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Grocer to increase amount of locally grown produce

Friday, July 30, 2010

Grocer increases amount of locally grown produce GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Midwest grocer Meijer, which began by selling locally produced foods from area farmers, is substantially expanding its commitment to home grown fruits and vegetables by 20 percent this year, said Mark Stevenson, produce director at the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain. Meijer’s Home Grown […]

Penn State Law to launch new Rural Economics Clinic

Friday, July 30, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With one of the nation’s largest rural populations, Pennsylvania’s economy is dependent upon its rural communities. This fall, Penn State Law will launch its new Rural Economic Development Clinic to support this important sector of our economy, giving law students hands-on learning experience in a wide variety of legal issues specifically […]

Approving trade agreements would help double exports

Friday, July 30, 2010

WASHINGTON — The American Farm Bureau Federation, Coalition of Service Industries and the National Association of Manufacturers are putting forth a comprehensive approach to double U.S. exports in five years — a goal of President Barack Obama. Under this approach, the three organizations outlined policy changes needed to improve market access and level the playing […]

Map details the height of the forests

Friday, July 30, 2010

GREENBELT, Md. — Using satellite data, scientists have produced a first-of-its kind map that details the height of the world’s forests. Although there are other local- and regional-scale forest canopy maps, the new map is the first that spans the entire globe based on one uniform method. The map, based on data collected by NASA’s […]

Issues brewing between the NCBA and CBB over how beef checkoff funds are spent

Friday, July 30, 2010

A controversy erupts over expenses billed to the Beef Checkoff program.

Military working dogs suffer from post traumatic stress disorder

Friday, July 30, 2010

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — When 4-year-old Gina, a 21st Security Forces Squadron military working dog, returned from her five-month tour in Southwest Asia, she wasn’t the same. She was anti-social, bothered by people’s presence and jumpy. She also showed no interest in her work of detecting drugs and bombs. Before she deployed, Gina […]

Drought tolerance in new Agrisure Artesian hybrid

Friday, July 30, 2010

MINNETONKA, Minn. — Syngenta Seeds has unveiled its Agrisure Artesian technology, the new brand name for its range of water hybrids. Agrisure Artesian technology enables corn plants to use available moisture more efficiently, resulting in higher yields on drought-stressed acres including dryland and limited-irrigation farms in the western Corn Belt.

Reader: Have a little sympathy for farmers

Friday, July 30, 2010

Editor: Having concern for the welfare of animals is an admirable virtue, and I don’t doubt that many, if not most, people harboring such concerns are motivated by the highest ideals and have the best of intentions. There are abusive farmers just as there are abusive policemen, abusive school teachers and abusive parents. But let […]

A wolf in sheep’s clothing

Friday, July 30, 2010

Editor: A wolf in sheep’s clothing. If you read it and other stories in a recent Farm Bureau publication, you would understand the outrage felt by myself and other members. To make any agreement with The Humane Society of the United States, lends validity to the claims of The Humane Society of the United States […]

Farmers not interested in rebuilding beef cattle herds

Friday, July 30, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The nation’s beef herd continues to decline. Due to several years of financial difficulty, producers have little interest in rebuilding their herds. As a result other animals are gaining a larger market share and the cost of beef will remain high, according to a Purdue University economist.

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