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Trump to pardon two Minnesota turkeys for Thanksgiving

· November 17, 2017

On Tuesday two Minnesota turkeys will receive a special pardon from President Donald J. Trump  — they will be getting a “Gobblers Rest” from this year’s Thanksgiving holiday. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, where the President reflects on our Nation’s rich Thanksgiving traditions and wishes American families a […]

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Red & green combine to help son harvest dad’s last crop

· November 17, 2017

After this young Grand Island, Nebraska, farmer lost his father, his neighbors wanted to let him know he wasn’t alone this harvest. This week around 50 farmers showed up from as far away as 20 miles, driving both red and green machines, to help Jason Rauert bring in his dad’s last 400 acres of corn.

House passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act gets cheers from ag

· November 17, 2017

The U.S. House approval of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a step in the right direction, according to several agricultural groups and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Perdue hailed the House of Representatives’ passage of historic tax cuts and reforms as an important step toward providing much-needed relief to Americans, creating jobs, […]

Monsanto making great strides in being carbon neutral by 2021

· November 17, 2017

Back in December 2015, Monsanto made a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2021, and after making several operational improvements and utilizing climate-smart modern agriculture tools and practices, the company has already got a good jump start at it. For example, Monsanto has already reduced its carbon footprint by more than 200,000 metric tons — […]

2017 U.S. ag exports hit third-highest on record

· November 17, 2017

U.S. agricultural exports totaled $140.5 billion in fiscal year 2017, climbing nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year to the third-highest level on record. As it has done for well over 50 years, the U.S. agricultural sector once again posted an annual trade surplus, which reached $21.3 billion, up almost 30 percent from last year’s […]

Missouri DOT to use corn to treat roads this winter

· November 17, 2017

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) is gearing up for winter and treating icy roadways with a new product that contains corn. “We added another road treatment option to our winter operations,” says MODOT St. Louis Maintenance Engineer, Mark Croarkin. “The corn-based portion of the product is a carrier for Magnesium Chloride. There are similar […]

Montana wind developer dies after tractor tips off trailer

· November 16, 2017

A Montana farmer and wind developer was killed over the weekend after the tractor he was trying to load onto a trailer tipped over and crushed him. Martin Wilde, 61, was attempting to load an open-cab tractor with a farm implement attached onto a flatbed, when the tractor tipped off and landed on him, causing […]

Ag not only produces 3 square meals, but 1 in 4 U.S. jobs

· November 16, 2017

While most U.S. consumers are a generation or two removed from the family farm, the food and agriculture industry continues to play a critical role in not only feeding our nation, but also our economy. A nationwide economic impact study released today found that more than one-fifth (or 20.4%) of the nation’s economy is linked, […]

Teen creates Apple Watch app to prevent farm workers deaths

· November 16, 2017

After her great-grandmother died because of conditions in the field, a California teen is fighting to reduce the high numbers of heat illness and deaths among farm workers in her beloved Central Valley through an Apple Watch app. Faith Florez, a 17-year old senior in high school and the granddaughter of farm workers, created the […]

Thanksgiving Day dinner 75 cents cheaper than last year

· November 16, 2017

U.S. consumers are spending less on “the feast of the year” this year. The average cost of the 2017 Thanksgiving Day dinner for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.87, according to The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey. The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – […]

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