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Are you going to the National FFA Convention, or is someone you know going? Tell us what you plan to do while you’re there, and read on to learn about our contest on Facebook to win a new iPad! (more…)

Case IH recently presented the award of nine new Farmall® A tractors to the runners-up of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 2012 Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture competitions. These finalists demonstrate the leadership and skills that farmers need to meet the difficulties of the evolving agriculture industry. We’re proud to partner with AFBF in recognizing these hard-working and committed individuals. (more…)

To Be Ready for the future, you need all the best tools at your disposal: the best equipment, the best technology and the best seed, among other things. Reports of possible seed shortages for the coming season have created discussion in agriculture circles. Are the reports real, or are they exaggerated? What do you think? (more…)

What Blogs Do You Follow?

Categories: From the Editor

It requires more management and skill than ever to Be Ready for the future. And while it’s impossible to have an expert on-staff for every area of your business, there are some very good sources online.

To that end, we’ve added a “Related Ag Blogs” section on the right side of the blog. Each quarter, we’ll update it with different writers and topics. Let us know what you think and please share any other blogs you find helpful for your farming operation! (more…)

The talk about the Department of Labor’s proposed regulations on child labor has been high in the agriculture community, and for good reason, but some are questioning whether improving farm safety and providing more education to farm workers might be the answer – not changing the law.

Do you think the proposal should be passed? Is changing the law needed or would improving farm safety be the solution? Leave a comment and let us know.  (more…)

Recap of a Great Year

Categories: From the Editor

As 2011 wraps up, we appreciate your patronage and interest in the Be Ready blog. We’re thankful that agriculture continues to thrive, largely due to dedicated, passionate farmers like you. Here’s a recap of some of our blogs this year – are there others that stick out in your mind? We welcome your comments on our previous blog posts and invite you to offer ideas for topics you’d like to see covered in 2012.

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Today’s guest blogger is Mitch Kaiser, the Marketing Manager for Steiger® tractors.  He’s been with the company for 37 years, with a third of these in Product Development, so he knows a thing or two about cab evolution. You can see Mitch in this short video of a Steiger Cab walkaround, shot during the 2011 Farm Progress show.  Take a look at how we’re maximizing creature comforts in the Steiger cab, and let us know what you think. What’s the best cab design innovation so far?  What technology have you adopted that you can’t live without?  What do you think will be the next big thing? 

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development is helping make high-speed Internet a reality in rural areas. Read on to see how this impacts your business and increases your competitiveness. (more…)

Food For Thought On Thanksgiving

Categories: From the Editor

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, we’re grateful for farmers who work tirelessly to grow our food. We give thanks too for the bountiful resources we have in North America: productive soils, structured markets, a quality infrastructure and the technology that allows us to keep improving efficiency and yields. Other areas of the world are not as fortunate.

Howard G. Buffett, a speaker at the Borlaug Dialogue symposium during the World Food Prize this fall, has worked extensively in Africa to alleviate hunger. A farmer, philanthropist, and son of Warren Buffett, he is also a gifted photographer, and documented the hunger situation in his book, Fragile – The Human Condition. Through his journey, he discovered that we can’t solve other people’s problems, no matter how much money we spend; people need to be engaged in solving their own problems, with help from others.

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As harvest comes to a close, we’re reminded once again of nature’s power. The drought in Texas that devastated crops and livestock. The excessive spring moisture that prevented 30 percent of Manitoba from even being seeded.

Yet something else also stands out in the 2011 harvest reports from throughout North America. And that is, thanks to continuous innovations in big iron, farmers are increasingly able to work around Mother Nature. Obviously we’ll never defeat her completely, but we’re definitely winning more battles.

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