Farm Progress

7 ag stories you might have missed

Catch up on the Farm Progress Show, fertilizer price trends, USDA's debt relief plan and more!

Rachel Schutte

August 26, 2022

3 Min Read
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Did you miss some agricultural news this week? We’ve got you covered. Check out these top headlines in agriculture from around the country.

Gear up for the 2022 Farm Progress Show

The Farm Progress Show is set to take place in Boone, Iowa next week – Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. With hundreds of exhibitors, there’s no better place to engage with the latest farm products and the specialists who developed, tested and designed them! Catch up on all things #FPS22 and get a sneak peak of some show highlights with these stories:

USDA’s new plan for farmer debt relief

This week Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack shared a video message with farmers saying the USDA is working on a plan to assist distressed farmers and those who have experienced discrimination in USDA lending programs. The agency also announced $550 million to support projects that enable underserved producers to access land, capital, and markets, and train the next, diverse generation of agricultural professionals. – Farm Progress

Fertilizer prices trend lower

After two years of rising input prices, an index of Illinois retail production cost averages from June 2 to Aug. 11 dropped nearly 16%. The current price drop is a sign that fertilizer producers are responding to the economic incentive of higher prices and increasing production. However, energy costs – specifically natural gas – will remain a significant factor impacting fertilizer production and pricing through year-end. Get the full fertilizer outlook from Jacqueline Holland. – Farm Futures

Ag groups can intervene in gray wolf lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will allow a coalition including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Public Lands Council, American Sheep Industry Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation to defend the delisting of the gray wolf. Since being listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1974, the gray wolf population has seen tremendous recovery, exceeding recovery goals by 300%. – Farm Progress

Carbon sequestration research

A new five-year, $15 million project at The Ohio State University will measure how much organic and inorganic carbon gets sequestered in the soil under different farming practices in key regions across the western hemisphere. Carbon sequestration through farming is an important tool in the battle against climate change, says Ohio State President Kristina Johnson. – Ohio State

Vietnam suspends ASF vaccine

Vietnam temporarily suspended the use of its African swine fever vaccine after dozens of pigs inoculated with the shots died this month. The country’s agriculture ministry has set up a working group to investigate the deaths. The pigs were among around 600 pigs at several farms that have received the ASF vaccine. – Reuters

Golden Harvest launches GHX Mobile

Golden Harvest’s GHX Mobile is an online tool and app that allows farmers to access field scouting recommendations, yield tracking and predictions, weather and markets in one place. The new mobile app can be used to manage all fields in an operation – regardless of the seed brand planted in each field. GHX Mobile is currently available for farmers using iOS (Apple) devices and is being piloted in Iowa and Illinois.

About the Author(s)

Rachel Schutte

Content Producer, Farm Futures

Rachel grew up in central Wisconsin and earned a B.S. in soil and crop science from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. Before joining the Farm Futures team, Rachel spent time in the field as an agronomist before transitioning to the world of marketing and communications. She now resides in northeast Iowa where she enjoys raising bottle calves and farming corn and soybeans alongside her husband and his family.

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