NEWS & RESOURCES

June 7, 2018

PepsiCo Champions Farmer Economic Security, Sustainability

The word “sustainability” doesn’t give too many farmers the warm fuzzies, admits Margaret Henry, PepsiCo director of sustainable agriculture. She gets it. Henry grew up on a Kentucky dairy farm. But here’s why she thinks the concept is important: In her view, it allows the food system to speak with a common language that resonates with consumers. If used properly,…

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May 30, 2018

Partnership Aims to Improve Animal Welfare with Genetics

Dehorning could soon be a thing of the past thanks to alliance formed by two genetics companies based in the U.S. and Canada. Recombinetics, a Minnesota company specializing in livestock genetic editing, has partnered with Canadian semen distributor Semex to help bring more polled genetics into dairy cattle breeding. The alliance will help utilize precision breeding in an effort to…

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May 30, 2018

Alliance Intends to Improve Water Sustainability in Beef Production

A partnership between the Nature Conservancy, Nestlé Purina and Cargill will launch a three-year program to improve water sustainability across the beef production chain. Irrigation of row crops dedicated to cattle feed accounts for more than 50 percent of water use in U.S. beef production. To start out the project will begin in Nebraska and focus on row crop irrigation…

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May 29, 2018

Want to Turn Off Consumers? Label Food ‘Vegan’

A survey of 2,200 U.S. adults suggests labeling food with terms such as ‘vegan,’ ‘diet’ and ‘sugar free’ makes them less likely they’ll end up in shopping carts, according to a story published by Newsweek. Some 35% of those surveyed says labeling a food as ‘vegan’ made it unappealing to them, the highest negative rating of those terms surveyed. ‘Diet’…

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May 29, 2018

Organic Meat And Poultry Sales Jump 17.2% In 2017

The Organic Trade Association says sales of organic meat, poultry and fish reached $1.2 billion in 2017, an increase of 17.2%, the first time the category has broken through the $1 billion sales mark. Overall, U.S. organic food sales totaled $45.2 billion in 2017, up 6.4%. That compares with an 8.4% increase in 2016 to $43 billion, the first year…

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May 29, 2018

Implementing Healthy Lifestyles In Tennessee Classrooms

States in the southeastern part of the U.S. are often at the bottom of the list for healthiest communities. Some rural Tennessee towns are trying to reverse the trend by building a culture of health with the help of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Charles Denney from the UT institute Of Agriculture shows how partnerships are encouraging fitness and better…

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May 29, 2018

NAICC: How We Start To Explain GMOs

There is much talk about foods containing GMOs. Are they safe? Should they be labeled? They aren’t real and natural foods, right? Non-GMO is always better, right? These are questions we hear at work; in the store; and at family gatherings, church and many other places. There is one thing for certain: people have a lot of questions about GMOs.…

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May 28, 2018

Farmers Taking a Stand Against Deceptive Advertising

Buzzwords, scare tactics and misguided advertising are just a few techniques food marketers use to get consumers to buy their products. Farmers, however, have had enough and are fighting back to end deceptive food labeling. Created by dairy farmers and the National Milk Producers Federation, The Peel Back the Label campaign was launched to bring awareness to consumers about misleading advertisements placed…

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May 28, 2018

Retailer Invests In New 4R Management Services

For South Central Cooperative, early 2018 was the time to add a John Deere R4038 for topdressing corn. “We typically buy a new machine every three to five years,” says Ryan Hall, who has been a professional applicator with South Central for 13 years. “We know we have to keep up with technology. It’s just like a new computer—dollar for…

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May 28, 2018

Just-In-Time Nitrogen Use For Your Corn

This article appeared in the February 2017 issue of Farm Journal. The need to protect water supplies while feeding a burgeoning world population will spur farmers to become the best nitrogen stewards ever. It won’t be easy, says Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie, and it will take time. But he predicts farmers will meet this challenge, just as they…

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