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The U.S. meat processing industry and the governments of Canada and Mexico have opposed mandatory U.S. country-of-origin labeling for red meat.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAV's, better known as drones, are seeing a lot of interest from lawmakers worried about privacy. But possible legislation has some in the farming industry worried.
Other issues ranked as top concerns by young farmers and ranchers included government regulations and red tape, 12%; availability of farm labor and related regulations, 9%; water availability and urbanization of farm land, 7% each; and health care availability and cost, 6%.
The majority of us in agriculture work with at least some family on the farm. There are a lot of advantages and benefits that come from working with family – but there's a lot of risk too. And you open yourself up to a lot of unnecessary risk if you fail to operate the farm as a business.
The Open Agriculture Data Alliance, or OADA, will also seek to set standards on data privacy and security, among the top concerns of farmers gathering and sharing increasingly deep pools of data from high tech farm machines armed with global positioning technology and wireless data transfer capability.
The neighborhood is called Agritopia, and it’s one of a growing number of so-called agrihoods, residential developments where a working farm is the central feature, in the same way that other communities may cluster around a golf course, pool or fitness center.
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.
“We’re looking at 2.5 to 3.5 percent increases over what we saw in 2013,” Ricky Volpe, an economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said during his agency’s Agricultural Outlook Forum in late February.
Portman, of Cincinnati, said the question that needs asked is, “How many people are pulling the wagon versus how many people are in the wagon?”
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.