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USA | 25 July 2016
Debate over impact of beef production on environment needs realism

Denmark may be a small country, but a recent proposal there points to a challenge for the world’s beef industry. Its independent Council of Ethics has called on the Danish government to put a speci...


USA | 25 July 2016
Trump winning with US farmers

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is wooing farm voters and wielding influence in core battleground US states where agriculture is an economic imperative. But the outspoken candidate’s p...


USA | 22 July 2016
Is it too late to invest in farmland?

Last week, I wrote an article called The Bull Thesis on Farmland in which I presented the asset class and explained why I believe it to be a good idea to add some farmland to your portfolio. I was...


USA | 22 July 2016
Why a small agriculture tech company is big business

Agriculture is in a tough spot. The population is expected to teeter over 9.6 billion in 2050, and feeding this global citizenry will require a staggering 70 percent more food than the world produc...


USA | 21 July 2016
Wyoming farmers, ranchers selling to hungry consumers

At Casper's Food for Thought Summer Market on a recent Tuesday evening, Kacee Thacker chatted about her rhubarb-ginger ricotta. "This is naturally cultured," she told customer Michelle Lookhart. "I...


USA | 21 July 2016
McDonald's franchisees fear fresh beef push is food safety disaster in the making

Fresh, never-frozen beef patties may be what consumers want, but McDonald's franchisees are concerned that a major change to the chain's operations could give way to a food safety disaster. In a re...


USA | 21 July 2016
Mega-rich Mormon wants to turn Vermont farmland into prophet's 'City of Zion'

Wealthy Mormon tycoon David Hall is buying up farmland all over Vermont in efforts to bring his dream of a sustainable high-density community of Mormons to life. It won’t be a cult, however. Accord...


USA | 20 July 2016
Versailles, Kentucky moves toward annexing 336 acres of farmland

Versailles City Council is on its way to annexing 336 acres of farmland on the city’s east side. Some of the land will be used for a new hospital. The council voted unanimously Tuesday to accept th...


USA | 20 July 2016
Drought takes a toll on farmers

Southern Tier farmers are already feeling the effects of the current drought, with areas of Cattaraugus and Allegany counties getting up to 8 fewer inches of rain over the past two months. In Great...


USA | 20 July 2016
Robots to deliver environmental benefits in agriculture

Agricultural robots are a part of precision agriculture, which hold the promise to improve sustainable farming practices. From sensors to drones to satellite imagery to better software management ...


USA | 20 July 2016
It's time for Florida to ax elected Agriculture post

On Tuesday, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam hosted a "Taste of Florida" breakfast for Sunshine State delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. I'm sure the breakfast Put...


USA | 19 July 2016
200,000 pounds of frozen chicken, beef meals recalled

Chicago-based ConAgra Foods is recalling nearly 200,000 pounds of meat that may be tainted with a dangerous ingredient — “curled, malleable and shiny” metal fragments. The recall affects several ty...


USA | 18 July 2016
Sacramento’s farmers market is largest in California

Sacramento's farmers market is considered the largest, certified farmers market in California with 110 vendors.


USA | 15 July 2016
Expanding farms harm nature on 58 pct of world's land: study

An expansion of farmland has damaged nature beyond a "safe" limit on 58 percent of the world's land surface, threatening natural services such as crop pollination by insects, scientists said on Thursd...


USA | 15 July 2016
GMO labeling bill heads to Obama

Legislation requiring some foods to carry labels listing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. The Senate passed the bill on July 7. C...


USA | 15 July 2016
From dealing death to herding cattle, robots report for duty

The use of a robot fitted with explosives to kill Micah Johnson, the gunman who shot 12 Dallas police officers last week, is spurring debate about the legal and ethical implications of such technology...


USA | 15 July 2016
Livestock producers in dry conditions need to evaluate forage production

For livestock producers in abnormally dry areas of the state, it may be time to evaluate forage production in order to make appropriate plans so that demand matches curtailed forage supply. "If for...


USA | 15 July 2016
Paying farmers to go organic, even before the crops come in

The last time Wendell Naraghi tried to make money from organic nuts, in the 1980s, he failed miserably. “Basically, we stopped because no one paid me,” said Mr. Naraghi, whose father started the fa...


USA | 14 July 2016
Monsanto exploring deals, including BASF agriculture unit buy

Seed company Monsanto Co (MON.N), which rejected Bayer AG's (BAYGn.DE) buyout offer in May, is exploring various transactions, including the acquisition of BASF's agriculture-solutions unit, Bloomberg...


USA | 14 July 2016
Agriculture businesses polluting local waters

A new report by Environment Virginia claims two companies in the Valley --Tyson Foods and Perdue Farms-- are among the top water polluters of any agricultural business. Agriculture is a huge part o...


USA | 14 July 2016
Texas livestock producers feeling the heat

Texas cattle and livestock are starting to feel the heat as summer temperatures climb past 100 degrees. Dr. Joe Paschal, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock specialist in Corpus Christi,...


USA | 13 July 2016
Texas University researchers working on cloned beef

At the end of a dirt road 20 miles outside of Canyon, a stretch of the Texas Panhandle so flat you can watch your dog run away for three days, four scientists in cowboy hats and boots stand watch over...


USA | 13 July 2016
How farmers markets are evolving to be less about the farmers

Fruit and vegetable growers are facing significant declines in sales as customers gravitate more toward prepared foods, rather than raw ingredients. What's going on? In the old days, people went to...


USA | 12 July 2016
US dairy farmers get assistance to protect margin

Registration has opened in the US for dairy farmers to enrol for 2017, the third year of its Margin Protection Programme (MPP), which guarantees a margin over feed costs for milk sold. MPP will pay...


USA | 12 July 2016
Imagine the US beef consumer in 2036

What will the beef consumer, domestic and foreign, look like in the year 2036? Progress on the Prairie was the theme of the 2016 Beef Improvement Federation annual meeting held June 14 to 17 in Man...


USA | 11 July 2016
Robot invasion: Farmers embrace technology

Modern farmers incorporate — often out of necessity — the latest breakthroughs in science and technology into their farming practices. It's almost a necessity if the farmer wants to streamline his...


USA | 11 July 2016
‘Unique’ describes California farming

It’s time for your friends and neighbors to understand and express the one-of-a-kind character that is agriculture in California. And they need to appreciate it. It’s almost to the point that we sh...


USA | 8 July 2016
Congress pledges billions to the world’s small farmers

Everyone in my Twitter feed has been yelling about the GMO-labeling bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday, but few people noticed the much more important bill that passed almost simultaneously. ...


USA | 8 July 2016
Every month should be dairy month

In June we all celebrate dairy with farm tours, dairy breakfasts, signs and special menus. Even though dairy month ended when we flipped our calendars to July, we should continue to appreciate the man...


USA | 6 July 2016
U.S. cattle futures turn higher amid beef demand hopes

Prices of cattle futures reversed course to end the trading session higher on Tuesday, lifted by hopes that demand for cattle and beef will remain firm in the weeks ahead. August live-cattle future...