Meet SMART Farmer Galen Lee

Jamie Johansen

Galen Lee has a diversified 4th generation farm operation in southwest Idaho that produces sugarbeets, asparagus, and peppermint, as well as dairy and beef. In this edition of the SMART Farmer podcast, he talks about how sugarbeets are raised and made into sugar and how biotech varieties have made them more sustainable. He also talks about how he raises peppermint …

Audio, Podcast, SMART Farmer, USFRA

Wisconsin Dairy Farms Hit By Canada’s Trade Actions

Lizzy Schultz

Over 70 Wisconsin dairy operations are already feeling the blow from a protectionist Canadian trade policy that has slammed the door on American dairy exports, violated existing trade commitments, and left farmers across the state scrambling to find milk buyers. Grassland Dairy Products Inc. informed over 70 operations this week that their contracts with the company will end May 1st, …

Ag Group, Audio, Dairy, Export, Export, National Milk, Trade

Place Yourself at the Table – The Future of Protein

Jamie Johansen

Future Food-Tech took place in San Francisco last week and brought together over 300 food business technology leaders, investors and food-tech innovators. Brad Greenway, Chairman, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) sat on a panel titled, “Creating Consumer Demand for Healthier and More Sustainable Ingredients.” As the sole panelist who represented the animal agriculture community, Brad was able to share …

Ag Group, Animal Welfare, Audio, Farming, Food, sustainability, Technology, USFRA

USDA Authorizes Emergency CRP Grazing After Wildfires

Jamie Johansen

The USDA, acting in response to a directive from President Donald J. Trump, has authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands located in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas who were most heavily impacted by wildfires in March. USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael L. Young issued a memorandum authorizing the emergency grazing of cattle by ranchers, who are facing the …

Ag Group, Audio, Grazing, Livestock, usda

Meet #AgDay17 Essay Winner

Jamie Johansen

Bridger Gordon is more than just junior from South Dakota. He is one of the bright, enthusiastic youth who are part of bringing the message of agriculture to the world. Gordon’s message rang loud and clear as he read his winning essay to the attendees of last week’s National Ag Day. “I think about the many families, like mine, who …

Ag Day, Ag Group, Audio, Youth

A Talk on the Next Gen of Agriculture

Jamie Johansen

Agri-Pulse‘s final panel discussion at their Farm Bill Summit covered “How the Farm Bill Can Help Bring the Next Generation Back to the Farm Through Investments in Infrastructure, Research, and Rural Development.” The moderator was Spencer Chase, Agri-Pulse Associate Editor. Krysta Harden, Vice President of Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont; Laura Batcha, CEO, Organic Trade Association; Travis Medine, …

Agri-Pulse, Agribusiness, Audio, farm bill

USDA’s Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report

Jamie Johansen

The Pork Checkoff announced the USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report. The call featured three distinguished agricultural economists and their reactions to the report. A general theme of hog number growth sat centerstage. The panelists included: – Len Steiner, President, Steiner Consulting Group, Merrimack, NH – Daniel Bluntzer, Partner, New Frontier Capital Markets LLC, Corpus Christi, TX – Kevin Bost, …

Ag Group, Audio, Markets, Pork, Pork Checkoff, usda

SMART Pig Farmer Lauren Schwab

Cindy Zimmerman

This edition of the SMART Farmer podcast comes from National Ag Day in Washington D.C. last week where USFRA Faces of Farming and Ranching representative Lauren Schwab talked about SMART Farming on her families breed-to-wean farm in Ohio. Lauren, who is known as FarmGirlWCurls on Twitter and Facebook, loves sharing her love of piglets on social media and educating non-farmers …

Audio, Livestock, Pig, Podcast, USFRA

Water for Food Security Event

Jamie Johansen

Researchers, practitioners, policymakers, farmers, faculty, students, thought leaders and industry experts will gather together next month to help find solutions to the world’s pressing water and food security needs at the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference April 10-12 at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska. The flagship event of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at …

Ag Group, Audio, Conservation, Food, Water

Perdue Finally Gets Hearing

Jamie Johansen

Accompanied by his four children and 14 grandchildren, former Georgia Governor Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III finally had his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday and will hopefully be confirmed shortly. “I know there was some anxiety over whether there would be a secretary of agriculture nominee,” Perdue began. “I must say with all the humility I can muster …

Ag Group, Audio, usda