Ag Conservation Easement Funding Available

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Natural Resources Conservation Service chief Jason Weller have announced the availability of $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). “Conservation easements are an important tool to help these landowners and partners voluntarily provide long-term protection of our nation’s farmland, ranchland, wetlands and grasslands for future generations,” said Vilsack. …

Audio, Conservation, USDA

USDA Releases Prospective Plantings Report

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The much-anticipated 2015 Prospective Plantings released by USDA today shows declines expected in corn, wheat and cotton acres this year, with only a modest increase in soybean acreage. Corn planted area for all purposes in 2015 is estimated at 89.2 million acres, down 2 percent from last year. If realized, this will be the third consecutive year of an acreage …

Audio, Corn, MGEX, Soybean, USDA

Rural Electric Tackles Diversity & Internet Access

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I recently had the opportunity to sit down with former Congresswomen from my home state of Missouri, Jo Ann Emerson. She currently calls Washington, D.C. home where she holds the title of first female CEO for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). “I am very excited to be selected by the Board of Directors of the NRECA to serve …

Ag Group, Audio, Internet, NRECA, Rural Lifestyle

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

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*UPDATED* with audio below Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a one week extension for producers to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to make the decision, update yield history or reallocate base acres will now be April 7, 2015. “This is an …

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Propane Grain Dryers Increase Efficiency

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Farmers at Commodity Classic were showing increased interest in upgrading their grain dryers to high efficiency propane units. Cinch Munson with the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) says their research shows that a new propane grain dryer can result in 50% efficiency savings. “PERC has worked with a number of grain dryers manufacturers over the past few years to …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Energy, Grains, PERC, Propane

State Farmers Union Presidents Meet Pope

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Five Farmers Union state presidents and National Farmers Union’s (NFU) chief counsel capped off a series of meetings with officials at the Vatican by meeting Pope Francis himself on Wednesday. The presidents of state Farmers Unions in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have been engaging in discussions about family farmers, food security and environmental stewardship. “In discussions …

Audio, International, NFU

Meet Bethany – Farm Mom of the Year

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The Farm Mom of the Year is an award presented by America’s Farmers for those mom’s out there who don’t ask for recognition for everything they do. It’s a simple opportunity to thank them. Bethany Pugh, Monsanto Farm Mom of the Year, hails from North Carolina and is the heart of Middle Creek Farms and Pamlico Shores Produce. Ken Rahjes, …

Ag Group, Audio, Award, Commodity Classic, Monsanto

Ag Day 2015

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National Ag Day activities are conducted by the Agriculture Council of America. This year’s Chair is Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. In this week’s program I talked with Colin about the work of the ACA and this year’s activities. I also spoke with Amy Bradford, GROWMARK, an Ag Day sponsor and sponsor of my coverage of Ag Day activities …

Ag Day, Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, GROWMARK, NCBA, ZimmCast

Yeutter Kicks Off UNL Trade Center Fundraiser

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Former agriculture secretary and trade ambassador Clayton Yeutter was honored at the Agri-Pulse Ag Day event last week in Washington DC, the day after he made a $2.5 million dollar commitment to establish an international trade and finance institute at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). “We want to endow some chairs in agriculture, business and law,” said …

Agri-Pulse, Audio, Trade, University

Food Tank at Bayer Ag Issues Forum

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Food and social justice go hand-in-hand, and producers need to find more ways to bring balance to what is produced and how people on the producing side and the consumption side are treated. Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank, an organization founded two years ago to highlight the role of food in social justice, spoke with Chuck at the Bayer …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer