Weather challenges reflected in June WASDE report

The June World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report released today by the Agriculture Department reflects the slow corn planting season across much of the Corn Belt due to snow, rain and cool weather, according to analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation. FULL STORY »

Commentary: On the meaning of ‘natural’

We love the term, especially if it’s plastered on the front of our food packaging. But if we drill down a bit, we discover that the term ‘natural’ has different meanings for different products. FULL STORY »

NMPF: Senate deserves dairy farmers’ sincere thanks

National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jerry Kozak expressed his gratitude after the Senate voted to end debate on the farm bill. FULL STORY »

Weather impacts somatic cell counts

Somatic cell counts have seen constant improvements in the state. In the last five years dairy herds on DHIA in South Dakota have improved somatic cell counts by nearly 21 percent from 282,000 to 255,000. FULL STORY »

Immigration bill pins big hopes on dairy cows

From the technology and tourism industries to the fruit growers of California, there is something for almost everyone in the sprawling immigration legislation that the U.S. Senate will start debating this month. FULL STORY »

Is it too late to reverse declining milk consumption?

New data from the USDA tell a somber story of the nation’s declining milk consumption. Can the industry reverse these trends before it’s too late? FULL STORY »

Free Ag Emergency Permits to continue in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has directed the state ag and transportation agencies to continue issuance of free Agricultural Emergency Permits allowing the transport of heavier loads of hay bales along state and local roadways. FULL STORY »

Study suggests dairy herd water quality linked to milk production

A recently completed study of water supplies on Pennsylvania dairy farms found that about a quarter of those tested had at least one water-quality issue. And average milk production for these farms was about 10 percent lower than farms with good water quality. FULL STORY »

Nutrition group weighs in on aspartame in milk: It's not needed

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approaches the debate from a different perspective. FULL STORY »

Ongoing wave of Calif. metal theft prompts further legislation

With theft of metals from farms and ranches remaining a chronic problem, farm groups and law enforcement organizations support several bills intended to tighten regulations and make resale of metal more difficult for thieves. FULL STORY »

Drop in U.S. underground water levels has accelerated

Water levels in U.S. aquifers, the vast underground storage areas tapped for agriculture, energy and human consumption, between 2000 and 2008 dropped at a rate that was almost three times as great as any time during the 20th century, U.S. officials said on Monday. FULL STORY »

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