Task Force to Make Case for Investment in Nutrition

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A task force made up of policy, business, civil society and scientific leaders will make the case for investing in nutrition and lay out opportunities for those working in agriculture and food to make healthy foods more widely available and affordable. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs announced the convening of the group ahead of the Global Food Security Symposium …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Nutrition

USDA Gives $14 Million for Rural Economic Growth

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Rural economies are getting a $14 million boost from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This news release from the agency says the grants through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) are aimed at increasing prosperity in rural America through research, education, and extension programs focused on promoting rural community development, economic growth, and sustainability. “Nearly 60 million …

Agribusiness, Government, USDA

Coalition Tells Congress to Reject Farm Bill Cuts

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A coalition of nearly 400 organizations, including the National Farmers Union (NFU), is calling for Congress to reject efforts to make additional cuts to the 2014 Farm Bill. The NFU and the coalition of groups, representing family farmers and ranchers, agribusiness, food banks, environmental and faith-based organizations, sent a letter to U.S. Senate and House leaders asking them to stop …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Farm Bill, NFU, politics

More Reaction to Proposed Dietary Guidelines

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More comments are coming forward about the recently released Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Farm Bureau and some key politicians are not pleased about what they see as the committee’s overreach in the report that will be used for developing national nutrition policy by the federal government. Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation …

AFBF, Ag Group, Agribusiness, politics

Soybean Growers Welcome West Coast Port Labor Deal

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The American Soybean Association (ASA) is welcoming news of a possible deal worked out to end a labor strike that was wreaking havoc on soybean exports from the U.S. west coast. The group says the reported deal worked out between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) will resume operations at ports along the west …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, ASA, Soybean

Midwest, Midsouth Farm Incomes Continue Decline

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Farm incomes continue their declines in the Midwest and Midsouth. A new survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis says that agricultural bankers in the regions reported farm incomes dropped during the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the previous year. At the same time, the lenders reported a slight increase in quality farmland and a modest decline …

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Syngenta Drive to Thrive Contest

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A new contest announced by a leading plant science company is designed to reward individuals and farming communities. Syngenta says its Drive to Thrive contest is now open and asks growers and other industry professionals to describe how agriculture makes their communities thrive. The 10 best entries will each receive a mini touch-screen tablet and leather case, with one grand …

Agribusiness, Syngenta

NCC Expects Cotton Acres to Decline

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A new survey says fewer acres of cotton will be planted this year. This news release from the National Cotton Council cites the group’s 32nd Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey that shows U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 9.4 million acres of cotton this spring, down 14.6 percent from 2014. Upland cotton intentions are 9.2 million acres, down 15.2 …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Cotton

Millennials’ High Standards for Animal Welfare

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More than ever before, millennials have higher expectations of animal welfare practices being carried out by today’s producers. This news release from the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance says the group hosted a recent Food Dialogues panel, with this one focusing on on dairy operations, and the group attending in-person and online was told by Bruce Feinberg, global animal health …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Dairy, USFRA