November 15, 2017

Field To Market Announces 2017 Award Winners

Ongoing stewardship of land, water and wildlife earned Newport, Ark., rice producer Jennifer James the 2017 Farmer of the Year Award on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Field to Market’s fall meeting in Kansas City. The agricultural sustainability organization also awarded its 2017 Collaboration of the Year Award to Kellogg Company, Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy for ongoing work to support water quality in Michigan’s Saginaw…


November 7, 2017

Stewardship Unites Supply Chain

Despite the misunderstandings that often divide farmers and grocery buyers, there are two points on which they’re likely to agree. First, a majority of farmers say they need to produce food in a more sustainable way. Second, a majority think consumer interest in sustainable food will affect their farm operations. Those findings come from a survey conducted this spring by…


October 20, 2017

Soil Health Partnership Enrolls 4,000-Plus Acres

A soil health program aimed at determining the economic, yield and environmental benefits of farm practices such as cover crops, nutrient management and reduced tillage has enrolled 111 farms across 12 states. Founded in 2014, the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is an initiative of the National Corn Growers Association that is testing conservation practices on farms using plots from 20…


October 12, 2017

Illinois Farm Kid Becomes Globally Admired Ag Economist

Background: Danny Klinefelter worked at Texas A&M University and the Farm Credit System before returning to A&M after the 1980s financial crisis. He founded The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP). The program has had over 2,500 participants from 45 states, six Canadian provinces, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay and Uruguay. Education: Bachelor of science, Southern Illinois University; master…


June 6, 2017

Maker of Frosted Flakes Helping Farmers Improve Soil Health

Wading through wheat, Justin Krick, a farmer in Frankenmuth, Mich., is looking at one of his best wheat crops yet, but it's what's going on below the ground that's so unique. “You can see how far those roots are going down,” said Krick. His family's roots started six generations ago, with three generations standing on the family farm today. Soil…


May 11, 2017

Increased Interest in Grain Sourcing Creates Positive Change

There was a time when once grain left the farm gate, little was thought about where it went. Those days are disappearing quickly, with more and more links in the supply chain taking significant interest in how the grain they source is grown. The upside – interest usually leads to positive change in the industry. Case in point – Smithfield…


April 27, 2017

Producer on New Ag Panel Discusses Issues During Farm Roundtable

The 31st secretary of agriculture, Sonny Perdue, sat next to President Trump as the he signed an executive order creating a committee to be headed up by Sec. Perdue in front of industry leaders, farmers, and future farmers at the White House. This executive order means the committee will meet and report a list of recommendations on changes to policy and…


April 22, 2017

Transformative Food Trends

Time has come for row-crop producers to monitor retail habits For decades, a gap in understanding has separated row-crop farmers from most U.S. consumers. Buyers haven’t much noticed the journey grain takes from field to elevator. They didn’t ask questions about the grain’s transition into feed for cattle. They simply wanted a good hamburger. Until, that is, millennials changed everything.…


January 25, 2017

2017 Top Producer of the Year Finalist: John Pagel

The CEO of Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee, Wis., also owns three cheese manufacturing facilities and a farm-to-fork restaurant in Green Bay. John Pagel has a lot on his plate. He serves as CEO of Wisconsin’s largest single-family-owned dairy operation; farms several thousand acres; owns three cheese manufacturing facilities; and, as of August 2015, is a restaurateur in Green Bay,…