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Volunteers power Forgotten Harvest's seed-to-table farming effort

While community gardens are everywhere, Forgottten Harvest Farms is different: It's a professional farm, designed to produce at high yields to ensure a reliable supply of fresh vegetables year-round.

Drone takes flight at SEMO Barton Agriculture Research Center

Research capabilities in the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University are on an advanced path thanks to the addition of a new high tech tool – an unmanned aerial vehicle or “drone” – designed to enhance student learning.

Mid-year inventory shows further declines in cattle numbers

The July 1 Cattle report from USDA, released on Friday, July 25, shows reductions in almost all classes of cattle since the last mid-year report issued in July 2012. Last year, USDA did not issue a July Cattle report due to the sequestration that temporarily reduced funding for federal government agencies.

Van Horne grain elevator scheduled to open Friday

A grain elevator in Van Horne will open to the public Friday after being acquired by a different company. Benton Grain Co., 98 Railroad St. in Keystone, acquired the Van Horne grain elevator on July 1 from the Shellsburg Elevator. Owner Rick Nolan said the elevator in Van Horne will be treated as an additional branch of Benton Grain. Nolan said the facility was purchased because of its close ...

Editorial: Get Northwest grain shipments going again

Gov. Jay Inslee jeopardizes the smooth flow of wheat exports from Washington ports with a decision that essentially shuts down one of the state’s most important grain terminals.

Cattle trailer flips southeast of Hudson, almost 50 cows wander roadway

A cattle trailer involved in a crash Monday afternoon spilled almost 50 cows on the roadway, closing both lanes of Weld County Road 53 near County Road 4 about 5 miles southeast of Hudson.

DHM Northeast

A Low Stress Cattle Handling Clinic will be held Aug. 5, at Spring Hope Dairy, Stanley, NY. This innovative program uses live cow and calf handling demonstrations to inform dairy producers about the importance and benefits of proper cattle handling throughout each life cycle.

Farms, ranches across Alberta stage open-house and culinary events

EDMONTON - Garlic lovers will find plenty of foods to sample in Stony Lake next month everything from pesto and chocolate chip cookies to frozen yogurt pops, all made with the pungent plant. The town west of Edmonton is holding its "first annual Garlic Day," inviting visitors to join garlic ...

Farming accident kills 24-year-old in Seneca County

A Seneca County man died Saturday in a farming accident.

Grain drain — are carryover projections off the mark?

Canada will carryover more grain than usual when the crop year ends July 31, but analysts say it may be less than some people think. That mountain of Western grain created from a record harvest last fall, combined with poor rail service until spring, is being whittled away.

LIVESTOCK-Mixed CME live cattle close after hitting record high

CHICAGO, July 28 (Reuters) – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle on Monday settled mixed on spreads after hitting a new high, fueled partly by Friday’s bullish U.S. Department of Agriculture cattle report, traders said.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Proclaims August 3-9 National Farmers Market Week

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, "National Farmers Market Week." Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation's thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.

Cattle stampede higher

Futures File Cattle stampede higher Register Jul 28, 2014 if (!window.OX_ads) { OX_ads = []; } OX_ads.push({ "auid" : "417989" }); document.write(' '); Cattle futures shot into all-time highs again this week, reaching $1.58 per pound on Thursday. Prices continue to rise because of a shortage of animals stemming from the multiyear drought in the Great Plains that destroyed herds and their food ...

Grain mixed the CBOT, cattle and pork higher on the CME

Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

CN says Canada's rail transportation system is ready for the new harvest

With commercial alignment driving grain supply chain back in sync, CN's Claude Mongeau urges Ottawa to carefully limit the scope of new rail regulations MONTREAL, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - CN (CNR.TO) (CNI) said today Canada's rail transportation system is ready to accommodate the new harvest with a solid throughput rate in line with the grain supply chain. The supply chain will also be able ...

Grain mixed, livestock higher

Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was unchanged at $5.38 a bushel; Dec corn was 3.25 cents higher at $3.75 a bushel; Dec oats were ...

Private buyers in Iran look to play bigger role in grain imports

* Private buyers importing grain via the Caspian Sea * State buyers continue to dominate large-scale purchases By Michael Hogan, Jonathan Saul and Sarah McFarlane HAMBURG/LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) - One sign of change in Iran as it works toward a nuclear deal with world powers is the way it is feeding itself, with private grain firms beginning a slow return to their traditional role as major ...

Celebrating our heritage farms

Agriculture committee looking for operations active since 1864 to apply

VFF reveals grain licensing plan

DETAILS of the VFF’s plan to license grain traders in the wake of a string of collapses was released today.

Organic farming has grown rapidly, says EU

The organic farming sector has grown rapidly over the past ten years, to about 500,000 new hectares every year, according to EU statistics. Both the number of organic farm holdings and area grew by more than half between 2003 and 2010. In 2011, the European Union had 9.6 million hectares of organic farming land. The year before, there were more than 186,000 of such farms registered across the ...

Korean national cattle herd declines

THE Korean national cattle herd was down 5pc at the end of June on the corresponding period, to 3.3 million head, reports MLA.

Scottish farmers wary of arguments for independence

Scotland’s farming community knows referendum will be decided in urban areas

Cattle-Hog Spread Signals Relief for Record Pork Prices

U.S. meat lovers paying record prices for most of this year may see cheaper pork chops sooner than bargains on steak or ground beef, if livestock futures in Chicago are any guide.

Real-deal cowboy artist with ties to Routt and Moffat wins award posthumously

A Renaissance cowboy from Vernal, Utah, who roamed ranches from Canada to California with a few Routt County stops tossed in, was recognized Saturday as America celebrated the National Day of the Cowboy, a decade-long tradition. Among the local ranches Earl Bascom worked on were the White Bear Ranch near the confluence of the Little Snake and Yampa rivers in Moffat County and the Reeves Ranch ...

Court orders Thames farming company to stop milking

A Thames farming company was ordered by a judge "not to commence milking" until a new dairy effluent system is in operation on its Kopu farm.

Grain hopes fading in dry North West

RAIN and international markets will both weigh heavily on grain prices come harvest, particularly in the northern NSW where dry weather has limited production.

Protesters oppose factory farming in day of action

The ''pig-headed'' pork industry must stop using sow crates, Animal rights group Safe proclaimed in the Octagon on Saturday. read more

Global Precision Farming Market Growing at 13.36% CAGR to 2018: Forecast & Analysis to 2018 in New Research Report ...

DALLAS, July 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The growth of precision farming market is expected to be remarkable, and is estimated to reach $3721.27 million by 2018, at an estimated CAGR of 13.36% from ...

Meet the World’s Best Cocoa Farmer

Some say farming doesn’t pay well and that it’s just a waste of a person’s life. Others say it’s a job for the illiterate, but I beg to differ because I have been in farming throughout my life and trust me when I say that farming pays very well."

Flagstaff History: On sale: Toaster, hot plate and an ‘El Perco’ for $12

From 1889: The ranches in the area adjoining Flagstaff are all beautiful and green, especially the grain and the potatoes. The prospect of large crops for this year is excellent.

Niagara County Fair champions local agriculture

Fairgoers turn out on the first day of the Niagara County Fair at Niagara County Fairgrounds last July 31. John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo

Farming's changing face

Farming practices need to evolve as the world's population surges toward 9 billion people by 2040.

Carbon Farming Initiative falls short

EXPERTS say the Carbon Farming Initiative has fallen well short of reaching its key objectives, despite surviving the carbon tax axing.

Incubator farms nurture agriculture entrepreneurs

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — A physicist from Armenia, a juice-maker from Bermuda and a Burmese sushi chef are crafting new careers in agriculture under a program that applies the business incubator model to farming.

How to address gender inequalities in agriculture

Gender inequality in agriculture has been analyzed by experts to find ways to help women farmers. Researchers have developed five ways that can help address gender inequalities in agriculture.

Cattle farmers enjoying ‛perfect storm’

Demand is up, and cattle are selling for record prices. At the same time, corn prices are down and fuel prices have stabilized. That adds up to a “perfect storm” for Kentucky cattle farmers, said Gary Kelly of Paint Lick as he ate lunch Friday with his brother Jimmy at the restaurant across from the Blue Grass Stockyards.

U.S. July Cattle Supply Falls to Lowest Since ’73 in Price Rally

The U.S. cattle inventory as of July 1 fell to the lowest for the date since records began in 1973, U.S. government data showed after futures in Chicago settled at a record high, signaling higher beef costs.

Health, agriculture key to Africa's development: Bill Gates

Health and agriculture development are key if African countries are to overcome poverty and grow, US software billionaire Bill Gates said Thursday, as he received an honourary degree in Ethiopia. "By getting things right in these two areas, the gains can be exceptional," Gates said, calling health and agriculture "enabling factors for all the other things that need to be done." "This Boko Haram ...

Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc. & the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Announce Signing of Memorandum of ...

Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc. and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture , a world leading research organization whose mission is to facilitate solutions to overcome hunger and poverty in Africa and the tropics, while preserving the natural resources integrity, jointly announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between IITA and ZGSI’s wholly owned, UK-based subsidiary ...

U.S. grain farmers resort to giant storage bags to avoid cheap sales

As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool - giant sausage-shaped storage bags - to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc. They allow farmers to store millions of bushels of corn and soybeans at a fraction the cost of conventional silos and far more efficiently than leaving grain ...

Is hunting high fenced ranches 'sporting?'

With the outdoor hunting shows coming up in a few weeks and many hunters making plans for their fall hunting trips, I though it might be interesting this week to discuss hunting on high fences ranches

Race for North Dakota's agriculture commissioner is all about oil

By Ernest Scheyder TOWNER North Dakota (Reuters) - North Dakota's biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state's agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines. With a legislature that meets only every two years, North Dakota has given an unusual amount of power to ...

Cattle Futures Reaching Record Signal Higher Steak Costs

Cattle futures surged to a record, signaling Americans will have to keeping paying more for burgers and steaks in the midst of barbecue season.

Hiking event offered at King-Swett Ranches

Hike the hills between the cities of Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo — known as the King-Swett Ranches.

Walker Ranches earns new honor

Walker Ranches has received another award for the conservation efforts of its owners, Gary and Georgia Walker. This time, it comes from the Palmer Land Trust, a Colorado Springs organization that is branching out into Southern Colorado.

Agriculture chief visits water-starved families

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies. ...

Terraqua sells to Fay Ranches, Montana brokerage refocuses on Colorado

Longtime ranch and land broker John Watson of Colorado has joined Western U.S. brokerage firm Fay Ranches.

Press Release

SOUTHWEST RANCHES Fla. July 16 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Â Bankers Healthcare Group a leading provider of innovative financing solutions for healthcare professionals has been named one of the 100 top earning Hispanic-owned companies by

Bankers Healthcare Group Earns Spot on 2014 HispanicBusiness 100

SOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bankers Healthcare Group, a leading provider of innovative financing solutions for healthcare professionals, has been named one of the 100 top earning Hispanic-owned companies by "The companies on the HispanicBusiness 100 have reached a level that sets them apart from the rest, and deserve to be recognized as such ...

Top Texas ranches for sale

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