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Friday, December 11, 2020
Source: Ag Web; December 9, 2020
Farm Journal Washington correspondent Jim Wiesemeyer says if the news is made official, it won’t be the first time an Agriculture Secretary has served under more than one Administration. Jim Wilson served as Ag Secretary from 1897 to 1913 and did so under three Administrations. However, Wiesemeyer says Vilsack will make history in another way. Read More…
Source: SciTechDaily; December 9, 2020
University of Guelph researchers have discovered honeybees in Vietnam collect and apply spots of animal dung around hive entrances to deter deadly nest raids by an Asian hornet (Vespa soror) whose North American cousins have been dubbed “murder hornets.” Read More…
Source: Successful Farming; December 7, 2020
The benefits of cover crops for soil health and crop rotation are well known. The short-term financial impact of a cover crop is less clear, however. No-till farmer Josh Roe set out to measure the possible economic gain from harvesting cover crops by grazing and haying. Read More…
Source: Reuters; December 7, 2020
Behind the walls of a hulking industrial compound in rural China, top pig producer Muyuan Foods is trying to raise more hogs on a single site than any company in the world - a risky investment with deadly African swine fever lingering. Read More…
Source: Bloomberg; December 6, 2020
Farmers, hedge funds and municipalities alike are now able to hedge against -- or bet on -- future water availability in California, the biggest U.S. agriculture market and world’s fifth-largest economy. CME Group Inc.’s January 2021 contract, linked to California’s $1.1 billion spot water market, last traded Monday at 496 index points, equal to $496 per acre-foot. Read More…
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Recorded, December 8, 2020; 3:00PM ET
Top soil, along with sunlight and water, is fundamental to agriculture. But, the United States Department of Agriculture estimates that we lose an average of 2.7 tons of top soil per acre to water erosion and 2.1 tons to wind erosion every year. How does this steady loss of valuable top soil change the way we look at farmland investments? Join us as our panelists discuss how we got here and how we deal with the issues facing us today.
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