NEWS & RESOURCES

May 28, 2018

Farmers Taking a Stand Against Deceptive Advertising

Buzzwords, scare tactics and misguided advertising are just a few techniques food marketers use to get consumers to buy their products. Farmers, however, have had enough and are fighting back to end deceptive food labeling. Created by dairy farmers and the National Milk Producers Federation, The Peel Back the Label campaign was launched to bring awareness to consumers about misleading advertisements placed…

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May 28, 2018

Retailer Invests In New 4R Management Services

For South Central Cooperative, early 2018 was the time to add a John Deere R4038 for topdressing corn. “We typically buy a new machine every three to five years,” says Ryan Hall, who has been a professional applicator with South Central for 13 years. “We know we have to keep up with technology. It’s just like a new computer—dollar for…

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May 28, 2018

Just-In-Time Nitrogen Use For Your Corn

This article appeared in the February 2017 issue of Farm Journal. The need to protect water supplies while feeding a burgeoning world population will spur farmers to become the best nitrogen stewards ever. It won’t be easy, says Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie, and it will take time. But he predicts farmers will meet this challenge, just as they…

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May 26, 2018

Iowa State Team Wins Worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge

For three Iowa State University graduate students, winning the worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge was more than an honor – it meant they could help reduce food waste in their homeland. For three Iowa State University graduate students, winning the worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge was more than an honor – it meant they could help reduce food waste in…

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May 25, 2018

Troubles With Technology? Who Are You Going To Call?

Even though I wasn’t there in person, it was an amazing thing to watch. This spring, a particular planter I was watching—albeit remotely via real-time telematics—was literally breaking the seeding speed limit without consequence. I was watching the pinnacle of precision agriculture technology in action. The planter—60' wide with 36 rows at 20" row spacings—was equipped with nearly $120,000 of…

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May 2, 2018

Animal Welfare is Consumers’ No. 1 Concern

Last month the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals went out of its way to ridicule People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Known for shenanigans and frivolous lawsuits, PETA went a step too far with its latest stunt, and the Ninth Circuit took the organization to task. In 2011, wildlife photographer David Slater left some equipment on the jungle…

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April 10, 2018

CEO: Farmers Will Survive With Storytellers

Without storytellers, farmers won’t have the public support they need to use modern technology to feed the world. That’s according to CEO Chris Policinski of Land O’Lakes, Inc., who addressed attendees this month at the 2018 Planet Forward Summit at The George Washington University. “Farmers are rotten storytellers. They’re getting better,” says Policinski, whose remarks were streamed on Facebook Live. “But they talk about…

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March 30, 2018

How To Partner With The Supply Chain Without Compromising Stewardship

All sectors of the food supply chain are hopping on the conservation bandwagon. But before you hitch your cart to any agronomic practice, evaluate the economic and land-stewardship consequences for your operation. Failure to count the potential costs—and rewards—could leave your farm holding the short straw. Ensure your operation’s legacy by relying on trusted experts that can help you understand…

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March 30, 2018

Startup Pilots Blockchain-Based Platform to Buy/Sell Grain

Aiming to be an “instant payment system for farmers” GrainChain is targeting September for a pilot launch. “GrainChain is a blockchain based technology that gives the ability for a smart contract between an actual buyer and the farmer,” explains Luis Macias, CEO of GrainChain. “Blockchain isn’t just cryptocurrency. It’s about transparency and power.” He goes on to explain that GrainChain…

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March 30, 2018

USDA Clarifies Gene Editing Oversight

As methods and applications for biotechnology in agriculture continue to advance at a rapid pace, regulators work to maintain a balance between safety and potentially rapid progress in food production. Recent clarification from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on oversight of genomic editing intends to facilitate innovation while continuing to monitor the technology for safety concerns. Genomic editing techniques,…

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