About By Allison Floyd

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  • Maps Show Impact of EPA Rule on Farms

    Features, August 29, 2014

    A picture is worth a thousand words. And soon, farmers will get a picture of just how much a new federal rule would impact waterways in their states. Dozens of farming groups have opposed the Waters of the U.S. Rule, which would define which streams and ditches fall under the regulation of the Clean Water Act.

  • Project Could Give Women Farm Owners a Voice

    Features, August 28, 2014

    Nearly half of Iowa farms are owned – or at least co-owned – by women. Experts don’t really know how many farms in other states are owned by women. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census focuses on operations and doesn’t capture info about the person who owns the land, if another person leases and operates the farm.

  • Farmer Profile: Extension Work a Calling from God to Help Farmers

    Farmer Profiles, August 25, 2014

    Rome Ethredge has a piece of paper somewhere that says he graduated high school in Lincoln, Nebraska. He’s never been to Nebraska, but as an agronomist, might like to go one day. The diploma he earned through correspondence lessons is just one of the details of a life that took a South Georgia farm boy to France and then Togo, Africa, only to bring him back to the same type of South Georgia farming community he loved as a boy.

  • Farmer Profile: Extension Work a Calling from God to Help Farmers

    Features, August 25, 2014

    Rome Ethredge has a piece of paper somewhere that says he graduated high school in Lincoln, Nebraska. He’s never been to Nebraska, but as an agronomist, might like to go one day. The diploma he earned through correspondence lessons is just one of the details of a life that took a South Georgia farm boy to France and then Togo, Africa, only to bring him back to the same type of South Georgia farming community he loved as a boy.

  • Farms Across U.S. Win Funds for New Products

    Features, August 22, 2014

    Titan Farms, the largest peach operation on the East Coast, throws away 14 million pounds of fruit a year. Most of the peaches are edible, just not as perfect as fresh-market consumers demand. That waste equates to 275 tractor-trailer loads of peaches that go into the trash.

  • Old Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Wet Sunshine State

    Features, August 21, 2014

    Much of the country will face drier than normal weather in 2015, while drought in California will continue and parched ground will cost farmers yield in the Midwest, according to the prognosticators at the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which went on sale on Wednesday. On the other hand, Florida could face a wetter-than-normal winter.

  • AgView Helping Farmers Get Feet Wet with Remote Irrigation

    Features, August 20, 2014

    By and large, farmers are a conservative bunch. Most of them like to watch how new technology works for a few years before they make a leap. Still, most producers are all about efficiency and will adopt just about any practice that makes for a better yield and saves cost.

  • Tailgating Season Ahead for Ag College Alums

    Features, August 19, 2014

    If you needed another reason to get excited about the start of football season, the Clemson College of Agriculture is planning for the annual ag school tailgate at the Clemson-North Carolina State game on Oct. 4.

  • Project Aims to Give Ag School Grads the Skills in Demand

    Features, August 18, 2014

    Several years ago, when seniors filed into agribusiness professor Aaron Johnson on the first day of spring semester, a couple of them already would know where they would go to work. Now, nearly all of those seniors have a job lined up after graduation, and businesses are recruiting students a full year before they finish classes.

  • Beef Program Brings Moms to the Farm

    Features, August 15, 2014

    The Beef Check-off Program has been reminding moms for more than 20 years that beef is what’s for dinner. But to make sure that message connect with all moms – including busy millennials – the national organization that promotes beef is getting women across the country out onto the farm to see how that dinner can be the easiest, most nutritional option for their families.

  • Farmers Could Take 25% Hit with 2014 Crop, Expert Says

    Features, August 13, 2014

    Farmers who grow row crops could see their incomes drop 25 to 30 percent this year as major commodities like corn, soybeans and cotton all turn in bumper crops under low prices, an agricultural economist said Tuesday.

  • Farmers Struggle with Bt Resistance South of the Border

    Features, August 12, 2014

    A group of South American farmers are complaining that Bt corn no longer is resistant to the pests that feed on their crops, and they want big agri-companies to pay for the pesticides they’ve had to use.

  • Cotton Below 60 Cents? Tuesday Report May Decide

    Features, August 11, 2014

    Cotton farmers should get an idea Tuesday whether cotton prices will remain near a five-year low or rally before the end of the growing season. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates are due out Aug. 12, and could deal another blow to cotton prices if the report shows a larger-than-expected crop size.

  • Right to Farm Passes in Missouri – Barely

    News, August 07, 2014

  • Muck Boots in Trouble over HSUS Support on Facebook

    Features, August 06, 2014

    Muck Boots really stepped in it. The 15-year-old line of outdoor footwear is popular with outdoorsy types, but really infuriated farmers – many of them cattlemen – this week when two photos surfaced of company employees raising money for the Humane Society of the United States.

  • AIMTRAC Opens 5th Location to Serve Customers

    News, August 05, 2014

  • Farmers’ Expenditures Up in 2013

    Features, August 05, 2014

    Farmers’ cost of doing business rose 2.3 percent last year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The biggest blow to the wallet came in cash rents, particularly in the Midwest. Altogether U.S. farmers spent $367.3 billion on production in 2013, 2.3 percent more than in 2012, according to the Farm Production Expenditures report, published Friday by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

  • Farmer Profile: Crump Keeps Citrus Roots, But Expands into Vegetables, Too

    Farmer Profiles, August 04, 2014

    Steve Crump doesn’t think of himself as the kind of farmer who takes risks, even if the University of Florida Cooperative Extension picked him as one of three small-farm innovators in 2014. “I don’t consider myself to be very innovative. I usually let someone else be the first to try something new. If it works for them, then Buddy, I will copy it; I will steal that idea,” he jokes.

  • Farmer Profile: Crump Keeps Citrus Roots, But Expands into Vegetables, Too

    Features, August 04, 2014

    Steve Crump doesn’t think of himself as the kind of farmer who takes risks, even if the University of Florida Cooperative Extension picked him as one of three small-farm innovators in 2014. “I don’t consider myself to be very innovative. I usually let someone else be the first to try something new. If it works for them, then Buddy, I will copy it; I will steal that idea,” he jokes.

  • 30 Years Later, RAFI Still Focused on Farm Aid

    Features, July 31, 2014

    When the first Farm Aid benefit concert was held in Champaign, Ill., in 1985, the whole country seemed focused on a crisis affecting the American farmer. Bank foreclosures had skyrocketed and corporations were snatching up family farms as fast as they went up for auction.

  • Farming Peterson Bros. to Perform at Sunbelt

    Features, July 29, 2014

    The Peterson Farm Brothers are pretty busy these days. With oldest brother Greg helping run the family farm and younger brothers Nathan and Kendal in college, you’d think there wouldn’t be much time left for making music videos.

  • Indoor Farms Finding a Place in Ag

    Features, July 24, 2014

    Entrepreneurs have been tinkering with the idea of growing crops indoors for decades. And the world’s largest indoor farm – which opened in Japan this month under new LED lights created by GE – might inspire another generation of producers.

  • Price of Food Flat, Except for Meat

    Features, July 23, 2014

    New data released by the federal government on Tuesday showed that beef hit another all-time high in June, while most families’ overall grocery bill is holding steady. A shrinking cattle herd and unrelated pig virus have pushed meat prices to all-time highs.

  • Right to Farm Wins in Indiana

    Features, July 22, 2014

    The Right to Farm stood up in court last week when an Indiana judge tossed out four lawsuits against farmers, finding that the state’s law protects them from neighbors’ complaints.

  • Women in Ag: Necessity Pushes Farm Wife into Business

    Farmer Profiles, July 21, 2014

    As a girl, Amy Robinette didn’t dream of a career in agriculture. Her father gave up row-cropping during the tobacco buy-out, and Amy went off to college to become an English teacher. At North Carolina State University, she met and fell for boy who planned to raise cattle. A few years later, their family was raising a fairly large herd and struggling to find processors to handle their beef.

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