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Consumer perception of dairy cow care

Michigan State University | Posted onJanuary 2, 2018 in Agriculture News

The public often hears in the media and from special interest groups that animals are housed in poor conditions, treated poorly and forced to perform at high levels. But what do consumers think after they’ve toured a modern, and in some cases, very large modern dairy farm? Not what the media sometimes presents or what some special interest groups want people to believe.

7th person charged in teen forced labor case at Ohio egg farm

Fox News | Posted onJanuary 2, 2018 in Agriculture News

 A man accused of taking part in a scheme to smuggle teenagers into the U.S. and force them to work at an egg farm for little pay is in custody after being arrested at the Mexican border, federal prosecutors announced.

More schools participate in USDA Farm to School program

Meatingplace (free registration required) | Posted onJanuary 2, 2018 in Agriculture, Federal News

More schools districts – and therefore more schoolchildren – are learning about healthy eating habits, and more schools would like to be able to source meats locally, according to the latest USDA Farm to School Census. More than 5,200 school districts and 57,600 schools participated in the program in 2015, which tracks local sourcing of food fed to schoolchildren during the course of the day.

Opinion: Avoiding GMOs isn’t just anti-science. It’s immoral.

The Washington Post | Posted onDecember 28, 2017 in Agriculture News

And yet a concerted, deep-pockets campaign, as relentless as it is baseless, has persuaded a high percentage of Americans and Europeans to avoid GMO products, and to pay premium prices for “non-GMO” or “organic” foods that may in some cases be less safe and less nutritious. Thank goodness the toothpaste makers of the past weren’t cowed so easily; the tubes would have said “No fluoride inside!” and we’d all have many more cavities. This is the kind of foolishness that rich societies can afford to indulge.

President Trump says Christmas present is delivered and tax cuts will fuel US economy

DTN | Posted onDecember 28, 2017 in Federal News

Farmers who receive income from pass-through entities will see a 20% deduction. The effective impact of a 37% tax rate and a 20% deduction for pass-through income would set a top tax rate on business income at 29.6%. The tax accounting firm K-Coe Isom suggested some business considerations for farmers as year-end tax strategies for the bill. One would be to defer income to next year and pay deductible expenses now, because depending on circumstances, farmers could have a lower tax rate for 2018.

Tough times in the heartland as some farmers hit by losses weigh exiting the business

CNBC | Posted onDecember 28, 2017 in Agriculture News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting that cash receipts for corn and soybean farmers will be down in 2017. Yet it's a different story for some livestock farmers, especially those who raise hogs. Also, cattle feedlots were under pressure but have recovered in the past year."If you look at the general economy and the ag economy, they generally kind of historically have run countercyclical to one another," said Curt Hudnutt, Rabobank's St. Louis-based North America's head of rural banking. "While the U.S.

Agrium, PotashCorp merger will 'impact the entire industry,' including thousands of farmers: prof.

CBC News | Posted onDecember 28, 2017 in Agriculture News

A mammoth merger between the world's largest potash producer and a major agricultural and chemical company is slated to close Jan. 1. The merger between PotashCorp and Agrium — which will combine to make Nutrien — received its final clearance. Nutrien will be the world's largest nutrient company and the third-largest natural resource company in Canada. Post-merger, approximately 20,000 people will work for the company in 18 countries, with the entire enterprise valued at $36 billion USD

Feds stop North Cascades grizzly recovery

Capital Press | Posted onDecember 28, 2017 in Rural News

The National Park Service apparently is shutting down its efforts to reintroduce grizzly bears into the North Cascades Ecosystem. Conservation Northwest, a regional conservation organization strongly supportive of grizzly bear recovery, issued a new release, Dec. 18, lamenting what it said was a stop work order announced Dec. 13 at an Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee meeting in Missoula, Mont.

As Opioid Use Climbs, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Rises

University of New Hampshire | Posted onDecember 28, 2017 in News

The opioid crisis besetting every region of the United States directly affects more than just those who use substances. For a pregnant woman, a consequence of substance use can be neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)—withdrawal symptoms experienced by the newborn. NAS is on the rise in New Hampshire, but prenatal care for the mother can reduce or eliminate the risk.

EU-Japan trade deal worrisome for U.S. farm exports

Capital Press | Posted onDecember 28, 2017 in Agriculture News

U.S. cheese exports stand to suffer from a trade deal struck between Japan and the European Union, but beef is also likely to be impacted indirectly.