Introducing The Uganda Community Farm

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The answer to extreme poverty in Africa could be Africa itself, if a new agricultural initiative lives up to its vision. The Uganda Community Farm (UCF) aims to create a prototype for self-sustainability within Uganda’s poor rural communities. Pursuing a comprehensive agricultural program, it intends to set a precedent for Africa’s rural poor to tread their own path out of …

Ag Group, Food, International

Free Center for Food Integrity Webinar Series

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A free webinar series from The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) explores how the agriculture and food industries can effectively communicate complex technical and scientific information to a public that often doesn’t accept what scientific consensus says is true. The series of six hour-long webinars, which begin Thursday, January 15, are based on CFI’s new consumer trust research, “Cracking the …

Ag Group, Food, webinar

Big Game Week Avocados

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Over 111 million sports fans watched the Big Game last year, and nearly 64,000 sports fans will gather at the University of Phoenix Stadium on game day this year. The numbers are nothing compared to the amount of avocados – a food quickly becoming synonymous with the Big Game – Americans will consume this year. It’s estimated Americans will eat …

Agribusiness, Food

FDA Official Provides Update at AFBF

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Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor provided an update on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) at the American Farm Bureau convention this week in San Diego. Taylor says his agency is focusing on three broad themes in implementing the 2011 law: the farm-to-table approach, practical common standards, and holding imports to the same standards …

AFBF, Audio, Food, Government

Crop Protection Helps Growers Produce Nutritious Food

Jamie Johansen

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirms that over 99 percent of fresh and processed food available to consumers tested below allowable pesticide residue levels, allowing for continued access to affordable and nutritious food across the country. Released on December 19, 2014 by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the 23rd Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual …

Ag Group, Crop Protection, Food

Experts Predict Food Trends for 2015

Jamie Johansen

For the second year, University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty members predict the food-related trends that could end up on your dinner plates and grocery store shelves in 2015: Wow, that’s…pungent: Americans continue to develop a fondness for fermented foods, which often create strong, unique flavors in such products as kimchi, sauerkraut, beer, wine and yogurt. …

Ag Group, Food

Forbes Ranks Feeding America 3rd Largest Charity

Cindy Zimmerman

Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, has moved up to the number three spot on the Forbes Magazine’s list of the 50 top charities for 2014. The charity had been rated fourth by Forbes in 2012 and 2013. Forbes notes that Feeding America’s recorded gifts of $1.86 billion for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, mainly donated …

Food, General

BASF Helps Feeding America

Cindy Zimmerman

BASF is donating $75,000 to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, to help feed struggling families and individuals throughout the U.S. “Through our contribution to Feeding America, we can help provide healthy fruits and vegetables to people and communities who may not have regular access to them,” said Scott Kay, Vice President, U.S. Crop Protection for BASF. “In many …

Audio, BASF, Food

Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey

Cindy Zimmerman

Your turkey dinner this year with all the fixings is just a little bit higher this year, but still under $5 per person – something to be thankful for, indeed! The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 …

AFBF, Food