Attorney: Farm succession plans a giant puzzle
"Nobody remembers how much taxes you saved; all they remember is the family."
Developer of non-GMO corn hopes he has market in the bag
“My tendency is to go the opposite direction of what everyone else is doing."
Back Roads: Dutch treat
Make everything from scratch + Use high quality ingredients = Satisfied customers that keep coming back.
Salfer to dairy farmers: Expect an ‘average’ 2015
“It might not feel like an average year after coming off such a really good year as 2014.”
Waterbeds offer comfort, longevity to dairy cows
Waterbeds are coming back — not for people, for cows.
With the final 2014-15 crop report and Grain Stocks as of Dec. 1 report behind us, the market’s focus will be South American weather, rate of …
- Updated: January 23
Mielke Market Weekly: Margin Protection Program sign-up at 50-plus percent
“Enrollment far exceeded our expectations in the first year."
Mielke Market Weekly: Global prices, 2014 exports up
There was more hope for a turnaround in the international dairy market this week as the Global Dairy Trade auction started 2015 on an up note.
Farm Programs: Cash flow planning in farm program
Many farm operators, ag lenders and farm business managers are now in the process of cash flow planning for the 2015 crop year.
Grain Outlook: Money flow a market factor
Speculators have begun 2015 with their biggest net short futures and options position for this time of year in over 10 years.
Livestock Angles: Cattle skyrocket to open 2015
The struggle of supply versus demand is still an important factor in weeks ahead.
Table Talk: Farm wife promises for new year
Beauty is fleeting — and the weather and markets often make sure that happens.
In the Garden: Conifers decorate winter, add structure to landscape
Conifers seem to try to outdo one another in their splendor.
Cookbook Corner: Rustle up some grub from ‘The Cowgirl’s Cookbook’
Real cowgirls had to rustle up the grub and scrub pots, too.
The Back Porch: Stories of human resiliency offer inspiration for change
"Whether it’s rainy or sunny, stormy or calm, resilient people see the upside to their present position.”
The Bookworm Sez: Historians, cooks alike will devour ‘The American Plate’
Historians and cooks will obviously love this book, but I think it’s also very appropriate for anyone who likes to eat.
The cows, the hired men, the plumbing, the shivering calves, the machinery — everyone and everything — moved slower or not at all when tempera…
- Updated: January 23
Land Minds: Grain games leading to litigation
Corn markets continue to languish. Why? We’ve just got too much corn on our hands.
Farm & Food File: Farm matriarchs were original foodies
We didn’t know it back then but everyone on the big southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth was a foodie.
Letter: Young farmer forced to defend career against ‘city slickers’
Due to the lifestyle that farming brings to the individual who chooses farming as a career, farmers are a dying breed.
Commentary: Small family farms are state’s ‘real ag’
We must measure success not on how many cows or hogs we have in rural Minnesota, but how many farmers we have raising cows and hogs.
Letter: Social Security recipients not socialists
By including Social Security payments as one of the socialist projects bringing our great nation to its arthritic knees, Hagen and Wilson just smoke me.
Latest Nuts & Bolts
National Farmers announces key policy positions at annual meeting in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 23, 2015)—National Farmers members stated their position on several key policy issues at their annual ag business conference in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday.
National Farmers president reviews market access, trade and rural issues
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 23, 2015)— During his remarks to members in Nashville, Tenn. Thursday night, National Farmers President Paul Olson, Taylor, Wis., expressed his concern about falling dairy prices, along with grain price levels that, for some crops, are lower than what it costs farmers to grow them.
Drones for ag featured at National Farmers Ag Business Conference
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 23, 2015)—What’s a smart farmer to do when someone comes to him and tells him he needs a drone if he wants to step up his grain game the way he wants? Aaron Sheller buys one; then he teams up with other smart aggies and starts building them.
Tom and Anita Wall from Johnson County named Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award Winners
Award presented at the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines
USDA wants data from Minnesota farmers, landowners
USDA TO GAUGE FARMLAND OWNERSHIP AND FARM ECONOMICS