Benson Hill Raises Funding to Grow Food Innovation

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St. Louis-based Benson Hill has just closed a $150 million Series D funding round led by Wheatsheaf Group and GV (formerly Google Ventures) to scale its commercial operations and its platform food innovation engine CropOS™ across multiple food and ingredients markets. The company’s leading food innovation engine CropOS™ taps nature’s genetic diversity to develop and commercialize healthier and more sustainable …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Farming, Food, Precision Agriculture, Technology

Farmobile Announces Farmobile Index for Harvest

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural data company Farmobile LLC today announced the release of the Farmobile Index for Harvest — a crop progress and benchmarking tool that provides daily, state-level crop insights as corn and soybeans are harvested. Users can view total aggregated harvested acres/yield for an individual state or a group of states and chosen date ranges. Uniquely crowd-sourced by and for the …

AgWired Precision, data, Farming, Harvest, Precision Agriculture

Farm Journal New American Farm Show is a Hit

Cindy Zimmerman

Farm Journal‘s 10 day “New American Farm Show” experience, which included Pro Farmer Crop Tour, Farm Journal Field Days and the #FarmON Benefit Concert, set a new industry standard for agricultural information exchange, with more than 50,000 farmers and ranchers from all 50 states participating. The interactive experience included live crop reports and analysis, dynamic content, live discussion and virtual …

Farm Journal, Farm Shows, Farming, Media

New Farmer Survey Documents Cover Crop Benefits

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2019-2020 National Cover Crop Survey released this week found that despite the crippling rainfall that significantly delayed planting across much of the country in 2019, more than 90% of farmers participating reported that cover crops allowed them to plant earlier or at the same time as non-cover-cropped fields. Among those who had “planted green,” seeding cash crops into growing …

ASTA, cover crops, CTIC, Farming

USDA Announces More Eligible Commodities for CFAP

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has added new commodities to the list covered by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), and is extending the deadline to apply for the program to September 11th. Additional commodities now eligible for the program include a variety of specialty crops like pumpkins, rutabagas, shallots, tangelos; all types of sheep; aquaculture such as catfish, …

Audio, Farming, Food, USDA

Farm Groups Launch Free Stress Management Course

Cindy Zimmerman

Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union today announced the launch of a farm stress management online training course available for the general public. Developed by Michigan State University Extension (MSU Extension) and University of Illinois Extension (Illinois Extension), the course will help farmers, their families and neighbors identify and cope with stress. It provides participants the skills …

AFBF, Audio, Farm Credit, Farming

Farmobile Unveils Crowd-Sourced Index

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmobile LLC is announcing the launch today of the Farmobile Index – “a crop progress and benchmarking tool that leverages crowd-sourced data to deliver planting and harvest insights to farmer-customers.” The Farmobile Index provides users with a daily view into aggregate, state-level crop results, ahead of USDA-NASS reported survey estimates. This allows farmer-customers to glean crop progress insights which the …

AgWired Precision, data, Farming, Precision Agriculture

Field Notes from Koch Agronomics – Episode 3

Chuck Zimmerman

Welcome to Episode 3 of the Field Notes podcast series from Koch Agronomic Services, where we break down the science and technology behind agronomy to help growers do more with less. Crop science experts and others in the agriculture industry will discuss topics ranging from nitrogen loss and soil health to ways growers can increase operational efficiencies. Retailer Perspectives on …

Agribusiness, Audio, Farming, Koch Agronomic Services, Nutrient Management, Podcasts, Soil

Farm Workers Not Included in Immigration Order

Cindy Zimmerman

President Donald Trump will be signing an Executive Order today prohibiting immigration into the United States for 60 days, but that order will not apply to seasonal farm workers. “Farmers will not be affected by this at all,” the president said during the daily Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Tuesday. “If anything we’re going to make it easier.” (:44)

Audio, Farming, labor

President Trump Says Help for Farmers Coming Soon

Cindy Zimmerman

During the daily White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Thursday, President Donald Trump said help for hurting farmers is coming soon. “We have money going out to our farmers in the pretty near future,” said President Trump. “The farmers got hurt very badly by all of this. People are eating less from the standpoint that there’s no restaurants that …

AFBF, Farming, Food