Opening Keynote at Intl. Conf. on Precision Agriculture

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Dr. Margaret Oliver was the opening keynote speaker at this week’s International Conference on Precision Agriculture. She is Deputy Editor of the European Journal of Soil Science (2011–present) and was Co-Editor of Precision Agriculture with John Stafford for six years until the end of 2010, but remains on the Editorial Board. On hand for ZimmComm was Sabrina Hill, AgNet West. …

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Celebrate the All-American Hot Dog

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July is National Hot Dog Month and for good reason, since summer time is prime time for frankfurter consumption. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that Americans will gobble up over seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day! They also say that we eat an average of 60 hot dogs each year – are you …

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Duda Farm Fresh Foods Celery Recipe Contest

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Celery is a staple ingredient in most kitchens; in fact it’s one of the three pillars of the “holy trinity” of cooking (the other two are onions and carrots) but it’s rarely used in sweet applications. That is, until now. To celebrate celery and the vegetable’s versatility, Duda Farm Fresh Foods invites cooks to enter the “Sweet Celery Bake-Off” and …

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Celebrate Food Independence Day

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While you are celebrating our nation’s birthday this weekend, take a minute to be thankful that your 4th of July feast is safe, abundant and affordable. Where else in the world can you gobble up hot dogs and hamburgers, ribs, potato salad, baked beans, and more for less than $6 a person? The American Farm Bureau Federation tallied up the …

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What Will Be On Your Independence Day Grill

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Summer is heating up and it’s time to celebrate our Independence Day! So, what will be on your grill? Need some ideas? How about these? Pictured is Spicy Grilled Ribeye Cap with Avocado-Mango Salad. You’ll find plenty of beef ideas at Beef It’s What’s For Dinner. How about some Beer Grilled Chops from Pork, Be Inspired? Maybe some Curry-Lime Chicken …

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AgriLife Extension’s Recipes, Videos & Cooking Schools

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The idea of a family sitting down together for a meal may seem passé in today’s fast-paced, drive-through society, but a statewide initiative by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is helping families eat healthier — and together –at mealtime. “The percentage of the food budget spent on away-from-home food has increased steadily since the 1970s and so has the …

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USFRA Communications Committee Work

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The live streamed Food Dialogues events get all the publicity when they take place with high profile moderators and panelists. However, there’s a lot of work going on “behind the scenes.” In Chicago recently that work included a regular meeting of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Communications Committee. I visited with two members of the committee. First up is …

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United Fresh Awards Highlight Innovation, Creativity

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Attendees to the United Fresh Produce Association’s annual convention and expo in Chicago cast their votes throughout the show for fresh produce innovation and recognized this year’s New Product Awards in five categories. More than 40 fresh fruit and vegetable innovations competed in the categories of Best New Food Safety Solution, Best New Fruit Product, Best New Packaging, Best New …

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Dairy in the Food Dialogue

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The CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, Connie Tipton (pictured on right), took part in the USFRA Food Dialogues in Chicago. The topic was Integrity in Food Marketing and as with other panelists I asked her what this means to her personally. Connie says, “You know every company has to figure out how to position their product but to …

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High Standards Required for Food Marketing

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Recent Food Dialogues panelist Clarke Caywood (left), Professor, Integrated Marketing Communications Dept., Northwestern University, has some interesting perspectives when it comes to the topic of “Integrity in Food Marketing. I visited with Clarke prior to the start of last week’s program and asked him what that subject means to him. He says it has a lot of legal as well …

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