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Enhanced maple sap preheater program | Posted on February 24, 2017

EnSave, Inc. and Green Mountain Power are teaming up to offer an exciting new opportunity for Vermont maple sugaring operations in select parts of Vermont. We are offering a $9,000 incentive for the installation of enhanced maple sap preheaters to help maple syrup producers save on heating costs, upgrade their operations, and increase production. By installing an enhanced maple sap preheater you can: Reduce fuel usage by approximately 40%, Reduce evaporator runtime, Reduce boiling time, Reduce operational cost

Gene editing can complement traditional food-animal improvements | Posted on February 24, 2017

Gene editing—one of the newest and most promising tools of biotechnology—enables animal breeders to make beneficial genetic changes, without bringing along unwanted genetic changes.   And, following in the footsteps of traditional breeding, gene editing has tremendous potential to boost the sustainability of livestock production, while also enhancing food-animal health and welfare, argues UC Davis animal scientist Alison Van Eenennaam. 


Five Ways GMOs Benefit The Environment | Posted on February 24, 2017

Humans have been modifying crops for over ten thousand years.  Conventional methods (such as crossbreeding or treating plants with mutagens or radiation) involve large-scale and imprecise changes that are unknown. Using biotech solutions like genetic modification, researchers can make small, precise and extremely well-known changes to crops for the benefit of humans and the environment. GM crops are also much more well-tested than conventional crops to make sure they at least as safe. 1) GMOs decrease dangerous pesticide usage.  2) GMOs increases yield and decrease land use 3) GMOs boost no-tilling farming 4) GMOs save beneficial insects 5) GMOs reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Montana considers seed regulation bill

Ag Week | Posted on February 24, 2017

A bill that would prohibit cities and counties in Montana from regulating seeds has passed through a Senate committee.Senate Bill 155 would prohibit local governments from regulating "cultivation, harvesting, production, processing, registration, labeling, marketing, sale, storage, transportation, distribution, possession, notification of use, use and planting of agricultural seeds or vegetable seeds." The bill would not affect the zoning rights of local governments.  The Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation committee passed the bill on Feb. 14 by a 7-4 vote. While bill supporters did not discuss genetically modified crops, the lone opponent to speak, Adam Haight with the Northern Plains Resource Council, said wheat growers who are members of his organization worry about future GMO contamination of their crops, and local governments should be able to protect their economy.

Do You Know Your State Veterinary Board Regulations?

Veterinary Practice News | Posted on February 24, 2017

The Practice Act is the law that state legislators put in place. The board then serves to ensure that licensees are working within the scope of that act. There are many rules and regulations the board uses to make such determinations. The board is always under the advisement of a council. Realizing not all licensees serve the public directly, they are not immune from complying with the regulations that govern their license. For example, one may work in a research facility or other industry position.  Requirements for continuing education and the care of any animals they handle are still relevant.

Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading | Posted on February 24, 2017

"In the coming decades, will be called upon to both feed people and ensure a healthy environment," said Hunter. "Right now, the narrative in agriculture is really out of balance, with compelling goals for food production but no clear sense of the progress we need to make on the environment. To get the agriculture we want in 2050, we need quantitative targets for both food production and environmental impacts." A review of recent trends in agriculture's environmental impacts shows that they are increasing and must drop dramatically to maintain clean water and stabilize the climate, according to the researchers.Specifying quantitative targets, the researchers contend, will clarify the scope of the challenges that agriculture must face in the coming decades, focusing research and policy on achieving specific outcomes.


Georgia exits the poultry price discovery business

Meatingplace (free registration required) | Posted on February 24, 2017

The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s announcement Tuesday that it would not publish its proposed Georgia Premium Poultry Price Index (GPPPI) means it no longer will oversee price discovery efforts in Georgia. “Due to a lack of participation from Georgia poultry companies, we are ceasing all price discovery efforts,” spokeswoman Julie McPeake said.

Land O’Lakes, Inc. Issues Drone Challenge to Tech Innovators

Land O Lakes | Posted on February 24, 2017

Land O’Lakes, Inc. is calling on innovators from the tech industry to enter the Land O’Lakes Prize: Drone Challenge, a crowdsourcing competition designed to develop proposed solutions that enable scalable, autonomous drone usage in precision agriculture. A prize of $140,000 will be awarded to a grand prize winner who is found to meet all the requirements of the challenge, and two $5,000 prizes are available to two runners up. Winners will retain intellectual property rights to the solutions they develop to help farmers use drone technology more effectively.

Idaho sanctuary cities bill opposed by farm groups rewritten

Capital Press | Posted on February 24, 2017

An immigration related bill opposed by many Idaho farm groups has been amend ed and reintroduced in the Idaho Legislature. The new legislation initially appears to be more palatable to farm groups. The original legislation, House Bull 76, sought to prevent so-called sanctuary cities from being established in Idaho. But it also included a provision that ag groups believe would have required law enforcement officers to hold anyone arrested for up to 48 hours for further checks if they could not prove legal residence. Several of the state’s largest farm groups worried that provision and others in the original bill would send a message to the state’s immigrant work force that they aren’t welcome in Idaho. After consulting with ag industry leaders, Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, crafted a different bill that drops the provisions dealing with enforcement action that farm groups were concerned about.

Voluntary pooling biggest issue in CA milk marketing proposal

Capital Press | Posted on February 24, 2017

California dairy co-ops and milk producers have a lot to evaluate in USDA’s recommended proposal for establishing a federal milk marketing order for the state, which has long operated under a state order. The biggest difference in the two is that California’s order regulates all milk prices, and all processors must pay those minimum prices established for different utilizations. In federal orders — and the proposed order for California — only Class I, milk for fluid consumption, is regulated and manufacturers of dairy products can choose whether to participate in the pool and pay minimum prices. Participation in the pool results in a blend price to producers based on minimum prices and utilization. Co-ops and producers wanted mandatory pooling to be a part of the federal order.