Agricultural Articles

No Dinner Tonight - Is India Ready To Rethink Biotech Benefits?

By V. Ravichandran

I’m old enough to remember India in the 1960s, when my country couldn’t feed itself. We had to import millions of tons of grain and other foodstuffs just to survive. The situation was so bad that Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri went on the radio to appeal to his fellow citizens to give up one meal per week in the belief that this sacrifice would enable others to eat.

I was about seven years old at the time. My family met the challenge by forfeiting a meal every Monday—so did a lot of other families. In our area, the restaurants and canteens would shut down temporarily to encourage participation. Read more

Three Billion Acres and Growing!

We don’t know exactly where it happened, so there weren’t any fireworks or parades. It could have been in my country of Brazil. It almost certainly was in South America where an early planting season offered the correct timing.

But sometime in the recent past, the acres planted to biotech crops passed three billion acres, according to Truth about Trade & Technology, an American non-profit group keeping track of planting reports from world governments.

How big is three billion acres? It’s bigger than all of the United States by one-third. It’s bigger than the Amazon rainforest. It’s bigger than all of Brazil. It’s big enough to say with absolute certainty that biotechnology is now a thoroughly conventional attribute of modern agriculture. Read more

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National Days of Service get FFA members involved in central Indiana community

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012) – Hundreds of FFA members will volunteer their time and skills Thursday and Friday to help a host of Indianapolis-area organizations.

Each year during its annual National FFA Convention & Expo, the National FFA Organization stages itsNational Days of Service and encourages students to volunteer. The program is designed to educate FFA members about the importance of community service to both local communities and their own personal development.

The 10 organizations that FFA members will volunteer for are: Read more

CRITIQUE THE CRITICS by National Crop Insurance Services

This week, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a conservative think tank, took a few more swipes at the policies on which America's farmers depend.  That includes the very crop insurance system helping the men and women who grow our food get back on their feet after an historic drought.

What if there's no farm bill? Asked and Answered by American Enterprise Institute

Will the sky fall? What happens if there is no new farm bill by Oct. 1, 2012

ASA Supports Discharge Petition to Move House Farm Bill Ahead

ASA Supports Discharge Petition to Move House Farm Bill
Sept. 13, 2012… St. Louis, Mo… In response to Thursday’s introduction of a discharge petition by Rep.

Farm Policy Facts Extolls the Virtues of Crop Insurance for America's Farmers

By Rene Pastor

On land where wheat stalks, heavy with grain, would normally wave on a breeze in the late summer, the searing drought of 2012 has zapped nearly every inch of land across the Kansas plain, leaving it burnt and lifeless.

There was no way to hide from the drought in the Grain Belt. Just one year after the worst dry spell in a century devastated farmers in Texas, it spread like a virulent disease into the Midwest—the breadbasket for much of the world’s corn, soybeans and of course, wheat.

The United States is a major wheat-producing country, with output typically exceeded only by China, the European Union and India, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service. Read more

ASA Launches Soy Action Center to Connect Farmers with Capitol Hill

ASA Launches Soy Action Center to Connect Farmers with Capitol Hill
Sept. 10, 2012… St. Louis, Mo… As Congress returns from recess this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) announces the launch of the Soy Action Center, a grassroots communications portal through which ASA’s 21,000 farmer members can connect with their members of Congress, administration and federal agency officials, and state and local offices.
“The Soy Action Center will be a very valuable tool for our members moving forward,” said ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb.