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Billy Busch Offers $1 More Than Siblings for Grant's Farm

ABC News | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in Rural News

Kraftig Brewing Co. founder William K. "Billy" Busch is now offering $1 more than his siblings in his effort to buy Grant's Farm in south St. Louis County.

Busch on Monday increased his offer for the attraction to $26,000,001. He is offering an additional $8 million to buy the family mansion and 22 acres that adjoin the popular attraction that includes 900 animals and is home to some of the Budweiser Clydesdales. It opened in 1954.


Protecting and enhancing pollinators in urban landscapes

Michigan State University Extension | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in Agriculture News

“Protecting and enhancing pollinators in urban landscapes for the US North Central Region” provides information for landscapers and gardeners who want to attract pollinators and protect them during pest management tactics or pesticide applications.

This 30-page PDF resource includes:


Pennsylvania Ag Secretary warns of new invasive insect

Fox 43 | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in Agriculture News

An invasive pest new to the United States was discovered for the first time on a farm in Lancaster County and has been found to have spread to at least four other counties, according to officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.


Do It Yourself High-Speed Internet

DTN | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in Agriculture News

By coincidence, I recently ran into an Indiana farmer/entrepreneur who is working on ways to cross to the internet divide. Steve Gerrish calls his company airBridge, and its business model is to help farmers establish robust local high-speed internet networks. The idea isn't new; farmers for years have used systems to extend their WiFi systems beyond the office and onto the farm. But Gerrish brings an enthusiasm and a vision to the issue that is kind of inspiring.


USDA Establishes New Partnerships to Link Underserved Farmers to FSA Programs

USDA | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in Federal News

The U.S. Department Agriculture announced cooperative agreements with 55 partners to educate farmers and other producers that have historically been underserved by USDA programs offered through the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Nearly $2.5 million will go to nonprofits, associations, universities, and foundations that will provide training and information on FSA programs that provide financial, disaster or technical support. 


TTIP and Agriculture: Another Transatlantic Chicken War?

Choices magazine | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in Federal News

In 1963 the United States and Europe (EU) were engaged in the infamous Chicken War over new tariffs introduced in Europe. Five decades later, tensions over chicken, now relating to food safety issues, still plague U.S.-EU trade relations in agriculture, and are playing an unfortunate role in influencing European public opinion in the debate about a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).


Litigation filed by farmers against Pilgrim’s dismissed

Wattagnet | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in Agriculture News

A federal judge in Texas has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Pilgrim's nearly ten years ago by poultry growers who accused the company of violating federal law by manipulating poultry prices with intentions of shutting down some of the growers’ operations.


Debate on farmers’ high property taxes raises fear of tax revolt

LimoOhio.com | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in News

“Ohio has some of the highest farmland taxes in the nation,” Finnarn told the group. “It didn’t use to be this way.”

The issue has the potential of pitting farmers against local governments and school districts, which have been enjoying increased property tax revenuws. And lawmakers are moving cautiously, fearful that the effort to reduce the CAUV could backfire.


Osteopaths’ study damning meat is ‘weak’: NAMI

meatingplace.com | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in Food News

A review of large-scale studies involving more than 1.5 million people, calls out meat for its connection to a host of mortality causes, but is based on “weak correlation data,” said Betsy Booren, vice president of scientific affairs for the North American Meat Institute.

The review was conducted by physicians from Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and is titled, "Is Meat Killing Us?"


AB-free has its limits, say avian pathologists

meatingplace.com | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in Agriculture News

Antibiotic use in poultry should be minimized “through carefully planned and well-executed preventive practices,” but the birds’ health should not be sacrificed for a marketing message, said a position statement released by the American Association of Avian Pathologists.

Antibiotics should remain “a viable option when appropriate and necessary for the health and well-being of the animal, even when marketing and consumer preference dictate otherwise,” the organization summarized in a release.


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