Global Farmer Network

The Global Farmer Network is a non-profit advocacy group led by farmers who support free trade and farmers’ freedom to choose the tools, technologies, and strategies they need to maximize productivity and profitability in a sustainable manner.

The Global Farmer Network is a non-profit advocacy group led by farmers who support free trade and farmers’ freedom to choose the tools, technologies, and strategies they need to maximize productivity and profitability in a sustainable manner.

Articles By Global Farmer Network

Sep 26, 2020

Agriculture Demonstrates Resilience Through the Flames

By Mark Wagoner: Touchet, Washington, USA The air “was perfectly thick with smoke,” wrote George McClellan as he explored the Cascade Mountains in 1853. Forest fires had reduced visibility so much that the future Civil War general quipped that he felt like he was back in a cigar-infested barracks room
Sep 13, 2020

AI Technology Puts a Plant Doctor in Every Pocket

By V. Ravichandran: Poongulam Village, Tamil Nadu, India I have my plant doctor in my pocket. That’s how I think about my mobile phone, ever since I discovered an app that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence. It helped me solve a confusing problem. My experience shows a new way
Sep 03, 2020

Farming Through Risk

By Tim Keegan: Mount Vernon, Iowa - USA I’ve lived through tornadoes and hailstorms—but I’ve never seen anything like the derecho that blasted across Iowa and the Midwest on August 10. Only in the last few days has life on my farm returned to something that resembles normal. For nearly
Aug 20, 2020

Supporting Science to Defeat Permanent Pandemics With Mosquito Control

By Carol Keiser: Belleair, Florida - USA Has anybody ever wished you a happy World Mosquito Day? Me neither. Yet the time is now. Each year, we mark World Mosquito Day on August 20. Established in 1897, the purpose is to raise awareness about the connection between mosquitoes and malaria
Aug 13, 2020

Seeing is Believing: Modern Technology Delivers Change

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. A video of my farm on social media has attracted more than 50,000 views—and counting. It uses the incredible power of images to convey a simple and important truth about the safety, effectiveness, and advantage of Bt corn. The video is from
Aug 09, 2020

To Feed a Nation, Cuba Opens the Door to GM Technology

By John Rigolizzo Jr.: Berlin, New Jersey, USA Cuba has some of the best soil I’ve ever seen. I’d love to farm in ground that good. I just wouldn’t want to live on that oppressed island. Cuba may be blessed with rich soil, but Communism has condemned its farmers to
Jul 26, 2020

Modern Technology is a Sustainability Tool for Every Farmer

By Terry Wanzek: Jamestown, North Dakota, USA Where’s my jet pack? This rhetorical question is an old joke, usually uttered to express satiric dissatisfaction with how we’re not living in the future we once imagined for ourselves. We saw jet packs on The Jetsons, in Rocketeer comic books, and on
Jul 16, 2020

Validation of Agriculture as an Essential and Sustainable Industry

By Roberto Peiretti: Rosario, Argentina Did you know that our most basic foods could be totally consumed around the world in just a few months? This is why governments everywhere have labeled agriculture an “essential” activity during the Covid-19 crisis. It was gratifying to see this appreciation during the social
Jul 12, 2020

Supporting Science and Innovation are the Best Defense

By Jennie Schmidt: Sudlersville, Maryland The reports of the death of dicamba are greatly exaggerated—but farmers and consumers ought to worry about the death of innovation. Last month a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that dicamba, which helps control weeds in fields of dicamba-tolerant soybeans