NEWS & RESOURCES

March 29, 2018

Field to Market and USRSB Announce Partnership

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) today announced an agreement establishing mutual recognition of the value and importance of each organization’s work and a commitment to foster an increased level of collaboration. In the agreement, USRSB agreed to recognize the role Field to Market plays in defining sustainable production for…

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March 29, 2018

Two Application Technology Trends

Our top story on AgProfessional.com in March was about John Deere’s acquisition of Spanish carbon fiber manufacturer King Agro. Carbon fiber has a higher strength to weight ratio compared to steel and aluminum, and carbon fiber spray booms are up to 30% lighter and can be extended to greater widths without increasing weight. John Deere has offered carbon fiber booms as an…

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March 28, 2018

Let Soil Recover to Maximize Yield Potential

Before rushing into fields this season, make sure your soil is ready to work. If you get in too early when soil is wet you could set yourself up for stand and yield loss from compaction. “Pre-plant tillage when soils are wet can create a cloddy seedbed that reduces seed-to-soil contact,” according to University of Minnesota “Sidewall compaction occurs when…

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March 28, 2018

Could Robots Slow Dairy Consolidation?

Automation in the dairy industry could help slow consolidation. New reports from CoBank and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service show robotic milking systems could level the playing field for dairies of all sizes. There are really two categories of milking robots on the market: “box” style units and robotic components installed on rotary parlors. According to a new…

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March 28, 2018

McDonald’s, Dairy Checkoff Work to Market More Dairy

McDonald’s and dairy checkoff scientists have unveiled three new menu items that will help get more dairy to consumers. On March 23, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) released a statement about the collaboration between McDonald’s and dairy checkoff scientists. The menu items include: McDonald’s Signature Crafted Recipes sandwiches and the Egg White Delight McMuffin will now feature sharp white cheddar cheese…

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March 26, 2018

Produce Safety Alliance faces budget crunch

Though its work is far from done, funding for the Produce Safety Alliance is scheduled to run out by September 2019. The ticking clock has industry leaders worried about the future of grower produce safety training. Given the task of helping to train and educate produce growers on food safety regulations, the alliance is a collaborative project among Cornell University,…

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March 26, 2018

California strawberries support urban economy, too

While the California strawberry crop generates sales for the industry, it also generates almost $3 billion in non-farm revenue every year, according to a California Strawberry Commission study. A diverse range of businesses in five Southern California counties support strawberries, the state’s fourth-largest crop, according to a news release from the commission. Economists at California State University-Fresno conducted the study,…

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March 26, 2018

Five High-Tech Farming Trends

"What one generation sees as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity," said Anthony Crosland, British Labor Party politician and author, in his most cited sentence. History has shown this to be true: One need not look further than cell phones, televisions, hand-held devices and computers, for starters. Then look at how living conditions and diets have changed, as societies…

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March 22, 2018

HSUS Loses Charity Endorsements

The Humane Society of the United States is facing pushback from several charity oversight groups. The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance has removed it’s accreditation of the animal charity this week, reports the Center for Consumer Freedom. BBB Wise Giving has not released a statement about the change. This comes after Charity Navigator downgraded HSUS’s rating from four stars to two (four-star scale),…

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March 21, 2018

Brussels sprouts enjoy big growth

Embracing their trendy status, Brussels sprouts are riding a strong wave of demand. Supply of Brussels sprouts is up significantly compared with a few year ago. IRI/FreshLook, a Chicago-based market research firm, reports Brussels sprouts retail sales for the 52-week period ending Feb. 25 totaled $255.5 million, up 16.9% compared with the same period a year ago. Volume of fresh Brussels sprouts…

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