05 DEC

Purdue to play Arizona in 2017 Foster Farms Bowl

Purdue will play Arizona in the 2017 Foster Farms Bowl, Brett McMurphy reports. The game, which pits a team from the Big Ten against a team from the Pac-12, will take place on Dec. 27, 2017 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

The Boilermakers enter the game after a 6-6 regular season, which doubled their win total from 2016 in Jeff Brohm’s first season taking over for Darrell Hazell. Arizona finished 7-5 under head coach Rich Rodriguez, and was powered by a surprising star turn from QB Khalil Tate.  Read more

04 DEC

EPA releases ’18 ethanol volumes at maximum levels; chicken producers cry foul

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it is mandating the statutory maximum 15 billion gallons of ethanol be added to the domestic fuel supply in 2018, the second consecutive year EPA has mandated the maximum amount of ethanol allowed under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  The currently mandated volume for 2017 is also 15 billion gallons; with only weeks left in 2017, the Energy Information Agency (EIA) of the U.S. Department of Energy is forecasting the total domestic use of ethanol for the year to be just 14.4 billion gallons.  Read more

04 DEC

Annual bird migration on radar of poultry farmers

Migration season represents a cause for concern among poultry farmers, said Dr. Craig Coufal, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service poultry specialist in College Station, Texas. Coufal said the threat of avian influenza is heightened due to annual migrations by wild bird species, particularly waterfowl. “It’s that time of year,” he said. “You’ve got large numbers of ducks and geese that have been commingling and interacting in the North, and there is real concern about those migratory birds coming into contact with domestic birds via vectors such as humans, droppings, an airborne contaminant or direct contact. People need to be vigilant about keeping migratory birds away from their domestic birds.”  Read more

04 DEC

USDA: Farm economy on the upswing, but not for everyone

The farm economy is showing some stability, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says, but the upswing doesn’t extend to all agricultural sectors.

Over the last three years, farm earnings have plummeted, eliciting concerns that the farm economy could tumble toward another farm crisis like the 1980s. For 2017, the USDA expects net farm income to rebound by a modest 3 percent nationwide, to $63 billion.  Read more

04 DEC

Defining ‘natural’: Ingredient suppliers weigh in

CHICAGO – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been asked numerous times to define the descriptor natural as it relates to foods and beverages. The agency requested official public comment on defining the term, which closed May 10, 2016; however, on-line comments are still being made by consumers, with nearly 7,700 posts that may be read at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FDA-2014-N-1207Read more

29 NOV

Court gives EPA more time to provide reporting assistance to poultry, egg producers

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued a court order granting a request by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) to extend the stay that delays the requirement for farms to report airborne emission of ammonia that is generated as manure naturally breaks down. The request for an extension came after EPA issued preliminary guidance that acknowledged reporting by poultry and egg farmers was hindered by a lack of scientifically based information that would allow them to estimate emissions from their farm.  Read more

29 NOV

Scare-mongering not productive approach to antibiotic discussion

Sometimes one can roll with the punches, but sometimes you just have to stand up and call BS — especially when the issue is of utmost importance.
For me, that occurrence stems from the most recent antibiotic symposium sponsored by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA); the symposium addressed antimicrobial resistance from a One Health perspective including representatives from the food production industry, human medicine and public health.  Read more

29 NOV

New farmers’ biggest challenge: Finding land to farm

Gillyflower Farm in Capay (Yolo County) is so new that owner Laura Reynolds has no tractors, employees or spare cash. By late fall, she has only planted one-third of her 1-acre plot. On harvest day for her weekly customer deliveries, which focus on greens and salad-friendly vegetables, she cools the produce in a generator-powered freezer that she unplugs before ice crystals form. The recent UC Davis grad and longtime farm intern does have good land, though, and the ear of her landlord, Sherri Wood, when problems arise. That’s because Wood is building her house a few hundred feet away. Read more