Farmfest 2016 Show Preview

The 2016 Farmfest show is just around the corner! Featuring over 500 exhibitors, special events, political discussion, and an entire day devoted to innovations in Minnesota agriculture, this year's show is sure to be the best one yet!

 

Click through for more information about Ag Innovators' Day, the Farmfest Ride & Drive, a list of visiting politicians, and much more.

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Jul/21/2016

IDEAg Planting Season Photo Contest

Send in your best planting season photo and enter for a chance to win a $100 Farm Bureau Bank VISA gift card.

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Apr/12/2016

The changing winds of Agri Lending

The days of single source-operating lines from your local banker have almost become obsolete. Even though community banks continue to dominate U.S. agricultural lending - issuing 77% of all Ag Loans - they are facing extreme challenges that negatively impact them, their Ag customers and the economies of the communities they serve.

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Apr/12/2016

USDA Prospective Plantings Report Bearish for Many Row-Crop Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 31, 2016 -- The Agriculture Department's Prospective Plantings Report released today suggests low prices for corn and rice will continue, extending the current, two-year farm downturn through the end of 2016, if not beyond.

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Apr/12/2016

2016 Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) Week

This week the American Farm Bureau Federation celebrates their 2016 Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP).

As farmers head out in the fields to begin planting, it's important to remember that safety on the farm should come before anything else.

AFBF has put together a number of resources to aide in preparing your production for a safe and successful season.

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Mar/07/2016

2017 AFBF Convention Speakers

Are you ready to:

Share innovative ideas, concepts or designs?

Explore and discuss the connection between food and agriculture?

Help our members hone leadership skills or improve farming acumen?

Meet and connect with farmer leaders and agribusiness professionals?

Present your ideas and information with some of the best and most creative minds in the country?

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Mar/07/2016

Be Cautious, Not Afraid When Looking at New Opportunity

The Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture released new estimates of farm income in early February.  Net Farm Income – which includes changes in the value of inventories and other non-monetary factors – for 2016 is projected to be down 56 percent from levels seen as recently as 2013.  Net Cash Income which only looks at the cash revenue and cost parts of the ledger suggests a decline from 2013 in the 30 percent range, but still…

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Feb/18/2016

“The Top Ten Mistakes That Break Up a Family Business!”™

Article by Jolene Brown, Farmer and Professional Speaker, West Branch, Iowa

In this generational diversity of needs and dreams, we have forgotten that sound business and transitional management must be based on more than genetics, tradition, assumptions and emotion.

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Feb/17/2016

Introducing the IDEAg Newsletter

Hello from IDEAg! The all new IDEAg Newsletter has arrived. Stay up to date on all the latest happenings in agriculture, including new technology, policy issues, commodity markets, and product information from our trade show exhbitors.

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Jan/18/2016

Annual Convention Wrap Up

Last week, close to 6,000 of America’s farmers and ranchers arrived at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, for the IDEAg Trade Show and 97th Annual Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The trade show floor, with more than 100 exhibitors, featured education on the IDEAg Cultivation Center stage, a Celebration of Grassroots reception, the Taste of America lunch event and some of the best agribusinesses from across the country.

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Jan/18/2016

Northern Illinois Farm Show, 34 years of Midwestern service

The 34th annual Northern Illinois Farm Show took place last week at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, Illinois. The show brought in close to 200 exhibitors and a few thousand attendees from northern Illinois, eastern Iowa and southern Wisconsin.

Featuring education from the University of Illinois Extension and Allendale Inc., the show provided a convenient location for Midwest farmers to visit with the top agribusinesses of the area and participate in discussions on everything from weather preparedness to weed management decisions.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture also conducted its annual Pesticide Applicator Training on both Wednesday and Thursday. 

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Jan/18/2016