The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) joined with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) to host officials for a demonstration of planter technology and precision agriculture in April 2017. Check out this video to learn a little bit more about the day's activities, and the modern agriculture practices that are making farming more efficient and sustainable than ever.
A new tax credit will benefit Virginia’s farmers and the food banks to which they donate. The Food Crops Donation Tax Credit was approved by the General Assembly last year. It allows Virginia farmers who donate edible food crops to a nonprofit food bank to receive up to a 30 percent tax credit for their donation.“This is a way for farmers and food banks to support one another and allow food bank patrons to access local foods,” noted Tony Banks, a Virginia Farm Bureau Federation commodity marketing specialist.“Sourcing food on the local level helps Virginia’s agriculture industry,” explained Leslie Van Horn, executive director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, which represents seven food banks and over 2,000 nonprofit food pantries and feeding programs. “It reduces food waste and provides an incentive to growers to donate produce. But, most importantly, it gives food-insecure individuals across the commonwealth access to food they need to thrive and prosper.”
Glencore Plc, the commodity giant led by billionaire Ivan Glasenberg, has made a takeover approach for U.S. grain trader Bunge Ltd., in a move that could reshape an industry long-dominated by four companies. Bunge operates three grain facilities in Louisiana: Vidalia, Destrahan and Darrow.
A deadly virus is threatening Louisiana crawfish. Aquaculture specialist Mark Shirley with the LSU AgCenter says the white spot syndrome virus showed up in Acadiana about a decade ago. He says the virus is showing up again in ponds across southwest Louisiana, and it’s hurting the crawfish harvest.
The California State Assembly approved a bill this week that will allow the citrus industry to increase spending for activities related to halting the spread of citrus greening disease. Additional funds will be provided to protect residential and commercial citrus trees from the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and the deadly plant disease it can carry, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB). The bill allows for an additional US$9.6 million in grower assessments to be spent by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA
Farmers aren't the only ones buzzing around busily during spring planting season.Honey bees also pick up their foraging pace at this time of year, when pollen sources abound. That spells trouble, according to a new study from Purdue University.The study, led by entomologist Christian Krupke, concluded that more than 94% of honey bees in the state of Indiana are at risk of exposure to varying levels of neonicotinoid insecticides, including lethal levels, during corn planting.That exposure occurs when the insecticides, which are coated on individual seeds, "dust off," from those seeds during planting and the dust drifts beyond the field borders.The study also concluded that the neonicotinoid treatments in Purdue corn research plots from 2012-2014 did not provide any yield benefit.This research is sure to face pushback from neonicotinoid manufacturers and seed companies, for which seed treatments have become a steady and productive revenue stream over the past decade.
Ethanol shines in Nebraska -- creating jobs in communities like Cambridge, Ord, and Ravenna, while also boosting the bottom line for farmers. Nebraska produces more than two billion gallons a year, with two dozen plants, most in small communities. Ethanol, even higher blends up to 85 percent widely available in Nebraska. But it's another biofuel made from soybeans – biodiesel – that’s seen a big jump in recent years.Soy biodiesel demand has skyrocketed a thousand percent in the last decade, and that also means more soybean meal as a byproduct, as producers crush more soybeans for their oil.
The owners of a proposed large-scale dairy farm in Wood County have asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that blocked the project.Golden Sands Dairy maintains it has rights to use most of its 6,400 acres for growing crops and manure spreading because the land was zoned unrestricted when the dairy filed for building permits in 2012 and the applications referenced the land.The Town of Saratoga argues the dairy can't use the land that way because it was re-zoned for preservation four months after the applications were filed.A state appeals court blocked the project last month.The developers, the Wysocki Family of Companies, asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court this week to review the decision, saying the appeals court failed to properly apply the relevant laws.
Deere reported on Friday a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit, as sales rose for the first time in 13 quarters on improving demand for its farm and construction equipment.Shares of Deere, which has cut jobs and lowered production due to declining demand for its trademark green tractors and harvesting combines, were up 7.3 percent at $120.30 in premarket trading.The U.S. farm equipment maker also raised it fiscal 2017 equipment sales growth forecast to 9 percent, from the previous 4 percent forecast in February.Deere now expects fiscal 2017 net income attributable to the company to be about $2 billion, up from $1.5 billion previously.
Sanderson Farms CEO Joe F. Sanderson Jr. reiterated that the company has no intention of moving into the antibiotic-free chicken market. “For a lot of reasons, we didn’t think it was right for us to do antibiotic-free. Our veterinarians, half of them would leave us if we did. They’ve taken an oath,” Sanderson said.Sanderson also noted that veterinarians in general do not advocate denying sick animals antibiotics.“I’ve taken care of cattle, I’ve taken care of hogs, I have two dogs, and no veterinarian has ever told me to give my dogs -- what is it?-- herbs,” he said.Sanderson said he is aware many consumers in geographical markets such as New York and Boston place a higher value on chicken raised without antibiotics, but in Sanderson Farms’ primary markets in the Southeastern United States, “antibiotic-free is not a big deal, and organic is not a big deal.”“Every grocery store has a section of either antibiotic-free or organic, but it’s a small section. Mainly what they are carrying is regular chicken,” he said.