NEW POLL: Farmers Want Congress to Protect Climate-Smart Agriculture in Farm Bill

Farm Journal survey shows more than two-thirds of U.S. farmers and ranchers believe conservation funding is important to build farms’ resilience, address the effects of climate change. Lenexa, Kan., (June 12, 2024) – A new Farm Journal poll conducted on behalf of Invest in Our Land across 10 leading agricultural states shows that American farmers and ranchers […]

The Difference Maker

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Data is the currency of the climate-smart economy. It’s something that I say in nearly every conversation about conservation agriculture and its impact on the environment.  But, while data’s importance may be undisputable, everything that comes after that raises more questions. Take, for instance, findings from our recent report, “Farmer Perspectives on Data” that we produced with The Sustainability Consortium. That report underscoresthat inconsistences in data […]

Outreach Tool Creates Process and Strategy Around Conservation Program Advocacy, Enrollment

Conservation agriculture professionals have a new farmer-centered solution to reach scale with middle adopters  Environmental Initiative, Midwest Row Crop Collaborative (MRCC) and Trust In Food recently unveiled a new tool that optimizes outreach to producers in efforts to scale awareness and enrollment in conservation programs.  As opportunities to participate in conservation programs intensify — whether […]

The One-Percenters

One of the data points that I found most disheartening from the recent release of the 2022 Census of Agriculture was that the number of American farms has decreased 6.7% since 2017. On that decreasing farmland, 3.4 million producers grow the food that feeds us all. That’s just over 1% of our country’s population.  The One Percent Movement […]

What is Smart about Smart Farming?

Ask a farmer what sustainability means, and you’ll often hear: that I financially survive to farm into the next season.  In agriculture, sustainability and profitability are inextricably linked.  As farmers are being asked to do more and produce more, with less, the razor-thin margins that many farm operations exist under are becoming quite dangerous.   The challenge is […]

Searching for the Key to Conservation Success?

Ducks Unlimited and Trust In Food Say “Follow the Farmer” in Latest Podcast The 2022 Census of Agriculture, released in February of this year, paints a stark contrast between those who work every day to feed, clothe and fuel the world and those who directly benefit from the practice.  “The Census shows a dip below 2% of […]

Making Farmer-Centered Innovation Common Practice

Earlier this week, Farm Journal was named to Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies list for Trust In Food’s™ work on “cultivating a changemaking relationship with farmers” on the pathway to regenerative agriculture.  The honor is thrilling, especially as we were an outlier agricultural stalwart in a sea of ag-tech start-ups. But, it does leave me with […]

Want Farm-Level Data? Answer These Three Questions First, Experts Say

Understanding farmers’ perspectives, motivations and values can help accelerate the data sharing needed to quantify and scale climate-smart agriculture in the U.S. As more points in the value chain seek production data, it’s still unclear to producers what information is needed, who benefits and who is willing to share the cost of collecting and reporting. […]

ACAM Executive Q&A: Rick Rice, Director, Application Technology, AMVAC Chemical Corp.

Data is critical to the climate-smart economy. Prescriptive-application crop protection and plant health leader AMVAC Chemical Corp. is rolling out solutions to help widen adoption of precision technologies and the data sharing that drives them.   Farm-level production data is critical for precision agriculture and sustainable production systems, but many factors continually stand in the way […]