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New film addresses farming, food insecurity

“The Ivy League Farmer” is a new feature film, and Iowa-based Diamond V is using the film in a non-profit initiative to help raise funds to feed hungry children in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area.


Farm Medicine Center: Wear sunscreen

Although most farmers understand their risk and believe sun-protective behaviors reduce skin cancer risk, most do not routinely use adequate sun protection.


Two California ‘Class 4b’ formula alternatives offered

Two alternative proposals to California's Class 4b milk pricing formula have been received in preparation for a June public hearing. The proposals – one from a producer coalition and the other from a processor organization – adjust the “whey factor” in the formula, but in different ways and to different degrees.


Simple solutions for the greater good

A food bank and dairy partnered to create the Milk 2 My Plate program, which ensures a fresh supply of milk is available to the families who rely on the food pantry to make ends meet.


Helpful tips for scouting alfalfa insects

As forage producers approach first cutting in 2015, they should consider their scouting program and prepare for challenges that may occur as a result of any or all of the following: insect pressure, disease outbreaks or fertility deficiencies. This initial article will be part one of a three-part series and will address major insect pests for alfalfa and some management practices producers may choose to incorporate into their management system.


House Ag Committee approves COOL repeal bill

The House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2393, a bill to repeal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken. The panel amended the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946, on a 38-6 vote. While repealing the labeling requirements on beef, pork and chicken, it leaves intact the requirements for all other covered commodities.


EC report rejects mandatory dairy COOL

While a bill to repeal U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements on meat moves through Congress, a rmove to make COOL requirements on European Union (EU) dairy mandatory has been rejected.


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