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Animal rights activists next goal - slow-growth chicken

Wall Street Jourmal | Posted onMay 6, 2016 in Food News

Companies like Whole Foods are betting customers will pay more for unhurried maturing of birds.The U.S. chicken industry has spent decades figuring out how to grow its birds fast. Now, some of its customers are looking for producers willing to slow things down.A typical commercial chicken has been bred to grow to twice the size of birds from 50 years ago, in around half the time. The faster pace has meant big savings and fatter profits for the meatpackers that raise them. But companies such as Whole Foods Market Inc. and Starbucks Corp.

Livestock, Dairy and Egg Sectors in Trouble

Hoosier Ag Today | Posted onMay 5, 2016 in Agriculture News

A new report by AgriBank projects livestock, dairy, and egg sector margins to continue adjusting downward from record levels set in 2014. The report on 15 Midwest states called the egg industry “the largest percentage loser” due to bird flu and record high prices. However, the report says the turkey industry is rebounding as flocks are rebuilt, and prices remain high. AThe report did say weather remains a wildcard as the transition to La Niña from the historically strong El Niño could bring major drought conditions across the Corn Belt region late in the coming growing season.

DOJ Investigates Dole Over Listeria Outbreak Linked To Salads

Growing Produce | Posted onMay 5, 2016 in Food News

An investigation has been set in motion by the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) into Dole Food Co. over a Listeria outbreak linked to packaged salads. The outbreak sickened 33 in the U.S. and Canada, and four people died.

Coal company claims water rules would kill underground mining

Western Energy News | Posted onMay 5, 2016 in Energy News

The nation’s largest underground coal mining company claims a proposed update to the federal stream protection rule is the top regulatory threat to its industry.  “What this rule does is put an end to underground mining in the United States,” Gary Broadbent of Murray Energy Corporation said at an Ohio State Bar Association program in Columbus on April 14. The closely-held company is headquartered in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Fort McMurray,Alberta fire: Entire city forced to flee as inferno rages

CNN | Posted onMay 4, 2016 in Rural News

The sky in northern Alberta's Fort McMurray resembled a wall of fire and smoke as a mammoth inferno swallowed parts of the Canadian city. Authorities ordered the evacuation of about 88,000 people, including the entire city of Fort McMurray.A state of emergency across the province was declared later in the day.The blaze has already destroyed 80% of Fort McMurray's Beacon Hill community.In all, some 1,600 structures have been destroyed by the fire, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said. However, there have been no reports of deaths or injuries, officials said.

SARL Secretary - Ralph Eichler Becomes Manitoba’s Minister of Agriculture

Real Agriculture | Posted onMay 4, 2016 in SARL Members and Alumni News

A former cattle producer and owner of a livestock handling equipment business has been tapped to serve as minister of agriculture in the Manitoba’s new Progressive Conservative government.

Turkey flock destroyed after avian flu reported in Jasper County, Missouri

Joplin Globe | Posted onMay 4, 2016 in Agriculture News

A commercial flock of about 39,000 turkeys in Jasper County was destroyed after some of the birds tested positive for avian flu, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.

Regulators warn updated grid needs updated reliability rules

Midwest Energy News | Posted onMay 4, 2016 in Energy News

The lumbering coal-fired power stations facing closure because of age and air emissions have been the workhorses of the U.S. high-voltage electric transmission grid. When the grid was stressed and frequency dropped, they ran harder.

Now, as tomorrow's grid is reshaped with more wind farms, solar arrays and gas-fired plants, experts warn that new regulation will be needed to ensure that these new resources provide the frequency support and other essential services that the coal plants delivered.

April winds led to ‘unprecedented’ power production in Upper Midwes

MPR News | Posted onMay 4, 2016 in Energy News

It’s not your imagination. It’s been windier than usual lately across Minnesota.  April is the windiest month of the year on average in Minnesota. And this April our winds have blown harder than average.  It turns out our winds have been producing some unprecedented power production across the Upper Midwest lately.  On one day last November, more than 50 percent of Xcel’s total energy output was produced by wind. That’s a pretty remarkable fact for renewable energy, and one that might have been unthinkable just five or 10 years ago.

Avian Influenza strikes down Missouri turkeys

Capital Press | Posted onMay 4, 2016 in News

H5N1 Low path Avian Influenza was confirmed in a 39,000 bird turkey flock in Jasper County, Missouri. The entire flock was euthanized. Japan banned poultry prodiucts fromthe region.