Animal Ag Supports National Economy

Lizzy Schultz

A new soy-checkoff-funded study has found that animal agriculture plays a signifiant role in the support of the nation’s economy. The analysis shows animal ag, U.S. soy’s top end user, increased gross national product by $123 billion in economic output, improved household earnings by over $21 billion and added 645,629 jobs from 2004-2014. According to the Economic Analysis of Animal …

Ag Group, economics, Farming, Livestock, Production, Research, soybeans

DFA Honors Seven Members of Distinction

Lizzy Schultz

Each year, one member farm from each of the Dairy Farmers of America’s (DFA) seven regions is honored during the DFA Annual Banquet. The 2016 Members of Distinction are: The Central Region honors went to the Hanke family, Hanke Farms Inc, of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Though multiple disasters have struck the operation, including a massive silo collapse, personal tragedy, and …

Ag Group, award, Dairy, dairy farming, DFA, Farming

Last Call for Farm Mom of the Year Nominees

Lizzy Schultz

There is one week left to submit your favorite farm mom into Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Mom of the Year Contest. Submissions will be accepted through Tuesday, Mar. 29, and Monsanto encourages everyone to nominate moms who go above and beyond to care for and protect their farms, families, communities and the agriculture industry they love. “Our 2015 Southeast Region Farm …

Ag Group, award, contest, Farming, Monsanto

Two Missouri Counties Deemed Agri-Ready

Lizzy Schultz

Missouri Farmers Care recently announced that Audrain and Carroll have become the first counties in Missouri to receive the program’s new “Agri-Ready” designation. The announcement, made earlier this month at the Audrain Agribusiness luncheon in Mexico, Missouri, included Agri-Ready’s hope that the designations will encourage growth and development of local agricultural enterprises. The Agri-Ready program, established in 2015, was developed …

Ag Group, Farming, Production, sustainability

Ag Jobs for Military Veterans

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation have joined forces to increase employment opportunities in the agricultural sector for military veterans and their spouses. “Today’s agreement opens the door for thousands of service members who participate in Hiring Our Heroes events around the world to benefit from USDA’s vast array of tools and resources,” …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Farming, Military, usda

Smashing Stereotypes About Women In Farming

Lizzy Schultz

While an abundance of stereotypes have painted agriculture as a male-dominated industry in the public’s eye, livestock producers know that on a farm, it is your work ethic, not your gender, that makes you a valuable farmer, and four female pig farmers have stood up the smash the “boys game” stereotypes in a new video circulating the internet. The video, …

Ag Group, Farming, NPPC, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Social Media, Swine, Video

New Resources for Beginning & New Farmers

Jamie Johansen

According to research from American Farmland Trust (AFT), many beginning farmers and ranchers find identifying the right land to purchase or lease—at an affordable price—to be one of their most significant challenges. Accessing the capital needed to start or expand a farm business is also hard. AFT’s Farmland Information Center (FIC) along with Farm Credit is offering free new online …

Farm Policy, Farming, Ranches

Marketing to Producers in the Techie Age

Jamie Johansen

Jared Spader has a strong and diverse background in agriculture. Currently, he is the US operations lead for AgCall, which serves as a human resources, project management and consulting firm for the ag community. Jared’s experience as a producer and marketer led him to moderate the producer panel at the recent NAMA Bootcamp. The panel is always a highlight for …

Ag Group, Audio, Farming, Marketing, NAMA, Ranches