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In a Stagnant Ag Economy, Trade’s Important

In our age of 24/7 news/fake news, opinions that span the spectrum from insightful to frothing at the mouth, social media posts and YouTube videos of everything from daredevil stunts to cat antics, we seem finally to have found the fitting environment for political rhetoric.   Read more

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Three Startups Enter AgLaunch365 Farm-Centric Platform

AgLaunch365 has accepted three new agtech startups into Phase I of its farm-centric innovation platform. AgLaunch365 provides startups with the tools needed to integrate with farmers to create and implement sophisticated field trial protocols and prepare for funding by aligned capital sources.   Read more

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Sen. Roberts Calls for NAFTA Support

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued a call to action to members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to join him in setting the record straight about the benefits the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provides to American[…]

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What’s Next for WOTUS?

Few things in recent history have unified the agriculture community more than the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The 2015 regulation was an easy target and timed perfectly for the election. In the wake of the 2016 election, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers[…]

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Robots and AI and Drones, Oh My

When CALS alumnus and tobacco grower Brandon Batten needed to streamline his baling process 10 years ago, he designed and built the automation himself. His homemade hydraulic-powered conveyors, scales and overhead chain-pulley system cut a day-long process down to an hour.   Read more

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USDA Issues Disaster Declaration for Hurricane-Stricken Florida Farmers

Ask a Florida grower if Hurricane Irma was a disaster for them, and the likely response is emphatic one way or the other. While the cleanup process following a calamity is anything but pleasant, USDA’s official disaster declaration in the wake of Irma comes as welcome news for farmers seeking financial aid[…]

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