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…


October 23, 2019

Experts: Alt Protein Won’t Push Meat Off Plates

By Hannah Thompson-Weeman, Animal Agriculture Alliance I recently attended the Wall Street Journal’s Global Food Forum in New York City. This event always features a fast-paced agenda packed with speakers ready to dive into the most pressing issues facing the food industry today and what food and agriculture might look like in the future. This year, I was glad to…


October 8, 2019

2019 Pig Farmer Of The Year: Why Ag Sustainability Matters To Me

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Chris Hoffman, a pig farmer from McAlisterville, Pa., has been named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year by the National Pork Board. He attained the highest score in third-party judging and online voting for his industry leadership, his focus in raising pigs following the We Care ethical principles and his commitment to connecting consumers and farmers. Hoffman will travel the…


September 19, 2019

Iowa State University Combatting Climate Change Through Plants

The following article is by Tyne Morgan, Host of Farm Journal's U.S. Farm Report. Parked just outside of Ames, Iowa, sits a building that looks like an ordinary Morton structure. However, it’s a building preparing plants for the future. “In the Enviratron, we can set up experiments where we can grow plants and or multiple growth conditions in a in…


July 22, 2019

A Long History of Conservation Ag in America

In 1914, the Smith Lever Act enabled the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and land-grant universities to collaborate, delivering research and education to help farmers.  Efforts to assist producers in their stewardship of soil, water and air became a major focus of the USDA in the 1930s following the Dust Bowl. The passage of the Soil Conservation Act on April…


March 3, 2019

Soil Organic Carbon Must Play a Bigger Role in Revitalizing our Nation’s Soils

Guest commentary by Jim Loar, CEO of Cool Planet Farmers, conservation farming advocates, governments, and even food companies have done an excellent job prioritizing soil health and are starting to educate society on its importance. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) alone has invested millions of dollars into various programs to promote the basics of soil health. Global food and…


February 24, 2019

Trust In Food Releases Its 2019 Sustainability Survey Results

Each year, Farm Journal’s Trust In Food surveys U.S. farmers, ranchers, and growers to learn more about how they view conservation agriculture and food-system sustainability initiatives. The second annual Sustainability Research Report provides insights for all stakeholders along the value chain into food producers and their: existing conservation practices on working lands attitudes toward sustainability tools and programs needs to…