Committing farmland to one crop for 25-30 years is rare, so it’s not hard to see why landowners may be hesitant when approached about leasing the land out for energy use.
For a long time, aviation fuel as a new alternative market for soybeans and other biomass seemed like a pie-in-the-sky concept. Today, with advanced research, supportive legislation, and the airlines on board, it is taking off.
John Lawrence didn’t take the straightest path into a nearly 32-year career at Iowa State University, but that path helped him develop a deeper understanding of production agriculture and the farmers he would serve.
NORA, Ill. — Ed and Marion Hawley know a good burger when they taste one.
On National #AgDay these Sioux Falls students got up close with agriculture. GroundWorks Connect is working to bring lessons from the farm to all students in South Dakota.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gasoline with higher blends of ethanol could be sold year-round in eight Midwestern states beginning in 2024 under a rule proposed March 1 by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Illinois and Iowa photographs are among the hot shots in the National Corn Growers Association’s ninth-annual photo contest.
National Ag Day, on March 21, is when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across the U.S. celebrate American agriculture.
BEDFORD, Iowa — Ask Aimee Bissell what she sees in the faces of agriculture, and she doesn’t need to look further than her own backyard.
Colton Roy remembers starting out in FFA at Trenton, eager to make the most of his time in the agricultural organization. His cousins had been in FFA, and now he was ready to embrace the experience.
AMES, Iowa — A recent farm trends publication from Iowa State University Extension discusses changing farm trends between 2011 and 2021, including farm sizes, production values, net incomes and debt.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Finding a talented ag tech employee may be about as difficult as guessing the first planting date this spring. Both tasks are similar in that being prepared is the key — whether having the planter ready or having the tools ready to find the right candidate.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Extension is celebrating the 20th year of Annie’s Project, a national nonprofit to educate and empower women in agriculture.
Jason Harper has been a school administrator for 17 years, and has worked in education for 27 years. He currently serves as superintendent of the Palmyra R-1 school district in Palmyra, Missouri, and he sees the challenges the last few years have presented for rural schools, as well as the w…
There was a sense of urgency in the West Liberty High School classroom. Students were gathered with agriculture teacher Zach Morris as they prepared their FFA projects for the upcoming submission deadline.
Nearly every business or organization has a literal or virtual HELP WANTED sign hanging on its door. That also includes rural schools.
Children, parents, teachers and politicians three years ago were faced with the unthinkable reality of schools being locked down when the COVID-19 pandemic reared its ugly head. As the U.S. reaches the third anniversary of that uncertain time, students are back in classes, but everyone wonde…
In just four seconds, an adult can be sucked knee-deep into a bin full of flowing grain. In only 20 seconds, an adult can be buried alive in flowing grain.
Susan Kuennen believes there is always something to do.
For Kelsey Henderson, agriculture has been a central part of her family’s life for generations. Growing up on her family farm in southeast Wisconsin, near Kenosha, farming was a way of life, and she also showed livestock. She helped start an FFA chapter at her school, and that experience hel…
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — No matter the accomplishments, most will credit a family member, colleague, teacher or leader for helping to get there.
Sydney Thummel’s connection to agriculture began while growing up in the rolling hills of Worth County, Missouri’s smallest and least populated county.
It was 20 years ago when Ruth Hambleton started the enduring organization Annie’s Project. Many things are different today, but the project’s focus hasn’t changed.
Together, Bob and Eric Beckman have weathered good and bad years, from bumper crop yields to drought and hail. And together, the Beckman family has learned to adapt to a new way of life after Eric became paralyzed from the chest down 15 years ago.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State University researchers have launched a study to improve the effectiveness of controls on woody plants, an effort they say will help to preserve the health of native grasslands in Kansas.