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Meet the New USFRA Faces: Carla Wardin

Earlier this month, we told you about the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) announcing the winners of its second class of the Faces of Farming and Ranching program. Now, we’d like you to meet each of the five selectees, starting with Carla Wardin of Michigan, who along with her husband Kris, both sixth-generation farmers, are the sole owners of... Read More

Policy Issues; Tax Extenders; Immigration; Ag Economy; and, Regulations- Friday

Policy Issues Tennille Tracy reported yesterday at the Washington Wire blog (Wall Street Journal) that, “Rep. Mike Conaway (R., Texas), the newly appointed chair of the House Agriculture Committee, is pledging to undertake a ‘thoughtful’ review of food stamps. “Mr. Conaway, a certified public accountant, has been critical of the food stamp program, formally known as […]

Zimfo Bytes

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of eight individuals to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. The American Farm Bureau Federation together...Show More Summary

Legislative Agenda; Farm Policy; Biotech; Regulations; and, Climate- Thursday

Legislative Agenda: Keystone, Budget- Immigration Link, and Trade Ashley Parker and Jeremy W. Peters reported in today’s New York Times that, “As newly victorious and recently vanquished members of Congress descended Wednesday on Capitol...Show More Summary

Broad Policy Issues; Farm-Food Policy; Ag Economy; and, Regulations- Friday

Broad Policy Issues- Budget, Taxes, Immigration, and Trade Budget, and Taxes Lori Montgomery and Ed O’Keefe reported in today’s Washington Post that, “Before ceding full control of Congress to the GOP in January, Senate Democrats are planning to rush a host of critical measures to President Obama’s desk, including bills to revive dozens of expired tax […]

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; and, Regulations

Farm Bill Chris Clayton reported yesterday at DTN that, “A provision to exclude yields from Actual Production History for farmers affected by severe weather will go into effect for some select spring crops in 2015, USDA announced Tuesday. “USDA’s rollout comes too late to boost insurance coverage for winter-wheat producers who have been some of the […]

Policy Issues; Ag Economy; and, Regulations- Wednesday

Policy Issues- Farm Bill New York Times political correspondent Nicholas Confessore penned an article that was posted yesterday at the paper’s webpage titled, “How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground” (the article is from the October 12 edition of the Sunday Magazine). A twitter generated summary of the lengthy and detailed article provided this […]

The CT Farm Project

The fertile soils of the Connecticut landscape has sustained generations of farmers who toil from dawn to dusk to work the land and grow the food to feed a hungry state. It also has inspired award-winning photographer Jack McConnell to document the hardscrabble life of farmers. The CT Farm Project is a new exhibit that celebrates the faces and places... Read More

Dariush Mozaffarian: to address chronic disease, we should focus on food patterns rather than nutrients

In my school's latest Wednesday seminar, the epidemiologist and cardiologist Dariush Mozaffarian methodically builds the scientific case for amending our traditional obsession with total fat (as a culprit in obesity) and saturated fat (as a culprit in heart disease).Then, from about minute 47:30 to 50:30 in the video, he drops the hammer. Show More Summary

Typo 2 Keyboard for iPhone 5/5S

I took the new Typo 2 Keyboard for iPhone 5/5S on the road with me this week. It has a very different feel to it and very needed changes on the keyboard. You can see the new features in the video below but one in particular makes a big difference between using version one. The Typo 2 now has a... Read More

Snopes post on Gatorade reads like advertising copy

As fizzy soda sales decline, top beverage manufacturers seek to convince children and parents that kids need sugary sports drinks to enhance athletic performance. In truth, water is the best source of hydration for kids doing sports....Show More Summary

How your smart phone may be more valuable than you think

On an 8-minute video shot with a smart phone that won a film festival prize I recently heard Carlton Evans, the director of the Disposible Film Festival, speak about “disposible films”— all the video that is made when you click openShow More Summary

If all tuna was caught this way, maybe there would still be tuna left in the sea

Here's what it's like to catch a Yellowfin tuna on a bamboo pole off Ascension island in the South Atlantic. Most fish, of course, are not caught this way. (The tuna strikes just after minute 2 in the video, but watch the whole thing, you'll get the build up).  [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/13073967 w=500&h=283]     

New Peterson Brothers Video Parody

The Peterson Brothers (Greg, Nathan and Kendal) are at it again with a new parody music video of the song, “All I Do is Win,” by DJ Khaled done by the Peterson Farm Bros (Greg, Nathan, and Kendal)! It’s a great look at farming life that touches on important issues like conservation and family. Please enjoy and they say to... Read More

Huerto Air Vista Grand Opening

By Center for Rural Affairs on June 30, 2014 - 9:30pm A Garden's First Year This new garden in Columbus, Nebraska, opened in May 2014. It began by volunteers going door to door in the neighborhood, asking if people were interested in a garden. Show More Summary

Rise of the Giants Film Project

While we’re speaking about movies about farming... do you know about Rise of the Giants? – A feature-length documentary following the 2013 race to grow the world’s largest pumpkin. This is a Kickstarter project by filmmaker Daria … Continue reading ?

Dryland Movie

Speaking of movies about farming... We were speaking about movies about farming weren’t we? Have you heard of Dryland? I just found it because it just started following me on Twitter. Here’s what I know and I … Continue reading ?

Moving from Coal to Clean in Hallam, Nebraska

By Virginia Meyer on May 9, 2014 - 11:43am From Coal to Clean in Hallam, Nebraska Sheldon Station is an aging coal-fired power plant constructed in 1958 near Hallam, Nebraska. Sheldon Station is the biggest polluter in Lancaster County, and changing environmental regulations make continuing operations at Sheldon Station uneconomical. Show More Summary

Utilizing UAV Imagery with SMS Advanced

The production ag community has envisioned the many benefits of utilizing UAV technology since its inception. With many affordable solutions on the market today, ag professionals have begun offering services, and growers have realized the opportunity of using their own … Continue reading ?

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Regulations; and, Immigration- Monday

Farm Bill- Policy Issues In an interview last week with Don Wick of the Red River Farm Network, House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) remarked on USDA’s implementation of the new Farm Bill and noted that, “I think the Department is well along, and it’s gotten a much quicker start this farm bill […]

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