What total maximum daily load (TMDL) means to agriculture

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is becoming a common term in rural communities. It’s important for farmers to understand how TMDLs affect nearby watersheds. FULL STORY »

National Milk joins others in pushing for new farm bill

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today joined more than 230 other farm, agriculture and food groups in urging Congress to pass a new, five-year farm bill in the upcoming lame duck congressional session expected to begin this week. FULL STORY »

To (4b) or not to (4b): that is the question

California's milk-pricing system is being cited as one of the reasons why a number of the state's dairies are having to shut down. FULL STORY »

Louisiana dairy farmers hang on despite high feed costs

While many agricultural producers have experienced improved conditions over the past few years, dairy farmers still are trying to recover from the hard years, especially 2009, according to LSU AgCenter researcher Mike McCormick, resident coordinator at the Southeast Research Station. FULL STORY »

Sandy leaves N.J. dairy in the dark

Hurricane Sandy blasted through New England in late October, killing 110 people and leaving more than one million without power. One of those still without power include Peter Bast, owner of Bast Dairy in Green, New Jersey. FULL STORY »

N.D. ballot measure affirms right to modern farming methods

The amendment, approved by North Dakota voters, guarantees farmers the right to "modern” agriculture and bars laws limiting their right to “employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production, and ranching practices." FULL STORY »

Effects from Sandy could delay harvest and lower corn yields

High winds and heavy rains in some parts of Ohio from the remnants of superstorm Sandy could cause stalk lodging and ear drop, reducing corn yields and making a bad year even worse in the wake of record-setting drought, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist says. FULL STORY »

Schrader: Farmland values remain strong

The record drought has done little to derail the advance in farmland prices, as eager buyers continue to turn to the land throughout the Corn Belt and beyond, according to R.D. Schrader, president of Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company. FULL STORY »

Fiscal cliff, not farm bill, priority during lame duck session

With election excitement fading, all eyes have turned to Washington. With so many issues for Congress to address, including the farm bill and the fiscal cliff, is there any hope for this lame duck session? FULL STORY »

Farm fatalities dropped in 2011; no child deaths

There were fewer reports of Indiana farm-related deaths in 2011 than the previous year, including none involving children for the first time in 13 years, according to a new Purdue University report. FULL STORY »

Fall pasture walk provides opportunity for learning new ideas

Shupe Dairy Farm milks and pastures 600 cows in Huron County, located at the tip of Michigan’s Thumb. Here’s a look at some of their decisions shared at the recent pasture event. FULL STORY »

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