Innovative research to improve the effectiveness of the flu vaccine begins in an unlikely place – the county fair. A team of experts at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine travel to more than 100 fairs each year, swabbing the snouts of pigs for novel strains of the flu that are likely to impact humans.
Reducing harvest losses is always a simple and effective way to increase soybean yield and profitability every year. However, reducing harvest losses in 2019 becomes even more important and challenging, given the significant planting delays this past planting season.
Members of the Michigan Cleaner Lake Erie through Action and Research (MI CLEAR) recently visited an edge-of-field water quality monitoring project site in Lenawee County. The group met with Dr. Ehsan Ghane, head researcher of the project, to learn how drainage conservation practices help reduce phosphorus loading into the Western Lake Erie Basin.
CME Group and the National 4-H Council are hosting their seventh annual Commodity Carnival at the Michigan State Fair in Novi, Mich., Aug. 28 to Sept. 2. The interactive, educational fair experience, teaches young fairgoers about managing the business risks and costs associated with producing and bringing livestock to market.
The American Farm Bureau Federation in partnership with Farm Credit has opened online applications for the 2020 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. In its sixth year, the Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is a national business competition for U.S. food and agriculture startups. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe announced this month that the USDA is investing $135 million in 49 projects to improve rural water infrastructure in 24 states. USDA’s investments will go toward projects in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia.
Remote sensing is the acquisition of information about an object or any phenomenon without making any physical contact with the object. It is a phenomenon that has numerous applications including photography, surveying, geology, forestry and more.
But it is in the field of agriculture that remote sensing has found significant use. There are very many applications of remote sensing in the agricultural sector. Below is a summary of these applications.
Five of the top sprayer manufacturers will be represented at AgroExpo’s demonstration site, offering a close-up look at all of the features of each unit.
Saving time and money are just a few of the ways farmers can benefit from the proposed updates to H-2A filings. Employers under the new proposed H-2A rule will now be required to e-file with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the State Workforce Agency. Included for employers are the options to sign documents using electronic signatures and staggering workers on one single contract up to 120 days from a worker’s first start date.
Despite this year’s unusual and disruptive weather patterns of a very wet winter and spring, resulting in higher discharges to the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), concentrations levels of bioavailable phosphorus, is 30% lower than average.
Multiple Michigan State University students were recognized at the 2019 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga.