Small Numbers Indicate a Big Change for Corn Farmers

In Farming, General, Production, weather by Cathryn

While the numbers released in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Crop Progress report might not have appeared stunning at first glance, closer examination shows that farmers across the Corn Belt are planting earlier than normal.  The report, which indicated that planting was three-percent complete nationally, showed corn planting progress prior to the first or second Sunday in April for the …

Want Cutting-Edge Technology in Your Workplace? Farmers Do Too

In Biotechnology, Conservation, Education, Environmental, Farming, Food, General, Production, Sustainability by Cathryn

Imagine how differently a day at the office might have been in 1961.  A secretarial pool takes the place of word processing software.  Googling a subject might take hours and physical labor sifting through back editions of the paper or encyclopedias and still yield limited results.  Email communications require a phone call, paper memo or even a written letter sent …

Blame Game

In Activism, General, Production, USDA by Cathryn

As U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates for the 2012 corn crop continue to drop, a lot of people want to throw around blame. Whether it be for higher prices or smaller supplies, corn users and detractors alike want heads to roll over their inability to source corn at prices that, quite frankly, have held relatively steady for decades. Today is …

Pseudo-Journalists, Hot Corn and the Heat Dome Monster

In Current News, Environmental, Farming, General, Legislation, Media, Production by Cathryn

According to many St. Louis meteorologists, the heat dome of 2011 will relent today, finally ushering in still-hot, but not life-threatening temperatures.  In retrospect, the seemingly epic heat wave does offer some degree of humor.  It just isn’t summer in the Midwest until some crack journalist attempts to fry an egg, cook macaroni and cheese, or even pop corn on …

NCGA Partners with NGFA to Tackle Grain Bin Safety and Engulfment Prevention

In Education, Farming, Production by Janice

Statistics show grain bin accidents and fatalities continue to rise sharply in the past several years.  With 2010 having the highest percentage yet, we decided it was time to do something about it.  NCGA has recently partnered with the National Grain and Feed Association to start educating farmers about the dangers associated with grain bins and ways to prevent becoming …

Growing Corn, Feeding Cattle and Producing Ethanol

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Events, Farming, feed, Food, Food vs Fuel, International, Production, Video by Chuck

We often hear about friction between the producers of corn and livestock over the growth in the production of ethanol. One Iowa farmer had an idea to diversify his operation and do both! Judging by the tour that the TATT Global Farmer to Farmer Roundtable participants received at his farm, Couser Cattle Company, he’s doing it very successfully. Our host …

Farmers Markets Closing. Time to Stop Eating?

In Blogroll, Food, Food Prices, General, Production by Mark

Let me say right up front that I love the idea of local farmers markets. I am actually fortunate to live in the rural Midwest where we have conventional farmers markets and many farmers put signs by their lane offering sweet corn and other produce from their (large) gardens. It doesn’t get any better than driving up to a farmer’s …

USDA Crop Report Still Going Strong After 147 Years

In Current News, Farming, Production by Mark

Ok, anyone besides me get a little irked when the Chicago Board of Trade and others read the USDA crop report like it was from Moses coming down the mountain? If people could predict crops with high levels of accuracy the board of trade would be a ghost town. The traders and speculators would cash in, check out, and be …

Who do you trust to tell you the truth about food safety?

In Farming, Food vs Fuel, Livestock, Production by Mark

 Is our food safe or not? Are today’s farmers feeding and taking care of their animals properly? It seems to come down to who you trust. Marcia Gorrell, agriculture reporter for The Marshall Democrat-News in Marshall ,Missouri, is today’s guest blogger, and offers the following commentary on the confusing and contrary information bombarding consumers regarding our foods origin and safety. …