ZimmCast on Climate Change & Paris Accord

Chuck Zimmerman

The decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord has generated reactions from many I am connected with via social media that border on hysteria. But the majority have expressed approval of the decision. As we reported earlier this week, agricultural interests seem to be pretty quiet on the matter. I think that’s because they are more …

Audio, Climate Change, Weather, ZimmCast

The Paris Accord and Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

Unlike everyone else, agriculture interests had very little to say about President Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord. “President Trump promised that he would put America first and he has rightly determined that the Paris accord was not in the best interests of the United States,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement. “The Earth’s …

AgWired Precision, Climate Change, Environment, Government, NFU, USDA

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

The Buzz About Sustainability at #CUTC16

Kelly Marshall

Fred Yoder is an Ohio corn farmer who believes sustainability is more than a buzz word. At the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference Yoder told AgWired about his involvement with Climate Smart Agriculture, a term coined to describe just what it is growers will have to do to feed 9 billion people while working with what we’ve got. Working with …

Agribusiness, Climate Change, Conservation, CUTC, Sustainability

Vilsack Traveling to Germany and France

Kelly Marshall

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be traveling to Berlin and Paris next week. April 4-5 he will be in Berlin, discussing rural economic development opportunities related to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with German officials and farmers.  Christian Schmidt, the German Mister of Food and Agriculture, as well as other government officials will also meet about the benefits to …

Climate Change, Trade, USDA

Phytobiomes Roadmap Released

Joanna Schroeder

A collaboration has released a new Phytobiomes Roadmap that presents a new vision for agriculture to increase health, productivity, and sustainability of current cropping and forest systems. Led by the Phytobiomes organization, the Roadmap, according to the group, outlines a strategic plan for acquiring critical knowledge of how all of the components on a farm interact and affect each other. …

Agronomy, Climate Change, Crop Science, Precision Agriculture, Soil

Ag Secy Vilsack Talks SOTU, Trade & Climate

Joanna Schroeder

USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack held a press call yesterday to discuss President Obama’s last State of the Union (SOTU) address. Vilsack, who has served in the capacity of Ag Secretary throughout Obama’s Administration, was in attendance during the speech. He said he is very proud to have been part of an administration that has basically taken the country from …

Audio, Climate Change, politics, Trade, USDA

Family Farmers Support Climate Focus in SOTU Address

Joanna Schroeder

Last night marked President Obama’s last State of the Union (SOTU) address, and as expected one area of focus was the fight against climate change. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said after the speech that the administration’s focus on the climate change is an issue that farmers and ranchers across the U.S. have been dealing with for many …

Climate Change, Government, NFU, Trade

Ag Secretary Comments on Climate Accord

Cindy Zimmerman

As the announcement came over the weekend that negotiators from nearly 200 countries had approved a landmark climate accord, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack commented on what the deal means for our nation’s farmers and ranchers. “The historic COP21 deal supports a better-nourished, stable, secure future for the United States and every nation,” Vilsack said in a statement. “The benchmarks outlined …

Climate Change, International, USDA

Corn Growers Talk Sustainability at Climate Change Talks

John Davis

American corn farmers were talking about just how sustainable U.S. agriculture is during the recent COP21 United Nations climate talks in Paris this week. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) says the group shared U.S. corn farmers’ perspectives on a wide array of sustainability and environmental issues. The event, hosted by Field to Market, Business for Social Responsibility and Pepsico, …

Climate Change, Corn, NCGA, Sustainability