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Sec Vilsack Says Diversity in Ag Key to Future

Diversity was the simple message Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack shared with FFA members at the 89th National FFA Convention. He encouraged each young person to be proud of our history in agriculture and to use their voice to tell that inspiring story. “I am here first and foremost today to thank FFA for it’s commitment to diversity. Each of you... Read More

Some in Massachusetts are concerned with animal welfare and yet not voting for Ballot Measure #3

In a commentary for WBUR this week, my faculty colleagues Will Masters and Jennifer Hashley write about Massachusetts Ballot Measure #3, which would ban the sale in Massachusetts of eggs, pork, and veal from confined production methods.This...Show More Summary

Illinois 4R4U Partnership Launched

A partnership has been launched between the Illinois Farm Bureau and affiliated county Farm Bureaus, with GROWMARK and a number of FS companies, designed to demonstrate and investigate at the local level the impact and efficacy of 4R nutrient stewardship practices – the right source of nutrient, at the right time, at the right rate, and in the right place.... Read More

FFA Takes Lessons from Great American Wheat Harvest

The story of custom wheat harvesters is one of a kind. That is the simple reason Conrad Weaver quickly grew passionate about telling their story. The Great American Wheat Harvest documentary shares the story of the hard working folks who harvest the wheat we use daily and Conrad knew FFA members from across the country could learn many life lessons... Read More

Webinar: Milking cows in a healthy and sustainable way

At the upcoming EuroTier, Dairy Global presents a webinar on the challenges and opportunities for dairy farming. How to feed cows and how to farm in a sustainable way? 3 experts shed their light on this issue.

Land for the women who work it: struggles in Latin America

Lack of access to land is one of the most serious problems facing rural women in Latin America and around the world—and is the cause of numerous other problems that are often “invisible” for society at large. Its consequences affect women everywhere, humanity in general and the planet. Show More Summary

The Fresh Market introduces new logo

Greensboro, N.C.-based The Fresh Market has released its new logo. The less cluttered look comes as the company revamps its stores to expand its offerings, according to a news release. Three North Carolina stores will get their big reveal Oct. 26, followed by 13 more locations in the state on Nov. 30. The rollout of the new look and logo will continue through early 2018.

TQL donates to help fight hunger

Cincinnati-based Total Quality Logistics recently donated $1,000 to Feeding Children Everywhere. That organization, based in Longwood, Fla., has shipped nearly 60 million meals around the world to those in need since 2010, according to a news release. Show More Summary

Workshop covers crisis planning, proactive testing

ORLANDO, Fla. — One workshop at Fresh Summit 2016 served as a crash course on how produce companies should approach their worst nightmare — a food safety crisis. During the presentation, “Produce Safety Essentials: What Busy Executives...Show More Summary

Arizona produce veterans launch partnership

Marcos Mada and Jerry Wagner, vice presidents at Coast Produce Co., are opening Mada Wagner LLC, an agribusiness consulting partnership. Marcos Mada and Jerry Wagner, vice presidents at Coast Produce Co., are opening Mada Wagner LLC, an agribusiness consulting partnership.

PMA Fresh Summit 2016: Sensory Experience Contest

The Packer staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these photos of the Sensory Experience Contest reception Oct. 14 at Fresh Summit 2016 in Orlando, Fla. The one exception was the photo of Cauliflower Crumbles "Fried Rice" Egg Rolls from Green Giant Fresh, which were gone by the time the reporter went to that booth to take pictures. Show More Summary

New virus associated with polio-like symptoms in pigs

US researchers have discovered a novel virus in the central nervous tissues of young pigs with polio-like weakness in their hind legs.

Ag Day Announces Photo and Essay Contests

“Agriculture: Food for Life” is the theme for the Agriculture Council of America’s (ACA) 2017 National Ag Day photo and essay contests that will highlight young talent as it educates about American agriculture. The National Ag Day Photo Contest is designed to showcase the talents of a young amateur photographer enrolled in high school or college who has a passion... Read More

Dannon Responds to Ag Groups’ Concerns

The Dannon Company released a statement Tuesday after being called out by agricultural organizations for its plans to phase out GMOs in some major brands for the sake of sustainability. “We were surprised to receive a divisive and misinformed...Show More Summary

GROWMARK Makes Energy Investments

GROWMARK announced two major energy-related investments last month that provide benefits for the members of the Illinois-based agricultural cooperative. First, GROWMARK acquired a propane terminal in Plattsburg, Missouri which is connected to the ONEOK pipeline, has 270,000 gallons of storage and the capability to load out two trucks at once. Show More Summary

Webinar: Antibiotic reduction in swine in Europe

At the upcoming EuroTier, Phileo and Pig Progress present an exclusive webinar on the challenges and opportunities for antibiotic reduction in swine.

Xylanase benefits through understanding its mechanisms

Recent swine trials have shown that xylanase introduction early in the nursery period and fed through to slaughter increases overall pig finisher performance.

New Cargill fish centre to focus on nutrition

Cargill and its EWOS brand have opened a fish health research centre in Colaco, Chile. This innovation centre is geared specifically to improve health and well-being for salmon.

What is the future for agri-environmental schemes?

What is the future for agri-environmental schemes post Brexit? This blog post considers some of the issues: The fate of agri-environmental schemes The record of the schemes has been mixed and they are context dependent. The recent emphasis has tended to be on the reduction of species loss. Show More Summary

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