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Humane Certification of US Farm Animals Jumps 1000 Percent in 4 Years

January 28, 2015 10:10 am | by American Humane Association | News | Comments

Reasons for the trend are apparent in a new national survey of 5,900 Americans released in November by the American Humane Association showing overwhelming popular support for the humane treatment of farm animals and humanely raised foods.  

VIDEO: Innovations in the Food World Often Start With Technology

January 28, 2015 9:45 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

From agriculture to production, innovations in the food world often start with technology. Where...

Fish Catch Break on World Stage at Global Conference

January 27, 2015 1:00 pm | by MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

More than 60 million people in low-income nations rely on inland fisheries for their livelihood...

Fueled by Oil, Agriculture Sector Welcomes Low Diesel Prices

January 27, 2015 9:55 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

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Thirst For Craft Beer Fuels Large Crop of Hops

January 27, 2015 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new report from the Hop Growers of America shows a 10 percent increase in acres harvested between 2013 and 2014. The thirst for craft beer helped hop growers produce their largest crop of hops in five years.           

China Moves to Accept Imports of All US Apple Varieties

January 27, 2015 8:45 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time in several years, all varieties of apples from the United States will go on sale in China. A deal was reached between officials for the U.S. and Chinese governments to grant access to all U.S. apple varieties.     

Experts Agree: Prices, Demand For Beef to Remain High

January 26, 2015 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

High beef prices are here to stay for a while, as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation's cattle supply to its lowest numbers in more than 50 years, according to agricultural experts.       

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How Drones Are Flying Their Way Into the Food Industry

January 26, 2015 10:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Drone technology is already being used in various countries worldwide. With the possibility of drones showing farmers exactly where to spray, fewer chemicals could be used. This could easily translate to lower costs for consumers and less of an impact on the environment.

Report Offers Framework to Analyze Effects of Possible Changes to US Food System

January 23, 2015 3:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

To assist U.S. regulators on decisions about the nation’s food system, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council issued a new report. The study focuses on assessing the health, environmental, social and economic effects of proposed changes to the system.

New Video Examines Role of Technology in Raising Animals

January 23, 2015 3:15 pm | by North American Meat Institute | News | Comments

The use of modern technologies to raise animals has come under scrutiny in recent years as some call for a return to "simpler" practices. A new video examines the role of technology in raising animals and challenges the claim that a return to lower tech livestock production and processing would improve our food supply. 

Sustainability is Challenged as Many Renewable Resources Max Out

January 23, 2015 9:45 am | by MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

The days of assuming natural resources can be swapped in and out to solve shortages — corn for oil, soy for beef — may be over. Scientists found that many key resources have peaked in productivity, pointing to the conclusion that "renewable" is not synonymous with "unlimited."

Finding Farmland: New Maps Offer a Clearer View of Global Agriculture

January 22, 2015 1:00 pm | by INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS | News | Comments

Knowing where agricultural land is located is crucial for regional and global food security planning. Information on field size offers valuable insight into local economic conditions. Two new maps provide a significant step forward in global cropland information.

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Organic vs. Conventional Milk: What's Really in Your Cup?

January 22, 2015 9:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

While most consumers believe that a $6 gallon of organic milk is healthier than the $4 conventionally-produced kind, New Zealand researchers argue that the "differences" aren't so different after all.               

Pasture Feeding May Improve Nutritional Benefits of Red Meat

January 21, 2015 11:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

It probably comes as no surprise that cardiovascular disease is the primary cause of early mortality. In the Western world, this has largely been attributed to diets rich in saturated fat. And according to health experts nationwide, red meat is to blame.

Tyson Foods to Pay $539K For Spill in Southwest Missouri

January 20, 2015 2:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. will pay more than $530,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced.      

Report Says TTIP Would Undermine Toxic Pesticide Regulations

January 20, 2015 11:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

Many Europeans have voiced concerns that the new agreement will lower the EU's standards for environmental and food safety. A new report takes aim at just that — saying that proposals for TTIP could translate into more pesticides making their way into EU food markets.

Monsanto Gets US Approval For New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide. The company's seeds are designed to increase yield, deter pests and tolerate weed-killing chemicals, particularly the company's Roundup, a staple for farmers worldwide.

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Winegrowers Unveil 100-Year Business Plan to Preserve Agriculture

January 16, 2015 10:10 am | by Sonoma County Winegrowers | News | Comments

The existence of the 100-year plan was announced nearly one year to the day when Sonoma County Winegrowers generated worldwide attention for its bold commitment to become the nation's first 100% sustainable wine growing region by 2019.  

VIDEO: What Food Items Will Cost More in 2015?

January 16, 2015 9:20 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Consumers paid more for groceries in 2014, and they most likely will again this year. Droughts, animal activists and trade agreements are just a few of the reasons why Americans may pay more in food prices in 2015.         

OSU, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture to Offer Food Safety Training

January 16, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This training is designed for small fruit and vegetable producers and processors, dairies and milk processors, shell egg producers and feed manufacturers. It will provide necessary knowledge of preventive controls and food security to assist producers in meeting the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Ga. Appeals Court Hears Case Over Vidalia Onion Regulation

January 15, 2015 8:25 am | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bitter fight over Georgia's famed sweet onions is winding its way through the legal system. The state agriculture commissioner established a rule setting a packing date meant to keep immature Vidalia onions off store shelves to protect what is a $150 million brand.

Cargill Sells Texas Cattle Feed to Calif.-Based Family Operator

January 14, 2015 12:25 pm | by Cargill | News | Comments

Cargill announced the future closure of Lockney, related to the shutdown of the company's Plainview, Texas, beef processing facility on February 1, 2013. The plant closed primarily due to drought that had severely limited the region's cattle supplies. 

Washington Lawmaker Proposes 'Ag-Gag' Bill

January 14, 2015 11:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A Washington state legislator introduced a bill emulating Idaho's controversial "ag-gag" law, which criminalizes undercover recordings at slaughterhouses and factory farms. Animal rights activists, though, are strongly working to overturn the bill.

Calif. Unveils Strict Rules on Pesticide Use

January 14, 2015 10:45 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The restrictions target chloropicrin, a pesticide injected into the ground before planting crops such as strawberries, tomatoes and almond orchards. In recent years, the chemical has caused hundreds of people to suffer from irritated eyes, coughing fits and headaches.

Study: Wheat Yield to Decline as Temperatures Rise

January 14, 2015 9:20 am | by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences | News | Comments

Production of wheat, one of the world's most important food crops, will decline as temperatures increase, a finding made possible by pooling computer models worldwide, in a study led by a UF/IFAS researcher.           

GMOs With Health Benefits Have Large Market Potential

January 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by GHENT UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

Over the last few years, various GM crops with health benefits have been developed in which genes, mostly originating from other organisms, have been added. Examples include rice enriched with pro-vitamin A and folate-enriched rice, developed at Ghent University.

EU Parliament Approves New GM Crops Planting Rules

January 13, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's legislature has approved by a big margin a new law giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc. 

US Senator Seeks Crop Insurance For Barley Growers

January 12, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer will visit a downtown Albany brewery to launch his effort to establish a crop insurance program for Capital Region farmers who grow malt barley. The crop is crucial to continued growth of the area's burgeoning craft beer and distilling industries.

Research Finds Salt Tolerance Gene in Soybean

January 9, 2015 2:10 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE | News | Comments

The researchers, at the University of Adelaide in Australia and the Institute of Crop Sciences in the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, have identified a specific gene in soybean that has great potential for soybean crop improvement.

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