April 27, 2017

Keeping Neonicotinoids as a Viable Tool for Farmers – #AgVocate Audio

AgVocacy-Forum-Logo-BannerNeonicotinoid insecticides are among the most widely adopted insecticides for managing insect pests in annual and perennial crops worldwide.

However, their effects on non-target insect species, including bees, have raised concerns.

During the Bayer CropScience AgVocacy Forum in San Antonio, we visited with Professor Emeritus Pete Nowak, University of Wisconsin-Madison, about some recent studies examining the importance of neonicotinoid seed treatments for farmers in North America.

Have a Listen —>  Bayer AgVocacy Forum Pete Nowak

To view the studies, navigate your web browser to —   http://aginfomatics.com/index.html



BASF Living Acres Monarch Challenge Empowers Farmers to Create Vital Habitat – Audio

Farmers are poised to be heroes in the life of the monarch butterfly, which has begun its yearly migration in the face of a dwindling habitat. Tools from the BASF Living Acres Monarch Challenge will help farmers build the habitat monarchs need to make their way north with a vital sidekick: milkweed.

MCNR1Milkweed is critical to the monarch throughout its lifecycle, but can be difficult to grow.  The Living Acres Monarch Challenge is a program that helps farmers create more milkweed habitat alongside their production acres to increase the monarch population.”

The first 500 farmers to join the Monarch Challenge at www.MonarchChallenge.com will receive 18 butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) seedlings, a hose, gloves and a guide book to help them create this important habitat.  Planting milkweed seedlings is one of the easiest ways to start a habitat that will sustain itself for years to come.

Milkweed is critical for monarchs. The leaves are the only food source for monarch caterpillars. It is where the adults lay their eggs and the blossoms provide food for migrating adults.

At Commodity Classic in San Antonio, we visited about the Monarch Challenge with Karli Moore, Ag Sales and Marketing Professional Development Program at BASF.

BASF Karli Moore

Monarch Challenge participants are encouraged to share their milkweed planting success throughout the year by posting pictures to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #MonarchChallenge.

MCNR2BASF developed its biodiversity program, Living Acres, in 2015 with the initial goal of helping to restore the monarch population. Through Living Acres, BASF researches the most efficient way to grow milkweed alongside high production agriculture. The Monarch Challenge represents the next step in sharing best practices on milkweed development with farmers to help support the monarch butterfly.

Farmers can use their growing skills to become monarch butterfly heroes by joining the Monarch Challenge on the BASF Living Acres Facebook page or by visiting www.monarchchallenge.com.

*While supplies last.



2018 Farm Policy and Bill: Issues and Opportunities Conference – Audio

North Dakota State University’s Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies is hosting a farm bill conference in cooperation with representatives of North Dakota’s congressional delegation at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo.

The event is sponsored by the North Dakota Corn Growers Association, North Dakota Farmers Union and American Crystal Sugar.

roger_johnsonNational Farmers Union President Roger Johnson moderated a morning panel discusion on farm policy and what to expect in 2018.

Roger on Topics

Participants are discussing which programs worked in the 2014 farm bill, like the ARC or PLC programs, what could be changed or modified, and if there a need for a new farm policy.

Roger on Debate

Another question being asked in Fargo – will lawmakers get their work done on time regarding the new farm bill?

Roger on Completion

Other topics on the conference agenda include commodities and crop insurance programs, conservation, trade, and how past and present U.S. agricultural policies may influence future policies.