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$500K project to address suicide in ag

August 27, 2021

Washington’s agriculture department will team with Department of Health, WSU. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has received a $500,000 grant to work in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Washington State University Extension (WSU) on a project addressing stress and suicide prevention in the agriculture community. “Farming and ranching are challenging […]

Southern border tour reveals heartbreaking situation

August 13, 2021

Farm Bureau presidents hear firsthand concerns of farmers being threatened by human smugglers who abandon people, steal vehicles and vandalize property. By: Jacqui Fatka Earlier this summer all 50 state farm bureaus signed onto a letter urging the Biden administration to address the surge of undocumented immigrants entering the United States. In an effort to see […]

Moisture Matters When Making Good Corn Silage

August 13, 2021

Crop producers may be able to recoup some production costs by harvesting this year’s corn crop as silage. Salvaging this year’s corn crop as silage can help crop producers recoup some production costs while providing good-quality feed for livestock. Drought-stressed, limited grain-filled corn silage still can retain a majority of its feeding value, North Dakota […]

Keep an eye on those soybeans

July 23, 2021

Soybean Source: It’s easy to get riled up over holes in soybean leaves, but investigate before taking action. Beans can withstand some defoliation. By: Clarke McGrath It’s been a pretty challenging summer, with most of the state fighting serious drought, storm damage in many areas, and some regions even dealing with excess moisture. Even with […]

Consumers drive changes in wheat breeding pipeline

July 23, 2021

Wheat Foods Council video explains how consumer demands are reflected in wheat variety breeding. As Kansas wheat farmers are delivering their last loads of grain to the elevator for the 2021 wheat harvest, they are evaluating the yield and quality of the varieties they planted. Behind this decision, however, is an entire wheat breeding pipeline. […]

Senate hearing focuses on need for ag labor reform

July 23, 2021

Dairy and pork industries promote need for year-round labor in comprehensive labor reform. By: Jacqui Fatka  The future of undocumented farmworkers and needed changes in securing agricultural labor were the focus of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on July 21 featuring over two hours of questioning of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack during the first panel and […]

American ingenuity leading the way through 2021 drought

July 23, 2021

AFBF survey assesses how farmers and ranchers are dealing with drought. By: Daniel Munch With intensifying drought conditions across the American West, Southwest and Northern Plains, AFBF designed and distributed a survey to assess drought’s impact on farm and ranch businesses. This Market Intel, the first in series of drought-focused articles, summarizes the results of […]

A drought for the ages

June 25, 2021

Water Lines: Many factors are making it difficult to continue farming and ranching — but drought is one of the biggest challenges. By: Dan Keppen This water year is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent Western history. More than 90% of the region is in drought, with 53% experiencing at least […]

Landmark Growing Climate Solutions Act clears Senate

June 25, 2021

Bill breaks down barriers for farmers interested in participating in carbon markets and be rewarded for climate-smart practices. By: Jacqui Fatka  The Growing Climate Solutions Act passed by a vote of 92-8 on the full Senate floor on Thursday. The act has 55 cosponsors, which makes it the first major piece of bipartisan legislation that would […]

Fungicide win: Corn disease controlled

May 25, 2021

Corn Illustrated: Get out in front of disease issues by scouting. By: Dave Nanda I scouted a cornfield in late June last year and noticed a few small lesions of gray leaf spot. When I returned as corn was approaching tasseling, the disease was present on most leaves. I informed the grower, who was watching […]