American Soybean Magazine Articles

Immersed in Agriculture

Not a day goes by that Kate Lambert is not immersed in farm finances and many of the other critical aspects of agriculture. Kate and her husband, Matt, are owners of Uptown Farms based in Laclede, Mo. She also is a loan officer for FCS Financial in north-central Missouri and a member of the 2017 … Read More »

Immersed in Agriculture

Melding Conservation and Profitability

Dallas, Wis., farmer Andy Bensend’s hand was forced. A casualty of the grim 1980s farm economy, Bensend filed bankruptcy in 1986. While difficult, the decision allowed Bensend to reinvent himself as a farmer. “I knew I had to be lean. I had a tractor, planter and sprayer,” Bensend said. “It was driven out of necessity, … Read More »

Melding Conservation and Profitability

Forecast for U.S. Soybean Demand: Strong and Stronger

A year ago, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Outlook Forum, the department’s top commodity analysts said that market fundamentals favored soybeans among the major crops, “particularly with expectations of continued growth in China’s soybean imports.” The intervening year has provided nothing to change the bullish demand outlook for soybeans and soy products. … Read More »

Forecast for U.S. Soybean Demand: Strong and Stronger

MAP and FMD: Activity Abroad Drives Profit at Home

Agricultural exports remain one of the brightest lights in the U.S. economy, expected to run a $23 billion surplus in 2017, creating a strong multiplier effect that is especially pronounced in rural communities. In 2014, $150 billion in total U.S. agricultural exports produced an additional $190 billion in economic activity for a total of $340 billion in economic output. Agricultural exports also supported 1.1 million full-time U.S. jobs, including 800,000 off-farm jobs in assembly, processing and distribution. … Read More »

From Convoys to Combines: Farm Bill Programs Help Veterans Find a New Way to Serve

Joshua Henderson’s e-mail valediction reads ‘Semper Fi’. Always faithful; the motto of the U.S. Marine Corps and many farmers’ promise to their land, the rural life they’ve chosen and the families they provide for.

Henderson joined the Marine Corps the day he turned 18 and served a total of four combat rotations. Today, he is a farmer in the Mississippi Delta raising soybeans and wheat. … Read More »

From Convoys to Combines: Farm Bill Programs Help Veterans Find a New Way to Serve

Cover Crop Tool Directs Decision Making

Farmers have as many questions as answers when it comes to cover crops. While this relative newcomer to conservation strategy is proving effective, it’s not without its challenges.

“The primary questions I have gotten from farmers for the last 10 years are about which cover crops to plant and how to use those crops to solve specific field conservation issues,” said Betsy Bower, certified crop adviser (CCA) with Ceres Solutions, Lafayette, Ind. … Read More »

Cover Crop Tool Directs Decision Making