Hot Topics in Ag


Agriculture is a buzz with many things going around – from stories attacking Farmers’ practices with wheat to what caused a NFL player to give up a million dollar contract. See them all below!

1. The Truth About Toxic Wheat:  

You may or may not have seen this article from the Healthy Home Economist touting wheat is toxic due to being sprayed with Round up (glyphosate) as a pre-harvest. This article brings up some pretty fear inducing statistics for both farmers and non-farmers. Farming is our life and our passion and when someone spreads fear in regards to our livelihood, it is hard not to take it personal. – Read More

2. Why a Star Football Player Traded NFL for a Tractor

At one point number 60, Jason Brown, was one of the best centers in the NFL.

At one point he had a five-year, $37 million contract with the St. Louis Rams.

And at one point he decided it was all meaningless – and just walked away from football. Read More

3. Ten Things Farmers Are Tired of Hearing

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Hot Topics in Ag


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U.S. cattle and beef prices have moved into record territory since mid-2013, primarily due to drought impacts on U.S. cattle inventories.

In addition to the widespread U.S. drought in 2012, drought conditions have affected important U.S. cattle raising regions, particularly in the Plains and Southwest, since 2010.

The dry weather degraded pasture conditions and forage supplies, leading cow-calf operators to liquidate herds. Continue Reading


National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Chip Bowling took advantage of one of the nation’s largest farm shows to talk about the important actions that must be taken by the federal government to shore up markets for the record 15.2 billion bushel corn crop anticipated in 2014.

“Farmers like to grow good crops. We remember the years we struggled, as many of us did just back in 2012 with the drought. We also like to sell our crops at a good price so we can leave our farms to future generations in better shape,” said Bowling at the Farm Progress Show currently underway in Boone, Iowa. “As thrilled as we are with a record crop, we know it has its challenges, but there are a few simple actions Washington Continue reading “Hot Topics in Ag”

Hot Topics in Ag


It sure is hot out there, but the news going around the Ag industry is even hotter. Get your fill of the latest Hot Topics in Ag below!


1. Six Leading New Technologies Farmers Are Using

In 1798, economist Thomas Malthus predicted that the world would exceed its food supply by the late 20th century. While he was right to identify the challenges of feeding a growing population with a finite amount of land, in the last half a century agricultural production has tripled. So, how did this happen?

The answer: innovations in farming technology. Smallholder farmers in particular have seen a rise in productivity over the last decade. So what are the innovations making the difference? We asked our community and crowdsourced the answers. Continue Reading…

2. Corn Crop Promising But Half Way To Go Yet

Indiana’s corn is showing potential to produce a bumper crop for the second consecutive year, but much of it could “suffer quickly” if growing conditions turn unfavorable, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says.

He is cautiously optimistic as the crop enters the second half of the growing season toward harvest. Continue Reading…

3. Young Iowa Farmer Launches “Instagram for Agriculture”

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But what do you make when life punches a hole in your eye?

When an on-farm accident put fifth generation farmer Nathan Legler on the sidelines three years ago, he built a website for farmers.

“I was putting new 2-inch points on our disk ripper chisels and was having to remove them by hammering out a rolling pin,” he recalls. “The last one wouldn’t come out with a hammer, so I had to grab the air punch, and when I went to use it I didn’t have it pressed against the pin close enough, and a piece of the air punch broke off and flew up through my eye.” Continue Reading…

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Hot Topics in Ag

What went down while you were resting up this weekend? Find out all the latest happening in the Ag industry by reading the Hot Topics in Ag below! California Drought Spreads A third of California is now in the worst state of drought classified by the U.S. Drought Monitor, with the “exceptional drought” designation expanding to 33 percent late last week from the 25 percent recorded … Continue reading Hot Topics in Ag

Hot Topics in Ag

When you’re on the go and you need to stay in the know, we’ve got you covered. Read below for the latest things buzzing around the Ag industry!


Seven States Are Running Out of Water

The United States is currently engulfed in one of the worst droughts in recent memory. More than 30% of the country experienced at least moderate drought as of last week’s data.

In seven states drought conditions were so severe that each had more than half of its land area in severe drought. Severe drought is characterized by crop loss, frequent water shortages, and mandatory water use restrictions. READ MORE…

COOL Advice From Farmers and Consumers

Today, farm, rural, consumer, labor and environmental groups from across the United States delivered two separate letters to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees urging them to reject any efforts in their upcoming 2015 Appropriations Bill to insert policy riders that would harm family farmers, ranchers and consumers.READ MORE…

Dairy Farmers Feel Effect of Drought

State officials’ ambitious goal to boost Wisconsin milk production by 10 percent by the year 2020 could be difficult to reach, Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel said May 14 at a meeting at Alsum Farms and Produce.

During his monthly report to the Department of Agriculture…Brancel said he is concerned that the goal of increasing Wisconsin milk production to 30 billion pounds per year by 2020 was somewhat derailed by the drought of 2012. READ MORE…

Corn, Soybean Planting Wrapping Up

U.S. corn and soybean planting made a strong advance over the past week, thanks to very good conditions in some key growing areas. Still, parts of the Northern Midwest remain slower than normal due to wet weather and cool soil temperatures. 

As of Sunday, 88% of this year’s corn crop is planted, compared to 84% this time last year and the five year average of 88%. 60% of corn has emerged, compared to 49% a year ago and 64% on average. 

For soybeans, 59% are planted, compared to 41% last year and 56% on average, with 25% emerged, compared to 12% a year ago and 27% on average. READ MORE… Continue reading “Hot Topics in Ag”