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Justin Zahradka, a young farmer from Lawton, North Dakota, has always wanted to farm and raise cattle for as long as he can remember. Editor, Lorrie Boyer talks with Justin to hear his advice on beginning a farm operation in North Dakota. Subscribe to the Successful Farming Podcast: Apple Podcasts Spotify Sticher

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Tesla has now sold more than 3 million cars worldwide. There is no doubt that automotive manufacturers are shifting research and development dollars toward making more electric vehicles (EVs) to capture some of Tesla’s growing market dominance in this space. If you, like me, love cars, trucks, and other motorized vehicles, it’s interesting to wonder what changes Tesla’s disruption will have on agriculture. At a recent speaking engagement to a group of foreign ag leaders, I was asked to speculate about how Tesla might impact US.. agriculture. Here is my list. More all-electric powertrains Very early on in the company’s…

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The corn harvest pressed forward in the final full week of September 2023, week ending Sept. 30, in the U.S. Corn Belt. Warm, and even a bit of hot, summer-like heat towards the end of the week, kept any threat of frost or freeze at bay. This was the second-warmest final week of September in 30-plus years for the Corn Belt as a whole, according to data from WeatherTrends360.  For the Corn Belt, this was the 13th wettest final week of September in 30-plus years. Over an inch of rain fell across portions of the Upper Midwest and the southern…

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Over 1,000 United Auto Workers (UAW) members at CNH Industrial are on strike for improved standard of living, retirement benefits, and a better work environment, according to a press release from the UAW. UAW members at locations in Racine, Wisconsin, and Burlington, Iowa, struck at 12 p.m. on May 2, claiming that CNH failed to present an agreement that met member demands and needs. This strike comes after CNH Industrial reported a $1.8 billion profit for the year of 2021. “CNH Industrial is disappointed that the parties were unable to reach an agreement and that the UAW has decided to…

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About 70% of Texas pasture is in poor condition, according to USDA, but cattle producers are hanging in through the dry conditions with optimism that moisture will return.  “Cattle producers have been hit hard due to the ongoing drought, but things are hopefully looking up for the future,” said Steve Estes, the AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Taylor County.  On Monday, Aug.21, the USDA reported the Texas pasture condition as 39% very poor, 31% poor, 18% fair, 11% good, and 1% excellent.  A wet spring meant that most cattle producers were able to cut hay to replenish…

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Corn harvest progress continues to slow down for the top corn growing states closest to wrapping up harvest. For the week ending Oct. 30, the USDA Crop Progress report shows that corn harvest, while ahead of the five-year average nationwide, has slowed dramatically for the states closest to completing harvest. North Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee continue to lead the nation in corn harvest progress, each with over 90% of their respective crop harvested. Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin are the states with the least amount of corn harvested for the 2023 season. North Carolina corn harvest progress The report shows 97%…

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Now an infant industry, carbon capture will play a significant role in achieving President Biden’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, said administration officials on Thursday. Senators from coal and gas states said the administration, after including incentives in the 2022 climate law, should unleash carbon capture projects. There were 169 pending applications for permits to inject carbon dioxide underground, “and not one approval has been made by the Biden administration,” said Senate Energy Committee chair Joe Manchin of West Virginia. “The clock is ticking to deploy this technology and build out the infrastructure to do so.” Manchin…

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AGDAILY Reporters · October 30, 2023 Utah’s pork industry is a significant player in the agriculture industry, but pigskins are also a big deal when it comes to Utah State University.  During the Utah Utes’ game day on Oct. 28, ESPN got the scoop on quarterback Bryson Barnes. In the feel-good type of story that ties football fans back to agriculture, and visa versa, we learn that Barnes grew up in Milford and spent much of his childhood helping his mom clean and care for pigs.  “I always had a ‘the work needs to get done’ mentality with the pigs,”…

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Blaming agriculture for a big hunk of greenhouse gasses (GHG) is gaining steam by celebrities and in the mainstream media. Recently, I quoted John Kerry’s accusations. And CNBC, while reporting on Bill Gates podcast Unconfuse Me, quotes Gates, “Of all the climate areas, the one that people are probably least aware of is, all the fertilizer and cows, and that’s a challenge.” That report goes on to say that, globally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency blames agriculture, forestry, and other land uses for 22 percent of GHGs, with most of that coming from the cultivation of crops and livestock. Ignored…

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Stories by Kyle Hampel and Dene Dryden Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, four FFA members are honored with American Star Awards for outstanding accomplishments in FFA and agricultural education. The American Star Awards, including American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement, and American Star in Agriscience, are presented to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through supervised agricultural experiences. Here are the 2023 winners:  Oklahoma’s Whitney Glazier: 2023 Star in Agricultural Placement Whitney Glazier is big on farming despite her small stature. “I am not a very big…

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