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…


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…


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.…


December 18, 2017

Cage-Free Egg Goal Advances At Kraft Heinz

One of the world’s largest food and beverage companies is investing heavily in sourcing of cage-free eggs and focusing on sustainable production practices for numerous additional commodities that go into its products. The 2017 Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) from Kraft Heinz, which ranks No. 117 on Forbes’ list of the world’s largest companies, is another signal from the food industry that suppliers—grain merchandizers, processors…


December 12, 2017

Survey: GMO Questions Linger In Moms’ Minds

A new survey finds that while taste, price and nutritional value continue to be the primary drivers for food-buying decisions among moms, environmentally friendly farming practices also are important. The data comes from A Fresh Look, a farmer-led nonprofit seeking to educate consumers who are undecided about GMOs used in food production. asked Marianne Smith Edge, a sixth-generation farmer and registered dietician…


December 4, 2017

Pork Industry Advances Sustainable Practices

Sustainability is integral to operating a multi-generational family farm, says Brad Greenway, a pork producer in Mitchell, S.D. For the past year, he has spoken across the U.S. as the 2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year, a designation the National Pork Board awards annually. “I’m very proud of the changes we’ve made and the reasons why,” says Greenway, referencing…


November 25, 2017

Scout The Tech Horizon

North Dakota producer ramps up precision ag and mobile tools Basis hasn’t been kind to farmers in North Dakota, where producers Jay and Cara Myers grow 1,500 acres of corn, 1,200 acres of soybeans and run AgroValley Solutions, an ag retail business. So the 2014 Top Producer of the Year honorees from Colfax, along with neighboring producers, have been laying…


November 21, 2017

Food Companies Find Reasons to Pair Up

Disruption is nothing new in the agriculture and food industries, yet massive shifts for the Big Six and Amazon’s decision to buy Whole Foods aren’t the only activities producers should follow. Here are several other shifts that suggest producers, manufacturers and retailers will continue reinventing what the future of food looks like. Dinner To Go WHAT: Albertsons, a food retailer…


November 15, 2017

Field To Market Announces 2017 Award Winners

Ongoing stewardship of land, water and wildlife earned Newport, Ark., rice producer Jennifer James the 2017 Farmer of the Year Award on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Field to Market’s fall meeting in Kansas City. The agricultural sustainability organization also awarded its 2017 Collaboration of the Year Award to Kellogg Company, Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy for ongoing work to support water quality in Michigan’s Saginaw…


November 7, 2017

Stewardship Unites Supply Chain

Despite the misunderstandings that often divide farmers and grocery buyers, there are two points on which they’re likely to agree. First, a majority of farmers say they need to produce food in a more sustainable way. Second, a majority think consumer interest in sustainable food will affect their farm operations. Those findings come from a survey conducted this spring by…