According to a recent Farm Journal Pulse, 20% of farmers don’t have insurance because it’s too expensive or for another reason. Another 24% have coverage but say it’s minimal or catastrophic only.
In four operations in Mississippi, Iowa and South Dakota, conservation agriculture and financial success are a wedded pair.
Who slashes farmland acreage by three-quarters, jettisons a machinery fleet, and upends field practices, yet watches profits rise by 70 percent? Meet Del Ficke and a less-is-more farming approach.
USDA anticipates net farm income to decrease nearly 7 percent from 2017 to $59.5 billion, the lowest number since 2006. Net cash farm income forecast to decrease down about 5 percent to $91.9 billion.
Wayne Springer is tired of paying $300 for a bag of traited corn seed. Unafraid to change horses in midstream, the 60-year-old producer is transitioning from a row crop farm to a ranching operation.