Editorial

Commentary: Barking up the wrong tree

A campaign to force mandatory GMO labeling continues to be high on the activist agenda. But is it possible to ‘road test’ voluntary labeling in a non-human food category? Uh, no — not really. FULL STORY »

Baseball and bacon merge for home run of awesome

A minor league baseball team scores a home run with its fans thanks its unique bacon uniforms. FULL STORY »

Feed ingredients potentially involved in PED transmission

The potential exists for feed and/or feed ingredients to serve as a vector for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, though more research is urgently needed. Some feeds contain spray-dried porcine plasma, and experts are taking a closer look at this product. FULL STORY »

GE crops: where we’ve been and where we’re going

From conservation tillage practices and the use of GPS technology in precision agriculture to increased production of genetically engineered crops, technological advancements in recent decades have led to increased production and efficiency in agriculture in the United States. FULL STORY »

Cold start to 2014 freezes rural economy

Low grain values and farmland prices sliding from record highs clouded the rural economic outlook, then extremely cold weather across the Midwest added a final blow that turned the economy negative. FULL STORY »

Parched California: Hurry up, El Niño

California is sinking further into drought, but potential relief in the form of El Niño may be lurking on the horizon. FULL STORY »

Consumer spending on food continues rising

Consumers are anticipating slightly higher beef, chicken and pork prices according to the latest monthly Food Demand Survey from Oklahoma State University Department of Agriculture Economics. FULL STORY »

USDA predicts record ag exports for 2014

In the February Agricultural Trade Outlook report from USDA, the department boosts its forecast for U.S. agricultural exports for fiscal 2014 to a record $142.6 billion. Anticipated demand for grain and feed exports account for most of the increase, with exports of livestock, poultry, and dairy products projected to be down $200 million to $31.6 billion. Beef and dairy, however, are the bright spots in the category with projected increases. FULL STORY »

America’s farms bigger…but fewer

The USDA released its preliminary “2012 Census of Agriculture” report on Thursday, and though the full report has not yet been released, it offers a snapshot of America’s farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

How’s, what’s and when’s of meat, poultry purchase decisions

What are the driving factors that make a shopper decide which cut of meat to purchase at the grocery store, whether to cook at home or dine out and how much to spend on those purchases? Those are questions the ninth-annual Power of Meat survey attempts to address. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Swing and a miss

A new study analyzes the strategies and tactics designed to get affluent Western to cut down on their meat-eating. And once again, the researchers are taking aim at the wrong target. FULL STORY »

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