Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tuesday Links +

The Karner blue butterfly was placed on the Endangered Species List in 1979 and received final approval as a federally listed endangered speices in 1992. Most Karner blue's live in Wisconsin.
Photo credit: USDA Forest Service.

Tuesday informational news links "with a holistic view" are a weekly feature here at Big Picture Agriculture.


Sec. Vilsack: “I just sometimes think rural America is a forgotten place” | Farm Policy

Why America Pays 50% More for Chicken | Bloomberg


'Urgent need for greater ethical scrutiny of new methods to increase food production' | FarmingUK

The city of Hastings, Nebraska will spend $46 million to build a system to combat nitrates in drinking water, a big hit to a city of just 25,000 people. | Harvest Public Media

Farmers show more interest in aerial-planted fall cover crops | Agweek

US hemp farms take root under state pilot programs | SanFrancisco Chronicle

16-year-old South African invents wonder material (from orange peel) to fight drought | CNN

Coffee farm thriving in the Rio Grande Valley | Phys.org

Sustainable mechanization has much to offer in sub-Saharan Africa | FAO

Puerto Rico finds unexpected source of growth in agriculture | Fox

Genetic resources treaty ratified | Feedstuffs

U.S. Households' Demand for Convenience Foods | USDA

Market forces will decide future of guayule production | Western Farm Press

Aloe market continues expansion | Nutra ingredients


Is millet the answer to future global food security? | The Global Miller

Draining Oregon (Multi-part series; in-depth story) | Oregon.live

Draining Oregon: When water's gone, pointing fingers won't bring it back (Letters to the Editor) | Oregon.live

Malheur County farm couple sue for $200,000 over lack of irrigation water (related to above) | Oregon.live

How three U.S. Mini-farms are sowing the seeds of global food security | Ensia

Biochar improves crop growth and climate | Phys.org

A Farming Revolution, Minus Factories (Letters disputing Jason Lusk's recent Opinion piece favoring Industrial Farming) | NYTs

Rep. Peterson Highlights CRP | Farm Policy

An Organic Chicken Farm in Georgia Has Become an Endless Buffet for Bald Eagles; Dozens of the raptors crash White Oak Farms each winter to dine on its fields of pasture-raised poultry. With little recourse, the farmers are racing to adapt. | Audubon

Permaculture experts bid farewell to Bolinas home | Point Reyes Light

Watching Our Water: Researching New Ways Farmers Can Fight Gulf’s ‘Dead Zone’ | NET

Organic growers cheer new law reducing paperwork, fees | Capital Press

USDA says that beef labeled grass fed must be “100% Grass Fed” | Agripulse

The best monsoon rains in three years could boost India’s GDP by $22 billion | Quartz

Quick Take: Recent USDA-NASS Reports | Farm Policy

Japan desperate for foreign farmers | Nikkei Asian Review

Ag's Incredible Shrinking Safety Net | DTN

Production of most small grain crops in North Dakota falls | Bismark Tribune

South Dakota sees big jump in winter wheat production | SF Gate

Ending Lingering Hunger in a World of Plenty | IPS

South America's farm operators lure another U.S. investor | Agrimoney

Pesticide predicament for California's strawberry growers | Phys.org

The Use of Crop Insurance in Specialty Crop Agriculture | Choices

Pakistan's cotton yields to soar as farmers pull out the stops | Agrimoney

U.S. Farm Economy Slumps into the Fourth Quarter | Federal Reserve Bank of KC

Sunflower Crops Doing Well | USAgnet

U.S. Spring Wheat Harvest Complete | USAgnet

Iowa's recent flooding | DesMoinesRegister

KSU determines that finished cattle have outgrown the trailers used to haul them. | KTIC

More than 1,800 UK farmers have applied for the EU’s dairy aid scheme, which will pay producers to cut production over the next three months. | Farmers Weekly


Future increase in plant photosynthesis revealed by seasonal carbon dioxide cycle; Doubling of the carbon dioxide concentration will cause global plant photosynthesis to increase by about one-third | EurekAlert!

This is an incredible website which shows storms around the globe, and zooms in on Hurricane Matthew. (You can zoom out and rotate the globe to any position to see storm centers around the world) | Earth NullSchool

Global warming set to pass 2C threshold in 2050 | Phys.org


EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2016 addresses ethanol | Ethanol Producer Mag

South Dakota State Supreme Court rules in favor of $150M ethanol plant | Bakken.com

A victory for biodiesel in Minnesota | Global Fuels


Slow Food International will bring Slow Food Nations, a Terra Madre-style festival, to Denver next summer. | 5280

The Kratom Controversy Comes to Denver | 5280

Suspects tried to destroy evidence at massive illegal Garfield County pot grow, warrant says; 14 Chinese nationals, many of whom are suspected of being in the country illegally, were arrested | The Denver Post

Beekeepers Benefit From The Hive Mind In Community Apiaries | NPR

The Denver Central Market Opens Its Doors | 5280


Building a better vegetable: How chefs, farmers and seed breeders united to change the way we eat | Oregon.live

Industry disruptors change food culture slowly | CBC.ca

Organic Grocers are feeling deflation pain | Seeking Alpha

New label for mountain products puts premium on biological and cultural diversity; FAO and Slow Food team up to boost market access for highland producers | FAO

Nitrates in the water may be more harmful than we thought | DesMoines Register

Brewing evidence for tea's heart benefits | Harvard


A Geography of Agriculture and Food Production in the United States by John C Hudson and Christopher R. Laingen | Rowman & Littlefield
American Farms, American Food bridges the gap between agricultural production and food studies allowing readers to learn about both subjects up close and in detail. Beyond that, the book provides background on the domestication, breeding, and development of crop plants and livestock that have become the food we eat. Themes such as the family farm, local food production, organic agriculture, genetically modified crops, food imports, and commodity exports are developed in nine separate chapters. The chapters treat specific crops or livestock types from the point of view of both production and consumption, highlighting the changes that have taken place in both farming strategies and food preferences over the years.


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