U.S. Farmers in 2015 to Plant Fewer Corn and Soybeans
In its first crop production outlook for 2015 USDA on Thursday forecast U.S. farmers will plant less corn and soybeans this year, with the corn area posting the largest decline.
The drop in soybeans was less as low production costs should have farmers favoring them to corn, USDA said at it annual outlook conference.Read More.
GMO Corn Trait Class Action Suits Consolidated
Genetically-modified-organism traits have become common, everyday occurrences in agriculture. Farmers plant Roundup Ready, LibertyLink, Widestrike and other traited crops with scarcely a second thought. But the world outside agriculture continues to view GMOs with some suspicion even though no one has ever proved plants containing the traits are any more harmful to humans than those from conventional crops. Read More.
Iowa Farmers Commended for Stewardship
ANKENY, Iowa — Iowa soybean farmers were recognized by members of the Iowa House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee for investing in water quality monitoring and increasing the adoption of conservation practices on farms. Read More.
We May Not Have An Aging Farmer Problem Afterall
Many industry observers often express concern related to the “aging farmer problem.” For example, the average age of Illinois’ farm operators has increased steadily over time, with the mean age of principal farm operators in the state of 57.8 years in 2012, compared to 53.2 in 1997. Read More.