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East Coast braces for bird flu - AgMinute for May 4, 2015

Bird flu appears to have subsided in the Pacific Northwest, but its most virulent form is ravaging chicken and turkey operations in parts of the Midwest, leading to the deaths of 13 million birds in Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin. For more information visit

Teaching (a pedagogical framework)

When I'm asked, in email or face to face, to explain how I use (blogs, wikis, podcasts, what have you) with my students I usually begin by saying: "That's not a short answer." While knowledge of how a particular tool works is important,...Show More Summary

Tyson Foods hopes to rid chicken of antibiotics by 2017 - AgMinute for May 1, 2015

Tyson will also begin looking at ways to reduce antibiotic use in cattle, hogs and turkeys. Click here for the full story

Support for Food Labeling Act

Hundreds of organizations representing various sectors of the food and agriculture industry signed on to a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives this week asking them to support the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. Show More Summary

Mixed Signals on Biotech from EU

Mixed signals regarding biotech crops coming from the European Union last week have left representatives of the agriculture community shaking their heads. First the EU announced it would allow member nations to ban the import of food...Show More Summary

International food aid training building spud demand - AgMinute for April 30, 2015

The U.S. Potato Board hosted a training in Idaho Falls to teach food aid organizations how to use dehydrated potatoes in their programs. Click here for the full story

EU approves more GM food as controversy simmers - AgMinute for April 29, 2015

The EU’s executive commission said Friday that it has approved 10 GM foods and two types of GM flowers. Click here for the full story

The Science Behind Food Safety

Food safety is on the hearts and minds of all throughout the agriculture community. So, there is no doubt it was a hot topic during the recent Chicken Media Summit held on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and sponsored by the National Chicken Council and US Poultry & Egg Association. Dr. Ashley Peterson, VP of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for the National... Read More

McCormick Company Plays Together Well with sandbox

McCormick Company recently announced becoming part of the sandbox agency. According to Mark Perrin, President of McCormick and a principal with sandbox, the agencies that make up sandbox “play together well.” I spoke with Mark about this new relationship. Show More Summary

Idaho: The Silicon Valley of Ag technology? - AgMinute for April 28, 2015

Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer wants to make Idaho a Silicon Valley of agricultural technology. For more information visit

Chicken Litter – A Hot Commodity

Jenny Rhodes, Extension Educator for University of Maryland in Queen Anne’s County and local poultry farmer, was asked to attend the 2015 Chicken Media Summit to talk about chicken manure. For her first 10 years in extension, Jenny wrote nutrient management plans. Show More Summary

GROWMARK Crop Update

Another 10% of the nation’s corn crop was planted last week, bringing the total now a couple of points ahead of last year but still behind the five year average. According to the latest progress report from USDA, farmers now have 19% of the corn crop in the ground and two percent has emerged, most of it in non-Corn Belt... Read More

Obama’s trade agenda draws GOP support in House - AgMinute for April 27, 2015

Democrats said the legislation didn’t go far enough to assure labor standards and environmental protections strong enough to avoid placing American companies at a disadvantage. Click here for the full story

Hoard’s Dairyman’s Acquisition of Hay & Forage Grower

A company with a long history of innovating in the dairy world is taking over a publication that covers a wide variety of feed for cattle, especially in the dairy realm. Hoard’s Dairyman magazine recently bought Hay & Forage Grower, including the publication’s database. Show More Summary

Idaho officials approve plan to protect sage grouse habitat - AgMinute for April 24, 2015

The state document will be considered Thursday for approval by the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Click here for the full story

USDA Presents Climate Change Initiative

In a speech Thursday at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced “Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry”, an initiative that will utilize voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry,...Show More Summary

Chicken Summit Tackles Industry Myths

The 2015 Chicken Media Summit is a wrap, but the dialogue will continue. A panel titled “Chicken Myths & Facts” answered questions many not directly involved in the poultry community simple don’t understand. Panelist discussed hormones, antibiotics, chicken litter, environmental issues and other hot button issues on the minds of consumers. Show More Summary

Why FMC Joined Field to Market

During the Agri-Marketing Conference my Mini Golden ZimmComm Microphone for iPhone got a workout that included an interview with Aaron Locker, FMC Marketing Director. Mark stopped by the ZimmComm Connection Point booth so I asked him to talk about the reasons FMC has joined Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. Show More Summary

Global Soybean Stakeholders in China

Representatives from U.S. soybean organizations are in China this week joining their counterparts from several other countries to discuss the biotech-approval process there. United Soybean Board (USB) chairman Bob Haselwood of Kansas, the American Soybean Association (ASA) president Wade Cowan of Texas, and the U.S. Show More Summary

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