NEWS & RESOURCES

February 15, 2018

Large Increase in Micronutrient Sales in 2017

Compass Minerals, a plant nutrients provider in North and South America, reported that its 2017 micronutrient sales increased in comparison to 2016. This growth is predicted to sustain through 2018. The growth was brought on by North American farmers’ increased demand for micronutrients says Fran Malecha, president and CEO of Compass Minerals. “Specialty micronutrients are critical for farmers seeking to…

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February 14, 2018

Why This Chicken Matters To Beef And Pork

Entrepreneurs tend to do things the rest of us might see as crazy. Shenandoah Valley Organic chicken would fit into that category. Americans will eat upwards of 91 lb. of chicken this year, and a handful of names you know are very successful at producing and marketing chicken. Tyson, Pilgrim’s Pride, Sanderson Farms, Perdue Foods and Koch Foods account for…

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February 14, 2018

Retired Professors, Activists Want Moratorium on New Hog Buildings

Activists and individuals want to put a stop to any new hog buildings in Iowa. ( National Pork Board ) Two retired University of Iowa professors claim Iowa’s regulatory system is failing to protect the environment and public health, and have called for a moratorium on new hog barns in the state. They are joined in the effort by 55…

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February 14, 2018

Visiting only the produce aisle, this guy eats for $10

For those who think eating healthy is too hard and expensive, actor/model Marley Ficalora has a message. Through social media, Ficalora is promoting what he calls the “Produce Section Challenge.” His mission: to set consumers at ease and explain how healthy eating is affordable and manageable. His campaign, highlighted through Facebook videos, attracted the attention of “The Doctors” TV show.…

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February 14, 2018

AgPro Podcast: Crop Consultants Need Full Toolbox For Sustainability

On the most recent AgPro podcast, crop consultants from across the country were asked: What regulations are you concerned about in 2018? What are you doing to address those regulations? Allie Marks, Kulm, N.D. Crop Consultant, Centrol Inc. “Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doing a total class review on pyrethroids. That’s really damaging because that would take a…

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February 13, 2018

Economists Outline Benefits of Reducing Nitrates

Reducing nitrates in water is obviously beneficial to the public as well as agriculture, but usually those benefits aren’t quantified. A study conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University explores the potential economic benefits to drinking water, recreation and health through meeting the targets of Iowa’s statewide strategy for reducing nutrients. The study highlights that reducing nitrates…

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February 12, 2018

Fake Meat: A Threat To The Beef Industry?

The beef industry is watching the growing popularity of alternative proteins of plant-based and meatless burgers. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) unveiled its 2018 policy priorities. For the first time, the association even added fake meat to its policy agenda. Beyond Burger is one example. The plant-based protein is selling in over 5,000 grocery stores nation-wide and some select…

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January 30, 2018

Three Tactics For Restoring Trust In Food From McDonald’s

Ranchers and farmers seeking to rebuild consumer trust in the food system can consider three tactics to build understanding about the work they do across the supply chain, says Townsend Bailey, director of U.S. supply chain sustainability for McDonald’s. It’s critical for the global restaurant company, consumers and other stakeholders to appreciate the value of agriculture. “Our shared interests have to…

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January 25, 2018

Retired Professors, Activists Want Moratorium on New Hog Buildings

Activists and individuals want to put a stop to any new hog buildings in Iowa. ( National Pork Board ) Two retired University of Iowa professors claim Iowa’s regulatory system is failing to protect the environment and public health, and have called for a moratorium on new hog barns in the state. They are joined in the effort by 55…

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January 25, 2018

Fast Food Giant Shares Its Take On Sustainability

Ask 10 people to define sustainability, and you’re likely to get 10 different answers. Individuals and companies alike have struggled to get their arms around the meaning of sustainability in recent years. Fast food giant McDonald’s is no exception, but the company has made a lot of progress, says Townsend Bailey, director of U.S. supply chain sustainability for the company.…

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