January 15, 2020 consumer-driven demands

2020 Mega Trends: Consumer-Driven Demands

Following a decade with the introduction of societal shifters like the smart phone and rapid expansion of social media, 2020 could be the starting block for the fastest technological race in agricultural history. Combining big data with cutting edge science, artificial intelligence and cloud connected technology has the potential revolutionize farming in ways only dreamed up in movies. We asked…


January 8, 2020

Stewardship Champion: NRCS Chief Matt Lohr

Last spring as farmers in the Mississippi Delta reeled from severe rains, Matt Lohr, chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) spent time listening to their stories face to face. He saw 500,000 acres of prime land completely flooded. Yet the fortitude of the producers proved even more striking. “Some of them had lost everything. Their entire operations had…


December 16, 2019

Advancing Soil Health Through the Power of Partnerships

There are more than 2 million farms across the United States, tended by men, women and families who produce the crops that feed, fuel and clothe the world. They care deeply for the lands and waters that sustain their livelihoods, but as the global population continues to grow, our nation’s farmers are under increasing pressure to produce more crops while…


December 10, 2019

Waste Not, Want Not: 5 Ways To Reduce And Recycle Unused Food

As we look ahead to a new year, many people make New Year’s resolutions. Some choose to eat healthier, to help needy people or to help the environment. One impactful change in your daily routine might be right on your plate or, more specifically, in your trash can. In the U.S., between 30% and 40% of the food produced is…


December 2, 2019

Valent Takes A ‘Microscopic’ Look At Soil Health

Valent BioSciences is launching a biorational soil health initiative following more than four years of strategic investment, including acquiring Mycorrhizal Applications. The company is expanding research and development and business development to enhance its position in biological solutions for ag’s soil microbiome. “Today marks the culmination of one important growth phase for Valent BioSciences and celebrates the beginning of another,”…


November 25, 2019

Milton Ranch Receives Montana Leopold Conservation Award

Milton Ranch has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Montana Leopold Conservation Award®. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes farmers and foresters who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. Bill and Dana Milton of Roundup, Montana, were presented with $10,000 and a crystal…


November 21, 2019

Gone With The Wind: How To Lose A Lifetime Of Soil Health

Buffalo bones don’t lie, wind holds no secrets, and both tell a disheartening farming tale of bleeding soil and the alarmingly rapid loss of agricultural lifeblood. Farming history is replete with triumphs—as well as bitter lessons still echoing today. Agriculture’s past sometimes is separated from its present by the barest degree, and the glaring story of soil loss in North…


November 14, 2019

Farmer Adopts Conservation Measures On Unprofitable Crop Acres

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Creating a wildlife conservation area on the farm starts with a close look at precision data according to Josh Divan, a farmer in Scarville, Iowa, and a precision ag and conservation specialist for Pheasants Forever Iowa. "You know whether that's a yield map or an aerial photo, you go to the red," Divan told AgriTalk's Chip Flory and host…


November 13, 2019

Women Take Leadership Roles In Food Production

According to a recent Farm Bureau poll, 91% of the 3,000 women who participated in the survey said they want to see more women fill leadership roles in agriculture. That’s no surprise, given the results from the 2017 USDA-NASS census, showing increased interest and employment of women in the industry. Today, female producers make up more than one-third (36%) of…


October 29, 2019

How Cover Crops Shield Soils In Winter

For most producers, harvesting corn silage is either checked off the “to-do” list or it is nearly complete. However, water-logged fields, shorter growing degree days and an early frost made the 2019 corn silage harvest season one of the most challenging years on record. Despite what proved to be wearisome season, farmers are back in the fields once again planting…