Superforecasting for the Farm

How much is it humanly possible to forecast future events on your farm?

With some mostly commonsense tactics, you can improve your prediction skills by 10% or more, according to new research.


Convert a Corner of Your Land for Conservation Payoff

For marginal lands money is available to convert a corner of your farm into other purposes – including habitat. The case for wildlife habitat establishment has turned down a different path in a time of below-breakeven corn prices, according to farmers and


Bee health debate heats up over pesticides

A new national campaign to restrict use of a widely applied group of pesticides is bringing increased attention to the question of how to improve the health of honeybees and other pollinators. 

This week a full-page advertisement appeared in major U.S. newspapers calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to impose a moratorium on use of neonicotinoids, a type of chemical used in seed treatments and other insecticides. 


Plug holes in post-harvest pipeline, say food & ag experts

Solving global hunger needs to focus on the forces beyond the farm gate, according to experts speaking at a World Food Prize panel on Friday. 

Despite some progress in alleviating poverty across the globe, hunger is still a huge issue, said Jomo Kwame Sundaram, an official with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  There are 842 million people who are suffering from chronic hunger, and that’s using a strict definition of the term, he said, meaning that people have been suffering from hunger for at least a year.