Changing the World Through Farming and Food

In Activism, CUTC, Education, Farming, Food, General by MarkLeave a Comment

By Lauren Stohlmann We’re really quite lucky Matt Stasiewicz didn’t decide to become an automotive engineer. The work he’s done for agriculture is extensive and valuable for human health. Not that understanding engines isn’t important work, but creating a single-kernel sorter to reduce mycotoxin levels in market corn from Eastern Kenya, might be a bit more life-changing. Stasiewicz originally enrolled …

Refinery Shutdown Like a E15 Advertisement

In General by Mark

If you live in the heart of the Midwest soaring fuel prices are a reality, not a nightmare, figment of your imagination or Wile E. Coyote cartoon. An equipment failure at one the region’s largest oil refineries caused an immediate and painful spike at the gas pump for consumers across the Midwest this week. The BP Whiting Refinery located on the …

Corn’s Big Change: Why Mutants are Good

In General by Guest Blogger

By Tom Mueller EXTRA, EXTRA, read all about it! Plant scientists identify the gene mutation that turned grass into corn! Not exactly the headline heard or seen on any news outlet this week. So, what’s the big deal? Washington Post journalist Robert Gebelhoff captured the significance in a recent Speaking of Science column. In the article, University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher …

Monday’s Maize Mutant: HM1

In General by Cathryn

Cochliobolus carbonum is a fungus that causes northern leaf spot and ear rot disease in corn. The fungus produces a toxin that is highly destructive to corn ears and leaves. The HM1 gene in corn is responsible for resistance or susceptibility to the fungal plant pathogen. Corn lines that are resistant to C. carbonum and its toxin can become susceptible …

America’s Farmers Thrown Under the Train Instead of Posted on It

In Activism, Current News, Education, Farming, General, Media, Promotion by Cathryn

American corn farmers do not often see how their lives might be impacted by high profile, First Amendment debates in the media. While we each value our Constitutional rights and deeply cherish liberty, our messages about growing food and stewarding the land generally do not stir up mainstream debate to a degree that lands us on the national stage. Today, …

People, Plants Both Suffering from Cold, Wet Feet

In Corny News, General, Production by Cathryn

Feeling a little bit damp and cool? Is there a chill running through your bones? Young corn plants trying to grow in many parts of the Corn Belt feel the same way right now. Delving more deeply into why the first crop condition report issued by USDA shows only 74 percent of the crop in good or excellent condition, one …

Reflections on the Earth

In General by Guest Blogger

By Nick Goeser, Ph.D. As we wind down this week’s celebrations of Earth Day, my mind focuses on the pressing issues facing our planet.  Global population growth, food security, water quantity and quality, air quality, increasing numbers of extreme weather events – and the list can go on.  Looking across the list, a common thread emerges in an area of …

Monday’s Maize Mutant

In General by Cathryn

Brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association and the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database One thing we have learned from the National Corn Yield Contest is that plant populations are increasing. But as plant populations increase, how do we keep plants from crowding or shading each other? The answer is to change the plant’s architecture, specifically the angle …

If Farming Were Easy…

In Farming, General by Cindy

This little saying was in this week’s newsletter from Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) – “If farming were easy Congressmen would do it.” Truly, if farming were easy, everyone would do it – and most of us either can’t or don’t want to. The same could be said for many professions, but most of them don’t have everyone from the president …

Putting Agriculture in the Political Spotlight

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, General, Politics by Cindy

Nine potential Republican presidential candidates were asked their opinions on various agricultural issues at the Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines on Saturday. Comments made by at the event by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former New York Gov. George Pataki, …