New Year Resolutions For Aggies

In 2017, everyone in agriculture must put “speaking out” at the top of their list The start of a new year is always a time of reflection. When I look back at 2016, I am reminded of Will Rogers’ comment that, “Last year we said, ‘Things can’t go on like this,’ and they didn’t, they […]

Sugar’s Role in Endurance Running

I’ve always loved running and ran my first marathon in 2003. It was the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska. It was simultaneously agonizing, inspiring, beautiful and horrible. There were steep gravel grades, moose on the course and long stretches of empty wilderness. I was hooked. There are so many reasons why I love […]

Agricultural Biotechnology Preserves Family Farm Legacies

This week I am excited to have Rhonda Steiger share her perspective on sugarbeet farming in south central Montana. Rhonda’s blog post highlights the integral role that agricultural biotechnology plays in the continued success of America’s family farms.  By Rhonda Steiger Hi! My name is Rhonda Steiger and my family farms in the Clark’s Fork Valley in south central […]

Idaho Grower Represents American Sugarbeet Growers at ISO Event

Duane Grant tells the international sugar community that the debate regarding the safety of GE technology is over. By Laura Rutherford. Photos courtesy of Taylor Grant. Duane Grant, 55, of Rupert, Idaho, vividly remembers the years when his sugarbeet fields would become virtually unharvestable because the weeds could not be controlled. “Despite intense effort, we had […]

Report from the 26th Annual Consultation of the WABCG and the ISO in London

Overall Outlook Is Optimistic for the Sugar Industry By Laura Rutherford. Photos courtesy of David Thompson. The mood was upbeat at the 26th annual consultation of the World Association of Beet and Cane Growers (WABCG) and the International Sugar Organization (ISO) in London. A record number of delegates attended the event, held on November 16, 2015, […]

Glyphosate: A Win-Win For Both The Consumer And Grower

I am always looking for opportunities to hear about what’s on peoples’ minds when it comes to agriculture and food. It seems that the American public is always concerned about the use of natural or synthetic pesticides on farms and the role they play in modern agriculture to battle weeds, bugs, worms, fungi and rodents […]

Greetings from California

This week I am very excited to welcome my first guest blogger–Suzanne Rutherford from Brawley, California! Suzanne is a mom, grandma and sugarbeet grower who will share the Sweet Truth about sugar production in the Golden State. By Suzanne Rutherford When I tell you I’m from California, your mind’s eye probably envisions the iconic images of […]

Banquet In A Field

By Laura Rutherford, Juli Mauch and Nancy Wulfekuhle As farmers, we have a strong desire to tell people all about what we do and what it takes to get food from our farm to their tables. Over the past year, 18 women growers from each sugarbeet growing region of the United States have come together […]