The “decline of the family farm,” purportedly replaced by the “rise of the corporate farm,” for generations has been one of the most well-trodden – and inaccurate – tropes in conversations about U.S. agriculture.  It’s true, the number of...
We’re all feeling it. Whether fueling up at the gas pump or making a trip to the grocery store, increasing costs of these basic goods have never been more apparent. Putting food on the table and fueling transportation, while...
Preliminary Results Soil nitrate tests taken over the last week have showed elevated soil nitrate levels. This is true for sites that had received either manure or fertilizer N. The number of fields sampled to date is not large, so...
Source: Iowa State University The focus of my 2021 Farm Foundation Agricultural Economics Fellowship was on agricultural carbon markets. Concurrently, I collaborated with a team of Iowa State University researchers tasked with assessing the science gaps that must be addressed...
Source: University of Minnesota news release I can remember sitting in my Dairy Management class at the University of Minnesota in 2012 and learning that a good milk fat benchmark for a Holstein herd was 3.75%. This was backed up...
Source: Janzen Ag Law My car recently did an over-the-air update of its operating system, directly downloading new software from the manufacturer’s cloud-based mothership.  This is great for me, as the car’s own, since the manufacturer can address bugs remotely without me...
Families in business together share a lot, which isn’t always easy. It requires communication, understanding and compromise. In many ways, being in business together is like sharing a car. Simple rules addressing refueling, cleaning, maintenance and repairs create guidelines...
Blog by Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University; Gary Schnitkey, Krista Swanson, and Nick Paulson, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Public discussion of fertilizer prices has become more intense and...
Animal welfare is more than just the production and health of that animal, it also includes how the animal is able to use its natural behaviours. There are many researchers across the world who have dedicated their lives to...
Summary Financial and performance benchmarks ha ve had a positive effect overall in dairyheifer production. Benchmarks, however are not without limitations and possible drawbacks. More specifically, benchmarks (1) tend to be static, (2) in duce a lemming effect in many...
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