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In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing cilantro spanish crèma stuffed chicken thigh with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need:
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sorghum board
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of four members to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board.  Members will serve three-year terms. Continue reading

food security
An estimated 12.7 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2015, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. That is down from 14.0 percent in 2014. Continue reading

The USDA is still working on studies dealing with possibly creating a new Under Secretary for trade.

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GMO Label Law
The new GMO food label law will be put into effect by the next administration, but the current team at the Agriculture Department is working to build a solid foundation on which the next group can build.

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Farm City Newsday Get the latest agriculture news in today’s Farm City Newsday, hosted by Sabrina Hill. To listen or subscribe Continue reading

edible packaging
Today Cathy Isom tells us about edible packaging that can cover your food and is also safe to eat. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report, watch the video and learn more. →

Commodity trading
Today’s commodity report: Direct Feeder Cattle Review, California Weekly Hay, California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report, Shell Eggs: Daily National Egg Market and other commodity end of the day market numbers.

Direct Feeder Cattle Review

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young piglet on hay at pig farm-pork
Researchers overseas say seaweed may help pork producers improve their animal’s health and reduce the need for antibiotics. The researchers at Ireland’s University College in Dublin report feeding seaweed to sows may improve piglet health, according to Meatingplace. Continue reading

Co-founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore, is now a supporter of biotechnology. The change represents an about-face move by the environmental leader regarding biotech, something the organization has opposed for years. Continue reading

 ergot fungus
The back and forth policy over ergot fungus contamination by Egypt continued this week, as Reuters says the nation has reversed its on-again-off-again zero tolerance policy in wheat imports. Continue reading

The Presidential candidates are split when it comes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule. This week, Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton told Farm Futures she supports the rule that seeks to clarify the types of water the EPA can regulate under the Clean Water Act. Continue reading

Lawmakers in Germany are calling on regulators to curb Bayer Ag’s $66 billion proposed takeover of U.S. based Monsanto. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports a parliamentary session in Germany highlighted the backlash to Bayer’s proposed buy of Monsanto. Continue reading

butter sticks-2Everett Griner talks about some of the differences between butter and margarine in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing cilantro pepper vinaigrette with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need:
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement:



“I welcome the announcement from China’s Ministry of Agriculture that it has lifted its ban on U.S. beef following a recently concluded review of the U.S. supply system. This announcement is a critical first step to restore market access for U.S. beef and beef products. We look forward to prompt engagement by the relevant authorities for further technical discussions on the specific conditions that will allow trade to resume. True access to China’s beef market – consistent with science-based, international standards for trade – remains a top priority for the United States. The United States produces the highest-quality beef in the world, and China’s 1.3 billion consumers are an important market for U.S. producers. Continue reading

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has preliminarily determined that it will extend deregulation to two lines of genetically engineered (GE) potatoes developed by J.R. Simplot Company for late blight resistance, low acrylamide potential, reduced black spot bruising, and lowered reducing sugars. Continue reading

By Sandra Avant, USDA

ARS scientists found antibiotic-resistant bacteria occurring naturally in undisturbed Nebraska prairie soils. Photo by ARS.

ARS scientists found antibiotic-resistant bacteria occurring naturally in undisturbed Nebraska prairie soils.
Photo by ARS.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in prairie soils that had little or no exposure to human or animal activity.

Antibiotics have effectively treated bacterial diseases for years, but some bacteria have developed resistance to the antibiotics that once killed them.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers are investigating agriculture-related antibiotic resistance and developing solutions to address food safety, animal production and protection, and the environment. Part of their efforts involves looking at antibiotic resistance in soils.

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Now that Gov. Brown has signed the agricultural overtime bill, Assembly Bill 1066, employment specialists are working to interpret its provisions and help farmers and ranchers to prepare for them.
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Wild horses
The Bureau of Land Management is under fire again, this time for something it hasn’t even done. An advisory group suggested that the Bureau euthanize or sell without restrictions the 45,000 or so “unadoptable” horses and burros that the BLM is holding in off-range corrals and pastures. The suggestion touched a nerve with wild horse advocates.
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