NEWS & RESOURCES

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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May 26, 2018

Iowa State Team Wins Worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge

For three Iowa State University graduate students, winning the worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge was more than an honor – it meant they could help reduce food waste in their homeland. For three Iowa State University graduate students, winning the worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge was more than an honor – it meant they could help reduce food waste in…

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May 25, 2018

Troubles With Technology? Who Are You Going To Call?

Even though I wasn’t there in person, it was an amazing thing to watch. This spring, a particular planter I was watching—albeit remotely via real-time telematics—was literally breaking the seeding speed limit without consequence. I was watching the pinnacle of precision agriculture technology in action. The planter—60' wide with 36 rows at 20" row spacings—was equipped with nearly $120,000 of…

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May 2, 2018

Animal Welfare is Consumers’ No. 1 Concern

Last month the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals went out of its way to ridicule People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Known for shenanigans and frivolous lawsuits, PETA went a step too far with its latest stunt, and the Ninth Circuit took the organization to task. In 2011, wildlife photographer David Slater left some equipment on the jungle…

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April 10, 2018

CEO: Farmers Will Survive With Storytellers

Without storytellers, farmers won’t have the public support they need to use modern technology to feed the world. That’s according to CEO Chris Policinski of Land O’Lakes, Inc., who addressed attendees this month at the 2018 Planet Forward Summit at The George Washington University. “Farmers are rotten storytellers. They’re getting better,” says Policinski, whose remarks were streamed on Facebook Live. “But they talk about…

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