Editorial

Missouri bill recognizes dairy plight

This week, the Missouri House of Representatives passed the “Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act of 2014,” a bill that could help the future of the state’s dairy farming. FULL STORY »

Average farm debt-to-asset ratio declining

While total debt held by farms increased from 1992 to 2011, average farm debt-to-asset ratios declined during that time according to a report on debt use by farms conducted by USDA’s Economic Research Service. FULL STORY »

Not all dairy created equal for women’s bone health

There’s good news for milk-loving women: new research shows women who frequently consume low- or no-fat milk may delay the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee. FULL STORY »

Major support of federal GMO labeling bill

The American Soybean Association (ASA), National Corn Growers Association and American Farm Bureau Federation quickly announced their individual support of new federal legislation introduced Wednesday to establish a federal voluntary labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified (GM) crops. Several other farm organizations have followed suit. FULL STORY »

USDA forecasts more milk, higher prices in 2014

According to the USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, milk prices and production are both expected to climb in 2014, but feed costs are expected to increase, too. FULL STORY »

Say ‘adios’ to La Nada

Here comes El Niño, and early data suggests it could grow into a monster. FULL STORY »

Corn planting begins…for some

The return of spring-like weather helped farmers make progress in planting corn across nearly one-quarter of the country’s top corn-producing states, primarily in Plains states. FULL STORY »

Dodge Ram rallies more support for FFA Play video

Dodge Ram’s “Year of the Farmer” may have formally ended, but the company is back with renewed support for the National FFA Organization in an upcoming fundraising honoring the “next crop” of farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Fighting the fanatics

University researchers in Florida who work with animals are now lobbying the state legislature for the right to shelter personal information from animal activists intent on intimidating them. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Caribbean caper

When you hear the phrase ‘Cayman Islands hedge fund,’ what comes to mind? Billionaires, financiers and venture capitalists, right? Now you can add (alleged) ‘animal activist group.’ FULL STORY »

Rapid response critical in animal disease outbreak

Rapid implementation of movement controls at the county level play an important role in stopping or slowing the spread of a fast-spreading animal disease like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), according to an article published in the March 2014 issue of PLOS ONE. FULL STORY »

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