Brett Wessler

Top 100 landowners collectively own 33 million acres

Seen as a "safe deposit box with a view," the country’s affluent investors are buying up acres at a solid rate, as the top 100 landowners added 700,000 acres in 2012. FULL STORY »

U.N. says animal handling key to cutting emissions on the farm

A U.N. report measuring the livestock industry’s contribution to global warming says emissions can be reduced with practices already utilized by the most efficient operators. FULL STORY »

Ag alliance panel to discuss farm size perceptions, Chipotle

Chipotle refueled the fire last week with a new video and game discouraging “factory farming,” but an agricultural alliance aims to educate consumers on the polarizing topic with a panel discussion. FULL STORY »

9 out of 10 farm households collecting off-farm income

In addition to on-farm work, most farm households earn an income from nonfarm sources. A USDA report finds what the most common off-farm jobs are and how skills on the farm are used away from the fields. FULL STORY »

Poll reveals climate change less of a 'hot button' topic

Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth in 2006 brought global warming to the forefront, generating awareness and demand for change in the years that followed. However, a new poll shows many rural citizens have lost interest in the topic. FULL STORY »

Funding for ag research plays a vital role in 2050 challenge

Investments in agricultural research has a high return on investment and is necessary for a solution to feeding a growing world population on limited resources, so why is Farm Bill funding for R&D shrinking? FULL STORY »

Data reveals “mid-size” farms are disappearing

Data shows the average farm size has remained steady over the last 30 years, however, a closer look shows fewer “average” farms and considerably more large and small farms. FULL STORY »

Beginning farmers overcome barriers with web, crowd funding

Young and beginning farmers with plans of establishing a new farm are using Internet tools to clear the obstacles that would otherwise make the lifelong career unattainable. FULL STORY »

Starting salaries for ag grads do more than just pay the bills

A determining factor in choosing a major and a future career path in college can be the expected salary upon graduation, new data from 16 universities show students have another reason to enroll in ag school. FULL STORY »

Event teaches MSU football team about beef, dairy production

Nutrition is an important aspect of building a competitive football team, so the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association is happy to sponsor a steak dinner for the team to learn about protein before it ends up on their plates. FULL STORY »

Farm Bureau game site now available for tablets

Games about the origin of food and what it takes to produce a crop familiarizes elementary school kids with life on a farm while developing their math, language arts, science and other skills are now available on a tablet. FULL STORY »

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