Little Change in Cost of July 4th Cookouts

Carrie Muehling

Americans will pay just slightly more to celebrate the Independence Day holiday with a traditional cookout. A cookout of Americans’ favorite foods for July 4th, including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and watermelon, will cost just a few cents more this year, coming in at less than $6 per person, says the American Farm …

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NPPC Launches Keep America First in Ag Campaign

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has launched a new campaign to highlight the importance of establishing a proper regulatory framework for gene editing in American livestock. The “Keep America First in Agriculture” campaign was officially kicked off Tuesday with a media teleconference featuring leading researchers, veterinarians, producers and industry experts. “Gene editing is a huge step forward for America’s …

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Bayer Youth Ag Summit Participants Chosen

Cindy Zimmerman

Bayer has selected the 100 participants from 45 countries for the fourth edition of the Youth Ag Summit in Brasilia, Brazil November 4-6, in partnership with Nuffield Brazil. The Youth Ag Summit, part of the Bayer Agricultural Education Program, brings together young change-makers aged 18-25 to tackle the challenges of how to feed a growing population by 2050. For this …

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It is Vidalia Onion Season Time

Chuck Zimmerman

For foodies everywhere this is good news. I like all kinds of onions and have always loved Vidalia onions. I cook with them whenever I can. Over the course of a year I use a lot of red, white and yellow onions. But in season, I always select Vidalias. Get ready to celebrate “The Sweet Life,” Vidalia onion fans! The …

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Pig Farmers Make 55 Years of Sustainability Progress

Cindy Zimmerman

Just in time for Earth Day, the National Pork Board has released a new study from the University of Arkansas confirming that “today’s pork is more earth-friendly than ever thanks to great progress in multiple key sustainability metrics over more than five decades.” According to the new study, A Retrospective Assessment of U.S. Pork Production: 1960 to 2015, the inputs …

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Egg Prices Down for Easter

Cindy Zimmerman

About 180 million eggs are purchased each year in the United States for Easter, and this year they are a little less pricey than normal. According to an American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) analysis, the typical seasonal bump in retail egg prices that normally occurs just prior to Easter did not not happen this year because an increase in the …

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Bayer Explores the Future of Food

Cindy Zimmerman

The Bayer Agvocacy Forum yesterday explored the topic of how plant-based diets and cellular agriculture will impact the future of food. A diverse group – including a researcher, a professor, a cattleman and a cellular meat company representative – discussed the touchy subject of lab grown “fake meat.” Listen to the discussion between (LtoR) Lisa Lundy, Associate Professor, University of …

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New Platform for Food and Agriculture Innovation

Cindy Zimmerman

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) have announced the launch of Innovature, a new platform for dialogue around innovation in food and agriculture, with an initial focus on gene editing. ASTA CEO Andy LaVigne says they are aiming to engage key influencers in a dialogue around shared values. “Our goal is to cultivate broad-based …

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Inari Introduces the World’s First Seed Foundry

Cindy Zimmerman

Inari, a Flagship Pioneering company, recently announced the world’s first Seed Foundry as part of the company’s mission to reintroduce genetic diversity and challenge the seed industry with a shorter, lower-cost and more precise product development cycle Inari aims to revolutionize plant breeding by merging the latest technologies with leading-edge data analysis tools to bring top-performing plants to market faster …

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Farm Bureau Thanksgiving Dinner Survey

Cindy Zimmerman

For the 33rd year in a row the American Farm Bureau Federation has released its survey of prices for food items on the traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner table, and the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $48.90, or less than $5.00 per person. That is down 22 cents from last year’s average of $49.12 and the least …

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