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House drought bill keeps $5 billion subsidy targeted by reformers | Reuters

Sun, 2012-07-29 06:24
Farmers would get another round of the $5 billion a year "direct payment" subsidy, targeted by reformers as wasteful spending, in a Republican-drawn offer of disaster aid for farmers hurt by the worst drought in half a century. The package, unveiled on Friday, combines drought relief with a one-year extension of the farm program. If passed by the House next week and accepted by Senate, it would end a farm-bill stalemate by deferring work until 2013, when cost-cutting pressure may be intense. An estimated $1.2 billion in drought relief would be provided under the bill, half to livestock producers and half to crop growers. While crop insurance will provide a safety net for many growers, livestock producers face parched pastures and rising feed costs.

U.S.D.A. Newsletter Retracts a Meatless Mondays Plug - NYTimes.com

Fri, 2012-07-27 11:33
The message seemed innocuous enough, coming as it did from the federal agency tasked with promoting sustainable agriculture and dietary health: “One simple way to reduce your environmental impact while dining at our cafeterias,” read a United States Department of Agriculture interoffice newsletter published on its Web site this week, “is to participate in the ‘Meatless Monday’ initiative.”

Water is the new gold, a big commodity bet - Paul B. Farrell - MarketWatch

Tue, 2012-07-24 08:10
“Is water the gold of the 21st century?” asks Fortune. Answer: Yes, water is the New Gold for investors this century. In 2010 global water generated over a half trillion dollars of revenue. Global world population will explode from 7 billion today to 10 billion by 2050, predicts the United Nations. And over one billion “lack access to clean drinking water.”

Corn-Crop Damage From Drought Poised to Worsen: Chart of the Day - Bloomberg

Sun, 2012-07-22 07:33
Corn is due for more damage from a drought that has produced the worst U.S. growing conditions in almost a quarter century, according to David Driscoll, a Citigroup Inc. analyst. The CHART OF THE DAY displays the percentage of the corn crop in good to excellent condition, according to data compiled by the Agriculture Department. Average readings for the previous 25 years and data for 1988, another drought year, are included for comparison.

Extreme weather: Get ready to see more of it, scientists say - CNN.com

Sat, 2012-07-14 16:14
A map of significant climate events for the United States in June looks almost apocalyptic: hellish heat, ferocious fires and severe storms leaving people injured, homeless and even dead. That followed a warm winter and early season droughts. News came Monday that the mainland United States experienced its warmest 12 months since the dawn of record-keeping in 1895.

The Triumph of the Family Farm

Fri, 2012-06-22 15:02

Consumer Reports’ poll says Americans want antibiotic-free meat America's Beef Business Source - Cattle News, Editorial & Markets Drovers CattleNetwork

Thu, 2012-06-21 09:02
A majority of Americans want antibiotic-free meat, according to a national poll released by Consumer Reports. The report, “Meat on Drugs: The Overuse of Antibiotics in Food Animals and What Supermarkets and Consumers Can Do to Stop It,” is available at Consumer Reports.org. The release of the poll coincides with the laun

Small Biz Survival: Simplify your business plan

Tue, 2012-06-12 13:55
Farms and ranches are businesses, plan accordingly.

EU directive partially banning sow stalls - January 2013

Tue, 2012-04-24 13:53
EU regulations banning battery cages for laying hens and sow stalls have much to commend them but the impacts on the market may have been overlooked or underestimated.

Insight: U.S. barnyards help China super-size food production | Reuters

Fri, 2012-04-20 05:39
In a country where pork is a culinary staple, the demand for a protein-rich diet is growing faster than Chinese farmers can keep up. While Americans cut back on meat consumption to the lowest levels seen in two decades, the Chinese now eat nearly 10 percent more meat than they did five years ago. China's solution: to super-size its supply by snapping up millions of live animals raised by U.S. farmers as breeding stock - capitalizing on decades of cutting edge agricultural research in America.

China and the death of Latin America

Sat, 2012-04-14 07:21
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — More than 40 years ago, I first read Eduardo Galeano’s classic, “Open Veins of Latin America.” Yes, it’s the same book that snarky Hugo Chavez presented to President Barack Obama in 2009. The first sentences of Galeanos’s book remain as starkly comprehensive, and controversial, as ever: “The division of labor among nations is that some specialize in winning and others in losing. Our part of the world, known today as Latin America, was precocious. It has specialized in losing ever since those remote times when Renaissance Europeans ventured across the ocean and buried their teeth in the throats of the Indian civilizations.”

Food inflation back on agenda as prices rise | Reuters

Thu, 2012-04-05 06:52
Global food prices rose in March for a third successive month, driven by gains in grains and vegetable oils, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization said on Thursday, putting food inflation firmly back on the economic agenda.

Can Omega–3 Fatty Acids Modulate the Immune Response of Pigs?

Tue, 2012-04-03 13:41
Pork producers should include plant–based omega–3 fatty acids, such as those found in flaxseed, into the diets of lactating sows or newly weaned piglets but ensure that the ratio does not go below 5:1 omega–6:omega–3, according to L. Eastwood and A.D. Beaulieu from the Prairie Swine Centre.

Symposium on Digestive Physiology in Pigs in May

Tue, 2012-04-03 13:39
The Organizing Committee of the Digestive Physiology of Pigs invites all to Keystone, Colorado, USA on from 29 May to 1 June 2012 for the 12th International Symposium on Digestive Physiology in Pigs. This event has grown to become the premiere event where discussions focus specifically on various aspects of digestive physiology. The organisers expect to attract more than 300 attendees from Europe, Asia and North and South America.

Beef processor files for bankruptcy over 'pink slime' uproar | Reuters

Mon, 2012-04-02 10:39
Ground beef processor AFA Foods filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday and said it plans to sell some or all of its assets, citing the impact of media coverage related to a meat filler critics have dubbed "pink slime."

Geissler’s Adopts OnVu Meat Labeling

Mon, 2012-04-02 05:50
Geissler’s Supermarkets will be the first U.S. grocery retailer to feature the OnVu Intelligent indicator on meat product labels. OnVu uses state-of-the-art technology to enable shoppers to tell at a glance that meat has been kept at safe temperatures after purchase. The United States is the latest country to adopt the innovative technology, which debuted in 2009 in Switzerland.

Governors Urge Consumers to Rethink 'Pink Slime'

Thu, 2012-03-29 12:49
The main producer of "pink slime" and the politicians defending the company will have a hard time persuading consumers and grocery stores to accept the product, even if the processed beef trimmings are as safe as the industry insists. Three governors and two lieutenant governors plan to tour Beef Products's plant in South Sioux City, Neb., Thursday afternoon to show their support for the company and the several thousand jobs it creates in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.