligence.” …

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Perdue Discusses State of Rural Economy

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue briefed members of the House Agriculture Committee Tuesday on the current state of the rural economy and USDA’s farm bill priorities. “We’re in a very different situation than when you last contemplated a farm bill,” said Perdue in his opening remarks. “The state of the rural economy is fragile.” Secretary Perdue was asked about a number …

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Precision Ag Bytes 2/7

Carrie Muehling

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International has announced the appointment of the newly formed Agricultural Aerial Remote Sensing Council to serve on a steering committee and as brand ambassadors who will help develop the Trusted Operator Program for remote pilots and unmanned aircraft systems training organizations that serve the agriculture community. Billi Hunt has been named the Executive Director …

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Scouting With Aerial Precision Imagery

Carrie Muehling

While many farmers have embraced the technology available to scout fields with unmanned aerial vehicles, Jeff Buyck with C&B Operations has taken things a bit further. The John Deere dealer from South Dakota uses manned aircraft to scout fields and help area farmers identify problem spots more quickly. “It’s really being able to detect an issue before you can see …

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Water For Food Charts the Way Forward

Cindy Zimmerman

The Water for Food International Forum last week ended on a high note as more than 40 high-level participants from around the globe shared their vision for and commitment to how the private and public sectors can work toward expanding access to irrigation. Kicking off the very large round table discussion was World Food Programme Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, Distinguished Fellow …

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Dealers Seek Solutions for Growers at Develop with Deere

Carrie Muehling

The 2018 Develop with Deere conference saw growth in the number of local equipment dealers attending, as they continue to seek solutions that will help their customers. “They’re certainly looking to fill gaps in the Operations Center that are specific needs to their customers in their areas. That varies greatly,” said Brad Silva, Platform Marketing with John Deere. “It doesn’t …

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TapLogic Provides ‘Ease and Control’ in Soil Sampling

Carrie Muehling

Growers who want to handle soil sampling on their own terms might appreciate the connection between John Deere and TapLogic, a longtime leader in “do it yourself” soil sampling. “We really built everything with the grower in mind first,” said Cyrus Alexander with TapLogic. “It’s ease and control. Control is a big thing… control and choice. A grower gets to …

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Large and Small Companies Collaborate for Grower Success

Carrie Muehling

Building a relationship with an established company like John Deere can be a game changer for a start up company like Farm Dog. “Getting that Deere brand next to our name is just huge on the credibility aspect,” said Liron Brish, co-founder and CEO of Farm Dog. “I’m no longer random Farm Dog company when I go speak with a …

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