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Pass the Word… We Are Hiring – Adding 2 NEW Positions to Our Team!

The Van Trump Family is looking for a few of the best and brightest to join our fantastic Team! If you know of any good people looking to make a change or wanting an opportunity to grow send them our direction for a conversation. Our mission is simple... assemble a team of individuals that can help provide a creative bridge ...
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Interesting… Long Term Weather Trends “Warmer” but also “Wetter”

We've all heard talk of getting warmer but I hadn't noticed the wetter evidence. Once every decade, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) updates its 30-year averages used to determine "climate normals." The 1991–2020 U.S. Climate Normals are the latest in a series of decadal normals first produced in the 1950s. NOAA's updated numbers are notably warmer than the ...
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My Rant for the Week…

 Again, as I've tried to preach for years, just like the best traders and investors I've had the privilege to be around, it's all about building a plan that's right for you and your emotional well-being then being able to stay disciplined to that plan when the waters start to get really rough. Everyone should spend a lot of time ...
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Ship and Store Foods at Room Temperature, Without Preservatives

Food preservation is a complex science. Either you’re leveraging chemical preservatives to maintain freshness over time, or you’re sacrificing things like taste and texture. Canning, for example, involves high heat for sterilization and flavors sometimes get lost. You are invited to join our webinar this week to learn how a new company called IXON’s is using its "advanced sous-vide aseptic ...
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The Staggering Cost of Invasive Species

Any farmer can give you an earful on the exorbitant costs of dealing with invasive species. An international team of researchers has finally tallied the costs, with total invasion management and damages estimated at around $1.3 trillion over the last five decades, according to new research published in scientific journal Nature. The researchers say the estimate is likely a huge ...
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How to Build a House Like the Romans…with Hemp!

Imagine a material ten times stronger than concrete but only one-sixth of the weight, that removes carbon from the air, is both an insulator and moisture regulator, and can be made from a plant already grown in the United States? That plant would be hemp, and builders in Europe have been using it in the form of "hemp blocks" to ...
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Colorado Ranchers Battle Radical Initiative That Makes Artificial Insemination a Sex Crime

I try to keep my daily thoughts as "non-political" as possible. I respect the freedoms my fathers and grandfathers have fought for and want to respect everyone's perspective even if it is vastly different than mine or my family, but some of these new proposed laws and regulations are getting crazier and crazier. Below is one that came across my ...
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Soil Data Benchmarking to Drive Farm Productivity, Land Value and Crop Premiums

Quantifiable soil health data and standards are lacking, and this gap can create uncertainty in how to best achieve soil improvements and can hold growers back from reaching full potential. Yet soil health is tied directly to everything in agriculture, from sustainability, to nutrition, to yield, and more. A company called "Continuum Ag" has developed software that imports soil data from ...
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A Look Inside China’s 2021/22 Corn Demand Numbers

There is quite a lot to unpack in the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service's latest Grain and Feed Annual report for China. The headline grabber is the record high 28 million metric tons of corn that FAS projects China will import in 2020/21, followed by 15 million in 2021/22. The estimate for 20/21 is +4 million higher than the USDA's current ...
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How Early-Season Drought Impacts Corn

Drought conditions have plagued the Southwest, High Plains, Northern Plains, and parts of the Midwest this spring, just as producers are looking to get crops in the ground. For corn, the greatest water needs occur during the later vegetative growth stages, but early-season drought can have negative impacts that are felt throughout the entire growing season due to the effects ...
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