Farm Bill pushed off to the side again

The House and Senate are out for the remainder of the year, leaving behind a great deal of unfinished work. The 2008 Farm Bill expired on September 30, but many programs don’t run out until the end of the year. Farmers will start to feel the effects of the expired bill when they try to […]

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Trends in tillage that can benefit your field

Farmers are adopting conservation practices at rapidly increasing levels. It’s no surprise with some of the benefits conservation tillage can provide. According to Laura Fribley, of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, in her article, “Tracking Conservation Tillage Trends“, “Data from the 2013 Tillage Transect indicate that as a result of tillage practices on Scott […]

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Time runs out on the Farm Bill again

The Farm Bill has expired once again, and it appears the legislation is on hold. Things will still operate much the same as last year when the Farm Bill expired. Crop insurance, crop subsidies and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will still continue to receive funding. Crop subsidies and crop insurance programs will not […]

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5 reasons you need to start planting cover crops

Cover crops are a growing trend. Farmers are finding many benefits from cover crops in their fields and cash crops. Ranging from increased yields to better soil health, farmers have many reasons to plant cover crops. 1. Cover crops help minimize the effects of adverse weather on cash crops According to a survey conducted by […]

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Farm Bill moves forward with both Senate and House

Committees in both the Senate and House have passed versions of the 2013 Farm Bill. While a final version is far from implementation, it is a step forward. The Senate voted 15 to 5 in favor of the mark up on May 14, and the House voted for the mark up 36 to 10 the […]

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Breaking down the different tillage systems

Determining which type of tillage is best for your operation depends on a number of variables. By breaking down some of these different factors, you can more easily decide which practice fits into your situation. Conventional tillage is a system that leaves less than 15 percent of residue at the time of planting, while no-till […]

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Funding shifted to assist ag with budget cuts

On March 26, 2013, President Obama signed H.R.933 into law, the continuing resolution spending bill which will allow funding for Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) inspectors through Oct. 1, 2013. The spending bill, H.R. 933, allowed funds to shift from the USDA to FSIS to pay for the meat inspectors. source: With the nation’s budget […]

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Sequester fallout for the ag industry

Budget cuts stemming from the sequestration are quickly becoming a reality, and the effects will trickle down to every sector including agriculture. While it may take a few months for the industry to see the cuts, this summer will start the process. The National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) has decided to suspend a variety of […]

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Fertilizers in no-till operations

Fertilizer usage and placement in no-till operations is different than the methods used in conventional tillage. Some of the key nutrients to monitor in both tillage operations include nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Below are graphs showing the amount of the nutrient the plant uses, in relation to which part of the plant the nutrient is […]

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Conservation programs suffer in 2013

The extension of the Farm Bill has done little to ease the minds of farmers, and has done even less to support conservation programs. While a handful of programs were extended through the Agricultural Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2012, many programs are greatly affected by the extension. source: http:/  The Farm Bill extension keeps […]

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