Tornado Warning at Commodity Classic

In Commodity Classic, Video by Cindy

For those few in the crop farming world who did not attend the 2012 Commodity Classic, you missed a very interesting event – a serious tornado warning that resulted in herding thousands of people in the Gaylord Opryland Hotel into a basement ballroom. We have to give credit to the Opryland staff for their caution and diligence in looking out …

Activists Benefit from Ignorance

In Activism, Video by Cindy

These days, farmers and ranchers seem to be constantly having to defend every practice they use to produce food, fuel and fiber – and much of it is based on just plain ignorance of agriculture in general. Ignorance may be bliss, but it is also extremely dangerous. We just recently came across this Penn and Teller video about how willing …

Farmers Urge Corps to Fix What it Broke

In Farming, Video by Cindy

Like the signs in the stores that read “You break it, you buy it,” southeast Missouri farmers are telling the Army Corps of Engineers who flooded their farmland by blowing up a levee, “You broke it, you fix it.” The Corps basically wants to put a band aid on the Bird Point Levee, which they blew up in May, sacrificing …

Illinois Farm Caters to Corn Connoisseurs

In Conservation, Farming, Food, Video by Cindy

Some people may complain about the price of corn when it gets above around $4 a bushel, but there are corn connoisseurs who are willing to pay the equivalent of hundreds per bushel for special varieties that contribute to unique and delightful dishes. Iroquois White Corn has an unusual earthy flavor and a varied texture that chefs love and it’s …

Proving Boats Run Well on Ethanol

In Audio, Ethanol, Events, Video by Cindy

Ethanol sometimes gets a bad rap in the boating world, but some high performing race boats are proving that charge is all wet. Boat racers from coast to coast gathered this past weekend in the ethanol-producing town of Garnett, Kansas to speed around Cedar Valley Reservoir running ten percent ethanol fuel (E10) at the National Boat Racing Association (NBRA) “Garnett …

Progressive Farmer Uses Technology to Spotlight Safety

In Farming, Video by Cathryn

As farmers finally complete planting across the country, the June/July issue of Progressive Farmer magazine spotlighted Pam Dowdy’s crusade to prevent tragic grain bin accidents like the one in which she lost her beloved husband David in 2009.  In the print edition, readers were treated to an extra feature that put all of the information they needed literally at their …

Fun Competition Promotes Iowa Corn Indy 250

In Audio, Promotion, State Groups, Video by Cindy

Pedal tractor racing, corn shucking, and corn hole tossing were just a few of the fun team events that the Iowa Corn Growers hosted with Indy car drivers and representatives from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University this week to promote the upcoming Iowa Corn Indy 250 race on June 25 and their Join The Team program. In …

Texas Corn Pours Out New Water Campaign

In State Groups, Video, Water by Cindy

No doubt that water use issues are among the biggest challenges facing agricultural producers nationwide, but particularly in states where water is at a premium. That’s why corn growers are getting more pro-active in states like Texas. The Texas Corn Producers rolled out a new public information campaign recently, with the message that water conservation goals can be achieved without …

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 …

Harvest is Underway

In Farming, USDA, Video by Cindy

First report from USDA on this year’s harvest is out this week, showing only Texas and Pennsylvania behind schedule for this time of year, with most of the states running well ahead. Total for the nation is 6 percent, compared to two percent last year and four percent average. About half the corn is combined in Tennessee and North Carolina, …