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I first read the article in Car and Driver, an automotive publication, which titled the story: “Midwest Farmers are Tired of Tech-Loaded Tractors They Can’t Fix.” As someoe that writes about agtech, this sort of Luddite-themed headline grabbed my attention. Are farmers really ditching new high-tech tractors for 1970s and 1980s models? The original Star-Tribune article explains why older equipment does appeal to some Midwestern farmers: The other big draw of the older…
I am fortunate to be a member of the AgriInstitute Agricultural Leadership Program (ALP) Class 18. At the end of February, we will travel to South Korea and Laos as the capstone to our two-year leadership program. We have spent the past two years traveling the state of Indiana to learn more about various agricultural industries, civic leadership, and rural economic development. We spent a week in Washington DC meeting with Senators, House Representatives, NGO…
Electrifying the Farm. In November, Elon Musk rolled out the electric Tesla Cybertruck, and though I am still uncertain how many of these we’ll see on the farm, I am certain we will see more electric equipment. The ag industry is long behind the automotive industry in delivering all-electric equipment. But that is slowly changing. Deere unveiled an electric tractor at Agritechnica, as well as an electric garden tractor. Fendt already sells an electric…
The headlines are jarring — livestock farms accused of mistreating the animals entrusted to their care. These headlines are sometimes accompanied by videos (staged or not) that are, quite frankly, difficult to watch. Farms can take certain steps to avoid being the target of the activist groups that use these undercover videos in an attempt to turn consumers against commercial livestock production. Image from DFA Proper employee training is the best way to protect against…
The Trump administration recently announced that the US intended to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The Paris Agreement was a global accord in which participating countries agreed to work to limit global warming this century to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels. The Paris Agreement has been signed by 195 countries, including the US. The US is the first major country to announce its intent to withdraw. The effect of withdrawal from…
The USDA released its Interim Final Hemp Production Rule on October 29, 2019. The full 161-page document is available here. The public comment period will open once the regulations are published in the Federal Register. The interim rule will be effective for two years and then be replaced with a final rule. States and Indiana Tribes can develop hemp regulation plans for USDA approval. But there are certain federal requirements that all hemp…
In 1919, a young Lieutenant Colonel named Dwight D. Eisenhower led a military convoy across the United States, from Washington D.C. to San Francisco. The excursion took 62 days and left a lasting impression on Eisenhower. After seeing the Autobahns that Germany had successfully built prior to the Second World War, Eisenhower decided to make creation of an interstate highway system a priority for his administration. In 1956, the Interstate Highway Act was passed…
Livestock farmers are famous for their efficiency — livestock farms grow crops which they feed to their animals and then use the manure from the animals to fertilize their crops. This mindset makes farmers perfectly situated to participate in the carbon credit marketplace. During a recent conversation, a colleague and I discussed the pros and cons of farmers selling carbon credits for building digesters or undertaking regenerative agriculture practices. I’ve written on regenerative agriculture before
Urban and indoor agriculture are here to stay. People raise chickens in their backyards, corner lots serve as large community gardens, and neighbors are experimenting with bees and hops. As consumers focus on local products and public awareness of the benefits of agriculture grows, we will see more urban farms tucked into nooks, crannies, warehouses, and onto rooftops and decks. Urban farms reduce blight, increase access to healthy food, and can offer landowners a new…
It has become common for tech conferences to have Shark-Tank style competitions among new startups. The winner is awarded an investment from the conference host or supporting venture capital firm. In the case of the Forbes AgTech Summit, SVG Ventures selected two swine-focused agtech startups, BinSentry and SwineTech. Each will receive a $100,000 investment. Notably, this was the first agtech conference I’ve attended where both winners were from the swine industry, and that made…