Author: Farm And Livestock Staff

Despite Slow Land Market, FNC Sees 50 Percent Increase Over Previous High Volume

Data released by land-grant universities and industry organizations point out that there has been less farm and ranch land for sale than usual the past few years. Despite today’s slow land market, Farmers National Company is experiencing a 50 percent increase in the land it has for sale over its previous high volume. The historic run-up in land prices during the decade leading up to and including 2013 faded into the background as the past four years instead witnessed a steady and measured decline in values for crop and grazing land throughout the Midwest and Great Plains. Some regions...

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Flexible Cattle Feeding With Fence Line Bunk Feeders

Feeding hay without opening gates or tearing up fields appeals to producers. Pequea’s Fence Line Bunk Feeder offers a solution.  It can also save you time and money since one person can feed the herd with this system. The Fence Line Bunk Feeder can accommodate growth in your operation. It works with existing corrals and fencing and is modular by design so you can add more units as needed. The feeders connect together with ease of connecting couplers. Each unit has four wide feet for stability. Water drain holes on both ends assist with keeping moisture at bay. Pequea builds their feeders tough, using 12-gauge steel with reinforced...

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Wearable Sensors for Plants Developed to Monitor Water Use

Scientist Patrick Schnable quickly described how he measured the time it takes for two kinds of corn plants to move water from their roots to their lower leaves and then to their upper leaves. This was no technical, precise, poster talk. This was an Iowa State University researcher interested in working with new, low-cost, easily produced, graphene-based, sensors-on-tape that can be attached to plants and can provide new kinds of data to researchers and farmers. “With a tool like this, we can begin to breed plants that are more efficient in using water,” he said. “That’s exciting. We couldn’t...

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New Campaign Created to Raise Opioid Addiction Awareness and Provide Resources for Producers

The opioid crisis has struck farm and ranch families much harder than the rest of rural America. As farming communities face mounting challenges with the nation’s opioid epidemic, the nation’s two largest general farm organizations are teaming up to confront the issue. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU) announced a new campaign, “Farm Town Strong,” to raise awareness of the crisis’ impact on farming communities. The campaign will also provide resources and information to help farm communities and encourage farmer-to-farmer support to overcome the crisis. The groups have launched a new website, FarmTownStrong.org, to provide...

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Half-Ton Butter Sculpture Showcases Dairy Industry’s Message for the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show [VIDEO]

102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show theme reflects the wide range of agriculture people, production methods. Pennsylvania’s 2018 butter sculpture was unveiled today at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The sculpture, sponsored by American Dairy Association North East (ADANE), highlights just four of the hundreds of career choices available to nearly 500,000 Pennsylvanians who work in the state’s agriculture sector. Using half a ton of donated butter, the sculptors crafted five figures to embody this year’s theme. “The butter sculpture is a creative way to showcase the dairy industry, and this year it also provides an opportunity for us to join...

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