Grazing Improvement Act provides stability for ranchers

Livestock grazing is an important part of the rich ranching tradition in America, and my home state of Idaho produces some of the world’s finest tasting lamb and beef. I have been working for years to give ranchers the longevity and stability they deserve through my bill, the Grazing Improvement Act. I am pleased to report, with the help of many others, the bill passed the House of Representatives. FULL STORY »

Who's right about corn prices?

There is considerable difference of opinion about the prospects for corn prices beyond the current marketing year. Those differences are illustrated by the contrast in price expectations reflected in the USDA's baseline projections released last week. FULL STORY »

Agriculture Act of 2014: Commodities title

The Agriculture Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) is divided into 12 titles covering commodities, conservation, trade, nutrition, credit, rural development, research, forestry, energy, horticulture, crop insurance, and miscellaneous. In this column, we take a look at some of the elements of Title I – Commodities. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Feed vs. food

Anti-industry types argue that we can’t ‘waste’ farmland growing feed crops for livestock. Yet a closer look at sustainability actually turns that mantra inside out: We can’t afford not to. FULL STORY »

2014 Outlook

Those with decades of Washington D.C. experience struggle to predict the political scene there nowadays. But certain issues are on the front burner. FULL STORY »

Five minutes with Chuck Schroeder and the RFI (Part II)

Chuck Schroeder is wrapping his hands around a new challenge as the Executive Director of the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska. It was something he touched on in our previous conversation. I asked him a few more questions about what he wants to accomplish as he moves the Institute forward. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Drone, drone on the range

Along with military deployments, police surveillance and someday delivering Amazon packages, unmanned drones now have a new mission: Tracking and busting would-be cattle rustlers. FULL STORY »

Farm bill requires choices

The 2014 Agricultural Act (farm bill) will require farmers and landowners to make a number of choices regarding program options. FULL STORY »

Mix of farm innovations take bite out of world hunger

A tailored mix of farming technologies could significantly improve global food security by mid-century as the world's population swells to a projected 9 billion and the risk of adverse weather from climate change threatens crops and disrupts trade, according to a study published on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Bison have Montana ranchers on edge with brucellosis exposure

Yellowstone is the homeland for an estimated 4,600 bison in the United States’ last purebred herd – and half are estimated to be exposed to brucellosis. FULL STORY »

Time to update records, learn about new programs in Farm Bill

The long-awaited Agricultural Act of 2014, otherwise known as the farm bill, signed into law on Feb. 7 ends direct payments to farmers but still provides some safety net programs – and that’s just for starters. FULL STORY »

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