The red-hot market for renewable diesel has inspired another deal in the ag tech space. An ag investor publication reports that Bayer has increased its stake in CoverCress, an ag start-up that developed and promotes a genetically modified oilseed cover crop, to 65%. Ag Funder News reported A…
With daily temperatures above 100 degrees still in the forecast, the season for cool weather, crunchy leaves, Friday night football, and fall harvest seems far away. But many students in rural America will start school in the next few weeks—and some have already started. First-day-of-school …
Future marketing challenges and drought were two topics that dominated discussion among panelists who took part in the Aug. 5 Cattle U and Trade Show at United Wireless Arena, Dodge City, Kansas.
The Federal Communications Commission announced Aug. 10 that it is rejecting the long-form applications of LTD Broadband and Starlink to receive support through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund program. The commission determined that these applications failed to demonstrate that the provid…
A New Mexico ranch family was awarded nearly $2.6 million for a breach of contract plus $8 million in punitive damages from Tyson Foods Inc. following a jury trial on July 14.
Dryland corn and soybean producers in much of the central Plains have experienced an uphill battle this growing season as drought and heat will likely reduce crop production, according to one expert.
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With the unveiling of a story board south of the Boot Hill Museum, an iconic public art sculpture moved to a new home to the loud applause of a large crowd that gathered Aug. 3 in downtown Dodge City, Kansas.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced a deal July 21 between Russia and Ukraine to reopen Ukrainian Black Sea ports for grain exports. Ministers of both countries signed the deal, which was brokered by Türkiye (formerly known as Turkey) and the U.N.
It’s not always as simple as growing a crop or raising a steer to feed people.
Grain producers saw near-record prices earlier in the year and many ask if those levels will return soon.
Erin Silva is enthusiastic about sustainable and organic cropping practices, but she emphasizes the fundamentals of building soil health.
Silva is an associate professor in the plant pathology department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research and Extension program focuses on sustainable and organic cropping systems, including cover crops and cover crop-based no-till production, variety selection in organic environments and the impact of organic management on soil biological and physical properties.
Silva has launched “OGRAIN,” a comprehensive organic grain training program for farmers in the upper Midwest. She works closely with organic farmers and industry members both in the Wisconsin and upper Midwest and serves on the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council.
The U.S. International Trade Commission lifted tariffs on nitrogen fertilizers imported from Russia and Trinidad and Tobago.
July and early August are circled on planners and calendars for many rural and farm ranch families—sometimes years in advance.
Uncertainty about what mid-summer would bring in the way of heat and moisture and resulting market volatility dominated major crop news as the United States Department of Agriculture released its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates July 12.
Employers and employees in many industries made the shift to a remote working model out of necessity at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to technology and collaborative tools, many organizations continue to offer fully remote or hybrid work options to employees.
A group of 11 Mississippi River counties and localities in Wisconsin and Minnesota have submitted a request to Commander Karl Jansen of the St. Paul Engineer District to be consolidated into a single statistical port district for purposes of reporting of cargo and tonnages, to be called the …
As the United States economy faces uncertain headwinds in the second half of the year many in the agricultural sector are talking about the impact of inflation and higher interest rates.
In the midst of summer finding a window of opportunity to get away for a day might be the best investment a farmer and rancher can make.
American Farmland Trust recently released a new report about the ramifications of the loss of United States farm and ranch land. The disappearance of these acres is could make the country’s food security vulnerable and hinder the agricultural economy.
Before Russia’s invasion, Ukraine had become a powerhouse in the world sunflower oil market, supplying half the world’s export supply. The exports went mostly to Europe where it was important as a feedstock for renewable diesel. Europe is facing serious fuel challenges at a time when it is l…
After two previous mistrials and an unprecedented third trial whose necessity was questioned by a judge, five executives of major chicken processing companies were acquitted July 7 by a Denver jury on charges of price-fixing and collusion brought by the Justice Department.
In a move that the Kansas Corn Growers Association called “unprecedented,” the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it is reopening the finalized re-registration of the herbicide atrazine, according to the Triazine Network, a coalition of agriculture groups that have been …
An expert panel helped explain biosecurity best practices and control measures to help safeguard the swine herd during a live event June 29 hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service.
The best photos tell a story and compel us to see the beauty in everyday life. High Plains Journal's 2023 Down Country Roads calendar contest is now open.
Organizers are hoping to breathe new life into the American Gelbvieh Foundation’s Steer Challenge and Scale & Rail Contest.
While combines kick up dust as they roll through fields of ripened wheat, Colten Katz is working from sunup to well past sundown to help bin this year’s harvest.
A Ukrainian agricultural economist believes her country, which over the past 20 years has helped feed the world, will rebound following Russia’s invasion but adds it is going to take time.
President Joe Biden has proposed that Congress enact a three-month federal gas tax holiday to help Americans squeezed by the recent skyrocketing price of gasoline and is encouraging states to follow suit by suspending their own gas taxes. You may have your own thoughts about why oil and gas …
The best photos tell a story and compel us to see the beauty in everyday life. High Plains Journal's 2023 Down Country Roads Calendar Contest is now open. Submit your digital photographs that reflect the beauty of rural America—crops, country landscapes, livestock, farm families and more before Aug. 1.
While much of the focus heading into July has been about wheat production those who depend on silage are also watching crop conditions.
Silage is big business in the High Plains, particularly in western Kansas, where feedlots need the feed for beef cattle plus the region is continuing to add dairies.
The U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 denied R-CALF USA’s petition requesting an appeal of the first of two lawsuits it had filed against the operation of the mandatory beef checkoff program.
The Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire has reached 92% containment as of June 27, having burned 341,735 acres. The Hermits Peak fire started April 6 from spot fires from a prescribed burn, while Calf Canyon started April 19.
Regardless of your approach to raising crops, Indiana farmer Rick Clark believes that each producer has to find his way to be profitable.
Clark, from Williamsport, which is near the Illinois border, farms about 7,000 acres and as a fifth-generation farmer is committed to a non-genetically modified organism operation that includes no-till and cover crops.
“You don’t realize how much chemistry does for you until you take it away,” Clark said. “In the past when we still used chemistry I probably wasn’t just crazy about everything having to be just perfect because that chemistry pass is going to come and it will clean up whatever problem we have. We don’t have that chemistry pass any more.”
“Mother Nature really handed us a very, very tough situation, and we handled it the very best we could.”
Summer’s arrival on June 21 reminds us the heat needs no introduction.
Rural America gives residents an opportunity to get back to nature and get a breath of fresh air. For many raising their families on a farm or ranch it is an ideal situation. But there’s also danger lurking for those involved in agriculture, especially for the younger generation.
The top two members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry conducted a hearing for the upcoming 2023 farm bill on June 17 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the home state of Ranking Member John Boozman, a Republican, who noted the need for flexibility for High Plains produ…
A fast-moving and complex legal and regulatory landscape has left the state of affairs on glyphosate products, including Bayer’s flagship product Roundup, more conflicted than ever.