Industry News | 2-1-2021
National Farm Machinery Show Postpones Until 2022
The coronavirus pandemic has once again changed the plans of the 2021 National Farm Machinery Show. National Farm Machinery Show and Championship Tractor Pull announced its scheduled events will again be postponed, this time a full calendar year, until February 16 to 19, 2022. Despite initially planning to continue the shows this March, the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has led show management to make the decision to postpone events until next year.
Where is the Value in Your Farm Data?
The modern farmer has no shortage of ag data, the challenge is figuring out what data is useful and how it can be used to increase efficiencies on the farm, which saves a grower time and money. Attendees of the Farms.com Precision Agriculture Conference and Ag Technology Showcase tuned in to Felix Weber’s presentation to learn just that. Weber is a Technical Agriculture Specialist with Ag Business & Crop, a provider of innovative product solutions for precision agriculture.
USDA Temporarily Suspends Debt Collections, Foreclosures and Other Activities on Farm Loans
Due to the national public health emergency caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the temporary suspension of past-due debt collections and foreclosures for distressed borrowers under the Farm Storage Facility Loan and the Direct Farm Loan programs administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). USDA will temporarily suspend non-judicial foreclosures, debt offsets or wage garnishments, and referring foreclosures to the Department of Justice; and USDA will work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to stop judicial foreclosures and evictions on accounts that were previously referred to the Department of Justice.
Direct Allele Introgression into Pure Chicken Breeds Using Sire Dam Surrogate (SDS) Mating
Poultry is the most abundant livestock species with over 60 billion chickens raised globally per year. The majority of chicken are produced from commercial flocks, however many indigenous chicken breeds play an important role in rural economies as they are well adapted to local environmental and scavenging conditions. The ability to make precise genetic changes in chicken will permit the validation of genetic variants responsible for climate adaptation and disease resilience and the transfer of beneficial alleles between breeds.
Turning Food Waste Back into Food
UC Riverside scientists have discovered fermented food waste can boost bacteria that increase crop growth, making plants more resistant to pathogens and reducing carbon emissions from farming. "Beneficial microbes increased dramatically when we added fermented food waste to plant growing systems," said UCR microbiologist Deborah Pagliaccia, who led the research.