United States Farming & Agriculture
Ag Department kills animal welfare rule for organic meat
Lamb, goat break world records at Rodeo Houston
Pig trough: China hog prices plunge after farm building boom
Female farmers encourage to follow dreams
Oregon mega-dairy sued by state for release of wastewater, by contractors for unpaid bills
Tastes like Irish potato candy, but it's a doughnut
Recent weather delays planting season
2018-04-09 12:47:34 "Well we we're just putting our snowmobiles away don't know if that's a good thing. We might have to wait a week,” Farmer David Petersen with Bloombury Farms said. Petersen is optimistic; checking on equipment and making sure there's enough seed for this season's crops. "We just wait for the timing and go hard when it's ready." And he'll have to wait at least a few more days   Read More ...
SAY WHAT? Pair of goats rescued from beam of Pennsylvania bridge
2018-04-05 23:00:13 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A pair of goats wandered off the farm and into a bad situation. On Tuesday, the two farm animals wandered away and ended up stuck on a beam of a bridge in Pennsylvania. Thankfully, crews spotted them and were able to save them. Pennsylvania Turnpike employees borrowed a crane from the Department of Transportation to get to the pair   Read More ...
In China's Tea-Growing Heartland, Coffee Is Fast Becoming the New Flavor
2018-04-05 21:08:12 A dozen international coffee experts shuffle around a long wooden table, pausing at each steaming cup, head dipping, sniffing deeply, and shuffling on once more. Then the raucous slurping begins. In the wings hangs Yang Fan, the coffee farmer, watching the judges circle intently, awaiting a verdict on her latest crop of beans. “This is the most international farmer coffee cupping we’ve ever had,” says Samuel Gurel, CEO of Torch Coffee roasters in the southwestern Chinese town of Pu’er, Yunnan province, referring to the weekly coffee grading process he hosts for local farmers   Read More ...
Indiana fish farm's new owner nears restarting production
2018-04-05 21:02:08 ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - A biotechnology company says it expects to restart later this year a defunct fish farm in eastern Indiana later and begin raising genetically engineered salmon. Maynard, Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies bought the farm near the Delaware County town of Albany in 2017. The (Muncie) Star Press reports the company's new annual report says it anticipates its first harvest of commercial fish production from the site in late 2019   Read More ...
They voted for Donald Trump. Now soybean farmers could get slammed by the trade war he started.
2018-04-05 20:59:40 Bret Davis voted for Donald Trump in 2016, as did many of his fellow farmers in central Ohio. But as a brewing Chinese trade war begins to threaten U.S. exports, Gordon fears his fifth-generation farm will suffer. The farm, where Davis and his stepson grow 1,300 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat for Ritz crackers, may not withstand the long-term drop in crop prices a trade war could bring, Davis said   Read More ...
Iconic Waterbury, Vt., dairy farm burns to the ground, killing all the animals
2018-04-02 16:00:19 An iconic 19th-century dairy farm whose owner invited children to the property to learn about agriculture was burned to the ground on Sunday night, killing all the animals, according to local police. The blaze, which consumed two homes on the property in Waterbury, Vt., as well as a cow barn, could be seen from 20 miles away, reported local TV station WCAX   Read More ...
Bill aims to help with farmer suicide, mental health
2018-04-02 13:11:00 AINSWORTH, IA (KCRG-TV9)-- It's something that doesn't get talked about much, depression with farmers. Several lawmakers including Republican Rep. David Young of Iowa introduced the Stemming the Tide of Rural Economic Stress and Suicide, or ‘Stress Act’ into the United States House last month The bill would reauthorize the farm and ranch stress assistance network to give states resources to provide mental health to farmers and ranchers   Read More ...
Indiana soybean farmers worry about possible China tariffs
2018-03-30 05:02:11 LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Some Indiana farmers worry that the struggling soybean industry could face another blow if China imposes tariffs on U.S. soybeans. The Journal & Courier reports that soybean prices have dropped by nearly half following the 2012 drought that caused some countries to go elsewhere for soybeans. Supplies have been increasing, but rising equipment costs and interest rates add to farmers' debt   Read More ...
U of I looking for volunteers to test new avian flu vaccine
2018-03-17 00:47:13 IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG TV9)- University of Iowa vaccine researchers need about 150 volunteers to test new inoculations to prevent an Influenza outbreak. But researchers aren’t testing something that would have helped flu sufferers in Iowa this winter. Samples of the new avian flu drug U of I researchers are testing. The U of I is looking for approximately 150 volunteers   Read More ...
Dairy Truck Accident Serves As a Reminder to Us All About Spilled Milk
2018-03-16 20:51:21 After a dairy truck lost its cargo in London on Thursday night, spilling a load of crates filled with milk bottles, the Internet found endless humor in the old adage, “there’s no use crying over spilled milk.” Instead of lamenting over the spilled milk on Gloucester Road, social media users instead took to the Internet to crack jokes and make good use of puns, with some even going so far as to suggest that the solution to the dairy truck’s accident would be to have a cereal truck make a stop at scene   Read More ...
Some Florida citrus growers hedging bets with bamboo
2018-03-13 06:32:23 FLORIDA, USA (AP) — Some Florida citrus growers are hedging their bets amid an uncertain forecast by growing a new crop — bamboo. Byron and Cynthia Matteson planted 35 acres of bamboo at their Frostproof farm last week. The fatal bacterial disease citrus greening has led to more than a 70 per cent reduction in Florida's annual citrus crop while nearly tripling the cost of production   Read More ...
Should crop insurance program help preserve family farms?
2018-03-13 03:03:53 A new Land Stewardship Project study says crop insurance needs to change to help preserve what's left of the nation's family farm tradition. The U.S. agriculture department's own numbers support the notion that large farms are a growing and dominate sector of U.S. food production. A report from last year said while only 3 percent of the nation's farms gross over a million dollars a year, they account for more than 40 percent of U   Read More ...
Ag Department kills animal welfare rule for organic meat
2018-03-13 00:36:49 DES MOINES, Iowa — New rules, decades in the making, that would have required organic meat and egg producers to abide by stricter animal welfare standards were withdrawn by the federal government on Monday, frustrating organic farmers and animal welfare groups but leaving some traditional egg and livestock farm groups rejoicing. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule exceeds the department's statutory authority   Read More ...
VHCB’s Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program awards over $360,000 to 12 farms
2018-03-13 00:25:45 Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, awarded a total of $368,794 to 12 Vermont farms through its Water Quality and Dairy Improvement Grant programs. Five farms from Rutland, Franklin, and Addison counties were awarded $146,829 in Water Quality Grants. These grants leveraged $1.6 million in additional funding for capital improvement projects to reduce runoff and improve manure management and soil health   Read More ...
Research improves future probiotics
2018-03-13 00:23:41 USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California in which researchers may have found a way to improve future probiotics. The research is part of the Association’s comprehensive research programme encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below   Read More ...
USDA withdraws proposal to stiffen rules for organic egg farms
2018-03-13 00:14:48 CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture scrapped proposed rules on Monday that for the first time would have mandated specific space requirements for hens laying organic eggs and spelled out what it means for the birds to have access to the outdoors. The USDA determined it did not have the authority to impose the rules, which were proposed under former President Barack Obama, according to a statement   Read More ...
FARM Act necessary to prevent farmers and ranchers from being subject to needless EPA regulations
2018-03-12 20:23:35 Farmers and ranchers in South Dakota work hard to grow and raise quality products for consumers. They also take great pride in caring for our natural resources and making sure they are available for future generations to use. The federal government should not needlessly get in the way of the work they do to help feed and fuel a growing population   Read More ...
Jennifer Garner Opens Up About Farming with Her Kids: 'It's Like a Real Life Science Experiment'
2018-03-12 20:07:08 Jennifer Garner‘s passion for healthy, organic food all stems from her family’s roots. The actress, who co-founded the organic baby food line Once Upon a Farm and has been showing off her skills in the kitchen recently with her “Pretend Cooking Show”, opened up at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., on Friday, describing how her childhood has influenced the way she feeds her own kids today   Read More ...
Mexico reports two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H7N3 bird flu: OIE
2018-03-12 17:10:08 PARIS (Reuters) - Mexico reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H7N3 bird flu virus in the central part of the country, of which one at chicken farm, the World Organisation for Animal Health said on Monday, citing a Mexican agriculture ministry report. The virus killed 1,380 birds at a rural farm with 1,900 approximately-80-weeks-old Rhode Island Red chickens and white chickens in the state of Guanajuato, the ministry said in the report posted on the website of the Paris-based OIE   Read More ...
Farmers concerned about trade war with China
2018-03-12 13:32:47 ANAHEIM, Calif. — Uncertainty about trade under the Trump Administration continues with recent tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, leaving U.S. agriculture concerned about a possible trade war, especially with China.   Read More ...
Farmers concerned about trade war with China
2018-03-12 13:32:43 ANAHEIM, Calif. — Uncertainty about trade under the Trump Administration continues with recent tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, leaving U.S. agriculture concerned about a possible trade war, especially with China.   Read More ...
RPT-FOCUS-Corn as cash: Brazil's bartering farmers raise risks for Canada's Nutrien
2018-03-12 12:14:27 (Repeats with no changes to text) By Rod Nickel and Ana Mano WINNIPEG, Manitoba/SAO PAULO, March 12 (Reuters) - Taking a page from its aggressive growth strategy in the United States, cash-rich Canadian fertilizer giant Nutrien Ltd plans to plow investment into Brazil in a bid to reap up to 30 percent of farm supply sales in fertile pockets of the country   Read More ...
Some Florida citrus growers hedging bets with bamboo
2018-03-12 08:40:19 FROSTPROOF, Fla. (AP) — Some Florida citrus growers are hedging their bets amid an uncertain forecast by growing a new crop — bamboo. Byron and Cynthia Matteson planted 35 acres of bamboo at their Frostproof farm last week. The fatal bacterial disease citrus greening has led to more than a 70 percent reduction in Florida's annual citrus crop while nearly tripling the cost of production   Read More ...
Thousands of Indian farmers march to demand government help
2018-03-12 08:35:30 NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of farmers from across western India have arrived in Mumbai demanding, among other things, a waiver of farm loans and fair prices for their produce as India's agriculture sector struggles amid years of declining earnings. The farmers reached India's business capital Monday after marching on foot for up to six days and plan to surround the state legislature of the western state of Maharashtra in Mumbai   Read More ...
Thousands of Indian farmers march to demand government help
2018-03-12 08:09:17 NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of farmers from across western India have arrived in Mumbai demanding, among other things, a waiver of farm loans and fair prices for their produce as India's agriculture sector struggles amid years of declining earnings. The farmers reached India's business capital Monday after marching on foot for up to six days and plan to surround the state legislature of the western state of Maharashtra in Mumbai   Read More ...
Corn as cash: Brazil's bartering farmers raise risks for Canada's Nutrien
2018-03-12 06:39:26 WINNIPEG, Manitoba/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Taking a page from its aggressive growth strategy in the United States, cash-rich Canadian fertilizer giant Nutrien Ltd plans to plow investment into Brazil in a bid to reap up to 30 percent of farm supply sales in fertile pockets of the country. But business in Brazil’s farm sector - the world’s fastest growing - strays far from the usual practices in North America’s farm belt, where Nutrien is a top supplier of fertilizer, chemicals and seed   Read More ...
Incubation and the role of carbon dioxide (CO2) in embryo development
2018-03-12 00:25:36 The belief was that CO2 was harmful to the developing embryo and that fresh air and plenty of oxygen was needed for optimum chick development and hatchability. However, with atmospheric CO2 levels typically around 400 ppm, and with averaged measured CO2 under the hen at around 4,000 ppm it is obvious that the hen incubates her eggs to maintain a certain level of CO2 above what is found in the ambient environment   Read More ...
Where next for UK and Irish livestock science and production?
2018-03-12 00:25:29 Post-Brexit future under the spotlight at major animal science conference. The potential impacts of Brexit on livestock production, health and welfare standards in the UK and Ireland are set to come under the spotlight at a major international animal science conference in Dublin this spring. The British Society of Animal Science 2018 Annual Conference will bring experts from around the world to the iconic Croke Park stadium from 9-11 April to discuss the challenges facing animal science and production outside the European Union   Read More ...
poultry proiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics: application in poultry nutrition
2018-03-12 00:25:22 For poultry professionals, it is important to understand the different actions of the various probiotic products on the market, and to use the one that is most suited to their particular requirements. Here we clarify the terminology used regarding probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics, and provide an overview of the main categories of commercially available products along with their relative strengths and drawbacks   Read More ...
Ohio pig farmer who stopped watching the news after Trump's election says it's awesome
2018-03-11 21:32:45 The election of Donald Trump had a profound effect on a lot of people. Some talked of moving to Canada, others decided to run for local office. Erik Hagerman decided to just stop knowing anything at all about world events. The former Nike executive had moved to lightly populated southeastern Ohio. After November 8. 2016, he decided to just stop reading, watching or discussing anything related to the news   Read More ...
Cabeza De Vaca Cultural Dance School performs at Farmers Market
2018-03-11 12:16:06 The Cabeza De Vaca Cultural Dance School performed on Sunday, March 3 at the Main Street Farmers Market. We asked Cindy Morales about the group, and about the wonderful photos she shot of the performer in colorful dresses. "Photography is a hobby of mine and pretty much carry a camera with me all the time. As Gina mentioned, I was born and raised in Santa Monica   Read More ...
Rota Spring Farm in Sterling on fire, barn a total loss
2018-03-11 07:00:09 A fire raged through a barn at Rota Spring Farm in Sterling Saturday night, destroying the structure. A spokesperson for the Sterling Fire Department said there were no reported injuries or loss of animal life. The barn was used for storing farm equipment, firefighters said. Rota Spring is a dairy farm located on Chase Hill Road in Sterling and also runs a popular ice cream stand and farm store next door, which just opened for the season last week   Read More ...
Lamb, goat break world records at Rodeo Houston
2018-03-11 02:03:16 The goat and lamb broke world records Saturday at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market auction. Hayden Come, 16 of Grandview, sold his Grand Champion Junior Market Lamb for $300,000 to Jeff Hildebrand, Hillcorp Energy Company executive chairman, and his wife, Mindy, according to a Rodeo Houston press release. Dakota Martin, 12, of Mason County, sold her Grand Champion Junior Market Goat for $182,000 to Melton Electric, Inc   Read More ...
One of the last sweet corn growers on the Front Range is ending that harvest
2018-03-10 12:21:17 Where there was once stalks of sweet corn, Sakata Farms will plant pinto beans, onions and grain. Owner Robert Sakata said at one time sweet corn was about 80 percent of the farm's production. Now, the farm's equipment for planting, harvesting, de-husking and wrapping the corn will be sold at auction. "Even the old school bus is going to go," said Sakata   Read More ...
Farmers share anxiety over trade with USDA secretary
2018-03-10 09:41:21 Trade was a recurring theme on Friday when farmers met with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in Fargo. "I've got to have trade, barley relies on trade, wheat relies on trade, we have to have trade," said Doyle Lenz, who farms near Rolla, N.D., not far from the Canadian border. The meeting with Perdue came amid ongoing talks with Mexico and Canada to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement — and just a day after President Trump fanned concerns about a global trade war by signing an order for steel and aluminum tariffs   Read More ...
Iowa lawmakers seek to stop the transition to cage-free eggs at grocery stores
2018-03-10 02:02:53 Companies from McDonald’s to Walmart have recently flocked to cage-free eggs, fueling a national sales boom for a product many believe is more humane. But in Iowa, the country’s largest egg-producing state, there are fears that the trend has gone too far. And this week, lawmakers there passed a bill that would require many stores to stock eggs from caged chickens — a move designed to stop retailers from phasing them out   Read More ...
Passages: Johnston pig farmer and recycler Louis Vinagro Jr. has died
2018-03-09 22:41:32 Vinagro grew up in Johnston, founded a recycling business near the Central Landfill on Green Hill Road. He jousted with environmental regulators and trash hauling rivals for years. He was popular in Johnston, enough that he nearly won the mayoralty there as a write-in candidate in 2000. John Hill Journal Staff Writer jghilliii JOHNSTON, R.I — Louis L. Vinagro Jr   Read More ...
Walmart and Kroger promised to switch to cage-free eggs. This obscure Iowa law could stop them.
2018-03-09 16:46:46 Companies from McDonald’s to Walmart have recently flocked to cage-free eggs, fueling a national sales boom for a product many believe is more humane. But in Iowa, the country’s largest egg-producing state, there are fears that the trend has gone too far. And this week, lawmakers there passed an unusual bill that would require many stores to stock eggs from caged chickens — a move designed to stop retailers from phasing them out   Read More ...
Pig trough: China hog prices plunge after farm building boom
2018-03-09 10:42:56 BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese pig prices hit their lowest in nearly four years this week, plunging farmers in the world’s top pork market into the red and underscoring concerns that a rapid expansion of large pig farms in China has outpaced slowing demand growth. The sudden downturn - one of the steepest declines over such a short period ever - will mark the first serious test for many companies that have rushed into pig farming in the last two years   Read More ...
Missouri turkey farm quarantined after bird flu detected
2018-03-09 01:07:44 ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the first commercial case of bird flu in the country this year has been confirmed at a turkey farm in southwestern Missouri. USDA spokeswoman Lyndsay Cole said Thursday that the H7N1 avian influenza, a low-pathogenic form, was detected through pre-slaughter testing on a farm in Jasper County that houses 20,000 turkeys   Read More ...