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Life in the Country / I Think My Dog's a Democrat
« on: April 01, 2018, 08:26:09 PM »
"I Think My Dog's a Democrat"
by Bryan Lewis

Life in the Country / NRA Country
« on: April 01, 2018, 07:27:06 PM »

This is NRA country --  by Justin Moore.

Robotics and Technology / Robots...The Future of Farming?
« on: March 31, 2018, 03:28:39 PM »
Robo-Hub — the web portal for agricultural robotics

At RoboUniverse in San Diego, agricultural robots and the labor
shortage were quickly identified as the biggest issues facing the
industry today. Water scarcity and field health were other key issues
mentioned, but it’s labor that keeps farmers up at night and robotics
that could come to their rescue.


———  Read More about Agricultural Robotics --------

Thirteen fascinating farming robots:

Among other predictions, Interstellar offered us some clues about
the future of farming. Long story short: It's all about the robots.
From field scouting drones to robotic harvesters, the industry
that keeps you fed is becoming totally dominated by autonomous

Rural Development / Video Presentations on Rural Development
« on: March 31, 2018, 03:24:51 PM »
(1) Strategy for developing potential
by Cormac Russell

Cormac Russell


(2)  Terry Brunner — secret to thriving towns -- 9/27/2013

As Director of Rural Development for New Mexico,
Terry Bruner traveled to rural communities all across the state.
As such, he's got a unique vantage point on what makes
some communities thrive while other falter, and at TEDxABQ 2013
he presents what he's learned.

Rural Development / Is Rural America Struggling?
« on: March 31, 2018, 03:21:37 PM »
Is Rural America Struggling?
(Rural population decline reflects impact of recession)
By Will Flannigan -January 9, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — As America continues its slow, but steady, economic recovery, some parts of  the country are being left behind, according to the USDA’s report Rural America at a Glance.

Rural America at a Glance

(Download .pdf)

Rural Development / Resources for Developers
« on: March 31, 2018, 03:19:50 PM »

The National Rural Assembly is a movement of people and organizations devoted to building a stronger, more vibrant rural America for children, families, and communities. We are focusing on three critical issues that will affect the quality of life in communities across the nation.

Influential Corporations / Investing
« on: March 31, 2018, 03:15:44 PM »
Kraft Heinz (KHC)
Here's what attracted Warren Buffet to Kraft Heinz...

The combined company generated more than $26.5 billion in revenue in 2016. Of that over $10.3 billion was gross profit, good enough for a gross profit margin of 39%. That's impressive for a company that simply sells ketchup, mustard and Oscar Mayer hot dogs.

And the numbers only get better...

Kraft Heinz generated nearly $4 billion in free cash flow in 2016. Free cash flow is the money left over after the company has paid all of its bills and reinvested back into its business. This is money it can dish out to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. Kraft Heinz pays out a respectable yield of 2.6%.

What's more Kraft Heinz's profit margin is more than double its competition coming in at 16.2% versus the industry average of 8.2%.

The bottom line is that Buffett may not purchase the "sexiest" companies, but he'll put his money in a concentrated few that are bound to make him a windfall of cash year after year, just like Kraft Heinz has done.


Influential Corporations / Kraft-Heinz, Con-Agra, Agrican
« on: March 31, 2018, 03:13:47 PM »
May 2, 2017
Monsanto NemaStrike receives EPA Approval

Monsanto Company received the green light from the U.S. EPA Monday for an issued registration for tioxazafen, aka NemaStrike Technology. This approval will allow farmers to reap nematode control benefits of the technology in 2018, pending state approvals.
NemaStrike Technology, a nematicide that will be offered as part of Acceleron Seed Applied Solutions, will offer a novel mode of action that stays in the root zone where nematodes attack. NemaStrike Technology will provide broad-spectrum control of plant parasitic nematodes and consistent yield protection performance in corn, soybeans, and cotton.
“This blockbuster technology will be a game-changing addition to our seed applied solutions portfolio by providing a novel solution to a yield robbing pest,” said Brett Begemann, Monsanto President and Chief Operating Officer. “We work to provide farmers with highly effective and easy-to-use management tools to protect the health and potential of their crops. In 2018, NemaStrike Technology will provide breakthrough yield protection technology to farmers across the United States.”
Plant parasitic nematodes are microscopic roundworms in the soil that steal corn, soybean, and cotton yields by feeding on plant roots, facilitating bacterial and fungal infections, and spreading viruses. Nematode damage is often mistaken as other issues in the field, so growers do not always recognize they have a problem. However, EPA has stated that plant parasitic nematodes cause an estimated 14 percent loss in agriculture production worldwide, with $80-100 billion worth of crop losses every year globally.

Influential Corporations / Monsanto's Controversial Dicamba
« on: March 31, 2018, 03:11:06 PM »
Food for Thought

How Monsanto And Scofflaw Farmers Hurt Soybeans In Arkansas
August 1, 2016  7:00 AM ET
Dan Charles
From the article:
When Tom Barber, a scientist at the University of Arkansas who studies weeds, drives the country roads of eastern Arkansas this summer, his trained eye can spot the damage: soybean leaves contorted into cup-like shapes.
He's seeing it in field after field. Similar damage is turning up in Tennessee and in the "boot-heel" region of Missouri. Tens of thousands of acres are affected.
This is no natural phenomenon of weather or disease. It's almost certainly the result of a crime. The disfigured leaves are evidence that a neighboring farmer sprayed a herbicide called dicamba, probably in violation of the law.
Dicamba has been around for decades, and it is notorious for a couple of things: It vaporizes quickly and blows with the wind. And it's especially toxic to soybeans, even at ridiculously low concentrations
Damage from drifting pesticides isn't unfamiliar to farmers. But the reason for this year's plague of dicamba damage is unprecedented. "I've never seen anything like this before," says Bob Scott, a weed specialist from the University of Arkansas. "This is a unique situation that Monsanto created.

These soybean leaves show evidence of damage from dicamba. It could cut the the harvest by 10 to 30 percent. (Courtesy of the University of Arkansas)

Additional information:

Big & Little Ag / Weeds
« on: August 25, 2017, 12:11:08 AM »
Canadian thistle plant.
Tough Enemy: The past couple of years have
een favorable for Canada thistle in crops and pastures.
Crops and Forage:
Tackle toughest pasture weeds in the fall
Chris Parker | Aug 10, 2017

Forage Corner: Fall is the best time of year to attack Canada thistle in pastures, along roadsides and wherever else you find thistle patches.

Big & Little Ag / Re: Environmental, Ecological, Disease Threats
« on: August 24, 2017, 11:36:20 PM »
Ohio: Cover Crop Considerations Following Wheat in Grain Rotations
By Alexander Lindsey and Mark Sulc, Ohio State University Extension Specialists; and Harold Watters, CPAg/CCA
August 8, 2017

Considerations for planting cover crops after wheat in grain crop rotations are common at this point in the season. With any cover crop, it is advisable to select a species with a given target in mind (surface erosion prevention, nutrient scavenging, N fixation, soil coverage, etc.).


Agriculture Business / Re: Publications
« on: August 10, 2017, 05:59:28 PM »

How Low Will the Corn Yield Go?

August 10, 2017 By Ken Anderson
Filed Under: Managing For Profit

Commodities analyst Arlan Suderman with INTL FCStone says the corn yield estimate in today’s (August 10) crop production report from USDA could be higher than what the trade is expecting.  He explains why in today’s Managing for Profit report. 


(Ed's Note: Brownfield Ag News provides comprehensive
and current information on the agricultural business.)

Big & Little Ag / Environmental, Ecological, Disease Threats
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:28:10 PM »
CBS4 (Denver) News Report on endangered state of honeybees.
July 25, 2017


CBS4 found being a bee isn’t easy, and the people who make a living off them have a lot to worry about.
Some beekeepers in Boulder County saw more than half their hives, or even more, die off over the winter. Beekeeper Tim Brod said he averages 25 percent loss every winter.
“Just to give you a little perspective, if you’re losing 30 to 40 percent of your livestock, if this were cattle, chicken or pigs year after year, the National Guard would be here going ‘This is a huge crisis,'” he said.


Information and Resources / Forums -- online and public
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:21:14 PM »
(1) Rural Living Forum

(2) Supporting Communities — Rural Residents Forum

(3) City-Data -- Always a good source for candid perspectives

Big & Little Ag / The Neversink Farm
« on: July 20, 2017, 11:51:35 AM »
(Ed's Note: Very informative web information from a farm and farmer
willing to share information across the internet with people who are

The Farm
Neversink Organic Farm is Certified by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC.

We are a small organic farm that does not till or use tractors. We farm by hand with a passion for high quality produce which we feel cannot be achieved by farming on large acreage or by using tractors.

We have the greatest admiration for chefs and it is for us and for them that we grow this way. We are the extremely rare alternative to large scale tractor farming.

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