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The Center for Food Integrity, a nonprofit formed by the food industry, then convened a three-member panel of animal care specialists to review the Mercy for Animals footage. On Thursday, the panel members released statements condemning some of the actions seen on video.
Farm bill talks stumbled badly Thursday and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) said it would be “very challenging” now for him to meet the Republican leadership’s schedule of having a final agreement back on the House floor by Dec. 13.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, in a press call discussing the report, said it will likely serve as "ammunition" to get the work done on a new farm bill. Legislators from the House and Senate began talks to agree on a joint version of the bill Oct. 30.
"I am bullish about farming in the long term. But I am also very concerned about the next three to four years."
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Many organic farmers are hopping mad at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and their reason involves perhaps the most underappreciated part of agriculture: plant food, aka fertilizer. Specifically, the FDA, as part of its overhaul of food safety regulations, wants to limit the use of animal manure.
Whether budget negotiators will be able to tap into the farm bill's savings is a point of contention, however. Some key lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) say the farm-bill savings should be on top of whatever the budget negotiations produce.
Some producers of farmed fish want the chance to get a cut of those profits, and retailers, who can charge a premium price for organic farmed fish, are with them. But an organic label for aquaculture is not coming easy.
The proposed rule change would limit the number of agricultural businesses that can use cash accounting, requiring many to shift to the accrual method of accounting. This move is opposed by many agricultural groups including the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Farm Financial Standards Council.
University of Illinois Farm Management Specialist Gary Schnitkey makes the observation that the significantly lower guarantees expected for the 2014 crop demonstrates the inappropriate nature for crop insurance to be the lone safety net for agriculture.
Reports from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) show the development of Ohio’s mineral resources in 2012 produced more than $2.7 billion worth of geologic commodities, including increases in the extracted amount of oil, natural gas, limestone, sand and gravel.
When Congress returns in December, they’ll have less than two weeks to uphold their credibility, if they intend to get the bill passed into law by the end of the year. The House is scheduled to break Dec. 13.
During the long hours and fast pace of a harvest season, Damron makes sure to be diligent about maintenance for minimizing chances for combine fires.
“For the first time in human history, income will have a greater influence than population growth on food security,” said Hertel, distinguished professor of agricultural economics. “While the global population is estimated to jump from 7 billion people to 9 billion in the next four decades, the rate of population growth rate is slowing.
A mural painted 14 years ago to promote agriculture has fallen victim to the elements, said one of the owners of the barn that serves as the eye-catching artwork’s canvas. High winds knocked down the rear of the structure on the south side of Ohio 309, about a mile west of Ohio 37, in western Marion County on Nov. 17.
A growing number of farm bankers and economists interviewed at a Chicago Federal Reserve conference and the American Bankers ag meeting in Minneapolis this month warned farmers to brace for change in the coming year.
the coalition expressed concerns about the impact of proposed rules on farmers and businesses that an additional comment period could help alleviate. The group pointed to specific concerns about the rule, including: -The testing frequency required for certain agricultural waters; -Restrictions placed on the usage of biological soil amendments; -Compliance issues at mixed-use facilities;
The Lamb 509 short course is designed to help producers increase sales and improve their financial bottom line through hands-on training in the value-determining factors that influence prices received for market lambs and lamb products,
After adjusting for inflation, the net farm income is expected to be the highest since 1973, largely reflecting several expected higher year-end crop inventories as a result of the record corn harvest, USDA said.
it’s a whole new world already compared to the last enacted bill in 2008, which passed by veto-proof margins and was helped along then by added money for nutrition and continued direct cash payments to farmers.
House Republicans and Senate Democrats are far apart on the issue, with the GOP aiming to cut $40 billion in funds over 10 years. Democrats’ number is $4 billion. The White House’s report sharply criticizes the House bill, saying it would completely eliminate access to SNAP for 3.8 million low-income people next year.
For the 2013-2014 corn marketing year, hogs are offering an estimated $6.85 per bushel if the profits from hog production are assigned to the value of corn.
Bearish corn market news is everywhere these days, but in the long run lower corn prices will help rebuild export demand and reinvigorate the livestock sector, several ag economists said.
Babcock said corn prices would drop about 5% as a result of reduced mandates, or about 25 cents per bushel. Corn production would fall by about 100 million bushels, and ethanol production would drop by about 11% from reduced mandates.
he Senate is not in session this week, but all conferees have been told they may be summoned to Washington for an open conference meeting on the bill on Wednesday. A Cochran spokesman said that whether the meeting takes place this week or not, "The principals continue to talk and are having substantive discussions.
Ohio cropland value rose 12 percent this year, with bare cropland averaging $5,600 an acre, said Barry Ward, production business management leader for OSU Extension
Lower oilseed and grain prices have prompted a bevy of overseas buying. Corn prices have fallen to a three-year low, amidst huge and better than expected harvest reports.
With December 2014 corn futures trading around $4.50 and November 2014 soybeans around $11.50, revenue protection crop insurance guarantees will likely be set at levels below cost of production, thrusting other risk management tools into the limelight.
The legislation is one of several items lawmakers hope to cross off their to-do list in the coming weeks, including a new budget agreement, a defense authorization bill and the confirmation of top Obama administration appointees.
Rep. King’s farm bill provision – which is attached to the House version of the bill but not the Senate version – says no state has the right to regulate food production in other states.
Urban farms, those small-scale efforts to raise chickens, goats and vegetables in urban settings, are making Michigan Farm Bureau leaders nervous as they arrive in town for their 93rd Annual Meeting this week.
the report argues that improving monitoring of small-scale forest clearing that currently evades the government's satellite-based deforestation detection system could help address the 70 percent of Amazon deforestation presently caused by smallholders.
Kicking the Farm Bill down the road means we continue to invest in a backward agriculture policy.
How well has insurance covered the cash plus land cost of producing corn and soybeans since 1980?
The nonprofit Nonhuman Rights Project asked a New York state court to declare a 26-year-old chimp named Tommy “a cognitively complex, autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned.
Occasionally, farm stock is shot by hunters, Fitz said. He remembers a horse from an Amish farm that was shot with an arrow and a horse in Franklin County shot with a bullet when a hunter missed a deer.
"When will they (Senate Democrats) learn to say 'yes' to common ground?" Boehner, an Ohio Republican, asked rhetorically. At nearly the same moment, the four lead farm bill negotiators claimed to have made "great progress" toward a framework after a one-hour meeting.
“We would take a small part of the Farm Bill and simply renew it for three months or so to make sure milk prices don’t skyrocket because of some technicality in the law from 75 years ago.”
Vilsack said the study shows farmers and ranchers are reducing nitrogen pollution by 48.6 million pounds each year and reducing phosphorus by 7.1 million pounds.
Two cargoes of corn shipped to China were rejected over the weekend. This created a kerfuffle in the markets, resulting in a quick drop in prices of corn, with soybeans and wheat following.
Barry Ward, production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension, has calculated some average breakeven prices for corn and soybeans based on input costs for 2014.