Editorial

Precaution or paralysis

Excessive caution and risk aversion could stifle critical innovation in agriculture, just as the world needs more efficient food production to keep up with explosive population growth. That was the theme of last week’s National Institute of Animal Agriculture annual conference in Omaha. The conference theme focused on the “Precautionary Principle,” a philosophy based on “better safe than sorry,” but with more teeth and less flexibility, as several governments around the world have adopted it as policy. FULL STORY »

Ag’s time to shine: ‘Farmland’ set to release May 1 Play video

Coming soon to a theater near you is the widely anticipated “Farmland,” a film created by award-winning filmmaker James Moll and following six young farmers and ranchers from across the country. FULL STORY »

Chocolate milk fuels March Madness team

Chocolate milk may be the secret to the University of Michigan’s basketball team as they fight their way through the NCAA tournament. FULL STORY »

Community rallies to rebuild Pa. dairy Play video

This winter hasn’t been an easy one for many states in the East, but for one Pennsylvania dairy, the tragedy of a collapsed barn roof was overshadowed by the support of friends, family, community and fellow dairymen. FULL STORY »

Time to think spring (floods)

No major flooding is predicted this spring, though minor to moderate flooding is possible across a large swath of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest stretching to New England. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Gagging on the law

Even as Idaho joins a handful of other states in passing an ‘ag gag’ bill to criminalize unauthorized recording of livestock operations, the law may not last long on appeal. FULL STORY »

Peterson Bros’ beef with Chipotle in the spotlight…sort of

Huffington Post recently gave Greg Peterson, the oldest brother of the famed Peterson Bros. trio, the spotlight with his opposition to Chipotle’s “Farmed and Dangerous” online miniseries. But in a section sponsored by Chipotle and littered with the company’s ads, is Peterson’s voice really being heard? FULL STORY »

Okla. Attorney General calls out HSUS on tornado donations

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a consumer warning against the Humane Society of the United States last week, warning Oklahomans of the group’s solicitations and advertisements. FULL STORY »

USDA lowers feed, residual grain use projections

Feed and residual use for the four feed grains plus wheat is forecast lower this month according to latest Feed Outlook report from USDA. FULL STORY »

Commentary: We’re getting warmer

No — not global warming. It’s industry that’s getting closer to a strategy on biotech labeling that might finally begin to defuse the fear and loathing anti-GMOs activists are so good at stoking. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Milking a new controversy

Think the debate over milk’s nutritional value is just a veggie-vs.-animal-foods battle? Well, now there’s a more complex and interesting debate pitting A1 against A2. Confused? Read on. FULL STORY »

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