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Perdue Gets His Ag Secretary Hearing
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:08:00 +0000   
Accompanied by his four children and 14 grandchildren, former Georgia Governor Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III finally had his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday and will hopefully be confirmed shortly. “I know there was some anxiety over whether there would be a secretary of agriculture nominee,” Perdue began. “I must say with all the humility I can muster ...
The Importance of Crop Insurance At #FarmBillSummit
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:30 +0000   
Tom Zacharias, president of National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS), was among the speakers invited to address this week’s Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit in Washington, D.C. Zacharias stressed the role crop insurance plays in ensuring a strong and vibrant agricultural sector, which is critical to the well-being of our economy and society as a whole. “The role of both state and ...
Soybean School: Keeping Dicamba Application On Target
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:30:49 +0000   
Growers and custom applicators will need to be vigilant this spring to ensure dicamba herbicide hits targeted, glyphosate-tolerant Xtend soybeans — and then stays put. In Part One of our series on dicamba stewardship, Real Agriculture’s Bernard Tobin and BASF Canada technical development manager Rob Miller discussed how a pre-plant application is the best strategy... Read more »
RealAg Radio, March 23: U.S Wheat, Canola Market Moves, and 100 Episodes of Wheat Pete!
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:17:41 +0000   
It’s an action-packed Thursday for RealAg Radio, and solo host Shaun Haney tackles the Saskatchewan provincial budget (read more here), a U.S. perspective on wheat markets, canola moves, and more. From the bulls and bears commentary with Angie Setzer (@GoddessofGrain) and Dwight Nichol (@DLNDwight), to answering Canada-wide (and sometimes North America-wide!) agronomic questions with Peter Johnson... Read more »
Map Shows How Other Countries Would Fit Inside Africa for Size Comparison
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:30:00 +0000   
When I first published this map on Big Picture Agriculture a few years ago, it shocked many as it puts the continent's large size into perspective. It is a large country, it has a large population, and it is capable of growing much more food than it does today.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:09:35 +0000   


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Department of Agriculture's (NDA) weeklong celebration of National Ag Week continues with the release of the fifth edition of the popular magazine, Nebraska Agriculture and You. The magazine, available in print and online, ...
RICKETTS: Celebrating AgricultureScottsbluff Star Herald

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Napa County still struggling with its agriculture definition - Napa Valley Register
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:00:53 +0000   

Napa County still struggling with its agriculture definition
Napa Valley Register
Agriculture, the general plan said, is “the raising of crops, trees and livestock; the production and processing of agricultural products; and related marketing, sales and other accessory uses. Agriculture also includes farm management businesses and ...

Agriculture Supporting Ranchers Impacted by Wildfires - Farm Bureau News
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:40:15 +0000   

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Agriculture Supporting Ranchers Impacted by Wildfires
Farm Bureau News
Clements: He says farmers and ranchers across the country have come together to support the ranching community in Texas. Hall: Agriculture in Texas and elsewhere across the nation is kind of a community, it's a bond, that we share with people that we ...

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Federal Budget Taps Agriculture to Drive Canada’s Economy
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:14:39 +0000   
The federal government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, revealed its latest budget, and agriculture and agri-food figures prominently in the 2017-18 fiscal plan. From new export targets and spending programs designed to “uncap the potential of the agriculture industry,” this budget commits $8.2 billion under the Skills and Innovation Plan with a goal of... Read more »
A Kid's View of Agriculture - Fremont Tribune
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:10:18 +0000   

A Kid's View of Agriculture
Fremont Tribune
The Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce's Agricultural Business and Natural Resources Council and Cleary Building Corporation asked children in kindergarten through third grade to demonstrate their visions of Nebraska agriculture by sponsoring a poster ...

Ethanol Powering CrappieMaster Boats
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:27:39 +0000   
This week I have had the opportunity to work with a team of Crappie Masters competitors to learn about their use and thoughts on putting E10 fuel in their boat. In fact, I’ll be talking with several teams at this evening’s tournament registration and meeting. When it comes to using ethanol blended fuel in your boat engine it is important ...
Trump's Agriculture secretary nominee pressed on proposed ag, rural program cuts - CNBC
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:38:45 +0000   


Trump's Agriculture secretary nominee pressed on proposed ag, rural program cuts
President Donald Trump's choice to become U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary was pressed Thursday at his Senate confirmation hearing about his support of the administration's planned 21 percent cut to the agency's fiscal 2018 discretionary ...
Sonny Perdue gets friendly reception during Agriculture secretary hearingUSA TODAY
Perdue vows to be chief salesman for US agriculture abroadThe Hill
Senators press Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue on Trump's proposed cuts to rural programsWashington Post -Huffington Post -NBC New York
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Panelist: 'Food, water and energy must all intersect in agriculture ... - Maui News
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:16:33 +0000   

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Panelist: 'Food, water and energy must all intersect in agriculture ...
Maui News
Jeffrey Pearson (left), deputy director of the state Commission on Water Resource Management, touches on food security, water and energy with Rick Volner, ...

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Vulnerable Senate Dem: Border tax concerning for agriculture | TheHill - The Hill
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:01:47 +0000   

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Vulnerable Senate Dem: Border tax concerning for agriculture | TheHill
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"I don't think the border-adjustment tax can pass the Senate," Sen. Heitkamp said.

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TechTour: More Than Photos — The Many Applications of the UAV
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:24:38 +0000   
Pretty field pictures and awesome harvest videos aside, drones, or UAVs, are proving their worth on the farm through field scouting and development of management zones for precision farming applications. But there are many that see drones as an overblown camera or a fun toy, not fully recognizing the present usefulness and future potential of the... Read more »
A Brief Overview of the Refreshed John Deere Strategy
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:51 +0000   

Over the years, Deere & Company has proactively studied changes in its major global markets to better understand and meet the needs of customers around the world. The company has recently refreshed its strategy to address these changes.
Here, we’ve provided a summary of the revised John Deere Strategy. You can also watch the video below to get [...]

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White House Working to Ease Agriculture Concerns about Trade Policy - KTIC
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:15:32 +0000   


White House Working to Ease Agriculture Concerns about Trade Policy
Ray Starling, special assistant to the president on agriculture, agricultural trade and food assistance, said the White House has been meeting with representatives of the industry over the past two weeks to discuss concerns over the U.S. withdrawal ...

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Pro Ag Insurance Group to Acquire International Ag
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:59:05 +0000   
Producers Ag Insurance Group, Inc. (ProAg), announced a purchase agreement had been signed to acquire crop managing general agent (MGA) International Ag Insurance Solutions, LLC (International Ag). The transaction, which is subject to a number of closing conditions including final approvals by certain International Ag members and regulatory authorities, is expected to close by April 3, 2017. “ProAg believes International ...
Duvall Addresses Agri-Pulse #FarmBillSummitt
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:55:17 +0000   
President of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Zippy Duvall addressed the participants of the Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit earlier this week. Using his best southern charm, Duvall addressed the issue of the upcoming farm bill, pointing out the different circumstances farmers and ranchers are in as the last bill was being written and the economic climate now. “The biggest problem with ...
Saskatchewan Budget Cuts Pasture Program, Changes Fuel Exemptions, Bumps PST
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:27:22 +0000   
Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan government rolled out its 2017-18 cost-cutting budget yesterday, and there’s something for everyone to pick on. Affecting all sectors, Wall is increasing the provincial sales tax (PST) from five to six per cent, and has re-written what goods and services are no longer PST-exempt. Specific for farmers, beginning April 1, 2017, fuel tax... Read more »
GROWMARK Proud to Support Ag Day
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:12:03 +0000   
GROWMARK and its FS member companies are proud to be one of the major sponsors of National Ag Day every year, according to corporate relations manager Amy Bradford who attended this year’s event. “This is one of the events that we support in a big way financially,” said Bradford. “It’s just important for us to support the farmers who are ...
RealAg Radio, March 22: Water Day, Regulated Rotations, CRISPR, and The Jolene Brown
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:15:19 +0000   
Water is a key component of beer, explains RealAg Radio occasional co-host Lyndsey Smith, and co-host Shaun Haney is pretty sure Chris Farley sketch comedy is hard-hitting news that matters to farmers. That’s where we start off with the March 22, 2017, edition of RealAg Radio, but we promise you, it gets better. From a... Read more »
Wary of Protectionism, US Agriculture Wages Charm Offensive to Save Mexican Exports - Foreign Policy
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:02:17 +0000   

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Wary of Protectionism, US Agriculture Wages Charm Offensive to Save Mexican Exports
Foreign Policy
Nominees for the top trade and agriculture posts have yet to be confirmed, leaving the job of salvaging a hard-won trade relationship to company officials and trade group representatives who know little more than Mexico does about what direction the ...
Agriculture Group Leaders Pleased COOL Part Of NAFTA PrioritiesWNAX

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Trump Administration Not Capable of Renegotiating NAFTA: David Frum
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:34:10 +0000   
Will Canadians see a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement any time soon? Don’t bet on it, says political commentator David Frum. Earlier this week, the editor of The Atlantic and former speech writer for George W. Bush, shared his thoughts on the Donald Trump presidency and possible NAFTA renegotiation at the Grain Farmers of Ontario... Read more »
Hogs in Nebraska Farm Grove 1902
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:30:00 +0000   
Axel Sherbeck farm near Westerville, Nebraska. 1902. Photographer: Solomon D. Butcher. Glass plate negative 6x8. Nebraska State Historical Society. Library of Congress. Every Thursday a carefully selected old agricultural photo is featured here on Big Picture Agriculture — lest we forget how things used to be.
Dairy farmers should rethink a cow's curfew, says UBC researchers
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(University of British Columbia) Dairy cows housed indoors want to break curfew and roam free, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia, published today in Scientific Reports.
Corals die as global warming collides with local weather in the South China Sea
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) In the South China Sea, a 2°C rise in the sea surface temperature in June 2015 was amplified to produce a 6°C rise on Dongsha Atoll, a shallow coral reef ecosystem, killing approximately 40 percent of the resident coral community within weeks, according to a study published in Scientific Reports this week.
MSU lands NIH grant to study connection between fish genes and human medicine
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(Michigan State University) Michigan State University has landed a $727,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve the use of fish as disease models for human medicine.
Wastewater cleaned thanks to a new adsorbent material made from fruit peels
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(University of Granada) Researchers from the University of Granada, and from the Center for Electrochemical Research and Technological Development and the Center of Engineering and Industrial Development, both in Mexico, have developed a process that allows to clean waters containing heavy metals and organic compounds considered pollutants, using a new adsorbent material made from the peels of fruits such as oranges and grapefruits.
Strong interaction between herbivores and plants
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(University of Cologne) A research project conducted at the University of Cologne's Zoological Institute reveals important findings on the interaction between nutrient availability and the diversity of consumer species in freshwater environments. A better understanding of this interaction will contribute to developing possibilities to maintain biodiversity in all kinds of ecosystems.
Climate change and an 'overlooked' nutrient: Silica
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(Boston University) Sugar maples may have far greater silica pumping power than expected, and also may be more profoundly affected by climate change as warmer winters damage their vulnerable roots.
SPICY: Discovery of new ginger species spices up African wildlife surveys
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(Wildlife Conservation Society) Scientists from WCS have discovered a new species of wild ginger, spicing up a wave of recent wildlife discoveries in the Kabobo Massif -- a rugged, mountainous region in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Immune study in chickens reveals key hurdle for Campylobacter vaccine effort
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(University of Liverpool) New University of Liverpool research reveals that the immune response of farmed chickens does not develop fast enough to fight off Campylobacter during their short lifespan. The findings have important implications in the challenge towards developing a poultry vaccine for the bug, which is the UK's leading cause of food poisoning.
Novel virus breaks barriers between incompatible fungi
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(PLOS) Scientists have identified a virus that can weaken the ability of a fungus to avoid pairing with other incompatible fungi, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens. By promoting fungal pairing, the virus could aid transmission of additional unrelated viruses between fungi.
A stem's 'sense of self' contributes to shape
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) It is well known that as plants grow, their stems and shoots respond to outside signals like light and gravity. But if plants all have similar stimuli, why are there so many different plant shapes? Using simple mathematical ideas, researchers from the Harvard SEAS constructed a framework that explains and quantifies the different shapes of plant stems.
Celebrate National Agriculture Week - Mason City Globe Gazette
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:12:50 +0000   

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Celebrate National Agriculture Week
Mason City Globe Gazette
National Agriculture Week, March 19-25, is a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of agriculture. Most Iowans know that thanks to our more than 88,000 Iowa family farms, Iowa leads the nation in the production of corn, soybeans, pork ...
President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 21, 2017, as National Agriculture (press release)
Volunteers take part in Agriculture Literacy
Agriculture is amazingHays Daily News (press release) (blog) (blog)
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Catching Up on GF2 Changes for Next Ontario Funding Intakes
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:22:44 +0000   
With government funding programs comes last minute changes and updates, but never fear, RealAgriculture and Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association regional program lead, Margaret May, have joined forces to bring you the latest updates to GF2 programming (That’s Growing Forward 2, for all of you who have been hiding under a rock). Of particular... Read more »
Making 'mulch' ado of ant hills
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:26:49 +0000   
Ants are hardworking and beneficial insects, research reveals. In the activities of their daily lives, ants help increase air, water flow, and organic matter in soil. The work done by ants even forms a type of mulch that helps hold water in the soil.
Wheat Pete’s Word, March 22: Episode 100 Tackles Snirt, Early Fertility Applications, Sulphur Forms and More
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:08:43 +0000   
Ladies and gentlemen, farmers and agronomists, we’ve hit triple digits! That’s right, this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word is number 100, and from all of us here at RealAgriculture thank you for following along and making this podcast a huge success in a short time. Host Peter Johnson has made the most of this... Read more »
Spark: Women in Agribusiness Podcast
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:59:57 +0000   
Cindy turns the tables on Sara Steever, Paulsen, in this week’s ZimmCast. Sara started a podcast last year called “Spark: Women in Agribusiness” and recently interviewed Cindy for it. You can listen to Sara’s podcast with Cindy here. So this week Cindy interviewed Sara during Ag Day activities in Washington, DC. Sara talks about why she started her podcast which ...
Agri-Women Advocate Ag Day Every Day
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:33:10 +0000   
National Ag Day is an important day, but American Agri-Women are challenging members of the industry to take it further– much further. “We join together on Ag Day, but I want to challenge you; what are you going to do tomorrow? and the next day? and the next day?” asks American Agri-Women president Doris Mold. “Are you going to be ...
The Enhanced Features of the John Deere 5R Series Tractors
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:00:18 +0000   

The John Deere 5R Series tractors were introduced to provide customers with easy-to-maneuver machinery for everyday tasks out in the field. They come with increased visibility, loader integration, and more operator comfort than previous models.

The John Deere 5R Series tractors can also be equipped with the 540R loader for enhanced versatility. Let’s look at the [...]

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$6 Million to Aid Farmers & Ranchers Hit by Wildfire
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:32:58 +0000   
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced that the USDA has designated $6 million in aid to help farmers and ranchers affected by recent wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. “I am pleased USDA has acted swiftly to aid producers recovering from the largest wildfire in state history,” said Roberts. “For ...
SMART Farms Take Stage at Ag Day
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:19:37 +0000   
This is the time of year things really get rolling in agriculture, making it a great time to celebrate National Ag Day. Yesterday the US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) made the most of that day with a panel discussion about SMART farms and how producers today are growing sustainable, nutritious food and how to communicate that to consumers. The ...
Salmon with side effects: Aquacultures are polluting Chile's rivers with a cocktail of dissolved organic substances
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:45:20 +0000   
Tasty, versatile, and rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids: salmon is one of the most popular edible fish of all. Shops sell fish caught in the wild, but their main produce is salmon from breeding farms which can pollute rivers, lakes and oceans. Just how big is the problem? Scientists are working to answer this question by examining the dissolved organic compounds which enter Chile’s rivers from salmon farms. They warn that these substances are placing huge strain on ecosystems and are changing entire biological communities.
Pollination mystery unlocked by bee researchers
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:45:14 +0000   
Bees latch on to similarly-sized nectarless flowers to unpick pollen – like keys fitting into locks, scientists have discovered.
The Path Forward for Remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership Signatories
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:33:11 +0000   
There’s a reluctance among the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) signatories to walk away from all the progress made with the deal, even though the United States has withdrawn its involvement with the deal. And while Claire Citeau, with the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, is disappointed with the TPP deal proper being hamstrung, she says last week’s meeting... Read more »
RealAg Radio, March 21: New Drone Rules and Hope for Huge, Once-Dead Trade Deals
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:21:24 +0000   
RealAg Radio co-host Shaun Haney is flying solo in hosting this edition of the radio show, and speaking of flying solo — does your use of a drone now fall into the commercial category? New regulations announced last week puts major restrictions on recreational use of UAVs. How do you get a commercial license? Occasional... Read more »
Huns and settlers may have cooperated on the frontier of Roman Empire
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(PLOS) Analysis of isotopes in bones and teeth from fifth-century cemeteries suggests that nomadic Huns and Pannonian settlers on the frontier of Roman Empire may have intermixed, according to a study published March 22, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Susanne Hakenbeck from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and colleagues.
Salmon with side effects
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ) Tasty, versatile, and rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids: salmon is one of the most popular edible fish of all. Shops sell fish caught in the wild, but their main produce is salmon from breeding farms which can pollute rivers, lakes and oceans. Just how big is the problem? German and Chilean scientists warning that dissolved organic compounds are placing huge strain on ecosystems and are changing entire biological communities.
A new species of hard coral from the World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, Australia
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(Pensoft Publishers) The discovery of a new species of hard coral, found on Lord Howe Island, suggests that the fauna of this isolated location in the Tasman Sea off south eastern Australia is even more distinct than previously recognised. Even though the World Heritage-listed site has been long known for its biodiversity, the new species, recently described in the open access journal ZooKeys, is the first coral known to live exclusively in the region.
Under the Dead Sea, warnings of dire drought
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(The Earth Institute at Columbia University) Nearly 1,000 feet below the bed of the Dead Sea, scientists have found evidence that during past warm periods, the Mideast has suffered drought on scales never recorded by humans -- a possible warning for current times. Thick layers of crystalline salt show that rainfall plummeted to as little as a fifth of modern levels some 120,000 years ago, and again about 10,000 years ago.
WPI team grows heart tissue on spinach leaves
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Researchers face a fundamental challenge as they seek to scale up human tissue regeneration from small lab samples to full-size tissues and organs: how to establish a vascular system that delivers blood deep into the developing tissue. Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Arkansas State University-Jonesboro have successfully turned to plants, culturing beating human heart cells on spinach leaves that were stripped of plant cells.
USDA awards $5 million for fellowships for research and extension experiences
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(National Institute of Food and Agriculture ) The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) NationalInstitute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced more than $5 million in grants for fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students at colleges and universities. These awards are made through NIFA's Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduate (REEU)Fellowships program, part of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's (AFRI) Education and Literacy Initiative.
Making 'mulch' ado of ant hills
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(American Society of Agronomy) Research undertaken by scientists in China reveals that ants are hardworking and beneficial insects. In the activities of their daily lives, ants help increase air, water flow, and organic matter in soil. The work done by ants even forms a type of mulch that helps hold water in the soil.
UTIA student fellows to tackle sustainable agriculture in the Rainforest
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture) Producing sustainable yields in harmony with conserving the rainforest: a win-win for the people of Belize and the world. As part of the highly competitive Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, faculty with the University of Tennessee Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the UTIA Office of International Programs will recruit 14 undergraduate Research and Extension Fellows over three years to explore agro-ecological farming.
Livestock grazing effects on sage-grouse
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(US Geological Survey) Effects of livestock grazing on greater sage-grouse populations can be positive or negative depending on the amount of grazing and when grazing occurs, according to research published today in Ecological Applications.
Lack of staffing, funds prevent marine protected areas from realizing full potential
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center) Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. Only 9 percent of MPAs reported having adequate staff.The findings are published in the journal Nature on March 22.
It's a fish eat tree world
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) An international team of scientists analyzed 147 northern lakes and found that many rely on nutrients from tree leaves, pine needles, and other land-grown plants to feed aquatic life. The study, published today in Science Advances, offers the most comprehensive analysis to-date on terrestrial subsidies to lake food webs.
'Lab-on-a-glove' could bring nerve-agent detection to a wearer's fingertips (video)
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(American Chemical Society) There's a reason why farmers wear protective gear when applying organophosphate pesticides. The substances are very effective at getting rid of unwanted bugs, but they can also make people sick. Related compounds -- organophosphate nerve agents -- can be used as deadly weapons. Now researchers have developed a fast way to detect the presence of such compounds in the field using a disposable 'lab-on-a-glove.' The report on the glove appears in the journal ACS Sensors.
Livestock can uproot protected wildlife from prime real estate
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:26:04 +0000   
The story of wildlife conservation is usually framed as man vs. treasured wildlife. But there's growing evidence that the narrative deserves to have leading roles for livestock such as sheep, yaks or cows. A group of researchers are building the case that allowing livestock to graze and forage amidst protected wildlife disrupts wildlife already struggling for survival -- and that different wildlife react to livestock invasions in different ways.
Equine Infertility Answers Could Help Humans
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:55:07 +0000   
When it comes to mating horses, there’s a lot at stake. Stud fees can soar into the tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars. And likewise, offspring from a particularly promising pairing can be extremely valuable. These animals could be the start of a new line, and lead to generations of prime performers. But... Read more »
How to Repair Your Gravel Driveway in 3 Steps
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:00:38 +0000   

Gravel driveways are relatively simple to install and add great country character to those properties that put them in place. However, no matter how hard you work to protect them, heavy storms and other natural events will likely leave you to deal with potholes, depletion, erosion, and more. Don’t let these drawbacks keep you from installing [...]

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Do You Need a Commercial License for that Drone?
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:35:15 +0000   
Recently, the federal government released “emergency” rules regarding recreational use of drones (UAVs), significantly restricting where and when drones could be used. Citing a 200% increase in commercial flight incidents with drones in just two years, the transport minister says the new rules begin immediately, with fines of up to $3,000 for violations. Commercial drone pilots already... Read more »
RealAg Radio, March 20: Corn Planter Prep, RR1 Beans, and the Most Canadian Intro of All Time
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:07:53 +0000   
If it’s March, it’s maple syrup season in Ontario, and on this first day of spring, RealAg Radio co-host Shaun Haney is joined by guest host Lyndsey Smith to talk not just syrup but also the end of the Tim Hortons Roll up the Rim contest (sad trombone). But wait, there’s more! Mondays are also... Read more »
Charting a Future Course for the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:46:55 +0000   
The Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA) has a long track record of providing leadership for the seed industry – from setting national standards for seed purity, to managing the seed certification process, and advocating for its seed-growing members. But the seed industry’s regulatory and certification programs are about to undergo some changes. Two years ago... Read more »
Tuesday Links +
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:30:00 +0000   
Returning From The Work ~ Konstantin Yuon ~ 1930 This Tuesday news thread is a weekly feature here at Big Picture Agriculture. The Middle East and North Africa risk becoming uninhabitable in a few decades, as accessible fresh water has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years, home to nearly 400 million inhabitants. | IPS Suicides In Rural America Increased More Than 40% In 16 Years
Scientists follow seeds to solve ecological puzzle
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(Washington University in St. Louis) A four-year study of one rare and one common lupine growing in coastal dunes showed that a native mouse steals most of the rare lupines seeds while they are still attached to the plant. The mouse is a 'subsidized species,' given cover for nocturnal forays by European beachgrass, originally planted to stabilize the dunes.
NIFA announces $11 million to support specialty crop pest management
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(National Institute of Food and Agriculture ) The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $11 million in available funding through the Minor Crop Pest Management Program (also known as Interregional Research Project or IR-4).
USDA announces $11 million to support antimicrobial resistance research
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000   
(National Institute of Food and Agriculture ) The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $11 million in available funding for projects that mitigate antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a growing public health issue that affects more than 2 million people annually. Funding is made through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
Previewing OnLink: John Deere and OnGolf’s Golf Course Management Software
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:00:13 +0000   

From selecting the correct nutrients to monitoring weather and maintaining a fleet of equipment, golf course superintendents have a lot to keep up with on a daily basis. With these challenges in mind, John Deere Golf recently partnered with OnGolf™ to develop OnLink, a cloud-based, automated-reporting golf course management software.

Let’s take a closer look at OnLink’s [...]

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New test detects early stage of wasting disease in cattle
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:51:23 +0000   
Researchers have identified a more sensitive test for detecting the early stages of paratuberculosis, a fatal disease that plagues dairy herds and causes an estimated annual loss of up to $250 million to the US dairy industry.
Farm and Food Photos March 19, 2017
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:30:00 +0000   
This roundup of global food, farming, and agricultural photos appears every Sunday on Big Picture Agriculture. Embed from Getty ImagesTrees blossom in an orchard of nectarine, peaches and apricot trees in the Drome valley near Valence, southeastern France, on March 17, 2017. As the orchards of the Drome valley are in bloom 15 days earlier than in the last year, the arboriculturists are in high
Craft Beer Infographic
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:30:00 +0000   
Happy St. Patrick's Day and here's hoping you have access to some craft green beer.
How improved valves let grasses 'breathe,' cope with climate change
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:16:58 +0000   
New work from a joint team of plant biologists and ecologists has uncovered the factor behind an important innovation that makes grasses -- both the kind that make up native prairies and the kind we've domesticated for crops -- among the most-common and widespread plants on the planet. Their findings may enable the production of plants that perform better in warmer and dryer climate conditions.
Grasses: The recipe for especially efficient stomata
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:10:38 +0000   
Scientists have identified a key element underlying the superior function of stomata -- or tiny, gas-exchanging pores -- in grasses, where stomata function more efficiently than they do in other plant types.
Securing the future of cattle production in Africa
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:04:48 +0000   
A world-first genetic study of cattle in Africa has revealed clues which could help secure the future of meat and dairy production on the continent. Scientists in England and East Africa carried out the study to help inform future breeding programs and stop indigenous cattle from dying out.
Customer Story: Building Fields for Our Future with John Deere
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:00:25 +0000   

The Fields & Futures Foundation is helping 15 middle schools and high schools in Oklahoma City rebuild 44 athletics fields that have fallen into disrepair. Cimarron Construction has been key in making this project happen with support from John Deere equipment dealers.

In the video below, you’ll learn about how Cimarron Construction put together a plan to rebuild [...]

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Outwitting climate change with a plant 'dimmer'?
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:28:47 +0000   
Plants possess molecular mechanisms that prevent them from blooming in winter. Once the cold of winter has passed, they are deactivated. However, if it is still too cold in spring, plants adapt their blooming behavior accordingly. Scientists have discovered genetic changes for this adaptive behavior. In light of the temperature changes resulting from climate change, this may come in useful for securing the production of food in the future.
1903 Riverdale, Nebraska Farm Photo
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:30:00 +0000   
Gotleb Scherhing farm, Riverdale, Nebraska. 1903. Photographer: Solomon D. Butcher. Glass plate negative 6x8. Nebraska State Historical Society. Every Thursday a carefully selected old agricultural photo is featured here on Big Picture Agriculture — lest we forget how things used to be.
Phosphate is vital for best crop yields, but global supply is limited, could peak in 30 years
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:23:27 +0000   
Scientists have pinpointed a key genetic switch that helps soil bacteria living on and inside a plant's roots harvest a vital nutrient with limited global supply. The nutrient, phosphate, makes it to the plant's roots, helping the plant increase its yield.
Flower-rich habitats increase survival of bumblebee families
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:38:26 +0000   
New research has revealed for the first time that flower-rich habitats are key to enhancing the survival of bumblebee families between years. The results, which come from the largest ever study of its kind on wild bumblebee populations, will help farmers and policy makers manage the countryside more effectively to provide for these vital but declining pollinators.
Wildly stronger sunflowers
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:07:16 +0000   
Annually, diseases, weeds, and insects are estimated to cause more than $1.3 billion in losses for sunflower growers. To combat this, researchers are preserving the genetic diversity of wild sunflowers. Wild plants retain the genes needed to resist pests and survive in different environments.
John Deere 1725C Planter Overview and Key Features
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:00:07 +0000   

The John Deere 1725C planter delivers a wide variety of benefits to its operators. This machine has dual electric motors, a BrushBelt™ delivery system, and a 10mph planting speed for the utmost efficiency. It was also designed with maneuverability in mind, making tasks easier in narrow fields.

Let’s take a look at the key features of [...]

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Overuse of antibiotics brings risks for bees, and for us
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:09:33 +0000   
Honeybees treated with a common antibiotic were half as likely to survive the week after treatment compared with a group of untreated bees, a finding that may have health implications for bees and people alike.
Flies and bees act like plant cultivators
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:07:12 +0000   
Pollinator insects accelerate plant evolution, but a plant changes in different ways depending on the pollinator. After only nine generations, the same plant is larger and more fragrant if pollinated by bumblebees rather than flies, as a study reveals.
What makes farmers try new practices?
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:54:42 +0000   
Change is never easy. But when it comes to adopting new agricultural practices, some farmers are easier to convince than others. A group of researchers wanted to know which farmers are most likely to adopt multifunctional perennial cropping systems -- trees, shrubs, or grasses that simultaneously benefit the environment and generate high-value products that can be harvested for a profit.
At mealtime, honey bees prefer country blossoms to city blooms
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:12:21 +0000   
Hungry honey bees appear to favor flowers in agricultural areas over those in neighboring urban areas. The discovery has implications for urban beekeepers and challenges assumptions that farmland and honey bees are incompatible, said authors of a new study.
An Up-Close Look at the John Deere C850: The Largest Air Cart Yet
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:00:08 +0000   

Small-grain producers are always trying to cover more acres per day. Thanks to the recent introduction of the company’s largest air cart to date, John Deere is aiming to allow producers to do just that with the C850.

Producers understand when it comes to seeding with an air cart, it’s about more than just capacity. Success is [...]

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Tuesday Links +
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:30:00 +0000   
Jose Malhoa ~ 1898 ~ The Bakers, A Market in Figueiró This Tuesday news thread is a weekly feature here at Big Picture Agriculture. The Company Making Egg Whites Without Hens | Medium UN experts denounce 'myth' pesticides are necessary to feed the world | The Guardian Million-dollar farms accounted for over half of production in 2015 | USDA (chart) As grasslands shrink, a rural war
John Deere Golf Shirt Options for Him and Her
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:00:27 +0000   

As the weather begins to warm across the country, tee times will begin filling up and golfers will start spending their days out on the course. There’s a phrase in golf that states, “look good, feel good, play good,” meaning you will likely play better if you feel like you’re dressed sharply.

With this phrase in [...]

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Increased water availability from climate change may release more nutrients into soil in Antarctica
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:58:44 +0000   
As climate change continues to impact the Antarctic, glacier melt and permafrost thaw are likely to make more liquid water available to soil and aquatic ecosystems in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, potentially providing a more nutrient-rich environment for life, according to a new study.
Global Food and Agriculture Photos March 12, 2017
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 03:51:00 +0000   
This roundup of global food, farming, and agricultural photos appears every Sunday on Big Picture Agriculture. Embed from Getty ImagesWomen farm labourers work at a strawberry field on the country side of Kenitra province of Morocco as the world marks the International Women's Day on March 8, 2017. Photo credit: Anadolu Agency / Getty Images.Embed from Getty ImagesIn this picture taken on
A Staten Island Urban Farmer
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:52:15 +0000   
A 26-year-old farmer grows 50 types of produce in the courtyard of a new rental complex.
Organic is only one ingredient in recipe for sustainable food future
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:23:37 +0000   
Many people choose organic thinking it's better for humans and the planet, but a new study finds that might not always be the case.
This small molecule could have a big future in global food security
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:23:29 +0000   
Researchers have used RNA molecules to prevent a corn-infecting fungus from producing a potent toxin. The approach could save millions of tons of crops each year from contamination with aflatoxin, a major threat to health and food security especially in developing parts of the world, they say.
Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:17:19 +0000   
Growing sustainable energy crops without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, may be possible on seasonally wet, environmentally sensitive landscapes, according to researchers.
Plants at the pump
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:21:45 +0000   
Regular, unleaded or algae? That's a choice drivers could make at the pump one day. But for algal biofuels to compete with petroleum, farming algae has to become less expensive. Toward that goal, a research team is testing strains of algae for resistance to a host of predators and diseases, and learning to detect when an algae pond is about to crash.
Bones, teeth reveal the harsh conditions endured by the ancestors of indigenous Finnish cattle and sheep breeds, particularly in the Middle Ages
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:19:46 +0000   
The most extensive isotope analysis of archaeological material in Finland revealed a fragment of the history of ancient Finnish cattle: the bones and teeth showed which plants the animals fed on. For thousands of years, the ancestors of today’s Finncattle and Finnsheep survived on scarce nutrition, but actually starved in the Middle Ages in particular.
Aquaculture's Rapid Growth
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 07:30:00 +0000   

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