McDonald’s lets Aussies “TrackMyMacca’s”
Consumers want to know where their food comes from, and - in Australia at least - McDonald's is utilizing cutting-edge technology to identify farmers, ranchers, fishermen and other suppliers. FULL STORY »
Farmland prices: Boom or bubble?
Can the trend in farm and ranch real estate prices continue? A new report from the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research examines current patterns in the price of U.S. land. FULL STORY »
Farm employment, wages increase
The number of workers hired on U.S. farms and ranches increased this summer and fall, as did their wages compared with the same periods a year ago. According to a recent Farm Labor report from USDA, there were 872,000 workers hired directly by farm operators during the week of Oct. 7 to 13, 2012, up more than 5 percent from the same week in October 2011. FULL STORY »
Mixed reactions to EPA’s decision on RFS
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will retain the current Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), turning down requests for a waiver due to high corn prices. As corn prices spiked in the face of this summer’s drought, livestock and food organizations, and some state governors, petitioned the EPA to temporarily suspend the RFS, which currently mandates that fuel companies use 13.2 billion gallons of biofuel this year. FULL STORY »
Voters reject Proposition 37 and Measure 5
Voters in California and North Dakota rejected two ballot initiatives that were opposed by agriculture groups. Both measures generated interest from far outside those states from food advocates and animal rights activists. FULL STORY »
U.N. appointment positive for beef producers
Last month the United Nations announced the selection of Frank Mitloehner, PhD, to chair a committee within the U.N.’s Food and Agricultural Organization to measure and assess the environmental impacts of the livestock industry. FULL STORY »
Where’s the beef from?
So how much of our beef actually comes from foreign sources? Researchers with USDA’s Economic Research Service explored that question in the recent report titled “U.S. red meat production from foreign-born animals,” published in the journal Agricultural Sciences. FULL STORY »
Would an ethanol waiver reduce corn prices?
Livestock producers, along with several national and state elected officials, are calling for a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires fuel blenders to include a set volume of ethanol in gasoline. But whether or not a waiver would bring lower corn prices depends on a complex set of factors, according to a new report from Purdue University economists. FULL STORY »
Issues that Matter: Eye in the sky: EPA defends feedlot flyovers
In response to criticism last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claims it has legal authority and precedent for using aerial photography to monitor compliance with the Clean Water Act. FULL STORY »
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