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Based on new data, and rising crop prices, it looks like farmers may be heading back to their local farm equipment dealer to make purchases soon. What might that mean? Mike Wilson, editor of Farm Futures, discusses the factors surrounding equipment replacement, why a 7-year-old machine may need to be upgraded and some financial considerations for t…
 
In this episode, Editor Peggy Coffeen sits down with dairyman Lloyd Holterman to discuss all things genomics, from the early adoption of genetic technology to developing the cows in the Rosy-Lane Holsteins herd today. Holterman discusses how laser-focused, data-driven genetic selection has enabled him to create a more sustainable cow that that live…
 
In agriculture there are factors that are beyond a farmer's control. Weather is a big challenge and sometimes with it is the lack, or over-abundance of water. Over the past two decades the push to tile more ground to clear field wet spots, has been a boon to productivity. Now there may be another benefit? More farmers are looking at managed drainag…
 
We went looking for good news this week among the Farm Progress team and we found a couple of interesting storys. When you can't go to school and your best fund-raising event – a state fair – shuts down, what can an FFA Chapter do? Tom Bechman, editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer shares news on that topic that shows these groups can pivot with the bes…
 
Did you know cow faces are different enough for facial recognition? And just how did they eradicate that Asian giant hornet nest in Washington state? In this episode of Around Farm Progress, both topics get a deeper look. PJ Griekspoor, editor of Kansas Farmer who shares the story of some new technology for tracking cattle. Using just your smart ph…
 
Our guest on today’s podcast is Pauly Paul, dairy management consultant and owner of Complete Management Consulting LLC., a hands-on dairy consulting company that specializes in assisting farms with improving their efficiency and income while decreasing operational expenses.By Walt Cooley
 
Beef price transparency is getting more attention these days because of two major events, a fire in 2019 and the pandemic. Industry groups and lawmakers are taking action. To get some perspective about what's a play here, we connected with Jacqui Fatka, policy editor for Feedstuffs and Farm Futures to learn more. She shares some history on the issu…
 
There's been plenty of buzz about new technology in agriculture, but what has that wrought? In this week's episode of Around Farm Progress Mindy Ward, editor of Missouri Ruralist, shares the story of one startup that has opened a new headquarters and is working with farmers across the country to bring its tools to market. She talked with one farmer…
 
Aidan Connolly, president of AgriTech Capital, joins Editor Walt Cooley in this episode. This is an exclusive interview and a follow-up to the Global Dairy Tech Startup Spotlight which was held in the first part of October 2020. Connolly played a critical role in pulling the event together. Rewatch the event by going to www.dairystartupspotlight.co…
 
It's time to focus on one topic for the farm – and that's farm safety, but more importantly keeping our kids safe on the farm. In this week's episode of Around Farm Progress we're taking a little different approach and focusing on one topic – farm safety. But stick with us we're not aiming to preach but to inform and the focus is on how can we keep…
 
In this episode of Around Farm Progress, Tom Bechman, editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer, got a new way to look at equipment during production of the Farm Progress Virtual Experience. For the first time in years, he was able to spend quality cab time in many new machines to catch up on the tech. He offers his perspective on the new machines. Over in Ka…
 
Editors and Progressive Dairy podcast co-hosts Walt Cooley and Peggy Coffeen treat this anniversary episode a bit differently. The Progressive Dairy podcast launched one year ago. In this episode, learn more about Walt and Peggy, the interview hosts you hear most often in our podcast episodes.By Walt Cooley
 
Each week the Around Farm Progress podcast connects with editorial staff around the country to discuss a range of topics. This week we start by welcoming a new team member – Ginger Rowsey, as a new staff writer for the Delta Farm Press team. She talks about her experience and why she decided to join the team. Brad Haire, editor, Southeast Farm Pres…
 
Increasing focus on extreme weather is combining with growing interest of the role of carbon in the atmosphere. Could that be an opportunity for your farm? Mike Wilson, editor of Farm Futures, has found that this is a very complicated topic, one that can't be written in one story. So far, he's written six. It started with Will farmers get paid to s…
 
I’m here today at the Milk Source headquarters in Freedom, Wisconsin, with Jim Ostrom. Jim and his partners John Vosters and Todd Willer co-founded Milk Source in 1994, as the three men united their multi-generational farming heritages to grow what started out as a 30-cow dairy owned by John’s parents in 1965 to what is now multi-site, diversified …
 
What are the major party presidential candidates' positions on critical farm issues? Good question, in fact 10 good questions asked by two Farm Progress staffers to get more insight ahead of the November election. Holly Spangler, editor, Prairie Farmer, and Jacqui Fatka, policy editor for Farm Futures and Feedstuffs, share a look behind the curtain…
 
In early August, a derecho – essentially a land hurricane – roared across 700 miles of the Midwest, covered in a recent episode. Yet just two weeks later, two hurricanes took aim at the Gulf Coast and while one brought mainly heavy rains, the second roared ashore as a Category 4 monster. But Laura wasn't the first big storm to hit the region. This …
 
Editor-in-chief Walt Cooley and Wisconsin dairyman Derek Orth discuss The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle and how the principles in the book could be applied to dairy farm and employee management. Derek has written before for Progressive Dairy about his voracious “reading,” or rather, listening to books. He says The Culture Code is one of those books …
 
In this episode of Around Farm Progress, we talk with Mindy Ward, editor, Missouri Ruralist who has been working on a unique project geared toward helping all exhibitors bring their information to life in the new virtual show. And Matt Jungmann, events manager, Farm Progress, shares just how his team is working to recreate – as close as possible – …
 
From county fairs to consumers connecting with farmers, the pandemic has brought about a lot of new ideas for agriculture. For those state and county get-togethers, we get some insight not only about how they changed this year, but how some additions for these fairs may not go away in the future. That insight comes from Fran O'Leary, editor of Wisc…
 
Valene Lickley and Katharine Lotspeich are the co-hosts of the Millennial Ag podcast. Editor Walt Cooley interviews them as they approach their one-year anniversary of the launch of their podcast. The mantra of their podcast is that no topic is off-limits. This episode lives up to it.By Walt Cooley
 
In this episode of the podcast Around Farm Progress, Rod Swoboda, editor, Wallaces Farmer, provides an update on the impact of that derecho that spread across the Midwest, but hit Iowa especially hard. He shares the startling numbers and looks ahead to what will be a tough harvest for this part of the world. From lost corn to lost bins, the impact …
 
In this episode of Around Farm Progress, Holly Spangler, editor, Prairie Farmer, produced a series of profiles looking at what farm kids are doing while in quarantine. What she found is fascinating. She also shares some thoughts on the reopening of schools, and the challenges that will bring. One issue that is coming clearly into focus is that we'r…
 
In this episode, we hear from 22-year-old dairy farmer Anna Hinchley. Her desire to return to her family’s dairy in Cambridge, Wisconsin, after graduating prompted her parents to move forward with expanding the herd and upgrading to automated milking. Anna has involved in every step of the barn design process. Hear about the key features of her rob…
 
Here's a question you might not have considered: Do mosquitos spread COVID-19? The answer, thankfully, is no. But in the latest episode of the Around Farm Progress podcast, P.J. Griekspoor, editor, Kansas Farmer, shares the story of a K-State mosquito expert who wasn't willing to take the "it's safe" message at face value. She offers insight into h…
 
The word virtual is getting more attention than ever, but just what is a virtual farm show? Good question. This week we're digging in to answer a lot of questions about something new – the Farm Progress Virtual Experience. This special online event, free to farmers, will fire up starting September 15 and run through September 17, but there's more. …
 
In this episode, we talk with dairywoman Melissa Traiser. She is the owner-operator of THF Jerseys, a 45-cow dairy in Somerset, Wisconsin. We talk about how COVID-19 has affected her and her farm. She tells us about an act of kindness from her milk hauler that was specifically meaningful to her and her local dairy community. This episode's sponsor …
 
When the word "disease" is mentioned in a sentence these days, chances are most people think of coronavirus. But agriculture can't lose focus on the fact that a range of potential bacteria and viruses target crops and livestock everyday. In this episode of Around Farm Progress, Paula Mohr, editor of The Farmer magazine in Minnesota, shares that the…
 
For the average corn and soybean farmer, peanuts may seem exotic. Yet the challenges a peanut farmer faces aren't much different from the average row crop producer. For 20 years, the Farm Press team has honored the Peanut Efficiency Award winners, profiling these leading producers, and many have lessons that would benefit any farm operation. In thi…
 
This episode is with regular Progressive Dairy columnist Tim Moffett. Tim is a dairy-farmer comedian. You can find his humor in every issue of the magazine on the inside back cover. Tim has had some time on his hands due to COVID-19 and its prohibition on large gatherings. Thus, many of his scheduled performances have been canceled. He’s itching to…
 
Beef, it's on the grill this summer. But there's more going on with the beef industry, from how to cook the high-quality protein properly, to climate change, to a changing competitive landscape. To explore those topics, in this episode of the podcast Around Farm Progress, Amanda Radke, long-time blogger for BEEF Magazine offers insight on a few hot…
 
In this week's episode of Around Farm Progress, Mindy Ward, editor, Missouri Ruralist, turns the tables on host Willie Vogt to discuss the settlements announced June 24. From the development of a Class Science Panel to explore the potential of a glyphosate-cancer link; to news that dicamba drift claims are being settled, they have plenty to discuss…
 
Canadian dairyman Ben Loewith milks 450 cows in Ontario, Canada. He’s about 2 two hours west of Buffalo, New York, or just a bit southwest of Toronto between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Loewith’s cows are 100-plus-pound producers. Average isn’t something he’s interested in; the highest achievable results are more fascinating to him. Loewith likes t…
 
Will today's farm supports mean issues down the road? How could the coronavirus issue offer opportunity for farmers and ranchers? What's up with dairy prices? And how are consumer tastes changing? This episode of Around Farm Progress digs into a tough topic – farm policy and support for agriculture during coronavirus. Guest editor Jacqui Fatka, pol…
 
It seems in agriculture there may be a new phrase "mixed bag" and given what's been discussed in recent episodes of the podcast Around Farm Progress it could be the new watchword for the industry. In this week's episode, Shelley Huguley, editor, Southwest Farm Press, shares insight on the wheat harvest, and how the weather is shaping up this summer…
 
Wet weather has plagued eastern growers, but the situation in the Great Plains is a little different, especially in Western Kansas. Meanwhile, out East the weather has been tough but so has the dairy market. In this episode of Around Farm Progress, P.J. Griekspoor, editor, Kansas Farmer, shares insight on drought in Western Kansas, changing water p…
 
For many, it may be a surprise at the diversity of crops in Michigan. In this episode of Around Farm Progress we catch up with Jennifer Kiel, editor of Michigan Farmer and Ohio Farmer magazines. She talks about a late freeze that took a bite out of the sour cherry crop, as well as other crops, and she discusses the ongoing impact of flooding in the…
 
Rod Swoboda, editor, Wallaces Farmer, offers insight on the topic including a discussion regarding areas of agriculture in Iowa, and the Midwest, that won't see immediate support including the egg and ethanol industries. He also discusses the impact of the pandemic on ethanol production. Out West, farmers are turning crops under or sending them to …
 
In this week's edition of the Around Farm Progress podcast, it's a look at the challenges facing swine producers; some insight on cattle producers; and an innovative way one state is working to help assure a farmer's seed investment pays off. Editors on tap this week include Ann Hess, National Hog Farmer; Lon Tonneson, Dakota Farmer; and John Hart,…
 
Vir-Clar Farms near Fond du Lac, Wisconsin has elevated the accuracy of feed storage, mixing and delivery with an innovative feed center featuring an automated kitchen and on-site grain storage that saves them time and money. The 2,000-cow dairy is owned by Gary and Rose Boyke, along with their son J.R. Boyke and daughter and son-in-law, Katie and …
 
Today's news is swallowed up by coronavirus and Farm Progress is not ignoring the issue. In this latest episode of the podcast Around Farm Progress, three editors dig into some key ag topics. In Illinois, Austin Keating, Prairie Farmer magazine, offers a deep dive on hemp production. This super-hot crop from 2019 may have cooled some, but farmers a…
 
It's like there's nothing to talk about but coronavirus. And while that is true in many cases, the work of agriculture also continues. In the latest episode of Around Farm Progress, three editors share their insights from across the Corn Belt. In Indiana, Tom Bechman, editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer, offers a look at the impact of two swine packing …
 
When prepartum cows are fed a negative DCAD diet, inducing a mild compensated metabolic acidosis, calcium status is improved, resulting in healthier, more productive cows. Recently, some nutritionist have been feeding even lower-DCAD diets (more anions) to acidify cows more deeply than the majority of published research. At these higher, more extre…
 
Coronavirus is top-of-mind these days as it wreaks havoc on the economy and agriculture. And we keep on hitting key topics on that issue. But we're doing a little non-coronavirus coverage too because work is getting done on other fronts, including the Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days. Both aid for coronavirus, and prep for the fall shows,…
 
What do you do when you can't hold meetings to keep farmers informed? With ethanol demand collapsing, plants are turning to making sanitizer, but there are other impacts as well. And while California is dealing with coronavirus, there's another approaching issue – drought. The latest episode of Around Farm Progress visits with two Farm Progress edi…
 
Today’s episode provides summaries of three different articles we’ve published this past year on manure management. Listen in to find out how to improve nitrogen efficiency from farm to field, what can be done to get the most value from manure and which manure system will make a good addition to your farm.…
 
Plants shuttered as workers get sick from COVID-19 even as farmers are loading animals into trailers to head to market. At the other end of the supply chain, supermarkets struggle to keep food on the shelf. In this dynamic and volatile market, the farmer is getting squeezed. In this Around Farm Progress Xtra episode, editors from National Hog Farme…
 
It's hard to quantify the impact of coronavirus on agriculture. Conditions keep changing almost daily, and each week the podcast Around Farm Progress has engaged editors to explore different issues. The latest episode offers a look at how coronavirus is impacting the dairy, beef and hog markets. Guests this week involve editors from a state magazin…
 
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