NEWS & RESOURCES

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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February 16, 2018

Food safety auditor calls FSMA unconstitutional

The owner of food safety auditing company Equicert is suing the government to declare the Food Safety Modernization Act unconstitutional. Michael Hari is also seeking an end to U.S. Department of Agriculture food safety audits. His suit, filed Feb. 14, calls the FSMA unconstitutional because “it holds farmers liable for food safety conditions which they cannot control and have no…

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February 15, 2018

The Fertilizer Institute’s 2017 Report: Top Takeaways

The industry’s commitment to environmental conservation is seen through their investments in time and money. ( The Fertilizer Institute ) The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) released its 2017 State of the Fertilizer Industry report which showed increases in conservation efforts in the areas of water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions. The report represents data from 33 TFI member companies which account…

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February 15, 2018

Can Chipotle Recover its Mojo?

Chipotle Mexican Grill is back in the news this week – in mostly good ways. The company has hired a new CEO – Brian Niccol, poached from Taco Bell. Wall Street apparently liked the hire as Chipotle stock spiked more than 14% on Wednesday, up more than $36 per share. A surging stock price is always good news, but even…

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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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