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Confounding Economics: The Farm Income Mirage and How to Prepare for the Future

By understandingag / September 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Confounding Economics: The Farm Income Mirage and How to Prepare for the Future

Confounding Economics: The Farm Income Mirage and How to Prepare for the Future Allen Williams, Ph.D., Understanding Ag, LLC Recent articles have left me scratching my head about the state of U.S. farm economics, especially looking at conflicting titles like, “Farm Income to Hit 7-Year High, Thanks to Record-Setting Aid” and “Farm Cash Receipts Forecasted […]

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Kiss the Ground

By understandingag / September 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Kiss the Ground

“Kiss the Ground.” Understanding Ag’s Ray Archuleta, Gabe Brown and Kris Nichols, Ph.D. Upcoming ‘Kiss the Ground’ Movie Features Three Understanding Ag Experts Questions and Answers with Our ‘In-House’ Stars By Ron Nichols, Understanding Ag Kiss the Ground is a new, feature-length movie that explores key soil health and regenerative agricultural principles, and features interviews […]

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Unintended Consequences of Crop Insurance

The ‘Unintended’ Consequences of Taxpayer-Subsidized Crop Insurance

By Understanding Ag / August 23, 2020 / Comments Off on The ‘Unintended’ Consequences of Taxpayer-Subsidized Crop Insurance

By Doug Peterson There are many things that influence what a person does and how well they take care of the land they own or operate. Several studies show that any kind of absentee or non-operating landowner (investors, heirs, retirees) generally do not invest in conservation on the land as much as owner-operators. There are […]

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Where Human Health Begins: One Farmer’s Story of Regeneration

By Understanding Ag / August 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Where Human Health Begins: One Farmer’s Story of Regeneration

By Ron Nichols Sometimes, adversity is a blessing, though rarely does it seem so in the moment. Just ask Roy Thompson, a 33-year-old farmer from Akaska, South Dakota. At age 20, Roy was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel condition that the Mayo Clinic’s website describes as “both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may […]

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Farmer Macauley Kincaid

‘Dad, I think you’re the greatest farmer in the world’ Checking in on the regenerative journey of Macauley Kincaid

By Understanding Ag / July 26, 2020 / Comments Off on ‘Dad, I think you’re the greatest farmer in the world’ Checking in on the regenerative journey of Macauley Kincaid

By Ron Nichols I first spoke with the then 25-year-old Macauley Kincaid a little over a year ago, shortly after he attended a Soil Health Academy school. After that experience, Macauley went back to his Southwest Missouri farm and began applying the insights and recommendations from SHA’s experts with what can only be described as […]

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Six Steps to Control Internal External Parasites

Don’t Let it Bug You Six Steps to Control Internal & External Parasites

By Understanding Ag / July 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Don’t Let it Bug You Six Steps to Control Internal & External Parasites

Allen R Williams, Ph.D. Parasite control in livestock is a major issue and has been heavily focused on for several decades now.  There are numerous anthelmintics (chemical dewormers) available for internal parasite control and a host of pyrethroid and organophosphate products available for fly control.  The issue with any of these products is that they […]

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A tale of two industries

A Tale of Two Industries

By Understanding Ag / June 13, 2020 / Comments Off on A Tale of Two Industries

Allen R Williams, Ph.D. The 1859 novel written by Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, was required reading for millions of school kids in English Literature classes and is one of the best-selling novels of all time. The story is set in the late 18th century against the background of the French Revolution. Just […]

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Can food be our medicine?

Can Food Be Our Medicine

By Understanding Ag / June 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Can Food Be Our Medicine

Allen R Williams, Ph.D., Understanding Ag, LLC Did you know that the health of plants, animals, ecosystems and humans is inextricably tied to plant phytochemical diversity? So, what are phytochemicals? In short, they are compounds naturally produced by plants that help the plants thrive in challenging conditions, fight off competitors, pest insects and disease. When […]

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Most Radical Act you can do - Grow Your Own Food

The Most Radical Act You Can Do: Grow Your Own Food!

By Understanding Ag / May 31, 2020 / Comments Off on The Most Radical Act You Can Do: Grow Your Own Food!

Ray Archuleta, Understanding Ag, LLC Concerns about the US food chain supply made their way into the mainstream this week, as more meat processing and packaging plants suspend operations temporarily due to coronavirus outbreaks in the workforce. When Smithfield Foods announced it was shutting its Sioux Falls plant indefinitely, CEO Ken Sullivan warned that doing […]

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Summer Grazing Success

Dr. Allen’s 10 Tips for Summer Grazing Success

By Understanding Ag / May 24, 2020 / Comments Off on Dr. Allen’s 10 Tips for Summer Grazing Success

Allen R Williams, Ph.D., Understanding Ag LLC By the time you read this we will be fully into summer 2020.  In many parts of the country it has been much cooler than normal well into the month of May.  Even here in Mississippi we have had a very pleasant spring.  Nighttime temperatures in the 40s […]

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