This Week in Agribusiness, May 8, 2021

Featured this week: planting, livestock market, bee hive technology, Mental Health Awareness and more.

Mike Wilson, Executive Editor – Farm Futures joins Mike Pearson to talk planting. Mike shares his conversations with farmers over the last week and their concerns with dryness and inflation. Mike also shares that the Farm Futures Summit and Ag Finance Boot camp is coming in June and will be in person as well as virtual components available. You can register online to for one or both events.

Mike dives into the livestock market with Dennis Smith, Archer Financial Services. Dennis talks more about grain market, weather and soybeans.

Chad Colby learns about new technology for bees that help monitor the hives. Gabriel Giesick, Director of Sales & Marketing, UBEES, shares how you can monitor 3-4 different aspects of the hives to check on the temperature and vitality. This information allows the farmers the ability to see inside their hives.

We check in with Regional American Soybean Association Conservation Legacy Award winner Jason Russell in Monticello, Iowa. Russell has always been conservation minded which leads him to be more efficient in his decisions for his farm.

Max Armstrong takes a look at the Ag Economy Barometer report, sharing concerns of farmers polled. especially with the estate tax and passing the farms down to the next generations. Also 70% of the farmers polled are excited to get back to in person farm shows this year.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Max checks in with Adrienne Desutter, Behavioral Health Consultant. Desutter points out that communication is key for farm families and ways that a mediator or counselor can help to manage mental health.

Greg Soulje is in to share the weekly weather forecast.

Max's Tractor Shed spotlights a restored 1954 Farmall Super C owned by Matt Schwab from Standish, Michigan.

Mark Stock shares what's coming up on the auction block for Big Iron Auctions.

Mike Pearson continues to salute the FFA programs across the country and this week talks with Georgia FFA State Southern VP, Ethan Hyers. Ethan shares how serving through a pandemic was different, ending the year with an in person event and what his future holds moving forward.

Orion shares a few tips to follow as we move into event season in this week’s Samuelson Sez.

Max salutes farm moms and highlights what they love most about raising childen on the farm.

This Week in Agribusiness features market news, ag technology, weather and farm management and equipment information and opinions. This leading ag news program airs weekly on RFD-TV, and can be found each week on FarmProgress.com.
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