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Wheat Pete’s Word, Feb 21: Product residue, carbon to nitrogen ratio, split-app N, and powerful ground

Real Agriculture

When you think about managing crop residue breakdown, do you think about the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio of the residue? If not, it might be time to do so, as genetic advancements in corn, for example, has actually made it somewhat harder for stalks to breakdown. That’s just one discussion in this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s. Read More When you think about managing crop residue breakdown, do you think about the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio of the residue?

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Weekend reading: FAO calls for food systems-based dietary guidelines

Food Politics

The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is taking the lead on bringing dietary guidelines into the 21st Century. It is calling for national dietary guidelines not only to be nutrient-based and food-based, but food systems-based. Food systems-based guidelines extend beyond food-based guidelines that “provide advice on foods, food groups and dietary patterns to provide the required nutrients to the general public to promote overall health and prevent chronic diseases.

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Canaries in the genetic coal mine

Agricultural Biodiversity

Specialism in science being what it is, it’s understandably unusual to see papers which combine combine analysis of genetic diversity in humans over time with that of crops, or indeed livestock. It’s less understandable why it should also be unusual in science journalism, and examples should be celebrated. So hats off to Warren Cornwall for his very readable synthesis in Science of the history of human and crop genetic diversity in the Canaries over the past two thousand years.

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Mexico to Continue U.S. Yellow Corn Buys

AgWeb Farm Journal

Mexico will continue to buy corn from the U.S. for livestock feed and industrial use, despite the ongoing formal dispute over its ban on imports of genetically modified (GM) corn for human consumption.

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US gardeners rush to snap up purple tomatoes pioneered in Norfolk

Agri-tech

A genetically modified purple tomato first produced by Norfolk scientists nearly two decades ago has been enthusiastically adopted by home gardeners after it was made available for purchase in the United States. Seeds of the high-anthocyanin purple tomato are in strong demand, with more than 1,200 packets selling within 48 hours of launch, and 9,600 sold in the first week.

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Profitable Practices: Producing beef and biogas with Carl Frook

Real Agriculture

How does an on-farm biodigester and 2,200 beef cattle merge to make a farm more profitable and sustainable? On this episode of RealAgriculture’s Profitable Practices, Carl Frook shares how Frook Farms and Mar Creek Renewables has come together to help him manage manure, his cattle, his crops, and boost the bottom line for the family. Read More How does an on-farm biodigester and 2,200 beef cattle merge to make a farm more profitable and sustainable?

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Harmful chemicals in food: recent studies are not reassuring

Food Politics

I don’t say much about potentially harmful agricultural or other industrial chemicals in food for several reasons: There are so many of them— hundreds to thousands They are present in food in small amounts The extent of their harm is not well established BUT (in capital letters because it is a bit one): They are not well regulated What is known about their health effects suggests harm Studies of three chemicals illustrate these problems.

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Opinion: To Find the Future of Food, We Need to Look to the Past

Modern Farmer

The following is excerpted from Taras Grescoe’s The Lost Supper , and has been lightly edited for length and clarity. There were times during this voyage that it seemed humanity was driving down an alley toward a brick wall, fast. Catastrophe loomed everywhere I looked: in the dust bowls on the once-fertile plains of central Turkey, in the vanishing lakes of Mexico City, in the fetid cesspools outside the factory farms of North Carolina, in the disease-ravaged olive trees of Puglia, in the rapi

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Corn and Beans Make New Lows as Farmer Selling Accelerates: Are Cattle Too Bullish Heading Into the COF?

AgWeb Farm Journal

Grains end lower on profit taking and farmer selling before the end of the month. Cattle make new highs for the move but are the bulls too optimistic about the CoF Report? Matt Bennett, AgMarket.Net has insight.

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Agriculture and Agri-Food officially opens Indo-Pacific Office in Manila

Real Agriculture

First announced as the host city in June 2023, the Indo-Pacific Agriculture and Agri-Food Office (IPAAO) in Manila was officially opened this week by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay. The Indo-Pacific region is a key one for Canadian farmers, producers, and the agri-food sector, with Canada’s agriculture and agri-food exports to the region totalling $22.8.

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Mac & Cheese sales down: blame SNAP

Food Politics

Every now and then a headline makes me gasp : Deena Shankar’s article in Bloomberg News begins: It’s been just about a year since the US government slashed additional pandemic-related food-stamp benefits, and some of the companies that make and sell food are seeing that hit their sales. As she explains, Enhanced benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, ended last February, meaning families and individuals saw monthly cuts of $95 to $250 or more in what they received

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Ag Trade Issues featured at Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

Western FarmPress

Tennessee Department of Agriculture, University of Tennessee experts, and Mississippi Department of Agriculture will participate in the Mid-South Agricultural Trade Conference, occurring during the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show.

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Op-Ed | California Crate-Free Law Offers Hog Farmers Economic Opportunity

Food Tank

Consumers should not believe the hype. California’s Proposition 12 is not putting hog farmers out of business. In fact, Prop 12 provides savvy farmers with the opportunity to sell their crate-free pork at a higher price into a stable marketplace. But a small group of policymakers are putting this much-needed economic opportunity at risk through the misguided Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression (EATS) Act (S.2019 and H.R.4417), and similar iterations.

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Why Farmers Are Protesting In Europe

AgWeb Farm Journal

Farmers are protesting across the European Union, saying they are facing rising costs and taxes, red tape, excessive environmental rules and competition from cheap food imports.

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Ontario Bean Growers contributes $660,000 to support weed management research

Real Agriculture

Ontario Bean Growers (OBG) will contribute $660,000 towards an industry investment of $2 million in the Weed Management Professorship position based at the Ridgetown campus of the University of Guelph. “With the retirement of Dr. Peter Sikkema in 2024 this funding will not only ensure weed research continues for dry beans but will also support.

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USDA’s latest campaign: checkoff-based sandwiches of all things

Food Politics

I received this email from USDA’s MyPlate group: Hi Marion MyPlate National Strategic Partners, a group developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), just announced the launch of a new resource to help Americans build healthier sandwiches! The full press release is below, and I am happy to answer any questions or arrange any interviews!

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Take advantage of expanded eligibility for carbon program

Western FarmPress

If you are a good record-keeper and you are integrating conservation practices into your operation, the Truterra carbon program might be for you.

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Ocean Temperatures Keep Shattering Records—and Stunning Scientists

Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

My tropical meteorology scientist colleagues have been watching the sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean lately and have been stunned at how warm they are compared to normal. In some areas, the temperatures are at more than 4 standard deviations away from average conditions, which is just mind-blowing in how unusual this is.

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Leaders in Ag: Rena Striegel Shares Her Thoughts on Leading With Intention

AgWeb Farm Journal

Are leaders made or born? “Some people are more naturally disposed to being leaders, but it doesn’t mean they’re good at it. To be a really good leader, you're made into one through intention and exposure," she says.

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BASF opens nominations for its Growing Home contest

Real Agriculture

Canadian farmers have a chance to win one of four cash prizes of $25,000 for a community project with BASF’s Growing Home with BASF contest. Opening today and running until March 18, individuals in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario can nominate organizations that help grow their communities. Nominations submitted by March 18 will be judged.

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Dairy producers look for positives in 2024

AgriLife Today

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Feb. 21, 2024 Dairy producers are optimistic 2024 will be better after recent rains offered the promise of more feed and forage production following back-to-back years of drought-related challenges, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Additionally, the initial passage of Congressional legislation, the Whole Milk for.

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Cover crops can pay despite challenges

Western FarmPress

Maintaining cover crops in an area known for its limited moisture and extreme temperatures can be done. Take a look at lessons learned from regenerative field trials planted near Lamesa, Texas.

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Release: NSAC Publishes Unsustainable: State of the Farm Safety Net 

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laura Zaks National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition press@sustainableagriculture.net Tel. 347.563.6408 Release: NSAC Publishes Unsustainable: State of the Farm Safety Net Report Highlights Which States Benefit Most – and Least – from Farm Subsidies Washington, DC, February 20, 2024 – Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released a new report titled Unsustainable: State of the Farm Safety Net , which features a comprehensive analysis of th

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5 Trends from the 2024 National Farm Machinery Show

AgWeb Farm Journal

Farm Journal's machinery and technology editor was on the ground in Louisville last week. Here’s a handful of the trends we saw down in Bourbon Country.

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Detractors of MacAulay’s photo enjoying lobster miss the bigger picture

Real Agriculture

When it comes to Canadian agriculture, criticism towards federal policies and their broader implications is not uncommon. Farmers’ list of grievances reflect legitimate concerns over how this federal government’s bent will shape the sector’s future. However, it’s crucial to differentiate between warranted critique and misplaced outrage.

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An unexpected path leads to new passion in meat science

AgriLife Today

Diverse coursework and time spent on meat judging team impacts trajectory of Department of Animal Science student Kadie Graves ’24, Lubbock, came to Texas A&M University with her sights set on a degree in biology. However, after taking an introductory animal science course in her sophomore year, it didn’t take long for Graves to. Read More → The post An unexpected path leads to new passion in meat science appeared first on AgriLife Today.

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Illinois ag community: We need more conservation money

Western FarmPress

State ag leaders want to see the Fall Covers for Spring Savings program expanded to half a million acres, as Illinois lags behind its neighbors in cover crop adoption.

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It’s already hurricane season in the waters of the Atlantic. That could spell danger with La Niña coming

Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

With Atlantic Ocean temperatures at summer-like conditions already this year in the main development region of the tropics, tropical scientists are very concerned about the likelihood of a very active Atlantic tropical season this year, especially if El Nino decays quickly and is replaced by La Nina. CNN has a good discussion on this here.

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Your Mental Health Toolbox: How To Recognize The Warning Signs

AgWeb Farm Journal

It’s important the friends, family, and business professionals close to farmers are prepared and able to effectively communicate in a mental health crisis.

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Buyers playing hard to get in this over-supplied grain market

Real Agriculture

Farmers sitting on unpriced grain aren’t going to love this week’s market report from Neil Townsend, market analyst with Grainfox. But not liking it doesn’t change the facts: there’s plenty of grain out there and buyers know they can get what they need at a lower price than many want to accept. Townsend, in this conversation.

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Krill Fishing Boom May Threaten Antarctic Predators and Climate Crisis Mediation

Food Tank

Antarctic krill fishing has exponentially increased by over the past two decades by 400 percent, according to a report from the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. As the krill fishing industry expands across the aquaculture and pharmaceuticals industry, scientists express concerns that these sectors will decrease krill’s carbon sink capacity and create competition for krill’s natural predators.

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Angie Snyder named deputy administrator of Cotton and Tobacco program

Western FarmPress

Snyder will be responsible for standardization, grading, and market news services for cotton and tobacco, and administering the Cotton Research and Promotion program.

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Reflections on 2023 AgTech Trends

Global Agtech Initiative

Explore last year’s events that influenced the evolution of each trend and a look at the momentum heading through 2024. The post Reflections on 2023 AgTech Trends appeared first on Global Ag Tech Initiative.

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Grains Rally on Fund Short Covering, So What Was the Trigger? Cattle Hit Near Term Highs but End Mixed

AgWeb Farm Journal

Grains higher on fund short covering on Red Sea shipping concerns and China lowering mortgage rates. Cattle make new highs but end mixed. Hogs rally withhigher cash and cutouts. Arlan Suderman, StoneX, has more.

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PowrSpray drives Deere spraying strategy for European farmers

Real Agriculture

When it comes to spraying crops, European farmers want accuracy and the ability to effectively control rates as they travel through the field. North American farmers have similar spraying goals, but the size and capacity of equipment differs considerably from one continent to the other. In this report from Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, John Deere.

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The 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season List Includes Two New Names (with video)

Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

With the 2024 hurricane season coming up, here is an article and video from the Weather Channel describing the list of names for this year. The list is basically the same as the 2018 list (they repeat every 7 years) but with Francine replacing Florence and Milton replacing Michael.

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Interest rates could be contributing to interest in beef herd expansion

Western FarmPress

At some point, the cattle market will be strong enough, and weather will be cooperate and producers will reverse this trend of decreasing cow numbers.

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