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Who’s Using the Rural Food Business Growth Helpline?

Last November, with the help of a USDA Rural Business Development Grant, the Center launched the Rural Food Business Growth project providing technical assistance and resources, along with a helpline for rural food growers and food businesses to contact for assistance. Show More Summary

Giant Food introduces fresh meal kits in some D.C.-area stores

Fresh meal kits by Landover, Md.-based Giant Food are coming to eight stores in the Washington, D.C., area.

Mann Packing hires food safety director

Mann Packing Co. recently hired Greg Komar as director of food safety and product quality.

PROACT hires vice president

Produce supply-chain management company PROACT recently hired Kristie Waters as a third vice president of client development, a newly created position.

Announcing 2016 Borlaug Dialog

Registration is now open for the 2016 Borlaug Dialog in Des Moines, Iowa. The event will be held on October 12-14 at the Marriott Downtown Hotel and will focus on the crucial role of nutrition in global food security. The 2016 conference...Show More Summary

A Bad Boy Stampede

I want one of these Bad Boys! Some of us are already getting excited about fall hunting and one of these would really get us to and from our stands quicker. I have an old model Bad Boy that I’ve been hunting with for a couple years now and I love it. It’s an electric 4-wheel drive buggy. So here’s... Read More

International Drone Expo 2016 – New & Upgraded Activations

International Drone Expo (IDE) has new and upgraded show activations for 2016. IDE will host its first annual Drone Race Cup, a pitchfest competition and film showcase. The third annual IDE is set to take place December 9-10, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Championship IDE drone race cup is one of the few sanctioned in Los Angeles.... Read More

Killing our livelihoods: the dairy crisis in India

Domestic milk markets in India are in crisis. A price war is raging between dairy processors, to sell milk at extremely low prices in urban areas. This has been accompanied by a steep reduction in milk procurement prices paid and a reduction in the volume of milk procured by dairy processors from producers. Show More Summary

Talking Weeds at Bayer Showcase Plot Tours

To start the day off in Athens, IL., one of the stops in the Bayer Showcase Plot Tours, Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois, talked weed control with growers and retailers in attendance. Key weeds Dr. Hager highlighted included marestail, palmer amaranth and water hemp. Two-way resistance is commonly seen in fields across the country, but Dr. Hager talked about... Read More

Women Agribusiness Peer Group Looks For Members

Farm Journal Media is launching the first-ever exclusive women’s agribusiness peer-to-peer networking and career development group. The Peer Group is looking for additional members and launches as the newest addition to the Top Producer Executive Network™ (TPEN) portfolio. Show More Summary

China: Booming demand for algal EPA-fortified eggs

Eggs fortified with EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are developing quite a demand among middle and upper-class consumers in China, with retailors in major cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen merchandising this egg at up to 10 times the price of an ordinary egg.

Better poultry diets reduce ammonia

Ammonia emissions on poultry farms can be reduced by up to 50% through nutritional strategies that reduce nitrogen in excreta and prevent ammonia from being released into the environment. The formulation of diets to more closely meet the bird's amino acid requirements and the addition of fibre are key.

China prolongs anti-subsidy duties on US chicken

China will maintain anti-subsidy duties on imports of US broiler chicken products for another 5 years starting from August 30, the country’s Chamber of Commerce has announced.

New method for quantifying pig methane emissions

Danish researchers have proposed a novel method that could help quantify methane emissions and degradation processes associated with manure management.

Illinois landowner and school district benefit from wind energy

Their farmhouse door was one of many that Horizon Energy Services staff members knocked on when they went door-to-door asking if anyone would be interested in a wind farm in McLean County, Illinois. The landowners were not sure what to think about the idea, so they attended meetings hosted by Horizon to provide information to the community. Show More Summary

JOH hires account manager

JOH hired a new account manager for the Great Lakes Region in industry veteran Jeremy Reed.

Taylor Farms, Golden State Foods donate backpacks, supplies

Taylor Farms and Golden State Foods have provided backpacks filled with school supplies to every registered first grader at four elementary schools in Salinas, Calif.

VP Candidates at the Iowa State Fair

Both presidential candidates skipped the Iowa State Fair this year, but their running mates were there. Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine strolled the grounds first with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack – former governor of the state who was on the short list of finalists to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Show More Summary

Syngenta Moving Forward with ChemChina Deal

China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) and Syngenta are announcing they have received clearance from the Committee of Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) to proceed with their proposed transaction. The closing of the transaction will also be reviewed by numerous global regulators and other customary closing conditions. Show More Summary

EFSA: Lecithin for animal feed considered safe

EFSA considers the use of lecithin in animal feed. The scientific opinion has been published in the EFSA Journal.

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