#Fridaysonthefarm: Louisiana Farmer Reaps benefits of Healthy Soil

#Fridaysonthefarm: Louisiana Farmer Reaps benefits of Healthy Soil Follow USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s #Fridaysonthefarm interactive stories each Friday! Visit local farms, ranches, forests and resource areas where NRCS and partners help people help the land. This Friday, we meet Robbie Howard, who realized one of the biggest benefits of soil health is measured in time. Because now the soybean and corn farmer has more of it for his family and for his new found love – golf. Additional Resources: Learn more about soil health management. Find your local USDA

Air Emissions Update: Reporting Delayed Until at Least January 22, 2018

Air Emissions Update: Reporting Delayed Until at Least January 22, 2018   Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted EPA’s motion for a further stay of its April 11, 2017 decision, which will end the 2008 manure air emission exemption, and trigger air emission reports under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). As a result of today’s court decision no manure air emission reports will be due until at least January 22, 2018.  The plaintiff, the Waterkeeper Alliance, had asked the court

AFIA’s EMC Learns to Move with Purpose,  Raises Funds for Scholarship

AFIA’s EMC Learns to Move with Purpose,  Raises Funds for Scholarship   Gary Huddleston provides an update to attendees at the Equipment Manufacturers Conference ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 8, 2017 — The American Feed Industry Association’s annual Equipment Manufacturers Conference (EMC) brought 41 attendees to Orlando, Florida, last week. The event, hosted by the AFIA Equipment Manufacturers Committee, focused on assessing risk management in the equipment manufacturing industry, while providing opportunities to network and raise money for the EMC scholarship fund. Attendees heard from a diverse lineup of speakers on a variety

Heavy Meat Inventories Set New September Highs in 2017

Heavy Meat Inventories Set New September Highs in 2017 So far this year, cold storage items have produced an all-time record high for the month of September in eight of the red meat and poultry categories tracked.  Among poultry items: chicken breast meat, drumsticks, legs and turkey breast hit new September records this year. Cold storage data for some categories has been tracked since the early 1900s. As time has gone on, more specific categories have evolved.  For example, the chicken parts dataset only dates back to 2003, while turkey breasts

AGCO Reports Third Quarter Results

AGCO Reports Third Quarter Results   AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, reported net sales of approximately $2.0 billion for the third quarter of 2017, an increase of approximately 12.8% compared to the third quarter of 2016. Reported net income was $0.76 per share for the third quarter of 2017, and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses, was $0.79 per share. These results compare to reported net income of $0.50 per share and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses, of $0.51 per share

Three U.S. dairy producers experience the luck of the Irish with the Alltech & KEENAN Great Green Getaway sweepstakes

Three U.S. dairy producers experience the luck of the Irish with the Alltech & KEENAN Great Green Getaway sweepstakes Ashley Irvin from Tennessee, Hans Greisen from Wisconsin, and Mary Van Rossum from Wisconsin, were selected by a live, random draw during the 2017 World Dairy Expo to win a trip for two to Ireland for the week of St. Patrick’s Day 2018 – For three U.S. dairy producers, the luck of the Irish was on their side when their names were selected in a live, random draw for

Dr. Mac Campbell Joins Cargill Animal Nutrition

Dr. Mac Campbell Joins Cargill Animal Nutrition   HOPKINS, Minn. – Cargill Animal Nutrition is happy to announce the hiring of Dr. Mac Campbell as a dairy technical specialist supporting the Mid-Atlantic region. Dr. Campbell obtained his B.S. in 2012 in Animal Science with a focus in dairy at the University of Maryland, and his Ph.D. in dairy science from the University of Vermont through the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute. “I’m excited for the opportunity to work one-on-one with our Cargill Dairy Focus Consultants and producers here in

Farm Pest Biocontrol Developed in NNY Now Sought Across U.S.

Farm Pest Biocontrol Developed in NNY Now Sought Across U.S. Northern N.Y.; October 31, 2017.  Farmers in New Mexico, Texas, Ohio, and Michigan want to know more about a crop pest solution developed on farms in Northern New York and in the Shields lab at Cornell University. Initially developed to protect the alfalfa crops so critical to the Northern New York dairy industry, using biocontrol nematodes as a non-chemical management practice has shown promise for reducing not only damage by alfalfa snout beetle but by other field crop and fruit

New Select Sires Employees Participate in Orientation and Sales Training

New Select Sires Employees Participate in Orientation and Sales Training PLAIN CITY, Ohio, October 31, 2017 — Twenty-six professional A.I. technicians, sales representatives, Select Mating Service® (SMS®) genetic consultants, Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®) specialists, communications coordinators and administrative personnel took part in Select Sires’ employee orientation held October 24 and 25 at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. Employees from eight member cooperatives, Select Sires GenerVations and Select Sires Inc., were present for the two-day event where they received superior education to better serve Select Sires’ customers. Following

Farm Credit East Vice President Recognized for FFA Commitment

Farm Credit East Vice President Recognized for FFA Commitment Bridgeton, N.J., Monday, October 30, 2017 — Farm Credit East is pleased to recognize Scott Andersen, Farm Credit East vice president and branch manager of the Bridgeton, N.J. office, as the recent recipient of the Honorary American Future Farmers of America (FFA) Degree. He received this honor at the 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo held in Indianapolis last week. The Honorary American FFA Degree recognizes those who have gone beyond valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in

Californian makes history in election as president of National FFA

Californian makes history in election as president of National FFA INDIANAPOLIS – Students from Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky and Oklahoma have been elected by delegates throughout the United States to serve on the 2017-18 National FFA Officer team. Breanna Holbert of Lodi, an agricultural education major at California State University of Chico, was elected national president. Holbert is the first female African American elected to the office of president. She previously served as secretary of California’s FFA Erica Baier, an agricultural education major at Iowa State University, was elected national

AGCO Jackson, Minn., Operations is 2017 Assembly Plant of the Year

AGCO Jackson, Minn., Operations is 2017 Assembly Plant of the Year Lean Initiatives, Mixed Model Manufacturing and Glass Technology Leads to Greater Quality, Efficiency for Farm Equipment Manufacturer AGCO Jackson Operations, the Minnesota-based manufacturing center for AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural equipment, has been named the 2017 Assembly Plant of the Year. The Jackson facility manufactures complex, custom-configured Challenger® and Massey Ferguson® agricultural machines including tractors and application equipment. AGCO Jackson Operations was named the 2017 Assembly Plant of the Year during The ASSEMBLY Show,

Agricultural and Rural Lands Fire Recovery and Resource Town Hall

  Agricultural and Rural Lands Fire Recovery and Resource Town Hall Resource Agencies Will Provide Information to Rural Landowners on October 30th 2017at 5:30 p.m   Santa Rosa, CA – In response to the recent wildfires in Northern California that have devastated the agriculture community in addition to multiple urban neighborhoods, Sonoma County Farm Bureau is convening state and county leadership to address concerns and provide information to rural property owners. The Agricultural and Rural Lands Fire Recovery and Resource Town Hall will convene on Monday, October 30th, 2017 at

Quatro® Introduces new Extreme Boot for Cold Weather

Quatro® Introduces new Extreme Boot for Cold Weather “Seriously comfortable” footwear down to -60ºF   Working on the farm in the winter is about to get a lot more comfortable, thanks to new Quatro Extreme boots by Skellerup. New Quatro Extreme boots feature a 7 mm CR-foam insulation, and a 4 mm wool-felt insulator base for comfort in temperatures down to -60ºF. An expandable side gusset with adjustable strap is designed to fit winter pants and allow for easy adjustment. “Dairy farmers work in outdoors and in unheated barns throughout

This Genetics Company Is Editing Horns Off Milk Cows

This Genetics Company Is Editing Horns Off Milk Cows Recombinetics says its genetically edited Holsteins are ready to milk, but FDA rules are in flux. Geneticist Scott Fahrenkrug knows a callipyge when he sees one. The term, which means “beautiful buttocks” in Greek, is often used by livestock breeders to describe a mutation that causes an animal’s post­erior to grow to twice the average size for its species, meaning more juicy, flavorful meat…….. Read More Source https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-12/this-genetics-company-is-editing-horns-off-milk-cows   This Genetics Company Is Editing Horns Off Milk Cows

NAFTA Holds Mexico’s Door Open to U.S. Wheat; Could Open Cross-Border Trade with Canada

NAFTA Holds Mexico’s Door Open to U.S. Wheat; Could Open Cross-Border Trade with Canada by Steve Mercer, U.S. Wheat Association, Inc. and Veronica Nigh Wheat is the source of 20 percent of the world’s caloric intake and a dietary staple around the world. It is an excellent source of energy-providing complex carbohydrates, fiber, B vitamins and iron. The U.S. wheat store is always open because hard-working farm families produce enough wheat every year to fill American tables, while still supplying a leading share of world trade with six distinct wheat classes.

Farmers Edge and Planet Partner to Change Global Agriculture Using Daily Satellite Imagery and Real-Time Big Data Insights

Farmers Edge and Planet Partner to Change Global Agriculture Using Daily Satellite Imagery and Real-Time Big Data Insights   Landmark deal delivers Planet’s global daily imagery directly to Farmers Edge users, enabling growers to improve crop yields, quickly react to crop stress and boost profitability     WINNIPEG, Manitoba and SAN FRANCISCO, California – October 11, 2017 – Farmers Edge™, a global leader in decision agriculture, announced today a strategic partnership to bring Planet’s best-in-class global monitoring data and platform capabilities to the Farmers Edge precision agriculture product suite. Planet

Filament seeks 2018 summer intern

Filament seeks 2018 summer intern   Madison, Wis. – Filament, located in the heart of Madison, Wis., is seeking its 2018 summer intern. “If you’re passionate about marketing and communications, love agriculture and have hands-on experience working with animals then an internship at Filament might just be for you,” says Kristi Olson, marketing executive with Filament. “Our internship provides students real-world marketing and communications experiences.” Qualified applicants should be college juniors or seniors studying agricultural journalism, agricultural marketing/business, animal science, communications or a related field. Filament summer

Tractor Supply, 4-H Partner for Fall Paper Clover Campaign

Tractor Supply, 4-H Partner for Fall Paper Clover Campaign 4-H students nationwide attend leadership-building camps and conferences through donations from in-store fundraiser Brentwood, Tenn. (Oct. 3, 2017) –Tractor Supply Company will continue its successful partnership with National 4-H Council by hosting its semi-annual Paper Clover fundraiser for 4-H students. The in-store donation event will be held Oct. 4-15. Tractor Supply customers can participate in the fall 2017 Paper Clover campaign by purchasing paper clover emblems during checkout. Donations, which begin at $1 and have no cap, fund scholarships that send in-state 4-H

Allflex Introduces SenseTime, the Next Generation of Cow Monitoring and Intelligence

Allflex Introduces SenseTime, the Next Generation of Cow Monitoring and Intelligence The revolutionary SenseTime™ cow monitoring solution delivers proven best-in-class heat detection and health insight, a choice of ear tags or neck tags and inherent simplicity for maximized productivity MADISON, Wisconsin (October 3, 2017)—The Allflex Group is pleased to announce the next generation of cow monitoring and intelligence with the SenseTime™ solution. SenseTime combines SCR’s market-leading cow monitoring technology, proven for more than 10 years on more than 5 million cows, with Allflex’s livestock identification technology used on hundreds of

 2016 National Beef Quality Audit Shows Continued Progress in Animal Health Practices of Beef and Dairy Industries

 2016 National Beef Quality Audit Shows Continued Progress in Animal Health Practices of Beef and Dairy Industries   MADISON, WI – The U.S. beef industry, of which dairy cows comprise a significant portion, continues to improve the quality of its management practices, according to the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) commissioned by the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. BQA and the National Dairy FARM Program shared the results at a news conference today at the 51st World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisc. “As dairy cows continue to grow as

American Association of Bovine Practitioners Foundation and Zoetis Award $60,000 in Veterinary Student Scholarships at 2017 AABP Conference

American Association of Bovine Practitioners Foundation and Zoetis Award $60,000 in Veterinary Student Scholarships at 2017 AABP Conference Twelve students receive support for careers in large-animal veterinary medicine   PARSIPPANY, N.J., Oct. 5, 2017 — Twelve fourth-year veterinary students from across the country were presented scholarships on Friday, Sept. 15 during the 50th Annual Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) in Omaha, Nebraska. Made possible by the annual AABP Foundation – Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship program, each student received a $5,000 scholarship and a travel stipend to

Merck Animal Health Provides Dairy Producers with Biosecurity Training

Merck Animal Health Provides Dairy Producers with Biosecurity Training  Dairy Care 365® Module Focuses on Educational, Easy-to-Apply Practices    MADISON, N.J., OCT. 5, 2017 – Merck Animal Health today announced the release of its newest Dairy Care 365® training module on biosecurity. This module introduces “bioawareism,” a term that highlights the need for biosecurity, biocontainment and sanitation on farms – specifically dairies – and how these three areas of focus contribute to better animal health and well-being, and increased food safety. The module includes best practices and step-by-step instructions for

New Holland Agriculture Showcases New Products at World Dairy Expo

New Holland Agriculture Showcases New Products at World Dairy Expo   New Holland, Pa. (October 3, 2017) – New Holland Agriculture is proud to showcase several new products at this week’s World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., including the all-new RF Series Fixed Chamber Round Baler, DuraCracker™ and BigBaler Plus Series. Each new model is designed to increase dairy farmers’ productivity and efficiency. “We’re proud to present at the World Dairy Expo and share our new and innovative hay and forage products with dairy operators from across the globe,” said

First Arrival® with Encrypt® and Last Stand® with ImmWave® now provide more immune support

First Arrival® with Encrypt® and Last Stand® with ImmWave® now provide more immune support DBC Ag Products enhances products to offer more protection to dairy and beef calves. Lancaster, Pa. – DBC Ag Products introduces new product enhancements to First Arrival® with Encrypt® and Last Stand® with ImmWave® to increase the level of immune system and digestive health support delivered to calves. The new formulation of First Arrival® with Encrypt® and Last Stand® with ImmWave® create an innovative, proprietary combination of ingredients never combined before. The new

NFU E-News

NFU E-News Issue 343 ~ October 5, 2017 Featured Farm Bill Should Address Corporate Consolidation In a letter sent earlier this week, NFU joined a coalition of 210 farm, rural, worker, and consumer advocacy groups to urge Congress to address the lack of competition the food chain. Farmers and ranchers have been dealing with rapid consolidation in the industries that both supply and buy from their operations over the past several decades. It is hard to think of a sector in which this isn’t true – fertilizer, seeds, agrichemicals, biotechnology, farm machinery,

Mycogen Seeds Releases Revolutionary New Corn Silage

Mycogen Seeds Releases Revolutionary New Corn Silage Unified™ corn silage with SilaSoft™ technology brings together fiber and starch digestibility INDIANAPOLIS — Oct. 5, 2017 — Mycogen Seeds releases Unified™ corn silage with SilaSoft™ technology to deliver unparalleled fiber digestibility combined with highly digestible starch in one hybrid. The new offering builds on the high fiber digestibility producers expect from Mycogen®brand hybrids and now features SilaSoft technology, which delivers a soft kernel for improved starch digestibility. “Unified corn silage is the next step in silage innovation. It answers the need for high

Canada should abandon supply management in return for U.S. lumber deal

Canada should abandon supply management in return for U.S. lumber deal The prime minister has been clear — his government will do whatever it takes to support middle class Canadians and those who aspire to be. As we engage in the third round of NAFTA talks, it is an opportune time for Canada to give consideration to whether we should maintain our reliance on supply management to the benefit of 14,000 producers, or embrace a modern trade agreement that will benefit 13 million families, including those in Calgary………    

Visit Alltech and KEENAN at World Dairy Expo and enter to win a trip to Ireland

Visit Alltech and KEENAN at World Dairy Expo and enter to win a trip to Ireland WHAT:           Visitors to the Alltech and KEENAN booth #3201 at World Dairy Expo will have the opportunity to discuss gut health, mineral management and mycotoxin challenges with technical experts. Additionally, KEENAN representatives will be on-site to discuss the product line of mixer wagon models available in the U.S. KEENAN mixers include the InTouch system, a live review and support service that connects producers with skilled nutritionists in real-time. American dairy producers are also

Silage expert, Keith Bolsen joins PMI Nutritional Additives

Silage expert, Keith Bolsen joins PMI Nutritional Additives Shoreview, Minn. – PMI Nutritional Additives announces the addition of Keith Bolsen, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Kansas State University to its team of technical experts. A globally renown silage expert, Bolsen will work with dairy farmers and nutritionists to evaluate and adjust silage, product, harvest, storage and feed management practices to deliver on milk production goals. “Keith brings an unprecedented depth of knowledge on silage management and cattle nutrition to our team,” says Michael Hearne, ruminant marketing manager, PMI

Tom Burke joins the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery

Tom Burke joins the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery Endowment fund creates Junior award through Angus Foundation   Lifelong Angus sale manager, author, speaker, Angus enthusiast, youth supporter and former American Angus Association board member Tom Burke of Platte City, Missouri, has been selected as the 2017 inductee into the Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery, largely considered the highest honor in the livestock industry. It is the highest honor that can come to anyone in American Agriculture. The Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery was established in 1903 and recognizes one

Beef Producers Sought Value at Gardiner Angus Ranch 13th Fall Bull Sale

Beef Producers Sought Value at Gardiner Angus Ranch 13th Fall Bull Sale   The message of value through the supply chain was evident at the Gardiner Angus Ranch 13th Annual Fall Bull Sale. Since the first Sire Evaluation Report was printed by the American Angus Association in 1980, every mating decision on the ranch has been made with the goal to improve each generation. Compared to the genomic tools available today, improvements were slow, but with discipline, each breeding season proved to be more accurate than the last. The selection

CARGILL IMPROVES FEED YOUR DREAMS WEBSITE, ADDS NEW FEATURES

CARGILL IMPROVES FEED YOUR DREAMS WEBSITE, ADDS NEW FEATURES Subscribe to the new blog by October 31 for a chance to win an Apple iPad Pro®!   HOPKINS, Minn. – Cargill Animal Nutrition is excited to introduce its new and improved website atwww.CargillDairyDreams.com. The blog-based site will continue to feature impactful video stories from dairy producers, in addition to valuable new features that will enhance the visitor experience and spark dialogue on issues that are top of mind in the dairy industry. You live for these dreams. Cargill helps dairies

Running of the Veterinarians

Running of the Veterinarians Running of the Veterinarians AABP Stampede 5K sponsored by Triangle® attracts record participation, scholarship contributions DULUTH, Georgia (September 25, 2017) — Miller’s Landing near Omaha, Nebraska, experienced a herd of running cattle veterinarians in the fifth annual AABP 5K Stampede. The race was sponsored by Triangle® killed viral vaccine from Boehringer Ingelheim, and held at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) 50th Annual Conference on Sept. 16, 2017. The event raises funds to support the AABP Amstutz Scholarship for bovine veterinary students. In all, 132 bovine

East Central/Select Sires offers three summer internships

East Central/Select Sires offers three summer internships   WAUPUN, Sept. 20, 2017 — East Central/Select Sires, based in Waupun, Wis., has three internship opportunities available for summer, 2018: two in artificial insemination (A.I) and one in communications. The A.I. specialist interns will have the opportunity to experience a career in the A.I. industry and work with the breeds’ most elite females to produce the next generation of impact bulls and females. This internship provides the appropriate individuals the opportunity to learn and provide A.I. in both large-herd commercial operations and

AGCO Announces $2 Million Investment in Maryland Assembly and Distribution Facility

AGCO Announces $2 Million Investment in Maryland Assembly and Distribution Facility Industry-leading assembly line equipment, technology and warehouse expansion support increasing Massey Ferguson compact and utility tractor demand DULUTH, Ga. (Sept. 22, 2017) — AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural equipment, is investing $2 million in its Edgewood, Md., assembly and distribution facility for Massey Fergon® compact and utility tractors and equipment (CUE). More production and warehouse space, industry-leading assembly line equipment and conversion to paperless order tracking through assembly, quality control and shipping are just

American Farm Bureau Market Intel – 09/21/2017

American Farm Bureau Market Intel – 09/21/2017 Cow Slaughter Surges by Katelyn McCullock Cow slaughter figures have been running higher this year, showing year-over-year gains all but three weeks of 2017.  Year-to-date, the number of total cows moving through the system is about 7 percent higher.  Weekly slaughter rates were averaging 5 percent above a year ago through April, and 8 percent above a year ago April to July.  Since then, slaughter rates have expanded to 10 percent above a year ago. Read More American Farm Bureau Market Intel –

It’s more than price

It’s more than price Lower commodity prices. Shrinking farm incomes. The pressure is on for agricultural producers who are doing what they can to lower their expenses—including aggressively trying to negotiate price reductions on inputs. But buying and selling inputs is about more than just price. What might be included if farmers were to use the bid sheets that are standard in other industries’ procurement approaches? Find out in Michael Boehlje’s new blog, Procurement strategies of commercial producers. Read it here. National Conference Producers’ input-procurement strategies are part of a

Statement by Agricultural Export Coalitions in Support of the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act in the U.S. Senate

Statement by Agricultural Export Coalitions in Support of the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act in the U.S. Senate WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports and the Agribusiness Coalition for Foreign Market Development welcome and strongly support passage of S. 1839, the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act, introduced Tuesday by Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). The introduction of the CREAATE Act

USDA: Help on Way for Households Hit by Irma

USDA: Help on Way for Households Hit by Irma WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2017 – American families coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma will receive much needed nutrition relief, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced.  Notably, packages of American grown and produced nutritious USDA Foods will be available across hurricane-stricken areas in Florida. The move is part of a series of actions the USDA announced in recent days, as the department continues its efforts to help Americans in need following the devastation left by Hurricane Irma in Florida, Georgia and