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Cost of Thanksgiving Day dinner drops by 75 cents

Bismarck Tribune | Posted onNovember 17, 2018 in Food News

American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.87.


Turning human excrement into biofuel

| Posted onNovember 17, 2018 in Energy News

team of researchers from Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has demonstrated, for the first time, a technique for converting human excrement into hydrochar—a safe, renewable biomass fuel that resembles charcoal—as well as a nutrient-rich fertilizer.


Natural Climate Solutions Could Cancel Out a Fifth of U.S. Emissions

Inside Climate News | Posted onNovember 17, 2018 in Agriculture News

Low-tech, time-tested forest, farm and land management techniques are effective, cheap and carry benefits well beyond tackling climate change.Conserving and restoring American forest, farm and natural lands could cut a substantial chunk of the country's emissions, helping meet greenhouse gas reduction goals without relying on undeveloped technologies, a new report finds.A team of 38 researchers spent more than two years looking at "natural climate solutions"—a range of strategies that includes planting trees in cities, preventing the conversion of natural grassland to farmland and shifting


Ag Bankers Wary About 2019

DTN | Posted onNovember 17, 2018 in News

Cash flow is a growing problem in farm country, and nearly all of the bankers that spoke with DTN at a recent conference said there's some part of their portfolio that's under significant financial stress.


Corn Growers and Environmental Defense Fund form partnership

DTN | Posted onNovember 17, 2018 in Agriculture News

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) on Wednesday launched a partnership “to improve environmental outcomes while optimizing productivity and profitability.” “Many practices that increase soil health and water quality also boost farmers’ bottom lines,” said Suzy Friedman, senior director of agricultural sustainability at EDF.“EDF and NCGA have worked together for many years to align economic incentives and environmental outcomes.


Tackling Water Quality Challenges

DTN | Posted onNovember 17, 2018 in Agriculture News

Farmers, Fertilizer Companies, Groups Working to Address Water Quality Issues. Blair said various groups in the region, wanting to act on their own on the algae issue, could not convince Ohio Gov. John Kasich to meet with them. Instead, the Republican governor allocated $3 billion to improve water works and various other projects in the area, he said.It was frustrating not to be heard by the governor, Blair said. As a fertilizer retailer, The Andersons is on the front lines in attempting to ensure fertilizer is applied correctly and that runoff into Lake Erie is limited, he said.


Sucking your baby's pacifier to clean it may prevent allergies

Science Daily | Posted onNovember 17, 2018 in Food News

New research suggests a link between parental sucking on a pacifier and a lower allergic response among young children.


Dietary fat is good? Dietary fat is bad? Coming to consensus

Science Daily | Posted onNovember 17, 2018 in Food News

Which is better, a low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet or a high-fat/low-carbohydrate diet -- or is it the type of fat that matters? In a new paper, researchers with diverse expertise and perspectives on the issues laid out the case for each position and came to a consensus and a future research agenda.The researchers agreed that no specific fat to carbohydrate ratio is best for everyone, and that an overall high-quality diet that is low in sugar and refined grains will help most people maintain a healthy weight and low chronic disease risk.


Killer whales share personality traits with humans, chimpanzees

Science Daily | Posted onNovember 17, 2018 in Rural News

Killer whales display personality traits similar to those of humans and chimpanzees, such as playfulness, cheerfulness and affection, according to new research.


Chapter 12 bankruptcies on the rise in the Ninth District

Minneapolis Federal Reserve | Posted onNovember 15, 2018 in Agriculture News

The trend is both simple and complex. For example, current numbers are not unprecedented, even in the recent past, having reached 70 bankruptcies in 2010. However, current price levels and the trajectory of the current trends suggest that this trend has not yet seen a peak. Not surprisingly, bankruptcy numbers inversely follow the rise and fall of commodity prices. After a comparatively steep spike in chapter 12 filings during the Great Recession—that 2010 peak—ag prices started rising across the board, and bankruptcies logically pivoted and started to decline.


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