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AGCO Announces 2018 Team Hesston Lineup; Adds Three New Cowboys

by AGCO

Posted on Thursday July 26, 2018, 12:51 pm

Hesston by Massey Ferguson®, the industry-leading hay equipment brand from AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), announces the 2018 Team Hesston cowboy and cowgirl lineup.

Comprised of some of the top contestants in ProRodeo today, Team Hesston Rodeo is the focal point of Hesston's support of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), a relationship that dates back to 1975. Team Hesston Rodeo's 10-member team includes:

Dustin Bird – 5-time WNFR-qualifying Team Roper (Header); Tie-down Roper
Luke Branquinho – 5-time World Champion Steer Wrestler, 14-time WNFR-qualifier; Tie-down Roper
Sherry Cervi – 2013 WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer, 4 WPRA world titles, 19-time WNFR-qualifier
Tyson Durfey – 2016 World Champion,10-time WNFR-qualifying Tie-down Roper
Ty Erickson – 4-time WNFR-qualifying Steer Wrestler
Joe Frost – 4-time W...

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Record-Breaking Almond Crop Predicted for 2018

by Almond Board

Posted on Thursday July 26, 2018, 12:48 pm

According to the NASS 2018 Almond Subjective Forecast, California almond orchards are expected to produce 2.30 billion pounds of nuts this year, up 1.3% from last year’s 2.27 billion-pound crop.

“Almond farmers used a variety of techniques to manage freezing nighttime temperatures in some parts of the Central Valley during bloom this year and those efforts appear to have worked,” said Richard Waycott, president and CEO, Almond Board of California. “Every year weather impacts farming, but almond trees thrive in our state because California is home to the world’s most efficient almond farmers, who continually improve their practices and rise to the challenge.”

The Almond Subjective Forecast, the first of two California almond forecast reports for this year’s crop, is based on opinions obtained from randomly selected almond farmers located throughout ...

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California Passes UK to Become World’s 5th Largest Economy

by Nathan Solis

Posted on Thursday July 26, 2018, 12:43 pm

California surpassed the United Kingdom to become the fifth largest economy in the world in 2017 with a gross domestic product of $2.7 trillion, according to new federal data released.

California’s jump to fifth place in the world ranking represents an increase of more than $100 billion from 2016. The Golden State now ranks above the economies of United Kingdom, India, France, Brazil, Italy and Canada, according to the California Department of Finance.

Much of the credit goes to California’s robust environment, population diversity and range of climates that promote a strong agriculture industry according to Kadee Russ, associate professor of economics at the University of California, Davis.

“California has done a good job of growing its university system that promotes innovation, but also provides technology to other industries, for example t...

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Female farmers more than wives

by Don Curlee

Posted on Thursday July 26, 2018, 12:37 pm

Women in the farm community are more vocal than they have been traditionally, and that is bringing new attention and respect for agriculture and its ways.

They are working in groups, as individuals, and through at least one national organization which includes several state-level units. None of the state units has as much of a battle with politicians and state government as the women in California do, but all are seriously vocal and consistently determined.

These contingents of women with farm backgrounds extend well beyond farm wives for membership. Students at all levels who have farm backgrounds are often challenged to speak up for their style of upbringing and their natural appreciation for food production. Often they respond to distorted views of farming held by other students or to disparaging messages from off-the-wall professors.

The nat...

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Are you compliant? California Meal Period and Agriculture

by Lisa Graystone

Posted on Thursday July 26, 2018, 12:30 pm

Technology is moving every industry forward at rapid pace, including the world of agriculture. There are many technology solutions that can help farmers and agriculture professionals efficiently run their businesses, save money, remain compliant with state laws and manage their employees. A new tech solution is the job tracking app, myEtimecard. This mobile solution can provide farmers with information about their diverse workforce at a glance. From their mobile device (iPhone or android) they can see where their employees are, manage meal periods, apply geofences to their work areas, remove the use of paper time cards and more. Also available from myEtimecard is a stand alone facial recognition kiosk, available to be used on a tablet (ipad), laptop or a stationary computer that has a webcam to check in and out of physical locations such as a dairy parlor. The app was created out of nec...

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