The Collapse of the Middle

Just as the economy has witnessed a shrinking Middle Class, one research firm believes the same trend will carry-over to farmers throughout the next 20 years....

Yield Contests

These grower-led competitions are a proving ground for new products and production practices. Genetics is seldom a limiting factor when it comes to...

The Inspiring and Crazy Food Love Movement

On the trip of a lifetime with the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, Julie Deering tasted, witnessed and explored the shaping of a new food culture — one that...

7 Trends to Watch

The food and beverage industry is coming to life, invigorated by healthy eating, convenience, technology and brands with purpose. These are the trends that will shape the future of...

Diving into the Mega-Merger Waters

Expert weighs in on the Dow-Dupont, Bayer-Monsanto acquisitions. In 2015 and 2016, the headlines announcing the pending Dow-DuPont merger of equals and the Bayer-Monsanto merger were still wet on the...

A Sunny Future for Sunflowers

As demand for sunflower oil increases, the outlook for seeds is optimistic. At the start of 2019, U.S. sunflower growers have a generally optimistic outlook. Demand for sunflower seed has...
microbes

Tracking Turf Trends

Yield, competition and regulations drive seed production and the turf market. When it comes to grass seed production, overall, if varieties are not excellent to very good yielders, then they...

From Seed To Plate

An unlikely partnership goes to extraordinary efforts to bring about the heritage and ancient grain movement in Arizona, adding flavor to the millennial diet. All Jeff Zimmerman wanted was a...
FAO

What Does the Future of the Seed Industry Look Like?

Looking to the future causes anxiety about the economy, but do we really need to worry? What will the seed industry look like in 10 years? Will growers want more...

Seed Companies Optimistic, Producers Pessimistic

Results are in from the July Ag Economy Barometer and producers have low expectations for the year ahead. However, those in the seed industry remain optimistic. Driven by commodity prices...
retention

How Great Managers Keep Employees

Half of employee retention begins before you make the hire. Have you ever had one of those work days when nothing went well? Your boss yelled at you, you felt...

4 Steps to Help Farm Customers Better Cope with Tight Margins

As of late, the economy surrounding agriculture always seems bleak; the next commodity price drop is just over the horizon, the experts say. But if you’re part of a...

Is Agriculture Coming into a “Golden” Age?

The announcements of all the seed and crop protection mergers and acquisitions during the past two to three years might have left some with a less-than-optimistic outlook as it...
grain

2018 Global Outlook

New demands, structural change needed to reduce oversupply of grain. While American farmers have become more productive, it’s become difficult to find places for grain to go, and in the...
Millennial

Keeping Up with the Times

Millennials are coming back to their family farms and arming themselves with new ways of communicating with their customers. Communication is an important component to any successful business and the...
cover crop

Finding New Cover Crop Varieties

Few new varieties are being developed specifically for cover crops, as most are being selected. For the last five years, the USDA SARE annual cover crop survey has reported increasing...

Perennial Ryegrass Acres Decline

Those in the industry share why perennial ryegrass seed production is moving out of the Willamette Valley. Known as the “Grass Seed Capital of the World,” Oregon’s Willamette Valley is...

Water Policies Heat Up Cities

Native landscapes and lawn alternatives are found in homes and parks from coast to coast, but what do cities lose with the loss of grass? During the past few years,...

Turf, Trends and Conservation

Seedsmen and those who partner with the industry share their insight as to what’s driving the turf seed market and what areas, both end users and geographies, hold the...

Startup Companies: Created Out of Need

A seemingly increasing number of startups are entering the ag and seed space, and looking to deliver specific solutions to a need. The cascade of innovative products and technologies brought...