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NMPF offers new tools for MPP assistance

Feedstuffs | Posted onJuly 14, 2016 in Agriculture News

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has updated its Margin Protection Program (MPP) website– with new materials to assist dairy producers considering enrollment in the third year of the federal dairy safety net program.  The enrollment period officially opened July 1 and ends Sept. 30, 2016, for coverage in calendar year 2017. Farmers already participating in the program can change their coverage level during this three-month enrollment window.

A Closer Look at Declining Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Using Linked Data Sources

USDA | Posted onJuly 14, 2016 in Food News

Researchers linked ERS's food availability data with food intake survey data to break down national food and vegetable consumption trends by age, gender, education level, income, and race/ethnic background. They found that declines in fruit and vegetable consumption—driven by falling consumption of orange juice, potatoes and head lettuce—have been steeper for some demographic groups than for others.

National Ag Law Center Ag & Food Law Update

National Ag Law Center | Posted onJuly 14, 2016 in Agriculture News

A regular update of agricultur law cases around the country.

VIlsack declares Nationa Farmers Market Week

USDA | Posted onJuly 14, 2016 in Federal News

VIlsack declares the week of August 7-13 as National Farmers Market Week.

The Dog Lover, a new film

The Dog Lover Movie | Posted onJuly 14, 2016 in Rural News

The Dog Lover is a suspenseful and provocative drama based on true events.  Sara Gold is a rising star at the United Animal Protection Agency (UAPA), a major animal rights organization that conducts animal rescues and lobbies for better animal welfare laws. Handpicked for a major assignment, Sara goes undercover as a college intern to infiltrate a suspected “puppy mill” run by the enigmatic Daniel Holloway.

Calgary Stampede: Torturing cows and horses is wrong, outdated and illegal

The Globe and Mail | Posted onJuly 14, 2016 in Agriculture News

There’s little doubt that using animals for entertainment is rapidly becoming unacceptable. The fleeting entertainment we may experience at seeing animals perform tricks isn’t worth forcing them to endure suffering, and even death. I predict that rodeo events will be the next spectacle of suffering to become socially unacceptable. The Calgary Stampede has become synonymous with the trauma and violence of rodeo events. Starting this weekend, rodeo competitors will face off in nine separate event categories, including calf roping, steer wrestling, bronco riding, and chuckwagon racing.

Bayer, DuPont bet $15 million that ag tech is ready to bloom

Green Biz | Posted onJuly 14, 2016 in Agriculture News

Ag tech gets a lot of buzz these days — with talk of drones, sensors, data-reading apps on tractors and new genetic engineering tools hot topics in Silicon Valley and recipients of a surge of investment. But the reality is that not much of that technology is yet in the fields. According to AgFunder, while investment in ag tech nearly doubled last year to $4.6 billion from $2.4 billion in 2014, the commercial adoption of new ag-tech products is generally "soft" with farmers agreeing to free or deeply discounted beta trials of new tools but not often buying them for long-term use.

High Court ruling tough news for New Mexico farmers

Southwest Farm Press | Posted onJuly 14, 2016 in Agriculture News

It's being called a landmark decision by New Mexico's Supreme Court Justices, a 3-1 decision last week (June 30, 2016) that effectively nullifies a long standing law enacted by the state lawmakers nearly 80 years ago that exempted many of New Mexico's farms and ranches from having to provide workers' compensation coverage to some farm workers.  Calling the law discriminatory and unconstitutional, the Court's decision is expected to make state workers' compensation insurance available to an estimated 20,000 uninsured farm laborers across the state, but it comes with a price tag to farm and r

California’s Agriculture Chief: Why Can’t We All Get Along?

Huffington Post | Posted onJuly 14, 2016 in Agriculture News

With water supplies pinched, environmentalists, city dwellers and farmers have gotten into a pushing match. But Ross points out that “it takes a lot of water to grow everything that we eat” and notes that nearly 80% of the water used in California is used for agriculture. One of the stakeholders of interest to Ross is generations not yet born. Ross looks at the over-taxing of aquifers and notes that the status quo can’t endure for long.

Researchers predict smaller harmful algae bloom on Lake Erie

Crains Detroit Business | Posted onJuly 14, 2016 in Rural News

Potentially toxic algae is expected to form again this summer in western Lake Erie but should be considerably less severe than the blooms that blanketed the lake and threatened drinking water supplies the previous two years, scientists said.  After three wet springs, the region's rainfall was more normal this year, said Richard Stumpf of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.