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FDA will revise produce safety rules, hold additional comment period

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New food safety rules to be revised and announced by early summer.

Five agri-stories you should read today 2-19-2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Today’s must-read stories touch on GMOs, the new farm bill, our ancestors’ taste for dairy, and an old agriculture law in Virgina that is causing some dog owners to cry ‘fowl’.

Traffic on the river is moving, but slow

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Grain barges are moving through the Ohio River system, but they face weather-triggered delays.

Five agri-stories you should read today (2/18)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Several of today’s stories are curious. Silicon Valley is planning more investment into agriculture, one project is watering tomatoes with seawater and one Texas town is preventing forest fires with goats.

Marcellus shale: Chesapeake comes under fire for extra post-production costs

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chesapeake Energy is under scrutiny by top Pennsylvania officials, after Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett sent a letter to Chesapeake about its business practices involving royalties.

New soil test measures soil health

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A combination of tests can now determine the ‘health’ of your soil.

Five agri-stories you should read today (2/17)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Today’s must-read stories include a look at California’s drought, a story about how micro loans are helping African farmers grow more crops sustainably, and a bit of history behind America’s first president and his relationship with agriculture.

Today’s farmer is no bum — almost heroic

Monday, February 17, 2014

Organic farmer, author and activist shares her experience working with the land at annual OEFFA conference.

Former USDA official urges sustainable farmers to get involved

Monday, February 17, 2014

Former U.S. deputy secretary of agriculture encourages farmers to get involved with government at annual sustainable farming conference.

Open dialogue about GMOs is key to changing conversations, says expert

Monday, February 17, 2014

Despite the head start biotechnology opponents have, there’s still plenty of opportunity for farmers, ranchers and the biotechnology industry to change the conversation about genetically modified organisms.

Food prices, ag economy tied to proper labor reform

Monday, February 17, 2014

An approach to agricultural labor reform that focuses solely on immigration enforcement would raise food prices over five years by an additional 5 to 6 percent and would cut the nation’s food and fiber production by as much as $60 billion.

Expect modest expansion in pork industry

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Much cheaper feed has led the pork industry to begin an expansion that is expected to continue throughout this year. The current expansion means that pork supplies will begin to grow more rapidly in the last-half of 2014, according to Chris Hurt, Purdue University Extension economist.

Want to lose weight? Try managing stress

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A researcher in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently completed a study comparing the effectiveness of two new weight loss and maintenance intervention programs.

National Ag Day contest winners announced

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Agriculture Council of America has announced the winners of the 2014 National Ag Day video and written essay contest winners. The winners were chosen based on the 2014 theme, Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.

Organic Producers will see changes in crop insurance program

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently announced changes to the organics program under the federal crop insurance program. These changes are effective for the 2014 crop year.

Goat Simulator making a stir online, gamers rejoice

Friday, February 14, 2014

If it sounds like a joke, that’s because it started as one. Now, however, the game studio behind the project is releasing the game to satisfy ravenous gamers around the world. Behold: Goat Simulator.

Ag education foundation provides support for study tour to Kenya, Rwanda

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation recently made a $25,000 gift to the LEAD New York Program in support of their international study seminar, which will take place in February 2015.

Farm lease workshop in Jefferson, Ohio

Friday, February 14, 2014

A farmland lease workshop will be held March 10 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Ashtabula County Extension office located at 39 Wall Street in Jefferson.

Library of Congress online resource explores American history through song

Friday, February 14, 2014

A new Library of Congress online resource, Songs of America, launched recently.

USA: Red meat exports close 2013 on a mixed note

Friday, February 14, 2014

DENVER — Exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb closed 2013 on a mixed note. Beef exports eclipsed the $6 billion mark for the first time, setting a new annual value record. At the same time, pork exports declined below 2012’s record highs while lamb sales rose in value on lower volumes according to statistics […]

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