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People's summit against RCEP

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Female catheterization product wins Nebraska InnovateHER 2017 Challenge

Problem: The anatomy of the female pelvic region makes women particularly susceptible to inappropriate urethral catheterization. To date, there are no devices that block the vaginal entrance, expose the urethral opening, and guide the...Show More Summary

Hass Avocado Board describes fruit as diet-friendly

The Hass Avocado Board commissioned a survey on dieting barriers and concluded that avocados can help with efforts to eat healthy. The Hass Avocado Board commissioned a survey on dieting barriers and concluded that avocados can help with efforts to eat healthy.

Papayas in Maryland test positive for salmonella

The Maryland Department of Health has instructed consumers not to eat Caribeña-brand yellow maradol papayas due to possible salmonella contamination. The Maryland Department of Health has instructed consumers not to eat Caribeña-brand yellow maradol papayas due to possible salmonella contamination.

Industry supports proposed changes to H-2A program

Two proposed changes to the H-2A visa program have drawn positive comments from the produce industry — with the caveat that an immigration overhaul is still needed. Two proposed changes to the H-2A visa program have drawn positive comments from the produce industry — with the caveat that an immigration overhaul is still needed.

FDA gives states $30 million for produce safety rule implementation

The Food and Drug Administration is awarding $30.9 million to support 43 states to help growers become compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act. The Food and Drug Administration is awarding $30.9 million to support 43 states to help growers become compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Arkansas Cattlemen Take On the Black Headed Vulture

Cattle producers seek depredation order from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service allowing producers to control an invasive vulture species stalking and killing livestock. I was recently in North Central Arkansas where I saw first hand the devistation the Black Headed Vulture leaves in it’s wake. Show More Summary

Two More USDA Appointees Announced

President Donald Trump intends nominate Indiana Agriculture Director Ted McKinney to be USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and former Iowa economics professor Dr. Sam Clovis for Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. Show More Summary

Senator Blasts Ethanol from the Floor

As over 200 corn growers were meeting in the nation’s capitol this week, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) blasted corn ethanol in an attempt to kill legislation that would allow 15% ethanol blends to be sold year round, instead of being restricted in some areas during the summer months. Inhofe began his speech by complaining that “the fossil fuel industry has... Read More

Teachers Offered a Day on the Farm

The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) has partnered with U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to start a program to help urban teachers learn more about agriculture so they can teach it to their students. To kick it off, educators in Minneapolis and Sacramento are invited to take a farm tour at the end of August to engage... Read More

First ASA-Valent Ag Voices of the Future

Eight college students from five states make up the inaugural class of the Ag Voices of the Future program, sponsored by Valent U.S.A. and the American Soybean Association (ASA). The class provides an opportunity for young people toShow More Summary

Agricultural Hegemony and Farm Workers

Patrick O'Donnell's recent posting of Marion Nestle's interview with a Western grower CEO and attendant commentary, contributes greatly to understanding the irreconcilable differences between farm labor skills with the risk of agricultural enterprises facing decreasing labor shortages. Show More Summary

7 challenges within antibiotic-free production

Like anything new or different, antibiotic-free production comes with its own challenges. And, these challenges make up many of the reasons why a lot of farmers currently don’t produce animals fully antibiotic-free.

USDA sanctions Texas, Puerto Rico produce companies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sanctioned four produce businesses for failure to pay Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act reparation awards. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sanctioned four produce businesses for failure to pay Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act reparation awards.

Subway to feature fresh vegetables at redesigned locations

National sandwich chain Subway will be highlighting fresh vegetables in redesigned restaurant locations. National sandwich chain Subway will be highlighting fresh vegetables in redesigned restaurant locations.

Ruth helps neighbors by serving on the FSA Committee

About six years ago, Nebraska farmers Ruth Ready and her husband Sid stopped into their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to ask about loan programs and opportunities. While there, Ruth was presented with an altogether different opportunity. “They were looking for someone from my area to run for the FSA committee,” she said. Show More Summary

Stemilt sees back-to-school as perfect for pears

Pear harvest begins in early August for Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers, and the company recommends that retailers start the season with its Tosca pears. Pear harvest begins in early August for Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers, and the company recommends that retailers start the season with its Tosca pears.

New McDonald’s sandwich includes kale, baby spinach

McDonald’s has added to its Signature Crafted Recipe line, and the new sandwich includes kale and baby spinach. McDonald’s has added to its Signature Crafted Recipe line, and the new sandwich includes kale and baby spinach.

Pure Hothouse Foods hires chief marketing officer

Leamington, Ontario-based Pure Hothouse Foods has hired Chris Veillon as its chief marketing officer. Leamington, Ontario-based Pure Hothouse Foods has hired Chris Veillon as its chief marketing officer.

New PED wave hits 56 places in Manitoba – and counting

Where Canada has escaped from too many outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) since 2013, the country has now reported 56 outbreaks in this year alone since 2 May.

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