Did you miss some agricultural news this week? We’ve got you covered. Check out these top headlines in agriculture from around the country.
Gear up for the 2022 Farm Progress Show
The Farm Progress Show is set to take place in Boone, Iowa next week – Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. With hundreds of exhibitors, there’s no better place to engage with the latest farm products and the specialists who developed, tested and designed them! Catch up on all things #FPS22 and get a sneak peak of some show highlights with these stories:
- Looking for seat time behind wheel? – Check out the Ride ’n’ Drive area at the show!
- Weed seed destructor, other control methods showcased – Battling weeds? Check out the latest research.
- Maximize your smartphone at the show – Find exhibitors and plan your visit with ease.
- An A-to-Z look at the 2022 Farm Progress Show – All you need to know before heading to the show.
- Country music star Lee Brice returns to Farm Progress Show for 2022
USDA’s new plan for farmer debt relief
This week Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack shared a video message with farmers saying the USDA is working on a plan to assist distressed farmers and those who have experienced discrimination in USDA lending programs. The agency also announced $550 million to support projects that enable underserved producers to access land, capital, and markets, and train the next, diverse generation of agricultural professionals. – Farm Progress
Fertilizer prices trend lower
After two years of rising input prices, an index of Illinois retail production cost averages from June 2 to Aug. 11 dropped nearly 16%. The current price drop is a sign that fertilizer producers are responding to the economic incentive of higher prices and increasing production. However, energy costs – specifically natural gas – will remain a significant factor impacting fertilizer production and pricing through year-end. Get the full fertilizer outlook from Jacqueline Holland. – Farm Futures
Ag groups can intervene in gray wolf lawsuit
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will allow a coalition including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Public Lands Council, American Sheep Industry Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation to defend the delisting of the gray wolf. Since being listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1974, the gray wolf population has seen tremendous recovery, exceeding recovery goals by 300%. – Farm Progress
Carbon sequestration research
A new five-year, $15 million project at The Ohio State University will measure how much organic and inorganic carbon gets sequestered in the soil under different farming practices in key regions across the western hemisphere. Carbon sequestration through farming is an important tool in the battle against climate change, says Ohio State President Kristina Johnson. – Ohio State
Vietnam suspends ASF vaccine
Vietnam temporarily suspended the use of its African swine fever vaccine after dozens of pigs inoculated with the shots died this month. The country’s agriculture ministry has set up a working group to investigate the deaths. The pigs were among around 600 pigs at several farms that have received the ASF vaccine. – Reuters
Golden Harvest launches GHX Mobile
Golden Harvest’s GHX Mobile is an online tool and app that allows farmers to access field scouting recommendations, yield tracking and predictions, weather and markets in one place. The new mobile app can be used to manage all fields in an operation – regardless of the seed brand planted in each field. GHX Mobile is currently available for farmers using iOS (Apple) devices and is being piloted in Iowa and Illinois.