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By Rachel Mipro TOPEKA — Kansas State University researchers have been given millions in funding to study ways to increase crop yields as national reports warn of worsening agricultural conditions in the Midwest.  Kansas State University researchers will collaborate with other U.S. Corn Belt universities on research meant to bolster understanding of how agricultural practice impacts local environmental conditions. K-State researchers Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, professor of soil fertility and nutrient management, and Brian Olson, professor and head of Western Kansas Research-Extension Centers, are heading the study alongside Sotirios Archontoulis, professor of Integrated Cropping Systems Lab at Iowa State University. “The…

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On the heels of the recent farm bill extension, 112 organizations have come together to work on issues spanning hunger and food access, farming, workers’ issues, rural communities, and the environment.  A mash-up of unlikely bedfellows though helmed by environmental organizations, organic proponents, and anti-large-farm groups called on Congress to craft a food and farm bill that they say will finally reject historical inequities, tackle the climate crisis, provide nutritious food to communities, fight corporate consolidation, and protects food and farm workers.  The letter, sent to House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership today, identifies 34 “marker bills” that the group…

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Bipartisan legislation aimed at suspending beef imports from Paraguay has received unanimous support from three major beef-representing organizations — an unusual show of unity from groups that often find themselves at odds with one another.  The new bill comes on the heels of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s publication of a final rule that will allow the importation of fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from Paraguay.  Beef from Paraguay was initially restricted over concerns about foot-and-mouth disease and other other animal diseases. After conducting a risk analysis on the importation of Paraguay’s beef products, the Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health…

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Each year, the Ashland and Wayne County Young Ag Professionals in Ohio and the Medina County Young Farmers team up to host the Annual Ag Toy Drive and give the gift of agriculture to eager recipients during the holiday season.  Over $12,500 in agriculture-related toys were donated to the Associated Charities of Ashland County, Medina Toys for Tots, and Wayne County Toys for Tots this holiday season during the seventh annual drive on Nov. 28.  The Ag Toy Drive Committee made the “nice list” this year as they pose for a picture with Santa holding some of the agricultural toys…

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Just in time for holiday cheer, farmer sentiment appears to be on the rise for the second month in a row. At least, that’s according to the latest Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, which climbed five points to an index value of 115, 12 percent higher than a year earlier. The Current Conditions Index’s rise to a reading of 113 was primarily responsible for this month’s sentiment improvement, as the Index of Future Expectations only improved by 2 points. Both sub-indices exceeded their year-ago levels in November. Image by Purdue/CME Group Ag “Farmers’ expectations regarding financial performance have improved, with…

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We recently had our first snow fall of the season here in Northeast Kansas. It was pretty significant, between 4 and 10 inches, depending on location. With it came all the social media posts about the love and beauty of the snow or the intense dislike of it. I don’t like snow. I keep telling Matt, my husband, my goal is to live somewhere I can leave my garden hose out year round and it never freezes. Yes, the moisture is nice since we’re in a multiple-year drought, but why can’t it come in the form of rain when the…

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For decades, Damien Schiff, a senior attorney for Pacific Legal Foundation, has been a seasoned advocate, championing the rights of landowners and property advocates against overreaching environmental regulations.  American Agri-Women awarded the 2023 Veritas Award to Damien Schiff. AAW presents the award annually to the person or persons who have given public witness to “the pursuit of truth” by the principles enunciated in the AAW Call to Power. Schiff leads its environmental practice group, a unique initiative that draws broadly from PLF’s expertise and success in property rights and separation of powers litigation. Veritas recipient Damien Schiff and American Agri-Women Past…

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Six major food companies, from General Mills to Danone, said at the UN climate summit that they will reduce their dairy methane emissions as part of a new alliance that includes a major U.S. environmental group. The Dairy Methane Action Alliance will require members to publicly disclose emissions within their dairy supply chains and implement a methane action plan. “Dairy farmers can be part of the fight against climate change by reducing methane pollution,” said Fred Krupp, head of the Environmental Defense Fund, who added, “It’s time for others in the dairy industry to join us.” Founding members of the alliance…

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By Jared Strong A federal judge on Monday permanently barred two Iowa counties from enforcing their ordinances that restrict the placement of carbon dioxide pipelines. Shelby and Story counties adopted restrictions after two companies proposed to build pipeline systems to transport captured carbon dioxide from ethanol plants and other facilities. The ordinances set minimum distances to locate the pipelines away from cities, homes, schools and other sites. They also have some requirements that pertain to emergency response plans in case of a pipeline breach. Summit Carbon Solutions, which hopes to build a five-state pipeline system to transport the greenhouse gas…

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It has been a quarter century since corn and soybeans were engineered to withstand the withering mists of the herbicide glyphosate. Initially heralded as a “silver bullet” for weed control, the modified crops and their herbicide companion were quickly and widely adopted across corn and soybean-growing regions of North America. In the years that followed, though, weeds targeted for eradication quietly fomented a rebellion.  A new PNAS Nexus study led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign takes a retrospective look at glyphosate efficacy after commercializing the engineered crops. Research has long indicated…

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