19 JUL

Study supports need to reform ethanol production mandate

In response to a new economic study on the impact of corn ethanol production on food prices and commodity price volatility, a coalition of livestock and poultry groups is urging Congress to reform the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which mandates the amount of ethanol that must be produced annually. 

Conducted by Thomas Elam, Ph.D., president of FarmEcon LLC, an Indiana agricultural and food industry consulting firm, the study found that federal ethanol policy has increased and destabilized corn, soybean and wheat prices to the detriment of food and fuel producers and consumers. Read More

A full copy of the study is available by clicking here

An infographic summarizing the study’s findings can be downloaded by clicking here.


11 JUL

Renewable fuel standard hits political divide at energy hearing

The renewable fuel standard (RFS) for transportation fuel is becoming another proxy battleground between Republicans and Democrats in the renewable energy debate, as the parties demonstrated Tuesday during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing. Enacted by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Environmental Protection Agency-administered RFS requires 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel to be blended into transportation fuel by 2022. Republicans charge that that type of policy places the government in a position to pick winners and losers in the economy.  Read More

11 JUL

The Great Debate: Science, Technology and Food

What technologies are farmers and ranchers using to produce food while protecting the environment? Is more research the answer to biotechnology in agriculture?

Moderator Michael Specter joined by panelists Daniel M. Dooley, Dr. Bob Goldberg, Eric Holst, Neil Moseley, Tim Nilsen, Katie Pratt, Karen Ross, Richard Smith and Stuart Woolf discussed these questions

11 JUL

2.5 million poultry culled in Mexico over AI outbreak

During the past three weeks, Mexican officials have culled 2.5 million birds at poultry farms in western Mexico in a strategy to contain an avian influenza H7N3 outbreak, AFP reports. Almost 150 poultry farms have been visited by officials. Of these farms, avian influenza was discovered in 31 farms, 34 tested negative and results for the rest of the farms have not been issued yet. On June 20, the outbreak was first uncovered in Jalisco state. As a result, Mexico’s government issued a national animal health emergency on July 2.  Read More
09 JUL

Conestoga-Rovers & Associations new CPF Allied Member

Conestoga-Rovers & Associations new CPF Allied Member

The CRA Family of Companies includes Conestoga-Rovers & Associates and a number of other entities that continue to maintain their own regional identity while working seamlessly within the entire organization.  The Family of Companies consists of over 90 offices and 3,000 people working on projects around the world.The agricultural industry is experiencing ever increasing and complex regulatory challenges.  CRA understands the industry, regulations, and requirements that are being imposed on the agricultural industry.  We can offer guidance and assistance to farmers, purchasers of farm produce, and providers of farm related services (including the financial, insurance, and legal sectors), to meet the regulatory challenges.

Click here for the company website. Contact Janie Sustaita at 559-326-5900 orjsustaita@CRAworld.com.


09 JUL

California Foie Gras Ban Turns Into a New Fight

When meat is outlawed — in this case fatty livers of geese or ducks — only outlaws will eat meat.
Foodies are hoarding all the fatty geese or duck livers they can find, while new foie gras farmers may be setting up right across the border.
Chefs are flaunting the ban on the fatty livers by serving the very French dish known as foie gras.
And California’s restaurant industry is in federal court, asking to have the ban on serving the fatty livers struck down for a long list of reasons.


All of this stems from a 2004 bird feeding law with a rather long trigger for a ban on serving foie gras, the French delicacy made from fatty livers of geese or ducks. The ban went into effect one week ago, on July 1, 2012. Read more
09 JUL

National Turkey Federation joins Smarter Fuel Future coalition

NTF joined the Smarter Fuel Future coalition that will continue to publicize the many negative effects of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and other biofuel polices.  The group launched an educational website, SmarterFuelFuture.org, which is intended to raise awareness about the economic, environmental, hunger and engine performance implications of the current U.S. biofuels policy.  This group adds another voice in calling on lawmakers to revisit the failed RFS and enact policies that are informed by markets, not mandates, and that crops are dedicated to providing food and feed, not fuel.

09 JUL

USPOULTRY announces 12th Annual Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award competition

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is now accepting nominations for the 12th annual Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award. The award recognizes exemplary environmental stewardship by family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production. Those eligible for the award include any poultry grower or egg producer (family-owned) who supply product to a USPOULTRY member or an independent producer who is a USPOULTRY member. Nominations are due September 14, 2012.
The award is presented to superior family farmers in six regions of the country. One award may be presented for each of the regions: Northeast, Southeast, South Central, North Central, Southwest, and the remainder of the United States. Nominations must be made by a USPOULTRY member or a state poultry and egg association by completing the application provided by USPOULTRY. Read More

09 JUL

McDonald’s New CEO Focuses on Chicken Amid Shaky Economy

McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) (MCD)’s new chief executive officer is playing chicken with the menu.

As Don Thompson, 49, steps into the CEO role at the world’s largest restaurant chain, customers may see more new chicken items instead of beef. Thompson is pulling from McDonald’s 160- item recipe book, which includes bone-in chicken wings and cashew teriyaki salads with chicken, to sell new food and attract cash-conscious consumers amid a shaky global economy. It’s a “tremendous opportunity,” Thompson said during a consumer conference on May 30. Read More

09 JUL

Kansas Brother’s ranching ‘I’m Farming And I Grow It’ music video goes viral

Agriculture just became a little more entertaining thanks to a new music video by the Peterson Farm Bros, a pro-agriculture group from Kansas. Their parody takes on "I’m Sexy and I Know it" to show that they are "farmers and [they] grow it."

The mini-music video is the latest from the brothers, who have been posting pro-agriculture videos to their YouTube page since November 2011. "I’m a farmer and I grow it" is their first shot at parody fame. The video was posted on Monday, and between Tuesday and Thursday morning, views had jumped from 3,000 to more than 800,000. It has now also been posted on Facebook, Pinterest and featured on a multitude of websites. One of the comments left for the video even indicated that the user had submitted the video to "The Ellen Show," opening even more possibilities of pro-agriculture exposure. Read More