Tailgate Talk

October 22, 2016 02:47 AM
World ripples

By Sara Brown and Susan Skiles Luke

What A Day: Clipped Corner Leads to Calamity


Rushing to the grain truck, this tractor and gravity flow wagon turned too tightly, clipping a sprayer tender tank. The right front corner of the wagon was crushed, as well as the employee’s hopes for getting off work early.

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email images to whataday@farmjournal.com or hashtag #FJWhatADay on Twitter and Instagram.

Sharing the Stories of “Why I Farm”


Recent Iowa State University graduate Natalina Sents has a passion for farmers of all kinds and hearing the stories behind their work. Partnering with Beck’s, Sents is setting out on the Why I Farm Roadtrip—a year-long, 50-state tour documenting agriculture’s diversity and revealing the untold stories of America’s farmers. She’ll be sharing her interviews on the Why I Farm blog and social media pages. Already Sents has collected a variety of stories, including interviews with Michigan blueberry farmers Randy and Carol Bowerman, Delaware dairy farmer Walter Hopkins, Kentucky crop farmers and local CSA meat suppliers Jim and Jimmy Gilles and Iowa hog producer Erin Brenneman. Follow Sents on her journey at www.whyifarm.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Stat Rack

World trade is critical for U.S. farmers and ranchers.

20%- Proportion of farm income attributed to U.S. ag exports

>20%- Proportion of U.S. farm production that is exported

35%- Value of one hog attributed to exports

18%- Value of one steer attributed to exports

>50%- Proportion of U.S. soybean crop that is exported

>25%- Proportion of U.S. soybean crop exported to China

13%- Proportion of U.S. corn crop that is exported

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