Our area finally received some much needed precipitation the last few weeks, following almost a year of near-drought conditions.
Local Agriculture News
Many people check their rain gauge each morning, dump it out, and maybe share what they found with their neighbors or at the coffee shop.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ted McKinney, Matt Erickson, Rob Johansson and Joe Balagtas, all former government economists who recently served in Washington, D.C., will participate in a panel discus…
Following a harsh February during a winter in which everyone felt cooped up more than usual, the recent sunshine and warmer weather has certainly provided a morale boost for many of us.
Are you interested in becoming a commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) remote pilot or are already flying without the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification but would like to o…
WEST LAFAYETTE — February’s Ag Economy Barometer reading of 165 changed little compared to January when the index stood at 167. Producers continue to report strong current conditions on their …
As the days begin to lengthen and more of us begin thinking about spring, I always like to promote some great web-based resources Purdue Extension has to offer that may help you this coming year.
Organizers of the Indiana Small Farm Conference remind farmers that it’s never too early to gain new insights ahead of the growing season.
National Agriculture News
OPINION The Family Farm Action Alliance applauds the reintroduction of the Climate Stewardship Act in both chambers of Congress. The legislation is reminiscent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. It’s stacked with sweeping provisions centered on voluntary incentives for conservation, renewable energy and local food-system programs. The Family Farm Action Alliance is optimistic that if enacted the legislation would offer both immediate and long-term relief to farmers struggling to navigate a consolidated food system in a changing climate.
The span of time is hard to fathom. A human lifespan is just one dot on the line of time. Time passes quickly for us but seems slow in the sense of its vastness stretching back through history.
If farmers could earn a $5-per-acre discount on crop insurance for planting cover crops, more farmers might add the conservation practice to their operations. At least that’s the case in Iowa – where 1,700 farmers have enrolled more than 500,000 acres of cover crops since fall 2019. And that’s not counting farmers and landowners who enrolled in the program in fall 2020. Those applications are still being reviewed and confirmed, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
Apart from antibiotics dairy farmers have few tools to treat mastitis. So researchers at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, are exploring compounds secreted by stem cells as a potential therapy.
At a farmer meeting I attended recently, the hot topic was carbon-reduction contracts. There was a lot of curiosity, confusion and skepticism among the farmers. Many questioned how various offerings on the market work, whether these tools make financial sense, and whether farmers should wait for more lucrative future possibilities. Many farmers asked about how carbon credits work. This article will provide some information about who generates, verifies and sells carbon credits.
With some warmer weather in late March and early April, anticipation builds for another spring planting season. Farmers are excited to return to fields, especially with higher crop prices than a year ago.
“We’ve always had more sellers – meaning farmers – than buyers – meaning processors – in the dairy industry,” says Mark Stephenson, director of dairy-policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It makes us vulnerable to price movements.”
“We have the best success with frost seedings and inter-seedings when we incorporate them into a grazing system as a routine part of our pasture-improvement rotation,” says dairy farmer Dan Olson of Lena, Wisconsin.