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“AutoCart” Taking Orders for Harvest 2021

As labor costs continue rising for the shrinking pool of U.S. farm workers, automation looks like an increasingly attractive option to many producers. Raven Autonomy has a grain cart system designed to help automate the harvest. Its AutoCart allows producers to control a driverless tractor and grain cart from the cab of a combine. In other words, three machines can ...
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Legendary Texas Ranch May Have New Hollywood Owners

One of America's most legendary ranches might have new owners with deep ties to Hollywood. The 6666 Ranch, aka Four Sixes, in West Texas is reportedly under contract to a group led by screenwriter and producer Taylor Sheridan, creator of the Western drama "Yellowstone." The ranches, which span several Texas counties for a total of around 266,255 acres, were first ...
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AgTech Innovation Win Helps Harvust Solve HR for Farms

For the past eight years, the American Farm Bureau Federation and Farm Credit have teamed up for the national Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. The annual competition showcases U.S. startups developing innovative solutions that address challenges facing America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Launched in 2015 as the first national competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs, the Innovation Challenge strives ...
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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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