Brett Wessler

Smartphones play a crucial role in the future of rural America

Breakthroughs in the way we communicate with each other and the impact devices have on the younger generations’ definition of ‘community’ may be a benefit to rural America. FULL STORY »

Award winning filmmaker’s documentary follows young farmers Play video

A documentary set for release next year shares the highs, the lows, the pride and the identity farmers in their 20s share on a daily basis. FULL STORY »

Midwest rural economy improves, regional issues cause for concern

Slow growth was observed in Midwest rural economies, but political uncertainty, low grain prices and cattle losses resulting from the unexpected winter storm prevented substantial improvement. FULL STORY »

Corn harvest advances, but pace behind average

Corn harvest across the 18 top producing states is slowly advancing, slower than the five-year average and less than half of the completion rate from this time last year. FULL STORY »

Alliance report highlights advancements in livestock production

A report released Monday by the Animal Agriculture Alliance shows technology and animal handling practices are not only feeding a growing world population, they’re ensuring responsible care for livestock. FULL STORY »

Shatto continues celebration with Halloween-themed milk

Shatto Milk Co. continues its line of unique and intriguing flavored milk options celebrating its 10th anniversary with a “treat” released just in time for Halloween. FULL STORY »

Drought covers smallest area since May 2012

Precipitation cut the percentage of the United States experiencing at least moderate drought conditions by almost two percent, particularly aiding areas in the central and eastern parts of the country. FULL STORY »

Ag alliance says Meatless Monday not as popular as it claims

The Meatless Monday Campaign, aimed at cutting meat, dairy and egg consumption by 15 percent, is accused of misrepresenting its number of participants, especially in the categories of schools, food service and restaurants. FULL STORY »

Chobani promotes dairy innovation with $1.5 million donation

New York further secures its reputation as the leader in Greek yogurt with a $1.5 million donation from Chobani, Inc. to create a dairy quality research program at Cornell University. FULL STORY »

Views of crop, livestock treatment affect food safety confidence

Growing interest in the practices used to produce meat and produce has made consumers less confident in the food available to them. FULL STORY »

Food e-Vangelists expected to gain more impact on food production

Consumer interest in the food industry is predicted to increasingly gain traction over the next seven years, led by a growing number of “Food e-Vangelists.” FULL STORY »

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