Paul Geyer sits in the driver’s seat of his new vehicle, while Otto Sauer rides in the passenger seat. The photo was taken somewhere in Madison County, Nebraska.

A month after Joe Biden was sworn in as 46th president of the United States, farmers are starting to get a better picture of who comprises his agricultural team in Washington, D.C.

Well-known Iowa agricultural leaders Paul Johnson and Merlin Plagge both died recently. Johnson, 79, was a farmer, state legislator and conservation leader in Iowa and nationally. Plagge, 91, was a former president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

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Two actions that will benefit agricultural businesses this year are ditching “that’s the way things have always been done” and “that will never work for us” attitudes.

OPINION  During the past couple weeks I’ve been involved in discussions regarding the political efforts to change the cultural practices of American agriculture. The discussions bring in various terms we’ve all heard – “green new deal,” “climate change,” “carbon credits,” “carbon tax(es),” etc.; we all know the list. After debates like that I like to take some quiet time to digest the discussion, reflect on different points of view, and consider the logic those perspectives have in solving the problem or meeting the objective.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides annual estimates of manmade greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States by emissions source, as well as estimates of the amount of carbon trapped in forest and vegetation soil. Our previous articles reviewed the emissions for both 2017 and 2018 as well as trends in carbon sequestration.

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Farmers know there’s going to come a day when they’re no longer around to run their farms – and they know they should have plans in place for when that day comes. But farmers often delay planning because it forces them to think about difficult topics and make difficult decisions.

Fish byproducts rich in omega-3 fatty acids are being studied for their potential to improve reproduction in dairy cows and beef cows. Omega-3 fatty acids could extend the window of time for slow-growing embryos to be recognized, resulting in more successful pregnancies, according to researchers at the University of Northern Colorado.

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If I were a bumper-sticker guy, which I emphatically proclaim I am not and never have been, my bumper sticker would say, “Have I Told You Lately About My Silo Unloader Issues?” I bet I’d see a lot of thumbs-up gestures from pre-geriatric males driving F150s and wearing feed caps here in America’s Dairyland.

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MADISON, Wis. – Wis. Gov. Tony Evers recently proposed a $43 million investment in Wisconsin’s agricultural economy, to be included in his 2021-2023 biennial budget. The plan proposes investments for several programs to boost sales of agricultural products within Wisconsin and beyond. Among the proposals is a three-pronged plan to bolster meat processing. The governor proposes for 2022 and 2023 a total investment of $5.2 million in three areas.

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These days many folks on the land are feeling isolated. Country life can bring serenity but it can also bring loneliness, especially during a pandemic. In many rural areas broadband doesn’t exist and there’s little connectivity to the electronic world. Fortunately an idea advocated by Ben Franklin still connects farms and rural communities with the outside world and their neighbors. It’s called a library.