HD Notebook

Ag overtime bill vetoed in California

Mon, 08/16/2010

A bill that would have set a national precedent by reducing the number of hours California farm employees must work in order to qualify for overtime pay has been vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Read more

Record corn and bean crops forecast, but use up, too

Fri, 08/13/2010

Corn production is forecast at a record high 13.4 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the previous record set in 2009, according to USDA's Crop Production report issued yesterday. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average a record-high 165.0 bushels per acre, up 0.3 bushel from last year’s record of 164.7. Read more

Temple Grandin the movie, now on DVD

Thu, 08/12/2010

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Ready for the farm show: Do you have a "short list" ready?

Wed, 08/11/2010

Under the summer sun is a popular place to showcase the latest corn hybrids, new equipment, and the latest technologies at annual farm shows. One for example, Empire Farm Days, the largest outdoor farm show in the Northeast, is being held this week in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Read more

Snacking, a golden opportunity for the dairy industry

Tue, 08/10/2010

The dairy industry has a lot of catching up to do in the snack world. Dairy products accounted for less than 3 percent of the $93.5 billion dollars spent on snack foods in 2009. Snacking: Identifying a World of Opportunities for Dairy was published by Dairy Management, Inc., earlier this year. Read more

Hoard 2-year-olds up nearly one point

Mon, 08/09/2010

Late last month, the entire Hoard Guernsey herd was appraised as part of June's scheduled rotation in Wisconsin. The youngest cow to receive a score was Dairyman Ben Neater, #1167. She calved on May 31 and will not reach her second birthday until September 19. She is a well-grown heifer that scored VG-82, with an 80-point udder, and an 87-point foot and leg. Read more

Dairies were awash in red ink in 2009

Fri, 08/06/2010

How deep a financial hole did milk producers dig in 2009? It was “Lassie, go get help!” deep.

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Check-off shake-ups and check-ups

Thu, 08/05/2010

When there's producer and grower money at stake –quite a bit of it– there always are strong feelings about who should spend it and how it should be spent. That's why both the beef check-off and soybean check-off programs have been in the news lately. Read more

Danone makes a bold sales assumption — is yogurt the reason?

Wed, 08/04/2010

If you have a newly-found love or fascination with yogurt and yogurt drinks, you are not alone. It seems as if your neighbor has picked up on it too, as did European yogurt giant Danone. Read more

Agricultural advocacy at its finest

Tue, 08/03/2010

Every October, Shamrock Farms, located in Stanfield, Ariz., opens up its modern 10,000-cow dairy to the public, taking advantage of the growing agricultural disconnect as a way to market its brand and teach Arizona’s children about large-scale dairying.

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