John Deere Adds to 6 Series Tractor Lineup

Chuck Zimmerman Leave a Comment

John Deere has added to its popular 6 Series of tractors and I got to discuss the features with Kory Ross, Product Manager, Waterloo Works. John Deere adds the 6E Series Tractors to the 6 Family Tractor lineup, which features enhanced performance, added versatility and greater value to the existing family of high-horsepower utility tractors. The design on the new …

Agribusiness, Audio, John Deere, Tractor

What Does Sustainable Mean to the Consumer?

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

The 2015 NAMA Bootcamp was again held in Kansas City, MO. The event attracts those new to the world of agri-marketing or simply new to the agriculture community. Sustainability and the consumer was one breakout session which discussed how farmers and ranchers can communicate with food connectors and millennials about sustainability. U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) CEO, Randy Krotz, …

Ag Group, Audio, Food, NAMA, Sustainability, USFRA

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Robert Johansson of USDA

John Davis Leave a Comment

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson. In this wide-ranging interview, you’ll hear his perspective on any relationship between the drop in equity markets and commodity prices, thoughts on China, Brazil and other countries lowering their currency values, and the implications of the EPA’s upcoming decision on RFS volume standards for US farm income. Click here …

Agri-Pulse, Audio, International, USDA

Priority Issues for Missouri Policy Makers

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Missouri State Fair’s legislator day brought policy makers together to talk about issues facing not only Missouri farmers and ranchers but about regulation that affects those involved with agriculture across the country. On that list was immigration. We have heard many of the front running political candidates give their opinions, but few have touched on it’s impact on agriculture. Missouri …

Ag Group, Audio, Government, politics

MO Farm Bureau Speaks Out Against Over Regulation

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The Missouri Farm Bureau has put together interactive maps to give a feel of how the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that goes into effect this weekend will impact the state. Well over 95% of the state of Missouri will qualify as a water of the U.S. under this rule. I spoke with Blake Hurst, president of the …

Ag Group, Audio, Environment, EPA, Farm Bureau, Government, Water

BIVI Seminar Highlights FAD Preparedness

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

Pork industry preparedness for FAD was the first topic on the schedule at the Boehringer Ingelheim North Carolina swine seminar this year – and no, FAD does not mean the latest social trend. “FADs are foreign animal diseases,” said Dr. Lisa Becton with the National Pork Board. “Those are diseases that currently don’t exist in the United States and diseases …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, Swine

Final Republicans Take the Soapbox Stage

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The last batch of Republican presidential candidates took the Soapbox stage this weekend during the last weekend of the Iowa State Fair. U.S. Senator from Texas Ted Cruz (R) took much of his time to crack jokes about the Democrats and the rest of his time to talk about all the U.S. government executive orders he would rescind and government …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biofuels, Fairs, politics

GROWMARK FS Ready for 2015 Farm Progress Show

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GROWMARK and the FS System always go all out when the Farm Progress Show is held in their home state of Illinois and this year will be no exception. I talked with GROWMARK Marketing and Communications Manager Beverly Long recently on a visit to the cooperative’s Bloomington headquarters about what they have planned for the show, which starts next week. …

Audio, Farm Progress Show, FS System, GROWMARK

Busy Year for America’s Renewable Future

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It was only eight months ago that America’s Renewable Future (ARF) was launched in Iowa with the goal of educating presidential candidates about agriculture and biofuels in general and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in particular. But what the coalition has accomplished in that short time has been so impressive that the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) recognized them with …

ACE, Audio, Award, Ethanol, Livestock, politics

MO Farm Bureau Takes WOTUS to the Fair Again

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You might remember that Missouri Farm Bureau held a “Ditch the Rule” press conference last year at the State Fair featuring three members of the state’s Congressional delegation. With the controversial rule now finalized and scheduled to be implemented August 28, MOFB held another press conference at the fair last week – this time with four members of Congress. Representatives …

AFBF, Audio, EPA, Government, Water