NEWS & RESOURCES

March 20, 2018

How Dairy Sped Past Other Industries To Advance Farm Sustainability

Unlike many sectors of agriculture, the dairy industry has successfully woven together disparate supply chain stakeholders to adopt common best practices and advance consumer outreach. A significant part of that success can be attributed to organizations such as the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, which convenes executives from farms, food companies, processors and other sectors to set a vision for…

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March 19, 2018

Mercy for Animals Petition Denied By USDA

Animal rights group Mercy for Animals’ petition to USDA seeking more animal handling protection for chickens and turkeys sent to slaughter was rejected by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Mercy for Animals called the decision “shameful” in a blog on the group’s web site, and said it plans to “pursue all available legal options” in an effort to reverse the…

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March 16, 2018

Don’t Waste Manure—Calibrate Liquid Applicators

Manure offers many soil health benefits and nutrients for crop production. Pork producers need to retain as much value as possible from manure applications to keep balance sheets in the black during expansion. The key is to know exactly how much manure you are applying. Federal and state regulations require manure management plans, but farmers should also responsibly measure manure application rates…

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March 15, 2018

Striking a Balance with Cover Crops and Grazing

On his west-central Missouri farm, Kyle Grumke and his father Ross employ cover crops on every one of their 550 owned acres. It’s a practice Ross scoffed at in the beginning but five years in he sees the pay-off in better soil health and an additional feed source for the family’s cattle. Caught somewhere in the middle of conventional and…

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March 15, 2018

Traceability Could Open New Markets

Indigo Ag Inc., is launching an on-farm storage program for U.S. farmers to enable identity preservation of corn, soybeans, cotton, wheat and rice. Here’s how it works: Indigo partners with farmers to store and monitor harvested grain. The company will lease existing bags or bins to store grain earmarked for the program or finance grain-bagging systems at no upfront cost…

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March 15, 2018

New Study Quantifies Animal Health Industry’s Contributions

A comprehensive new study, “The Economic and Social Contributions of the Animal Health Industry,” documents the value provided by companies that produce animal medicines and the important role they play in the U.S. economy and beyond. The results are clear: in its work to improve the health of nearly 10 billion companion and food-producing animals, the animal health industry contributes…

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March 15, 2018

Fertilizer Industry Donates $6M to 4R Research

The North American fertilizer industry pledged $6 million to fund research to strengthen fertilizer best management practices and reduce nutrient loss to the environment. The industry hopes the donation can be leveraged with public sector dollars to develop further funding. “While the industry is heavily invested in research through the 4R Research Fund, we need to leverage these dollars with…

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March 13, 2018

Nitrogen Deficiency Technology Makes Jump

New technology directly distinguishes nitrogen issues with greater discrimination than current remote sensing techniques. Developed by the University of Minnesota (UM), Sentera has licensed the technology for UAV use. UM’s technology detects nitrogen stress using computer vision techniques that recognize characteristic features on plant leaves. Sentera will integrate the capability into the FieldAgent platform and begin field trials in 2018. Commercial introduction is projected…

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March 13, 2018

Keep Your Landlord Informed

By viewing landowners as partners, the planting season can go more smoothly and you can plan ahead with greater success. All it takes is regular conversation. “I make sure my landlords are aware of basic needs of the landscape as we try to work forward toward a profit,” says Tim Palmer, who farms mostly rented ground near Truro in south-central…

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March 12, 2018

Nitrogen Deficiency Technology Makes Jump

New technology directly distinguishes nitrogen issues with greater discrimination than current remote sensing techniques. Developed by the University of Minnesota (UM), Sentera has licensed the technology for UAV use. UM’s technology detects nitrogen stress using computer vision techniques that recognize characteristic features on plant leaves. Sentera will integrate the capability into the FieldAgent platform and begin field trials in 2018. Commercial introduction is projected…

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