Farm Life


  • Shelby County, Iowa, farmer Amy McLaughlin (far right) talks to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (far left) about how high CRP rental rates are making it hard for younger farmers such as herself to lease ground where she lives. McLaughlin knows about the rental rates because she also works at the local FSA office. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

    Young Farmers Battle With CRP

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack held a roundtable Wednesday with a mix of young and beginning Iowa farmers. The farmers used the forum to talk about their success or complications with various USDA programs, but there were also a lot of complaints about CRP rental...

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists 20 parishes (counties) in Louisiana have received federal disaster declarations due to historic flooding. (Photo courtesy of USDA)

    Louisiana Flood Disaster

    It is difficult to get a handle on the extent of agriculture losses in Louisiana because the water hasn't receded yet, but it's clear southern parishes in Louisiana have lost crops and livestock because of historic flooding.

  • This year's View From the Cab farmers are Chase Brown of Decatur, Illinois, and Jim Hoover of Newport, Pennsylvania. (Brown photo by Pam Smith; Hoover photo by Edwin Remsberg)

    View From the Cab

    Last week brought some form of pain to both of DTN's View From the Cab farmers: To Jim Hoover of Newport, Pennsylvania, in the form of some pricy input costs and to Chase Brown of Decatur, Illinois, in the form of a physical injury from an all-terrain vehicle mishap.

  • Last year saw the largest increase in U.S. meat consumption seen since the 1970s. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

    More Meat Consumed

    Although strong, it's unclear whether consumption and trade can keep up with a trend of rapidly expanding protein production in the U.S.

Farm Life Perspectives

An Urban's Rural View

Editors' Notebook

Greg D Horstmeier


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