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AB-free has its limits, say avian pathologists | 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.

California dairy argues manure not solid waste

Farm Futures | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in Agriculture News

A Washington State U.S. District Court last year engaged in a faulty analysis of the Resource Conservation Recovery Act in determining cow manure is a regulated solid waste.

A new U.S. District Court case in California –Blackwood V Mary DeVries – is taking the correct approach that Congress and EPA have argued for.  The California dairy gets it right. “Congress did not intend for RCRA to regulate agricultural material such as manure produced by [a] dairy…”

Farm Bureau Says Labor Visa Backlogs Threaten 2016 Crops

Growing Produce | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in Federal News

Agency delays in processing visas for workers who tend and harvest America’s food crops are fast approaching crisis proportions, all but guaranteeing that crops will rot in the field on many farms this year, American Farm Bureau Federation President ZIppy Duvall said recently.

Communications with state Farm Bureaus across the nation have revealed worker shortages in more than 20 states.

Farmers’ Market Friendly Laws Can Be Trumped By Health Boards

Growing Produce | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in Agriculture News

It’s critical for vendors to know for themselves, or at the very least to know that the market manager knows, the state and local health department, as well as weights and measures, which will get the fresh folks, too, though I’m not sure about the “label font” regulations mentioned in the article, and business licensing regulations for each market where they plan to sell. It may differ from one community to the next, depending how much they want a farmers market. Some may require individual mercantile licenses while others offer an umbrella license for the market.

Livestock's Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction

American Feed Industry Association | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in Agriculture News

'Efficiencies in U.S. livestock agriculture have lowered this industry's combined greenhouse gas emissions to a historic low of about four percent of the nation's total,' said Mitloehner. 'Furthering recent advances will be paramount to satisfy a growing global demand for animal protein without depleting natural resources.' 'With Frank's expertise and years of research, I am glad he is able to provide sound, science-based information to consumers,' said AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman. According to the U.S.

How changing climate affects agriculture

Des Moines Register | Posted onApril 25, 2016 in News

Extreme weather can carry pathogens throughout the globe, introducing foreign microbes to new regions. This is not only a concern for our health as humans, but is also a threat to the food we eat. Due to climate change, the globe is experiencing an increase in average temperatures and extreme weather, which can put significant strain on our livestock production and threaten food security throughout the world.

States continue to pursue strategies to expand broadband access

CSG- Midwest | Posted onApril 25, 2016 in Rural News

In recent years, state government has taken a more active role in helping provide citizens with greater access to reliable broadband Internet. By using funding or incentives to encourage providers to expand broadband into underserved areas, policymakers hope to address equity issues involving access, as well as the role that access plays in terms of improved education, economic development and even public safety.

Cattle initiative to beef up New York Southern Tier agriculture

Cornell | Posted onApril 25, 2016 in Agriculture News

Recently awarded a $627,000 programming and research grant from Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of the $5 million Southern Tier Agriculture Industry Enhancement program, Cornell University plans to bring an emerging livestock market, known as “stocker” beef cattle, to the Southern Tier.

The View From Appalachia: The Pull To Get Out And Come Back Home

NPR | Posted onApril 25, 2016 in Rural News

Shepherd made his own opportunity here in Whitesburg. He decided to open a restaurant on the main street. It's called Heritage Kitchen, and the food is homey and fresh.  "Growing up, you don't know what you want to do," Shepherd said. "It just doesn't seem like the place, there's no opportunity, unless you wanted to work in the coal mines, so I was like, well, I'm getting out of here where there's nothing to do. But you just keep wanting to come home."

That theme — coming home — is one that echoes throughout the hills of Letcher County.


Oregon farmers fighting bank to sell radish seed

Capital Press | Posted onApril 25, 2016 in Agriculture News

Several warehouses are caught in the middle of a legal dispute over radish seeds between Oregon farms and an out-of-state bank.  Both the farms and the bank claim to own the radish seeds, which are currently stored at five Oregon warehouses.

Whether those warehouses are acting as “agents” of the farms or the bank will be a key legal question in a lawsuit that’s scheduled to go to trial on June 7.