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Average grain farm will pay 30% more after capital gains tax changes, says Grain Growers of Canada

Real Agriculture

The federal government’s plan to raise the capital gains inclusion rate in less than two weeks will increase the tax bill on the sale of a typical Canadian grain farm by 30 per cent, based on research conducted by Grain Growers of Canada (GGC). Grain Growers has written a letter to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. Read More The federal government’s plan to raise the capital gains inclusion rate in less than two weeks will increase the tax bill on the sale of a typical Canadian gra

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Interesting study of the week I: diet and Alzheimer’s

Food Politics

This seems to be a slow news week so I’m going to get caught up on research papers I think worth reading. I first heard about this study from this video, from Dr. Greger’s newsletter announcement (I subscribe). Here’s the study: Ornish D, et al. Effects of intensive lifestyle changes on the progression of mild cognitive impairment or early dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease: a randomized, controlled clinical trial.

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Dietary guidelines II. Where is rigorous nutrition research?

Food Politics

In considering the effects of ultra-processed foods, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) only dealt with observational research. It excluded what I consider the most important study ever done to explain weight gain: the controlled clinical trial of ultra-processed versus processed diets done at NIH in 2019. This study is hugely important for four reasons: The ultra-processed and minimally processed diets were matched for nutrients and palatability; study subjects could not tell wh

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Ontario cabinet shuffle yields new Minister of Farming, Agriculture and Agribusiness

Real Agriculture

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced changes to his cabinet late Thursday, June 6, the final day of the spring session in the provincial legislature with MPPs headed home until October. While many of the senior cabinet positions were left unchanged, there are some significant changes for agriculture. Lisa Thompson, who has served as Minister of.

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Nibbles: SPAM2020, Pullman genebank, Svalbard, Olive plague, Rice diversity, Vanilla threat, Gum rockrose, VACS demand, AI double, Food & climate change

Agricultural Biodiversity

The latest version of the SPAM global crop area distribution model is out. You can play with it here. Some bullet points on the USDA’s National Plant Germplasm System outpost in Pullman. Yes, the above references Svalbard, as does this piece on Spanish tomatoes. Pity we can’t put olives in Svalbard, but there’s a another way to protect olive diversity.

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Letter to USDA Regarding H5N1 Outbreak in Dairy Cattle

NASDA

Letter Dear Secretary Vilsack, We appreciate the ongoing efforts of your agency to respond to the outbreak of H5N1 in dairy cattle, especially the opportunity to regularly meet with you and your team to share information and concerns. State departments of agriculture, like USDA, are dedicated to protecting farmers, farmworkers, and the workforce throughout the entire supply chain.

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Psychedelics change how we see the world. A UC Berkeley study aims to find out why.

Berkeley Blog

Researchers will use neuroimaging to observe the effects of psilocybin on the human brain — in real-time. The post Psychedelics change how we see the world. A UC Berkeley study aims to find out why. appeared first on Berkeley News.

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Will we be able to keep GMOs and the new PBOs off our plates?

Sustainable Food Trust

In 2023, the current Conservative Government passed the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Act, which created an entirely new and fictitious class of genetically modified organisms – the ‘precision bred organism’, or ‘PBO’. This sneaky, undemocratic attempt to force genetically modified organisms (GMOs) onto our plates – unlabelled – has been launched by our Government, working hand-in-hand with the biotech industry, research establishment and pro-GMO ‘think tanks’.

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State of Illinois cuts conservation funding

Western FarmPress

Funding for front-line conservation staff has been cut in half for 2025, crippling the state’s ability to secure federal conservation dollars.

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On Farms, ‘Plasticulture’ Persists

Civil Eats

A version of this article originally appeared in The Deep Dish, our members-only newsletter. Become a member today and get the next issue directly in your inbox. In 1948, E.M. Emmert, a horticulturist at the University of Kentucky, was tinkering around with how to build a cheap greenhouse. He decided to use polyethylene sheets in lieu of the glass sides, bending the plastic film around a wooden frame.

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The Agronomists, Ep 157: Feeding corn in-season with Dale Cowan and Colin Elgin

Real Agriculture

In an ideal growing season, corn goes in to fit soil, with a strong starter fertilizer package, and a plan for a top-dress pass. In reality, the ’24 season in Ontario has started out as anything but ideal. A very early warm up has led to well advanced weeds, smeared in corn, and excessive water, Read More In an ideal growing season, corn goes in to fit soil, with a strong starter fertilizer package, and a plan for a top-dress pass.

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Updates and a Hard Look at Organic Agriculture Research in the 2024 Farm Bill

Organic Farming Research

This month Gordon’s Policy Corner takes a hard look at the latest updates to the 2024 Farm Bill, the implications for organic farming research in particular, and how the Organic Farming Research Foundation is continuing to advocate for organics. The post Updates and a Hard Look at Organic Agriculture Research in the 2024 Farm Bill appeared first on Organic Farming Research Foundation.

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Texas High Plains cotton crop conditions vary

Western FarmPress

The 2024 cotton crop is off to a better start but conditions vary as producers battle hail, wind, triple-digit temperatures, and spotty rainfall.

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Heavy rain expected in Florida this week

Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

The latest 7-day QPF map shows that while most of the region will be relatively dry, the Florida Peninsula could see multiple inches of rain this week due to a change in the weather pattern that will allow warm moist air to move across the Peninsula starting later this weekend.

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Dietary guidelines III. They haven’t changed since the late 1950s

Food Politics

Despite all the fuss about the guidelines every five years, they say the same things every time: eat more fruits and vegetables (plant foods), balance calories (good luck with that), and reduce intake of saturated fat, sugars, and salt (euphemisms for ultra-processed foods). You don’t believe me? Take a look: Ancel and Margaret Keys’ 1959 dietary guidelines for prevention of coronary heart disease.* Do not get fat, if you are fat, reduce.

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Excellent U.S. corn crop potential, funds weigh on market prices

Real Agriculture

It’s like lemon juice on a paper cut for those in the far south of Ontario who haven’t got an acre of corn in the ground yet, but the initial look at the emerged corn crop in the U.S. is looking mighty fine. Ranulf Glanville, chief market analyst with Grainfox, says that this early good. Read More It’s like lemon juice on a paper cut for those in the far south of Ontario who haven’t got an acre of corn in the ground yet, but the initial look at the emerged corn crop in th

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Getting to the Root Cause of Incompatible Ag Data 

Global Agtech Initiative

To capture the full value of data, we need to do the right things up front to ensure accurate, understandable data is available to those asking for it downstream. The post Getting to the Root Cause of Incompatible Ag Data appeared first on Global Ag Tech Initiative.

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Did the seasonal high hit already?

Western FarmPress

Ag Marketing IQ: If good weather prevails and the 2024 crop progresses well, protection against downside in the grain market will be important to corn and soybean farmers.

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Climate outlook for June 2024

Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

In summer months I typically write a monthly outlook for our Georgia cotton and peanut growers. Here is the latest edition for June 2024. It may be generally useful for folks across the Southeast although it is directed towards those in Georgia. Welcome to summer!

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Industry-influenced study of the week: probiotics and vaginal microbiome

Food Politics

I learned about this study from this account. Probiotics may improve vaginal microbiota in postmenopausal women: A specific combination of probiotic strains may restore vaginal microbiota and relieve vaginal distress in postmenopausal women, according to a new study from Italian probiotic manufacturer SynBalance…. Read more High marks to indicating industry sponsorship right up front.

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Soybean School: How tissue testing can help feed yield

Real Agriculture

Soybean yield contest winners typically rely on weekly tissue testing and foliar feeding to help produce eye-popping, trophy-winning yields. But does this tool have the power to make yield for growers who test and feed just a couple of times during the season? SGS Canada agronomist Jack Legg thinks the practice makes sense for a. Read More Soybean yield contest winners typically rely on weekly tissue testing and foliar feeding to help produce eye-popping, trophy-winning yields.

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ICIPE Wants to Advance Insect Technology Globally

Food Tank

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) is a Nairobi-based research institute that elevates the role insects play in the creation of environmentally and socially sustainable food systems across Africa. Founded in 1970, icipe aims to understand how insects can best be introduced across the food system. They recognize the value of insects in agricultural environments and their potential to be used as a primary ingredient in consumer products.

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Landowner liability on nearby roadways

Western FarmPress

Tiffany Lashmet discusses a case involving a landowner who had a negligence suit filed against them for a tree on their land that fell onto the highway and injured a driver. Who is liable?

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Top wine society award and scholarship helps educator continue learning

AgriLife Today

AgriLife Extension specialist Cook works toward viticulture doctorate The post Top wine society award and scholarship helps educator continue learning appeared first on AgriLife Today.

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Autonomous Operations Are Keeping Farm Workers Out of Harm’s Way

Global Agtech Initiative

Data- and AI-driven robotic operations are quickly becoming the solutions farmers turn to, not only to speed up operations, but to protect their workers. The post Autonomous Operations Are Keeping Farm Workers Out of Harm’s Way appeared first on Global Ag Tech Initiative.

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Canola School: Assume — but verify — that kochia is resistant

Real Agriculture

Former U.S. president Ronald Reagan popularized the phrase “trust, but verify” in the context of the Cold War, but similar logic applies in the active battle against increasingly-prevalent glyphosate-resistant kochia. It’s a safe assumption to trust that kochia is glyphosate-resistant in much of Western Canada, but there’s still value in verifying, says Ian Epp, agronomy specialist.

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A Win for Growers Who Protect Biodiversity on Agricultural Land

Modern Farmer

Truth be told, cattle farmers are no fans of lupine. If a pregnant cow chows down on the plant, its toxins can cause the unborn calf to be born with crooked cow syndrome and be unable to walk. In most instances, farmers will spray the plant with herbicide and kill it. But on Mallonee Farms , a Washington State dairy farm , things are different. Instead of eradicating the undesired plant, it is protected.

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Kim Starnes says conservation is the right thing

Western FarmPress

Farmer and family named the North Carolina Outstanding Conservation Farm Family of the Year for 2024 for their exemplary service.

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Food Safety: Prepare for the Unexpected

USDA Blog

World Food Safety Day is June 7 and USDA is committed to doing our part to collaborate with federal and state partners and engage in vital conversations with food safety experts, consumer organizations, industry, and academia to ensure safe food for all.

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Australia: How a New Ag Tech Program Is Poised to Boost Robotics Use in Vegetable Production

Global Agtech Initiative

Aussie vegetable growers are set to gain a competitive edge with exclusive trials of cutting-edge machinery under a groundbreaking program. The post Australia: How a New Ag Tech Program Is Poised to Boost Robotics Use in Vegetable Production appeared first on Global Ag Tech Initiative.

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Beef Market Update: Quiet cash market, currency risk/reward, and fat cattle exports

Real Agriculture

Cash trade in the south and in Canada was pretty quiet this week, nudging off the start of June versus any real kickoff to the new month. In the U.S., slaughter was down this week too, bumping the cutout price a little in the post-Memorial Day shortened week, says Anne Wasko, with the Gateway Livestock. Read More Cash trade in the south and in Canada was pretty quiet this week, nudging off the start of June versus any real kickoff to the new month.

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Protect your garden from water stress caused by too much, not enough rain

AgriLife Today

AgriLife Extension June Gardening Guide The post Protect your garden from water stress caused by too much, not enough rain appeared first on AgriLife Today.

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Farmers stand to benefit from base acre proposals

Western FarmPress

Examining farm bill base acre proposals. While base is an often overlooked provision, the House's proposal has the potential to be one of the more consequential for producers.

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Surprisingly simple ways to reduce cattle feed expenses

West Texas Livestock

While the necessity of feeding supplements in cattle operations is undeniable, it’s not a task that most ranchers relish. As we all know, feed costs can be a significant financial burden, often constituting the most considerable portion of annual expenses. However, by implementing strategies to reduce these costs, such as optimizing forage production and minimizing […] The post Surprisingly simple ways to reduce cattle feed expenses appeared first on West Texas Livestock Growers.

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NASDA’s Ted McKinney to Address Tech-Driven Solutions for Modern Agriculture at Tech Hub LIVE Keynote

Global Agtech Initiative

The NASDA CEO will draw from his extensive experience in agricultural leadership to discuss the transformative impact of advanced technologies. The post NASDA’s Ted McKinney to Address Tech-Driven Solutions for Modern Agriculture at Tech Hub LIVE Keynote appeared first on Global Ag Tech Initiative.

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Bank of Canada makes a rate cut for the first time in four years

Real Agriculture

As expected by a majority of analysts, the Bank of Canada lowered the overnight rate by twenty-five basis points. It’s the first rate cut in four years. For farmers with floating or variable rate loans, this will be welcome news. “With further and more sustained evidence underlying inflation is easing, monetary policy no longer needs.

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Digging into the House Farm Bill: Part 2

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Photo credit: Lindsey Scalera Editor’s Note: This is the second post in a multi-part blog series analyzing the Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024, which was reported out of the House Agriculture Committee on Friday, May 24. The first post provides an overview of the markup process and the bill as a whole, as well as its likely (or unlikely) path to becoming law.