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Food Terrorism
2:57 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Padlock the Milk! FDA’s Push to Safeguard the Food Supply

Milk is an extremely popular item on the University of Missouri campus, says purchasing coordinator Sandy Perley. "Our entire campus in a year drinks about 96,000 gallons of milk. And by our best calculation, that’s about 326 gallons a day."
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Many of the food terrorism scenarios outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involve liquid.

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Food Terrorism
12:34 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Could Our Food Supply Be a Target for Terrorists?

A bioterror attack that introduced a virus like foot-and-mouth disease could devastate the U.S. livestock industry. Regulators are proposing new rules meant to protect the food system from terror attack.
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It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster. Villains in trench coats scheme ways to cause the most destruction and chaos. They settle on a food company, an easy target, and plan to lace the products with a chemical or pathogen. The hero finds out the plan with enough time to save the day.

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The Next Frontier for Farmers
1:40 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Ag Data Could Generate Prescriptions for Fields

For most farmers these days, a laptop computer is already an essential tool.
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A couple of seeds, some fertilizer, a little sunshine – just add water and you’re ready to harvest your crops, right?

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Research into Breeding
10:02 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Better Chickens, Improved Food Security in Africa

Iowa State University scientists Jack Dekkers (left) and Sue Lamont traveled with Huaijun Zhou (center) of the University of California, Davis, to Morogoro, Tanzania. They met with their collaborators on a USAID-funded project to improve chicken genetics in Africa.
Credit Courtesy of Sue Lamont

One extra egg a day. What would that mean to your family?

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Deciding How Much to Share
6:29 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Farmers Worry About Sharing Big Data

This laptop is an essential tool on Dave Beck’s farm. He uses it to design maps to apply different doses of seed, water, and fertilizer on his fields.
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When it comes to keeping data secure, farmers are worried about some of the same issues as the rest of us.

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A Benefit of the Polar Vortex
4:11 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Harsh Winter Freezing Out Some Crop-Devouring Pests

Western Corn Rootworm Beetles chew on a stalk of corn
Credit Purdue University Extension

Despite what they may be thinking now, Midwest grain farmers and backyard gardeners alike may be thankful for the recent arctic temperatures before 2014 is out.

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Bacon & Eggs
2:49 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Spike in Propane Price Worries Midwest Farmers

The barn at Borgic Farms in Nokomis, Ill., where piglets are weaned must be kept warm year-round. In the winter, that means using a bank of propane-fueled heaters.
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Residents across the Midwest are struggling with tight propane supplies, especially in this bitterly cold, snowy winter. But it’s not just homes in rural counties that are lacking adequate heating fuel.

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Harvest Public Media
5:19 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Years in the Making, New Farm Bill Becomes Law

President Obama signs the Agriculture Act of 2014 as members of Congress and the Cabinet look on.
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President Barack Obama signed the new farm bill into law Friday at Michigan State University in East Lansing, ending years of negotiations and wrangling.

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President’s Signature Expected
4:54 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

US Senate Approves Farm Bill

After more than two years of debate on Capitol Hill, a new farm bill is poised to become law after both the U.S. House and Senate approved it.
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The US Senate passed the farm bill Tuesday by a vote of 68-32, sending it to the president’s desk and ending years of political wrangling.

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House Already Approved Bill
11:45 am
Fri January 31, 2014

2014 Farm Bill Would Change US Ag Policy

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It’s getting so close now… Wednesday morning the U.S. House passed the Agriculture Act of 2014, the new farm bill. The Senate is expected to take a preliminary vote Monday, February 3.

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