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Biorigin partner to discuss glucans at PetFood Forum

Dr Vaclav Vetvicka a research partner of Biorigin, will make a presentation on the “Potential benefits of ?-1,3-1,6-glucans for dogs”, during the Petfood Forum 2015, to be held on April 29 in Kansas City, US.

The Packer honors doctor with Viva Fresh Award

AUSTIN, Texas – The Packer honored David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University with its inaugural Healthy Living Award March 28. Katz was the keynote speaker at the first Viva Fresh produce expo, hostedShow More Summary

Sunday Update: Policy Issues; Ag Economy; and, Biofuels

Reminder: Only four reports left, ends Friday. Policy Issues Reuters writer Christine Stebbins reported on Friday that, “U.S. farmers will have another week to enroll in the government’s new subsidy programs under the five-year farm bill, with the deadline extended to April 7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. “The final day for […]

Seed laws that criminalise farmers – resistance and fightback

Seeds are the basis of productive, social and cultural processes that give rural people the ability to maintain a degree of autonomy and to refuse to be completely controlled by big business and big money. For the corporate interests that are striving to take control of land, farming, food and the huge market that these represent, this independence is an obstacle.

Infographic: Stop seed laws that criminalise farmers & defend local seeds!

Seeds are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries increasingly put limitations on what farmers can do with their seeds and with the seeds they buy. Seed saving, a thousand-year-old practice which forms the basis of farming, is fast becoming criminalised. What can we do about this?

Capitalist Agriculture & Biotechnology: Toward Delineating the Contexts and Contours of Post-Academic Science

The latest issue of the “independent socialist” periodical, Monthly Review, has two articles that might interest this blog’s readers ( socialist or not): Fred Magdoff’s, “A Rational Agriculture Is Incompatible with Capitalism,” and Michael...Show More Summary

Produce Alliance begins rebranding effort

A rebranding effort that includes a new logo, redesigned website, mobile app and new tools for client services has been announced by Chicago-based Produce Alliance LLC.

Rural Rockstar: Jerry Peckumn Honored for His Advocacy and Citizenship

By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on March 27, 2015 - 2:49pm Jerry Peckum, who farms near Jefferson, Iowa, is the recipient of the Center for Rural Affairs Citizenship Award. The award goes to someone who actively participates in the democratic...Show More Summary

Whistleblower Speaks Out Against HSUS

It looks like the tables have been turned on animal liberation group Humane Society of the United States. A former undercover investigator for the extremist group is featured in a just released video by discussing gestation stalls or also called individual maternity pens (IMPs) which are used to house pregnant pigs. Show More Summary

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a one week extension for producers to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to make the decision, update yield history or reallocate base acres will now be April 7, 2015. Show More Summary

Research Finds Propane Cuts GHG Emissions

New research commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) finds that propane equipment cuts greenhouse gas emissions and reduces fuel costs. “A Comparative Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Propane and Competing...Show More Summary

Drones Can Increase Efficiency of Farming

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), better known as drones, will make farming more efficient, lower operating costs, and reduce their environmental impact. That was the message from National Corn Growers Association Manager of Public Policy...Show More Summary

Perennial rice coming soon, perennial wheat? - AgMinute for March 27, 2015

Perennial rice may soon be available to farmers in China and Australia, but researchers are mixed on how long it will take a perennial wheat to make its way to U.S. farmers. For more information visit

FDA to increase transparency of animal food ingredients

The US Food and Drug Administration announced a strategy to establish ingredient definitions and standards for animal food in order to increase transparency and affirm the safety of the animal food supply, as required by the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) of 2007.

Zimfo Bytes

Wisconsin’s largest craft beer week returns May 1-10, 2015 to celebrate its 5th anniversary. New Holland recently announced that Bridon Cordage will be its official supplier of New Holland-branded plastic twine. Peyton Schmitt of Nichols, Iowa, has been named the Iowa state winner of the 2015 GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members. Show More Summary

GM corn for animal feed approved by Vietnam

Vietnamese farmers nationwide are now able to plant three varieties of genetically-modified (GM) corn from the Swiss firm Syngenta, according to a new government's rule announced Wednesday.

Lenders: Commodity Prices Greatest Challenge Facing Farmers

A new poll of farm credit leaders says commodity prices are the greatest challenge facing farmers in 2015. This news release from AgriBank says weather and the Farm Bill are also near the top of the list of challenging issues for ag producers. More than 61 percent of the directors — from the boards of 17 Farm Credit lenders in... Read More

Danish Crown, Tican: Slaughterhouse merger approved

This evening, an overwhelming majority of Tican and Danish Crown’s owners approved the merger of the two cooperative societies.

De Heus opens 5th animal feed factory in Vietnam

Animal feed company De Heus opened a new feed factory pigs, poultry, cattle, and aqua in northern Vietnam on Friday, March 27.

Friday Morning Update: Policy Issues; Lawmaker Perspectives; and, the Budget

Policy Issues David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “The knives are out for the new farm bill even before next Tuesday’s deadline for producers to sign up with the Agriculture Department for the first commodity support payments due in October. “A spate of recent forecasts shows that costs will be higher than predicted given […]

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