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USDA Deputy Secretary Harden announces $17 million to support America's beginning farmers and ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced more than $17 million in grants for organizations that will develop training and provide other resources for beginning farmers and ranchers across the nation. The awards are made through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, which is administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).


AGCO launches Go-Task mobile app

AGCO Corporation launched Go-TaskTM, a system for wireless task data transfer to and from select AGCO machines and supported Farm Management Information Software (FMIS) programs. Task data is sent via AGCO’s task data exchange server directly into supported FMIS software. Go-Task automatically syncs with task data on the terminal when a task is completed or paused.


NZ police arrest man over infant formula contamination threat

New Zealand police said on Tuesday they had arrested a 60-year-old businessman suspected of threatening to contaminate infant formula in New Zealand, the world's largest dairy exporter, and charged the man with two counts of criminal blackmail.


Exclusive: Pepsi, Coca-Cola competing for investment in Chobani

PepsiCo Inc and Coca-Cola Co are in talks to invest in Chobani LLC, in a deal that the Greek yogurt maker hopes could value it at as much $3 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.


Weekly Outlook: Is the corn crop overestimated?

The USDA's October 9 Crop Production report forecast the 2015 U.S. corn crop at 13.555 billion bushels, 30 million bushels smaller than the September forecast and 660 million bushels smaller than the 2014 crop. The U.S. average corn yield is forecast at 168 bushels, 0.5 bushel above the September forecast, and harvested acreage is forecast at 80.664 million, 437,000 below the September forecast.


A dairy's carbon footprint is broader than just electricity use

The dairy operation at the WCROC milks 250 cows twice daily and is representative of a mid-size Minnesota dairy farm. The goal of our project is to increase renewable electric energy generation on Minnesota dairy farms by establishing a "net-zero" energy milking parlor. As the research goes forward, we are beginning to add new energy savings equipment, renewable energy production, and practices to help lower the energy requirements for our dairy operations. One of our goals is to conduct a life cycle assessment (LCA) study on our dairy products.


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