Got aspartame? Bus ads urge FDA to reject proposal
A consumer watchdog organization promises to renew public outrage on a petition to approve artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, in flavored milk. FULL STORY »
USDA Announces final call for 2012 Census of Agriculture
With the window to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture officially closing on May 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is urging farmers and ranchers not to miss this opportunity to be counted and help determine the future of farming in America. FULL STORY »
A mixed rate of corn consumption, but does it matter?
Most of the discussion in the corn market has centered on U.S. planting progress, the likely magnitude of planted acreage, and the U.S. average yield potential. FULL STORY »
Nominate influential veterinarians
This September, Bovine Veterinarian magazine will celebrate 20 years of serving the veterinary community. In recognition, we plan to compile and publish a list of the 20 most influential beef and dairy veterinarians, nominated by their peers and clients, over that time period. FULL STORY »
Ag markets posted varying showings Monday morning.
Talk that slowing rainfall will spark a surging in U.S. corn plantings reportedly sank the market early Monday morning. FULL STORY »
Corn market thoughts & perspective
Corn Sellers: Do you remember that sinking feeling you had on March 28 when USDA released its quarterly Grain Stocks Report that showed larger-than-expected stocks and corn futures closed limit lower? FULL STORY »
Farmers should guard against debt binge if incomes fall
U.S. grain farmers have enjoyed a rare combination of soaring prices and land values since 2009 but if incomes dip as expected they should be careful not to fall into the trap of borrowing against inflated land values, the Kansas City Federal Reserve said in a report on Friday. FULL STORY »
Weather report: Mild conditions across the northern Plains
In the West, cool weather accompanies widely scattered showers from California to the southern Rockies. On the Plains, dry weather is promoting fieldwork. In the Corn Belt, dry weather has returned to the upper Midwest. In the South, scattered but locally heavy rain showers are mostly confined to the interior Southeast. FULL STORY »
D.C. Watch: New farm bill expected May 15
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., says he plans to mark up a new farm bill on May 15, and the bill will reduce spending by $38 billion over 10 years versus the baseline. The cuts will be made up of $20 billion in less funding for food and nutrition programs and $18 billion less for the other titles.
Lucas says the commodity title will be very similar to the one passed by the committee last year – eliminating direct payments and creating a “shallow loss” program to pay for losses not covered by crop insurance and a “target price-countercyclical-type” program. FULL STORY »
We all agree. Sort of
The gap between animal-agriculture and consumer perceptions of food production continues to grow, and we need to communicate better with the general public. Most participants at last week’s Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholder Summit would agree with that statement. But once the discussion shifted to specific messages and methods for addressing that perception gap, the opinions were, well, less in alignment. FULL STORY »