Editorial

Rapid response critical in animal disease outbreak

Rapid implementation of movement controls at the county level play an important role in stopping or slowing the spread of a fast-spreading animal disease like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), according to an article published in the March 2014 issue of PLOS ONE. FULL STORY »

Drought-weary California faces brutal wildfire season

Recent downpours fell far short of pulling California out of drought, and as if the drought didn’t offer enough headaches, a meager snowpack and an already busy wildfire season adds to the gloomy outlook. FULL STORY »

'Farmland' gives a glimpse of boots-on-the-ground agriculture Play video

Earlier this week, I was fortunate to be able to attend a screening of Farmland, a documentary that follows six young farmers and ranchers and highlights their challenges, successes and reasons for choosing to make their livelihood in agriculture. FULL STORY »

Affordable Care Act fails to lower rural health care costs

Health care costs have never been considered economical in rural communities, but the divide between rural and urban costs have only been exacerbated by the Affordable Care Act. FULL STORY »

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 »

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