Editorial

Know young ag leaders? Nominate them for the 40 Under 40 award

For the men and women of the U.S. agricultural industry, producing an increasing amount of food, fiber and energy to meet growing global demands is just the tip of the ice berg. FULL STORY »

Corn planting behind average but progressing

Wet weather may have slowed farmers, but corn planting progress was made in a handful of the nation’s top corn-growing states. FULL STORY »

Prevent the spread of invasive species

The USDA has proclaimed April as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. Here are some tips to prevent the spread of noxious weeds and bugs to your area and other regions of the country. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The barrier to breakthroughs

How does an entire profession get past polarized deadlocks over good vs. bad, legal vs, illegal? About the only way to gain traction is with a bold new idea. On that note, here’s Exhibit A. FULL STORY »

From our April issue: EPA and “Waters of the United States"

What do you get when you mix a 40-year old law that has been changed multiple times and is in the process of changing again, been challenged by multiple lawsuits, and is riddled with unclear definitions and a general uncertainty regarding the rules of the game? FULL STORY »

Self-reliance: Goal of Farmer Group 5 in Guédé Chantier, Senegal

In a conversation Harwood had with the Deputy Mayor of Guédé Chantier, Senegal, Amadou Sy, the Deputy Mayor talked about a recent meeting he had with the presidents of the various farmers' groups. In that meeting he learned that Farmer Group 5 had CFA 11.5 million (approximately US$ 24,000) in a savings account while the other groups had nothing approaching that amount. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday

Live cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday, with April higher and the rest of the complex softer. Cash trade remains a mystery this week, with bids slowly moving toward week ago cash. FULL STORY »

Harmonizing trich standards Play video

During last week’s Trichomoniasis Forum, Jeff Baxter, senior product manager for ThermoFisher Scientific discusses the need to develop more uniform standards for sampling and diagnostics, and also to harmonize state regulations regarding trichomoniasis testing. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Check those bulls now

Our thinking needs to move to the bulls in the herd because it is the time to start worrying. A bull that is not reproductively sound today more than likely will not be settling cows in June. FULL STORY »

Idaho asks court to toss ‘ag gag’ lawsuit

Idaho isn’t backing down from its so-called “ag gag” law and has asked a federal court to toss a lawsuit brought against the state by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and others in a coalition of animal activists, civil rights groups and media organizations. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed sharply higher on Wed

Live cattle futures were mostly moderately higher on Wednesday, with the cash trade yet to surface and asking prices and bids well separated. FULL STORY »

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