The Future of Food Production

Dan This Land of Ours

What does the future of food production look like? That’s today’s This Land of Ours. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ recent whitepaper, The Future of Food Production, identifies 13 trends expected to shape food production over the next ten years. AEM President Megan Tanel says top-level trends include water issues and the needed increase in food production. “Farmers have increasingly …


Drones to Measure Methane at Dairies

Dan Dairy, Technology, This Land of Ours

More ways dairy farms are going high-tech. That’s the topic of today’s This Land of Ours. For years, the dairy industry has worked on ground-breaking ways to manage methane, which is inevitable anywhere cows are found. Methane is a result when cow manure breaks down, and it’s also a gas released from the cows’ digestive tract. Basically, cow burps, and …


Quinoa Bacteria Research

Dan Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

Expanding the possibilities of quinoa. That’s today’s This Land of Ours. Quinoa is increasingly popular as a high-protein, slightly nutty flavored grain-like seed that can be made into flour for bread and pasta, used in soups and cereal, eaten as a snack food, and fermented into alcoholic beverages like beer. Colorado and Nevada currently lead U.S production of quinoa, but …


Farmer Veteran Coalition Fellowship Awards

Dan This Land of Ours

From the military to the fields. How farmer veterans, and a coalition that serves them, are working the land. That’s the topic of today’s This Land of Ours. The Farmer Veteran Coalition is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization that helps veterans and active duty members of the U.S. military create agricultural businesses. One way they do that is through the Farmer Veteran …


Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities

Dan Climate Change, Environment, This Land of Ours, USDA-NRCS

The focus on improving the climate through agriculture continues.  The first round of funding through the new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities received more than 450 proposals. The Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities opportunity provides up to $1 billion for pilot projects that create market opportunities for commodities produced using climate-smart practices. The proposals from the first round of funding ranged from $5 million …

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Farmer Mental Health Month

Dan This Land of Ours

Protecting Farmers’ Mental Health  Farming is one of the most challenging ways to make a living and can take a toll on farmers and everyone close to them. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Jessica Cabrera, American Farm Bureau managing director of member engagement, says mental health can be a difficult topic to discuss in farm country. “Farm life …

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U.S. Helping to Feed the World

Dan This Land of Ours

The U.S. is once again helping to feed the world. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The United States has long prided itself in our ability to feed the world. Administration leaders have taken another step to do just that. U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development are drawing down the full balance of …


Deadline Extension for Innovators

Dan Agriscience, Research, This Land of Ours

A deadline is extended for innovators in agriculture. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), in partnership with Farm Credit, is seeking entrepreneurs to apply online for the 2023 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Now in its ninth year, this national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies developing innovative solutions to challenges faced …

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Local Food Marketing Practices

Dan This Land of Ours, USDA-NASS

USDA Releases Data on Local Food Marketing Practices. More than 147,000 American farms produced and sold food locally through direct marketing practices, resulting in $9 billion in revenue during 2020. The Local Food Marketing Practices data released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service covers both fresh and value-added foods, such as meat and cheese. More than 40,000 farms sold food …