Investors Place $10 Million Bet You’ll Eat Wood

Investors Place $10 Million Bet You'll Eat Wood North Carolina based ag-biotech company Arbiom, using a patented enzyme-based process and fermentation, is turning wood into edible ingredients for both animal and human consumption with a  plan they say could eventually give soy, pea, and wheat proteins a run for their...

What’s Happening with Natural Gas?

What's Happening with Natural Gas?Natural Gas prices fell to a 31-year low back in June. Now prices have surged breaking out of a narrow trading range with traders pointing to the largest single-day increase in more than 18-months. From my perspective, all of a sudden we have a hotter forecast...

Soybean Checkoff Research Website Designed with Farmers in Mind

The United Soybean Board recently revealed a new project that aims to make check-off funded research more readily available to farmers. With the help of the North Central Soybean Research Program, they've redesigned the Soybean Research & Information Network  (SRIN) website, which they describe as a one-stop-shop for all the information the...

Getting a Fairly Accurate Estimate of Corn Yield Prior to Harvest

I've heard a lot of talk this year that looking at corn from the cab of the truck is lot different than what is being seen out in many fields. With such variability, it will be interesting to see how close early yield estimates come to matching what is actually...

CIBO the NEW “Zillow for Agricultural Land”

A St. Louis-based startup wants to do for farmland what Zillow has done for real estate markets, providing consumers with real-time data to help them make more informed decisions. CIBO's platform uses technology grown out of Michigan State University and is meant to appeal to a wide range of users,...

Are Walmart, Kroger and Other Big Names Changing the Milk Industry?

The dairy industry has faced a barrage of disruption in recent years. One threat that's been looming large for some time now is the increasing trend toward in-house milk bottling by supermarkets. This in turn has made large grocers even bigger forces in the milk industry. The trend really started...

Mystery Seeds From China are Likely Part of a Marketing Scam

Ag officials in states across the country have issued warnings about bizarre packages of seeds that appear to be from China. They've apparently just been showing up in people's mailboxes unsolicited by the receivers. Officials are warning residents not to plant any of the seeds as they could be invasive...

Building Rural Resilience and Mental Health

The U.S. House recently passed a piece of legislation designed to tackle the growing rate of suicide in rural communities across the country. The Seeding Rural Resilience Act is supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers who say the goal is to promote mental wellness and mental health awareness in rural...

Agricultural Commodity Demand Growth Projected to Remain Flat

The global COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the outlook for agriculture in 2020 and beyond, a finding that comes as no surprise in a new joint report issued by the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). The "Agricultural Outlook 2020-2029"...

It’s Happening… “Greenery” Offers Producers a Turnkey Container Farm

More and more people are starting to find ways to grow their own food. From restaurant owners to local communities, I'm hearing and seeing more people take a genuine interest in growing plants, food, etc... Perhaps it the advancement of technology or the grassroots effort to "go green"    Step...