Learn more about the agricultural commodities grown and produced in ag states not typically associated with farming.
Agriculture is a major U.S. industry that has a strong global impact, with 2.1 million farms across rural America and $140.5 billion worth of American agricultural products exported around the globe in 2017. Despite the industry’s broad impact, many states aren’t commonly thought of as “ag states” – particularly those with extreme weather conditions and/or several large, densely populated metropolitan areas.Read More
Discover the latest updates in the U.S.-Chinese trade dispute
And learn how to best plan for the uncertain future of the American farm economy.
Farmers across America are hard at work in their fields, but as the trade battle between the U.S. and China continues, it’s uncertain whether or not the Chinese will be purchasing our goods come harvest time.Read More
Explore the offerings of the 2018 Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s annual cattle convention.
June is cattle convention time in Florida; and it’s a time to explore topics important to the cattle industry in Florida, delegate, network, and have a good time. Slated for June 19th to the 21st at the Omni Championsgate Resort in Orlando, the 2018 Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Convention promises a lot of information and a great deal of fun for cattle producers from all over the state. See a sneak peak of the convention’s activities and festivities, below.Read More
Technology has always helped agriculture to improve and succeed; RFID and cattle are a case in point.
The need to track cattle has been a requirement for beef cattle ranchers and dairy farmers alike for as long as there has been livestock to count, and new technology is making it easier than ever. Agritechnology concerning RFID and cattle is advancing in leaps and bounds, meaning an RFID—Radio-frequency identification—can do such more than simply identify the cattle in your herd. Explore the latest updates in livestock management using RFID tech for cattle below.Read More
Learn about grass-fed beef benefits as well as why some consumers may prefer grain-fed beef.
Have you ever wondered about the differences between grass-fed beef and grain-fed beef (or beef from a conventionally raised cow) – aside from the price difference in the grocery store? If so, you’re in luck. We’re examining the grass-fed beef pros and cons along with the market for grass-fed beef and the potential health benefits grass-fed beef products may offer. Read More
Read how the importance of women in ag is one of the many vital lessons agriculture can teach us.
Everywhere you look in agriculture, there are stories of the strength of our country’s family farming traditions. In my most recent column in Central Florida Ag News, I shared lessons that my own family ranch has taught me, and one of them was that women are an important part of the agriculture equation. Whether it’s a story of two daughters continuing their late father’s legacy on the family ranch or the lessons learned on a five-generation cattle and citrus operation, the family farm has always benefited from women in ag. With 97 percent of the nation’s farms falling under the “family farm” designation, women’s leadership roles in agriculture will only increase going forward.Read More
See the changes in dairy industry margin protection offered by the USDA’s Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy)
Especially with the re-enrollment deadline of June 1st fast approaching.
The dairy industry is an important one in the U.S., but it’s also one that is constantly stuck between low dairy prices and high feed prices. At times, the state of these two conditions means a dairy operation isn’t able to make a profit. In order to ensure a strong dairy industry, the USDA started the MPP-Dairy to offer the country’s dairy industry margin protection. Some significant changes have been made recently to the program that dairy operators should be aware of. See the details of those changes below.Read More