NASS collecting additional information on local food practices

NASS collecting additional information on local food practices

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will be collecting additional information on agricultural products marketed as local foods during 2020. Earlier this year, NASS collected detailed data on 2020 local food marketing practices. The information came from farmers and ranchers who had previously reported local food marketing activity on prior…
Ethanol production levels hit highest point since July

Ethanol production levels hit highest point since July

The U.S. Energy Information Administration announced ethanol output topped the million-barrel a day mark for the first time in two months during the week ending on October 8. At the same time, inventories also began to decline. Biofuel production jumped to an average of 1.032 million barrels a day during…
U.S. fertilizer industry commits 70-million acres to nutrient stewardship

U.S. fertilizer industry commits 70-million acres to nutrient stewardship

The Fertilizer Institute looked to the future in announcing an industry-wide commitment to commit 70 million acres under 4R Nutrient Stewardship management by 2030. Acres managed under the 4R concept incorporate practices that use the right fertilizer source at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right…
Bruns reappointed as West Center Research and Extension Center director

Bruns reappointed as West Center Research and Extension Center director

Kelly Bruns has been reappointed to the role of director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s West Central Research, Extension and Education Center (WCREEC) in North Platte. The reappointment is for a five-year term. Bruns joined the center in an associate director role in 2014 and has served as director since…
Project focuses on diversifying midwest farms

Project focuses on diversifying midwest farms

Two Iowa State University researchers will join a five-year project that seeks to make Midwestern agriculture more resilient by moving away from the dominant corn-soybean rotation. The $10 million project is funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Iowa State joins Purdue University researchers, who say, "Growing…
Deere & Co. workers go on strike after rejecting contract

Deere & Co. workers go on strike after rejecting contract

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers went on strike Thursday after the United Auto Workers union said negotiators couldn't deliver a new agreement that would meet the “demands and needs” of workers. The vast majority of the union rejected a contract offer earlier this week…
USDA launches first phase of soil carbon monitoring efforts through CRP

USDA launches first phase of soil carbon monitoring efforts through CRP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $10 million in a new initiative to sample, measure, and monitor soil carbon on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres to better quantify the climate outcomes of the program. CRP is an important tool in the Nation’s fight to reduce the worst impacts of climate change facing our farmers, ranchers, and…
Nebraska State Climate Office develops weather sensor calibration lab

Nebraska State Climate Office develops weather sensor calibration lab

To provide people with accurate data about rainfall, temperature, wind speed and more, climatologists in states across the nation lead strategic installations of research-grade weather stations across their states. Weather stations are finely tuned machines, expected to record key data within finite margins of error. But even high-tech systems need…
Bushel acquires GrainBridge

Bushel acquires GrainBridge

Bushel, an independently-owned software technology company focused on developing solutions for the grain supply chain, today announced its acquisition of GrainBridge, LLC, a joint venture owned by ADM and Cargill Incorporated. GrainBridge employees will join the Bushel team and remain based in Omaha, Neb. Their data expertise will help to…