July 15, 2020

Kernel Rising: Cotton Could Soon Feed The World

History is pounding at agriculture’s door. One of the greatest farming enigmas to afflict growers in the last 100 years has been solved, yet the answer sits idle. At its core, the cotton riddle is simple: How to remove a naturally occurring pest deterrent from seeds, yet preserve the toxin within plants? The long-sought solution means cotton can make a…


July 1, 2020

NRCS Awards Auburn University $3 Million Grant To Increase Innovative Conservation Practices

Auburn University College of Agriculture research and extension faculty will be using a $3 million grant to help forge a future for Alabama agriculture by encouraging the use of innovative conservation practices among the state’s row crop farmers. The grant comes from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials (On-Farm Trials), a new component of the…


June 22, 2020

Sustainable Ranching And Native Bees Pair Well

Public awareness and concern for the future of bees has gone through the roof. “Save the bees” has become one of the most popular slogans of our time. Yet, while many people are familiar with the domesticated honey bee, they are also surprised to learn that we also have an abundance of wild, native species at risk of vanishing forever.…


June 17, 2020

Crop Residue Decisions Affect Soil Life

In some ways, farming is like cooking. Cooking would be much easier if we could leave the kitchen after eating and not come back until we make the next meal. But someone needs to put away the leftovers, do the dishes, and clean up the table. Similarly, there’s work to do in farm fields after harvest and before planting the…


June 15, 2020

Farmers Have An Edge On The Rest Of Us When It Comes To Water Knowledge, But They Still Have Blind Spots

Water is essential for almost every dimension of farming and raising livestock, from determining when to plant and harvest to irrigating and fertilizing crops throughout the growing season. So it’s not surprising that farmers are often more knowledgeable and action-oriented when it comes to water resources than the broader public, according to two national surveys. This past year, the Farm…


June 1, 2020

Soil Health Partnership Expands into Tennessee 

The Soil Health Partnership and The Nature Conservancy are pleased to announce the expansion into Tennessee through foundational support from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Natural Resources Conservation Service. Through a collaborative effort to bring the SHP network to Tennessee, 16 farmers will be signed up to participate in one of two trial setups. The Strip Trials…


May 28, 2020

Opinion: Resilient Food Systems Post Covid—We Must Build Back Better

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed weaknesses in our nation’s food system—something so fundamental that most people take it for granted. Most of us don’t think about how and where we get our food. We simply expect supermarkets to be fully stocked, and we hope those in need will be able to turn to food banks and federal food assistance programs…


May 14, 2020

Farm Journal’s AgPro Magazine Relaunches As The Scoop

While the mechanics of ag retail might seem the same as in the past, the dynamics of the industry have changed. Professionals are doubling down to secure their position as a trusted adviser for farmers. With these changes in mind, Farm Journal’s AgPro is boldly reinventing how news and information is delivered to ag retailers and consultants by becoming The…


May 12, 2020

New Research Highlights Farmer Perspectives On Farm-Level Data Collection And Sharing

Several challenges prevent farmers from collecting and sharing data on their production practices with downstream supply chain organizations, such as food companies and retailers, according to new research from Farm Journal’s Trust In Food initiative and The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). “This research provides the entire ag value chain with direct farmer feedback on the realities of farm-level data collection and…


May 11, 2020

American Wetlands Conservation Celebration Underway This Month

They can be found in all 50 states and go by many names – wetlands, marshes, bogs, estuaries, swamps, mangroves, lagoons and even mudflats and mires. Regardless of the type, where they are found or what they are called, healthy wetlands are of vital importance to local communities, recreation and wildlife. Critical functions and ecosystem services of wetlands include recharging…