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 •  February 22

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has $1.3 million to improve the farm management knowledge and skills of agricultural producers. State agricultural experiment stations, colleges and universities, university research foundations, other research institutions and organizations, federal agencies, national laboratories, private...

Farm Futures

 •  February 15

According to the U.S. Supreme Court, “Our constitutional structure does not permit this [U.S. Supreme] Court to rewrite the statute that Congress has enacted.” Furthermore, “The Court declines the Government’s invitation to override Congress’ considered choice by rewriting the words of the statute.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor continues to hammer EPA...

Farm Futures

 •  February 15

Syngenta has acquired FarmShots, Inc., a North Carolina-based innovator of high-resolution satellite imagery that detects plant health by analyzing absorbed light from field images. This service was developed to help farmers, agronomists and retailers quickly and accurately spot field issues caused by planter skips, emergence, insect feeding, poor...

Farm Futures

 •  February 12

A friend and I both traded sprayers this fall. In talking, we determined the value of a machine hour on a sprayer is somewhere between $100-$140. I can spray off an 80-acre load in about 40 minutes. Yet it can take more than 30 minutes to load the next batch. Add in some drive time, and efficiency is less than 50%. Inefficiency can become a real...

Farm Futures

 •  February 2

The Trump Administration has been admittedly understaffed as appointments to key positions have taken more time than in the past. However, cabinet secretaries are filling in the gaps. The latest news is from USDA with the announcement of five new leaders for the agencies Departmental Administration. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue noted that...

Farm Futures

 •  February 1

Two major ag-focused associations issue a policy statement regarding farmer access to information needed for maintenance, not modification Farmers like to maintain their own equipment but the increasing complexity of farm tools can make that a challenge. Accessing diagnostic electronic codes can be a challenge, then understanding the codes and...

Farm Futures

 •  February 1

Cargill is bringing facial recognition technology to dairy farms with its partnership with Cainthus, a Dublin-based machine vision company. The deal includes a minority equity investment from Cargill. Terms were not disclosed. Cainthus uses breakthrough predictive imaging to monitor the health and well-being of livestock. Their proprietary software...

Farm Futures

 •  January 30

Rising cost of labor, Trump administration stance on immigrants driving dairy producers toward automation. The robots are coming -- this time, to a dairy farm near you. It wasn’t long ago that cow-milking robots were a novelty in the U.S., but today, automation is showing up on more farms. One of the big factors spurring the trend: more than half...

Farm Futures

 •  January 30

The leaders of the Food and Drug Administration and USDA are pledging to increase interagency collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness on produce safety and biotechnology activities, while providing clarity to manufacturers. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., signed the formal agreement today at the...

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 •  January 26

USDA is investing in e-connectivity to provide virtual access to job training, educational and health care opportunities for rural communities. “Under Secretary Perdue’s leadership, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in creating rural prosperity,” said Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. “Connecting rural...