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  • New book challenges statistics for agricultural sciences

    A new and first of its kind book provides a practical guide for the use of modern statistical methods within agricultural and natural resources sciences. Analysis of Generalized Linear Mixed Models in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences is being released world-wide at an important time of change in the research community.  It demonstrates, through examples, the design and ...

  • New strategy aims to reduce agricultural ammonia

    As concerns about air pollution from large dairies and other concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) continue to mount, scientists are reporting a practice that could cut emissions of an exceptionally abundant agricultural gas—ammonia—by up to 30%. In the May-June 2011 issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality, a team led by Mark Powell, a soil scientist with the USDA ...

  • 1st restocked Iowa turkey farmer talks lessons from bird flu

    Thousands of small young turkeys ran around the barns on the Moline family farm Monday near Manson, the first Iowa farm to restock birds after a bird flu outbreak decimated flocks in the Midwest. Owner Brad Moline, who farms with his father and brother, said it's a sign the industry is turning the page on an outbreak in which about 48 million birds died from the virus or where euthanized to ...


    By Associated Press

  • Two Oregon dairies fined for water discharge violations in Tillamook Watershed

    Dila Dairy and River End Dairy, LLC, located in Nehalem, were found to be discharging in violation of the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and the Oregon Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation permit. The inspections were part of routine monitoring of the Tillamook Watershed, which drains to Tillamook Bay. EPA’s National Estuary Program includes ...

  • Land Cooperative Creates 20 Farms – Rainwater Harvesting on the Agenda

    We spoke last week on the rise of urban farming and how a new portable ‘farm in a box’ system can take ‘the farm’ to the available farming resources. Another interesting development this week is the Ecological Land Cooperative that has revealed an exciting vision of how it wants to develop a series of small farms across England. The proposal is based on the first cluster ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • New bird flu strain has poultry farmers scrambling

    Animal health experts and poultry growers are scrambling to determine how a dangerous new strain of bird flu infected poultry flocks in four states - and to stop it from spreading. Avian influenza is common in wild migratory waterfowl but doesn't usually harm them. But the H5N2 strain is deadly when it spreads to commercial poultry. It can wipe out a flock of tens of thousands of birds in a few ...


    By Associated Press

  • Bird flu takes biggest toll yet as virus hits chicken farms

    Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. Here are some questions and answers about the outbreak: WHAT'S THE LATEST? The U.S. Department of ...


    By Associated Press

  • World Dairy Expo Pledges Support of Alliant Energy Center Pavilion Building Project

    MADISON, WIS. – World Dairy Expo has pledged financial support of the pending new Alliant Energy Center (AEC) pavilion building project. World Dairy Expo is collaborating with public and private partners to fund the new project, including Dane County, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WIDATCP) and Midwest Horse Fair. The official announcement was made ...


    By World Dairy Expo

  • A model farm for emissions studies

    Anyone downwind of a pig barn knows that animal production facilities generate some notable emissions. Now Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have reported that preliminary findings from wind tunnel studies indicate that positioning farm buildings perpendicular to prevailing winds could help reduce odors from downwind lagoons or tanks. Wind speed and direction, topography, structures, ...

  • Northeast Family Farmers Squeezed By Climate Change

    ITHACA, New York, July 13, 2007 (ENS) - While a warmer climate will trigger a longer growing season and the opportunity to experiment with new crops in the Northeast, 'it will also open the door to invasion by new and aggressive crop pests, damaging summer heat stress and serious challenges with water management,' warns David Wolfe, a Cornell University expert on the effects of climate change on ...

  • MPs Respond to Invitation to Tour a Dairy Farm

    Today, the Bühlmann family of Sonibrand Farms opened their barn doors to their federal Member of Parliament Francis Drouin, along with several other Liberal MPs and staff from the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), for a guided tour of their family farm. Located 45 minutes from Parliament Hill, the Bühlmann’s own and operate a modern dairy farm, milking 100 cows with two robotic ...

  • Glynwood and its Affiliate LILA launch the modular Harvest System(TM), a next-generation mobile slaughterhouse, in Delaware County, NY

    With Unique Attributes and a Plan to Rotate to Several Docking Locations throughout the Hudson Valley, the MHS is poised to dramatically benefit small to mid-size livestock farmers, their communities and the growing number of consumers who demand access to locally-raised meat. Glynwood, a non-profit organization in the Hudson Valley whose mission is to save farming, along with its ...

  • US bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs

    A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more. Scientists think porcine epidemic diarrhea, which does not infect humans or other animals, came from China, but they don't know how it got into the country or spread ...


    By Associated Press

  • Pennsylvania DEP Settles Multiple Violations with Parx Casino and Racing

    The Department of Environmental Protection today reached an agreement with Parx Casino and Parx Casino and Racing operations that will resolve violations related to their horse racing operation and casino in Bensalem, Bucks County."Parx has accepted responsibility for its ...

  • Upcoming webinar on biotechnology discovery CRISPR

    Next Wednesday, September 21, the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium will present CRISPR: A Biotechnology Breakthrough and an Inventorship Quandary, as part of its monthly webinar series. The one-hour program starts at 12 noon ET and sign-in information is available here. A recent biotechnology discovery, CRISPR, may influence ...

  • Bird flu outbreak spreads to 3 more Midwest turkey farms

    A bird flu outbreak that has puzzled scientists spread to three more Midwest turkey farms, bringing the number of farms infected to 23 and raising the death toll to more than 1.2 million birds killed by the disease or by authorities scrambling to contain it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed on Saturday that the H5N2 strain of avian influenza was found among 38,000 birds at a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Iowa Corn Hosts Lively Conversation about Food

    The Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, in cooperation with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) hosted Food Dialogue: Iowa on Tuesday, November 19 at the Scheman building on the Iowa State University campus.   The event brought together several experts on food issues including farmers, for a panel discussion on Genetically Modified Organisms ...

  • Ag tourism touted as way to boost rural economies

    With its sweet fruit-flavored liqueurs, a working farm and eccentric cast of characters- including a dancing lemon - Bloomery Plantation Distillery has attracted tourists from every U.S. state and countries as far away as Laos and Iceland. The West Virginia mini-distillery is part of a growing agriculture tourism trend that advocates say can help revive struggling rural economies. Ag tourism ...


    By Associated Press

  • NRDC and Berkeley Food Institute Announce Winners of the 2014 Growing Green Awards

    Today, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) celebrate four remarkable leaders who are advancing sustainable food and agriculture at the sixth annual Growing Green Awards. Chosen from hundreds of nominations submitted across the country by a renowned panel of judges, the 2014 ...

  • USDA Announces Efforts to Expand Support for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers and Ranchers

    In remarks at the National Farmers Union National Convention, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new and expanded efforts to connect small- and mid-sized farmers and ranchers with USDA resources that can help them build stronger businesses, expand to reach new and larger markets, and grow their operations. "The recent ...

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