Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Agriculture, Farming, and Food Reading Picks for this Week

Peace, Plenty, and Prosperity ~ Peter Henderson & Co. ~ c1922

This Tuesday news thread is a weekly feature here at Big Picture Agriculture.
  1. Farm Economy Downturn Prompts Fears Of A ‘Crisis’ | Harvest Public Media
  2. Rural Mainstreet Index Experiences Biggest Fall in Almost Nine Years: Drought Conditions Weighing on Region’s Farms | Creighton.edu
  3. Rise of mega farms: how the US model of intensive farming is invading the world | The Guardian
  4. Iowa communities need more control over placing large animal facilities - petition says | DesMoines Register
  5. In a major defeat for the ethanol industry, senators of both parties joined forces late last week to sink a controversial bill that would’ve allowed gasoline with 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round. | Washington Times
  6. Senator Blasts Ethanol from the Floor | AgWired
  7. US on track to set ethanol production record | Farm and Dairy
  8. U.S. Ethanol and DDGs Exports to NAFTA Partners | AgMRC
  9. The importance of business succession for rural communities | Iowa State
  10. To save rural Iowa, we must oppose Monsanto-Bayer merger | DesMoines Register
  11. As California’s labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots | LA Times
  12. Conservation drainage - Farmers learn about options to protect water quality | The Messenger
  13. Clovis is most controversial USDA pick in 15 years | Successful Farming
  14. ‘Polyester has bitten cotton in the behind’ | Delta Farm Press
  15. More retailers are rolling out more eco-friendly clothing to meet growing demands by consumers | AP
  16. Don't Get Sucked In by the Rally in Agriculture Commodities | Bloomberg
  17. Trends in Global Soybean Production | Agricultural Economic Insights
  18. Symphony of non-GMOs, biotech and covers helps Arkansas farmer turn a profit | Agweb
  19. Deere introduces monthly fees for newest farm vehicle display model | DTN
  20. Innovating ’til the cows come home: Bill Gates visits Australian ranch to witness digital agriculture | GeekWire
  21. Study finds Nachusa Grasslands restoration is working in the soil, too | Phys.org
  22. Iowa Company should be commended for antibiotic free livestock feed | DesMoines Register
  23. Learn what works — and doesn’t — from this no-tiller | American Agriculturalist
  24. What have we learned about dryland cropping systems in the last 15 years? | Washington State (Book)
  25. Weed killer turns neighbor against neighbor in farm country | ABC News
  26. UK has nearly 800 livestock mega farms, investigation reveals | The Guardian
  27. 'Close to the sheds, the smell is overpowering': inside a UK mega farm | The Guardian
  28. The Man Who Got Americans to Eat Trash Fish (pollock) Is Now a Billionaire | Bloomberg
  29. Former banker launches pompano aquaculture venture | My Palm Beach Post
  30. ‘Farming God’s Way’ in Africa | Mission Network News
  31. U.S. certified organic cropland has increased since 2002 | USDA
  32. Rural median household income remains about 25 percent below the urban median | USDA
  33. Stopping the cycle of dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond | TreeHugger
  34. Nine of America’s Largest Urban Farms | Seedstock
  35. How many people can Australia feed? | The Conversation
  36. If It Smells Like a Petunia or Shampoo, It Might Be a Pesticide | USDA
  37. Recent Trends in Certified Organic Tree Fruit in Washington State: 2016 | Washington State PDF
  38. Italy demands origin labels for pasta and rice | Euractiv
  39. Germany: Two Million Kilogramms of Tomatoes to be harvested in 2017 | Fresh Plaza
  40. With diners prizing Maine oysters, farming them booms along coast | Press Herald
  41. Survey: Wal-Mart Leads the Pack in Online Grocery Sales | USAgnet
  42. 10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run | Washington Post
  43. Costco: It's where to get your olive oil, mixed nuts, organic peanut butter, 100% maple syrup, canned albacore tuna in water, blueberries, and bacon | Go Bankrates
  44. Trader Joe’s Butter Is As Good As The French Stuff | HuffPost
  45. More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome | NPR The Salt
  46. Over 100 Million Americans have Diabetes or Prediabetes | CDC
  47. Common Questions About Fruits and Vegetables | Harvard School of Public Health
  48. Diet rich in tomatoes cuts skin cancer in half in mice | Ohio State Univ.

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