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On the surface, it seems simple. Why can’t there just be a label on the food product letting the consumer know if it contains GM ingredients? Shouldn’t the consumer have the right to decide what is in the food they buy?
Video from USDA Outlook Forum - featuring young farmers.
"During World War II, there were victory gardens so that people could have fresh produce because the production of food was going to the war efforts. And those gardens, by the way, still exist today. It's taken an evolution, and it's different now than it was in the past,
Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of produce each year. Many beekeepers take hives to the upper Midwest in the summer for bees to gather nectar and pollen for food, then truck them in the spring to California and other states to pollinate everything from almonds to apples to avocados.
While the recently passed farm bill represents a first for Congress since 2008, it will be several more months until the rules are fleshed out to put it into operation.
Over all, healthy food has become more politically popular because of efforts to combat childhood obesity and diabetes and a growing national interest in the farm-to-table movement promoted by the first lady, Michelle Obama, and other national figures.
Farmer No. 1 works with her parents and siblings to care for the pigs on their farm. The family provides the animals with around-the-clock care.
Farmer No. 2 tends to her 650 sows in climate-controlled barns. Her farm continues to expand.
Today, people are more likely to be influenced by what their connections are recommending and talking about. Many people are connecting (and reconnecting) through social media.
Recent data suggests an 11 percent decrease in the amount of food-borne illnesses attributable to products that FSIS is responsible for, Vilsack said, without specifying the period over which that declined had occurred.
Although the 2013-2014 has been one of the roughest winters in many years, Anderson doesn’t feel there is enough evidence to say climate change is triggering the extreme weather.
Chipotle Mexican Grill has angered some farm groups by producing a satirical television series that criticizes industrial farming practices. Farmers say its portrayal of farming is misleading.
Among other provisions, the Office of Farm to Fork would promote healthy food access, especially in underserved communities, and seek collaborations between public health agencies, farmers and other parties.
Under the law signed today, anyone caught making secret video recordings of agricultural operations could face a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. The legislation refers to "the crime of interference with agricultural production."
, "if my ultimate customer says this is what I know and want — and that's a very dicey observation ... is it smart for me to say, eh, you aren't qualified to know what I do, so I'm just going to tell you to take a hike?"
Some farmers are leery about the new technology. They worry their data might be sold to commodities traders, wind up in the hands of rival farmers or give more leverage to giant seed companies that are among the most enthusiastic sellers of data-driven planting advice. The companies vow not to misuse the information.
Coffee, together with sugar, stands out with its double digit gains but also the grain sector — led by soybeans and wheat — have recovered, the latter from a 3.5-year low.
Don’t wait until a threat has revealed itself to begin preparing for it, readying a response and getting acquainted with other likely players that will need to respond, from law enforcement to public health officials to citizen volunteers.
"Who’s winning? I would say flat out that advocates for alternative agriculture have won out," he said. "Their ideas are dominant. It is hard to find anyone willing to stand up for traditional agriculture. Most of them come to my classes with their minds made up
I had the opportunity to represent Trumbull County Farm Bureau at Ag Day at the Capital on Feb. 19. This event is a statewide effort conducted by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation on behalf of its nearly 200,000 active and associate members. T
I have often thought that, if any animal on the farm could talk, it should be the farm dog. The dog is always around the action and would always know what is going on where.
The Social Media Farmer of the Year Award recognizes farmers that have incorporated social media, digital media and Internet strategies to achieve business objectives including growing revenue, sharing information for more effective farming practices, and overall elevating the industry.
Direct sales from farms in the form of farmers’ markets and on-site stores are a growing trend in Ohio and mean more money in farmers’ pockets, said Heather Neikirk, agriculture and natural resources educator at Ohio State University’s Stark County Extension Office.
Key findings include an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the United States totaling $394.6 billion in 2012, up 33% ($97.4 billion) from 2007. The number of farms and land in farms were down slightly, but held steady.