NEWS & RESOURCES

February 26, 2018

FARM Program is ISO Compliant

The National Dairy FARM Program received affirmation from USDA this week that it was compliant with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Animal Welfare Management/ General Requirements and Guidance for Organizations in the Food Supply Chain. That’s a lot of words. “ISO compliance means dairy customers both here and abroad can safely trust their products meet the stringent, internationally recognized…

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February 23, 2018

Murphy: An UnFortune-ate Assessment

It’s easy to click on more than a dozen different web stories ripping the livestock and meat industry as the leading culprits in a host of eco- and health-related ills affecting the world in 2018. Most of those posts appear on pro-vegetarian, consumer activist and/or “lifestyle” websites devoted to being hip, trendy and oh-so au courant. That’s to be expected.…

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February 22, 2018

China Using Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Pigs

As the world’s largest pork producer—and consumer—a wave of new technology is allowing the country to dramatically modernize and increase production efficiency. A new project from tech conglomerate Alibaba could change the game even more. Alibaba is working with Chinese pig producer Dekon Group and feed manufacturer Tequ Group to develop artificial intelligence systems to track pigs. The deal, announced earlier this month…

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February 22, 2018

Restaurant Using Hydroponics to Grow Salad

Some grocery stores have tanks full of swimming lobsters you can choose to take home. There are some steakhouses where you can pick out your choice of ribeye from the meat case. But have you thought about picking your salad from a wall? Good Bank, a German restaurant, is using hydroponics to grow their own lettuce. -AgDay TV

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February 22, 2018

Will Online Revolution End Commodity Beef?

COMMENTARY – There’s a revolution taking shape in the food industry, one that will greatly influence livestock production. “Changes in where consumers buy groceries, when they buy, and what they buy will inevitably force changes all the way through the supply chain,” says RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Senior Protein Analyst Don Close. “Nowhere will these changes be more dramatic than…

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February 21, 2018

Project Clean Cow

Sometimes, we need to get out of the barn and go beyond our field for answers. A Dutch company hired a German chemist who knew nothing about cows to look for a solution for reducing methane (CH4) emissions from ruminants. The result was the discovery that a molecule called 3NOP can disrupt a critical step in the formation of methane…

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February 20, 2018

Get In The Zone To Reduce Inputs, Improve Yields

The majority of the fields Brad Beutke farms look flat and black from the road. But as the old saying goes, looks can be deceiving. “There’s a lot of variability out here you wouldn’t necessarily expect in central Illinois,” says Beutke, who grows 2,600 acres of corn and soybeans near Clinton with his business partner, Rod Wilson. Variability in soil…

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February 20, 2018

Walmart discusses e-commerce plans as growth slows

Walmart reported a 23% increase in e-commerce sales for the fourth quarter — a significant number that nonetheless pales in comparison to the 50% third-quarter increase. “The majority of this slowdown was expected as we fully lapped the Jet acquisition as well as creating a healthier long-term foundation for holiday,” Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon said in an earnings…

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February 19, 2018

Perdue attends Grimmway facility opening

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Georgia Agriculture Commission Gary Black and other officials were on hand to for the grand opening of Grimmway Farms’ Sparks, Ga., facility. Grimmway’s Southeast Regional Packing Facility and Warehouse will help the carrot grower-shipper serve East Coast customers, according to a news release. Grimmway officials spoke about the positive effect on the local economy at the…

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February 19, 2018

Ohio State Researchers: Milk Date Labels Contribute to Food Waste

Got milk? If so, you may be among the majority of consumers who throw that milk out once the date on the carton or jug label has passed. But Ohio State University researchers say not so fast — that pasteurized milk is still good to drink past its sell-by date. Scientists in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences…

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