Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Agriculture, Farming, and Food Reading Picks for this Week

McDonalds Pickup ~ Ralph Goings ~ 1970

This Tuesday news thread is a weekly feature here at Big Picture Agriculture.
  1. Danish bioscience company plans to invest $36 million in Blair plant | Omaha World-Herald
  2. Note: I just passed by this Missouri River horrendous industrial complex a week ago and it has destroyed a beautiful area, in my opinion. For all the biofuels are touted to create jobs in rural areas, note that this $36 million investment by Novazymes will add 6 new jobs to the operation. This corporate giant benefiting from our RFS policy isn't based in the U.S., either, rather Denmark. Why do we sell our souls?
  3. ‘Full-throttle agriculture’ squeezing out farmers | Grand Island Independent
  4. Quote: "'This all has a predictable end,' he said, with big farms and multinational conglomerates eventually controlling much of U.S. agriculture." (More soul-selling.)
  5. Make or break year? Iowa farmers battle for profits as debt, delinquencies rise | DesMoines Register
  6. Quote: "Commodity prices have been cut in half, and our data would show costs have come down 10 to 15 percent ... After three years, that's taking a toll."
  7. Can Prairie Dogs Talk? | NYTs Magazine
  8. How 36 million pounds of soybeans treated with pesticide became 'organic' | Chicago Tribune
  9. Why Big Data Hasn’t Yet Made a Dent on Farms. Startups designed to use information to boost agricultural productivity are struggling. | WSJ
  10. (I've always been cynical about this data-hype business-invention with its ownership issues as one more thing to sell to farmers.)
  11. Should prairie potholes and other wet areas be farmed? | Iowa Learning Farms
  12. (Same theme as I've been running on lately - if farmers are losing money, and the environment is losing, why produce it?)
  13. 2,100 wildfires have burned in Florida since start of year | Chicago Tribune
  14. Debate Over CRP Acres | DTN
  15. Ag cooperatives consolidating, too (with graph) | Iowa State
  16. U.S. pulse crops set for another record year for acres planted (Chart) | USDA
  17. Farming the World: China’s Epic Race to Avoid a Food Crisis | Bloomberg
  18. Rural index climbs into positive territory for first time in almost two years | Omaha W-H
  19. Fresno County detectives uncover $1 million bee theft operation | Western Farm Press
  20. Ecological agriculture: investing today in tomorrow's farms in UK | The Ecologist
  21. Cash rental rates fall for a fourth consecutive year in Iowa (with graph) | Iowa State
  22. The spacepot hydroponic planter brings NASA grade farming to your kitchen | Design Bloom
  23. Has This Silicon Valley Startup Finally Nailed The Indoor Farming Model? | Fast Company
  24. U.S. agricultural exports have historically exceeded imports (Chart) | USDA
  25. E.U. team explores sorghum flour uses | World-Grain
  26. Singapore frees up land for high-tech farming; Crowded city-state seeks ‘buffer’ against supply chain disruption | FT
  27. Kenya's parched farmers stop ploughing - but harvest more food and jobs | Reuters
  28. Maine Is Drowning in Lobsters. The market is booming, but it's not making anybody rich. | Bloomberg
  29. The first-ever Reducetarian Summit took place in Manhattan last weekend. | Tree Hugger
  30. Skin Cancer on the rise | US Agnet
  31. The worst fat in the food supply: Trans Fat | NYTs
  32. Umami says its new veggie burger tastes like meat — and bleeds like meat | LA Times
  33. To age better, eat better | Harvard Gazette

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Food and Farming Photos May 21, 2017

This roundup of global food, farming, and agricultural photos appears every Sunday on Big Picture Agriculture.

Sheep wait to be judged at the 122nd Devon County Show at the Westpoint Arena and Showground in Clyst St Mary near Exeter on May 18, 2017 in Devon, England. Established in 1872 it has grown into one of the South West's biggest county shows and is often seen as a curtain raiser for the whole showing season. Although primarily a agricultural livestock and produce showcase, it is also seen as a barometer for the health of the whole agricultural industry in general, which is in a state of uncertainty and flux following the UK's vote to leave the European Union. Photo credit: Matt Cardy / Getty Images.

Steam engines are displayed at the 122nd Devon County Show at the Westpoint Arena and Showground in Clyst St Mary near Exeter on May 18, 2017 in Devon, England. Photo credit: Matt Cardy / Getty Images.

A customer checks the quality of the Vegetables in a market at Gurgaon, Haryana, on May 15, 2017. Photo credit: NurPhoto / Getty Images.

A handler leans on a cow ready for an auction organized at the Nampo Harvest Day 2017 agricultural fair on May 16, 2017 in Bothaville Nampo is the largest agricultural fair on the African continent holding its 51st edition with over 700 exhibitors and over 70,000 visitors expected. Photo credit: AFP / MARCO LONGARI / Getty Images.

A picture taken on May 18, 2017 in Veauche near Saint-Etienne, central France, shows cans of food for cats in a production line of the Nestle Purina plant. Photo credit: AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZES / Getty Images.

A Malaysian Muslim woman shops for fruits at a wholesale market in Kuala Lumpur on May 19, 2017. Malaysia's economy grew at its fastest pace in two years during the first quarter, the central bank said on May 19, boosted by stronger domestic demand and a pick-up in exports. Photo credit: AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANA / Getty Images.

This photo taken on May 13, 2017 shows workers processing asparagus at a food processing plant in Huaibei, in China's Anhui province. Products from the plant are exported to other countries and regions, including Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Russia. Photo credit: AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT / Getty Images.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit May 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. The PHA held its summit to address childhood obesity. Photo credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images.

(This above photo shows what happened in my own county this week.)
A person digs their car out from more than 25 inches of snow that has fallen in the area on May 18, 2017 in Nederland, Colorado. Up to 36 inches is expected over the next day with the late spring storm pushing out tomorrow afternoon. Photo credit: Denver Post / Helen H. Richardson / Getty Images.