Rabobank BBQ Index is Hotter Than Ever

Cindy Zimmerman

At a cost of $99, the latest Rabobank BBQ Index is hotter than ever this year and consumers are feeling the heat. The 2024 Rabobank BBQ Index, which measures the cost of staple ingredients for a 10-person barbecue, shows that it will cost $99 to host a cookout on the Fourth of July this year, up from $97 last year …

Beef, Food

DWFI Podcast 34 – Impacts of Climate Change in the US

Cindy Zimmerman

The Fifth National Climate Assessment is federally mandated by Congress and released every four years to serve as the foremost review of research on the current and future impacts of climate change in the United States. In this episode of the Water for Food Podcast, DWFI Director of Communications and Public Relations Frances Hayes discusses key findings of the report …

Audio, climate, Food, Podcasts, Water, Water for Food

DWFI Podcast 32 – The Melting Cryosphere

Cindy Zimmerman

This edition of the Daugherty Water for Food podcast features a discussion with Randall Ritzema, Tika Gurung, and Nick Brozović on the Melting Cryosphere and Food & Water Security. A 2023 report called Water, ice, society, and ecosystems in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: An Outlook (HI-WISE), published by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), was an urgent call …

Audio, climate, Food, Water, Water for Food

Quality Roasting Announces New CEO

Cindy Zimmerman

Wisconsin-based soybean meal and oil manufacturer Quality Roasting has appointed Erin Davis to be the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 1, 2024. Davis has been instrumental in leading the growth of the company since she joined Quality Roasting in 2016. With two soy processing plants in Wisconsin, Davis led the expansion of Quality Roasting’s footprint with the …

Feed, Food, people, Soybean

DWFI Podcast 31 – Agriculture in Space

Cindy Zimmerman

Yufeng Ge, Santosh Pitla and David Jones have already conducted research in the areas of ag-relevant sensors for more efficient application of fertilizer and water, and the development of an autonomous planter capable of seeding a 5-acre field all on its own. But now they’ve set their sights quite a bit higher — growing food in space. The three biological …

Audio, Food, Water, Water for Food

Thanksgiving Meal Costs Less Than Last Year

Carrie Muehling

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 38th annual survey says the average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving feast is $61.17. That’s less than $6.20 per person, down 4.5 percent from last year’s record high prices. The survey accounts for the cost of a meal for 10 people including turkey, stuffing mix, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, peas, dinner rolls, sweet …

AFBF, Food, Holiday, Poultry

DWFI Podcast 29 – Nicole Lefore, DWFI

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI) at the University of Nebraska to lead its new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Irrigation and Mechanization Systems (ILIMS). In this episode of the Water for Food Podcast, we hear from Nicole Lefore, the director of the new lab and the associate …

Audio, Food, International, Irrigation, Podcasts, Water, Water for Food

USDA Announces Trade and Food Aid

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $2.3 billion to help American producers maintain and develop markets for their commodities and use U.S. commodities to bolster international food aid. Consistent with a bipartisan request from the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, USDA is utilizing funds from the Commodity Credit Corporation …

Audio, Exports, Food, Trade, USDA

DWFI Podcast 28 – Ron Yoder, UNL IANR

Cindy Zimmerman

Ron Yoder is a pillar of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln community and most recently served as the senior associate vice chancellor for UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). After nearly 20 years of leadership at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Yoder has announced he will retire this fall. Yoder joined UNL in 2004 as the department head for the …

Audio, Food, Podcasts, University, Water, Water for Food

Bayer and Kroger Team Up to Take Care, Now

Cindy Zimmerman

Bayer is announcing a new campaign with Kroger to remind rural America to “Take Care, Now” and help alleviate care deserts in rural America, areas significantly impacted by both food insecurity and limited access to healthcare. Bayer hosted a press event Monday at the Northeast Community Fund Food Bank in Decatur, Illinois, to announce the campaign, which includes Kroger and …

Audio, Bayer, Food, Video