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  • American Farmland Trust releases new guide on Growing Local | American Farmland Trust

    Today American Farmland Trust and Growing Food Connections announced the publication of GROWING LOCAL: A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems. The national guide showcases ways communities can strengthen their food systems through planning, policy and public investment. It includes the most comprehensive collection of local policies ever assembled to support local farms and ranches, improve access to healthy food, and develop needed distribution and infrastructure. Written for farmers, community residents and food policy councils, as well as planners and local government officials, this practical guide highlights real life examples of ways communities are growing food connections from field to fork.  “GROWING LOCAL is an excellent resource, sharing successful policies and approaches to food systems development from across the country,” said David Rouse, managing director of research and advisory services for the American Planning Association. “It identifies key places in the planning process where a community can address the viability of local farms and improve healthy food access—from civic engagement, to visioning and goal setting, to developing solutions to grow its economy and the well-being of its residents.”

    Post date: Fri, 07/28/2017 - 07:40
  • Senators push for end to Chinese poultry ban | Feedstuffs

    A bipartisan group of 37 senators, led by Sens. Thad Cochran (R., Miss.) and Mark Warner (D., Va.), wrote to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue calling for the swift reopening of the Chinese market after U.S. exports of chicken and turkey were banned in 2015.  China instituted the ban in 2015 after the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a wild duck, and the ban continues to be enforced today, in contradiction to World Organization for Animal Health standards. ANd yet, China can ship poultry to U.S.?

    Post date: Fri, 07/28/2017 - 07:34
  • New York meat plant to close despite grant money | Meatingplace (free registration required)

    Value-added and portion-controlled pork and veal products maker Delft Blue will close its pork processing plant in New York Mills, N.Y., just months after announcing it would expand its operation and add 22 jobs in exchange for a $330,000 government grant, according to local media reports. According to NewYorkUpstate.com, the expansion never happened, and now Delft Blue plans to close the plant and lay off its 83 employees, filing a notice under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act saying it will shut its plant in October.

    Post date: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 14:06
  • ‘Slow-growing’ chickens don’t have to be the next ‘antibiotic-free’ trend | Meatingplace (free registration required)

     The chicken industry can blunt the increasing calls from consumers for slow-growing broilers before the trend takes off like antibiotic-free has if companies change the way they market to millennial consumers. “Slow-growth will be the next antibiotic-free,” Richard Kottmeyer, senior managing partner of Farm 2 Fork Advisory Services, told attendees here at the Chicken Marketing Summit. “If it is, it will be your fault.” Kottmeyer called slow-growing chickens “a farce,” and the millennial’s way of saying to chicken processors that, “I just don’t trust you to do the right thing, so let’s go back in time before things were so corporate.” He said it comes down to millennials thinking that chickens grow too fast these days because companies are pumping them full of drugs. As such, Kottmeyer suggested that the industry take advantage of millennial’s noted trust for pet veterinarians and have animal vets communicate simple, common sense messages about the healthy attributes and importance of methods used in conventional broiler production.

    Post date: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 14:05
  • Food Sovereignty | Maine Public

    Maine has a new law that allows towns to regulate local food production without requiring state and federal rules.  We’ll learn what this means for Mainers and how it ties into the national food sovereignty movement. 

    Post date: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 14:03

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Gleanings

Farmland Taxes Under Discussion in the Midwest Again

23 January, 2017

Senator Jean Leising knows it’s going to be another tough year for beef and hog producers, and 2016’s record national yields for corn and soybeans indicate that farm profitability will decline for the third straight year.  She is convinced that “the drop in net farm income again this year makes the changes Indiana made to the farmland taxation calculation in 2016 even more important.”  

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Are corporations taking over America’s food supply?

15 March, 2016

Family farms.  The foundation of America’s food security.  According to the USDA, 97 percent of farms are family farms, and they grow 90 percent of the food produced. But national policies to keep food affordable (American’s spend less than 7 percent of their paycheck for food) and the boom and bust cycles of farming have resulted in larger, more concentrated farming practices. 

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