boston market

Boston Market Commits to GAP Animal Welfare Standards

Dan Industry News Release, Poultry

The rotisserie-cooking chain Boston Market announced plans to source chickens certified by the Global Animal Partnership and processed via a controlled-atmosphere system. A Meating Place Dot Com article says the pledge will take effect in 2024. Chief Executive George Michel said the multi-step process is considered the most comprehensive approach to poultry production. At the same time, it also meets …

farmers

Farmers Nervous About NAFTA Renegotiation

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

A large part of rural America voted in favor of Donald Trump during the recent presidential election. An Associated Press report says rural voters were drawn to Trump’s ideas on reducing environmental regulations, increasing law enforcement, and redoing health care. But farmers are looking on nervously as the White House announced last week it intends to renegotiate the North American …

Black Berry Cobbler

The California Kitchen: Black Berry Cobbler

Aria Wilcox California Kitchen

In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing black berry cobbler with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need: 4.5 T Vegetable Shortening 1.5 Cup Flour 1/2 Cup Sugar 2 pinch Salt 1 Cup Berries 2.5 T Sugar To get the cooking directions, listen to today’s California Kitchen from AgNet West. California Kitchen 2016_0d5aff7b-2e4a-40d9-8670-692851f56d371.jpg” rel=”attachment …

Giving Gardeners Information on Potting Media for Trees and Shrubs

Dan Industry News Release, Nursery crops

With spring here, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in Alabama have some timely advice for gardeners and homeowners who buy shrubs or trees. Their insight comes from a cooperative study with Auburn University scientists focused on the effects of pine bark and other types of potting media used with many potted shrubs and woody ornamentals. Pine bark is considered …

glyphosate

Glyphosate-resistant Johnsongrass Management Webcast

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

New ‘Focus on Cotton’ Webcast Identifies Key Practices and Programs for Managing Glyphosate-resistant Johnsongrass Glyphosate-resistant Johnsongrass can completely overtake a cotton field if managed improperly. It is one of the most tenacious weeds because of its ability to reproduce and spread through rhizomes. The Focus on Cotton webcast titled “Glyphosate-Resistant Johnsongrass Management” helps cotton growers, consultants, and other industry experts …

Petunias

USDA Investigating Unapproved GE Petunias

Dan Genetically Modified, Industry News Release, Nursery crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services is investigating imported unapproved genetically modified petunias. USDA says the GE petunias produce various hues of orange, red and purple colored flowers. The petunias have been imported into the U.S. from Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, South America, as well as the countries of Australia, Israel and Mexico, and …

gmo labeling bill

Canada Defeats GMO Labeling Bill

Dan Genetically Modified, Industry News Release

Members of Canada’s Parliament defeated a GMO labeling bill last week. The bill was handed a landslide defeat, with 67 members voting yes, and 216 voting no. The bill would have mandated GMO labeling in Canada. Online food industry publication FoodNavigator-USA reports the bill specified that Canada’s Food and Drugs Act be amended to say “No person shall sell any …

Senate Agriculture Committee

Stabenow Expresses Concerns with EPA Scientist Dismissals

Dan Industry News Release

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee has expressed concerns over the dismissal of scientists by the Environmental Protection Agency. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow specifically voiced her concerns over EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s move to dismiss nine members of the Board of Scientific Counselors, a major scientific review board within the agency. The board reviews the research carried out …

senate

Senate Ag to Hold Farm Economy Hearing

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on the farm economy conditions Thursday, May 25th. Announced by leadership of the committee, Senators Pat Roberts, and Debbie Stabenow, the hearing is titled “Examining the Farm Economy: Perspectives on Rural America.” The hearing is recognized as the start of the Senate Agriculture Committee farm bill hearings. It follows two “boots on …

budget cuts trump

Trump Plan to Balance Budget Includes Farm Subsidy Cuts

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

A budget plan President Donald Trump is expected to submit to Congress Tuesday includes steep cuts to farm subsidies, according to Bloomberg News. The 2018 budget proposal, which would begin the process of balancing the budget within ten years, would make cuts to mandatory spending on an array of social programs while sparing the Social Security and Medicare entitlement programs. …

canada

Canada and Mexico React Cautiously to NAFTA Letter

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Canada and Mexico issued carefully worded statements following the announcement letter outlining President Donald Trump’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was sent to Congress, according to the Hagstrom Report. Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said: “We are at a critical juncture that offers us an opportunity to determine how we can best align …

agricultural science

$4.7 Million to Support University Agricultural Science Programs

Dan Education, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $4.7 million in available funding to support agricultural science programs at non-land-grant universities. Funding is made through NIFA’s Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture Program (NLGCA). “Colleges and universities with strong agricultural science programs need support so they can address our nation’s challenges to …

cal fresh

May is CalFresh Awareness Month

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

California has the largest Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the nation. Our state’s farmers and ranchers are proud to play a critical role in reducing hunger and improving health. Throughout the month of May, our state is highlighting the importance of providing nutrition assistance to low income households through the CalFresh Program. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is encouraging …

Three Anaheim Trees Test HLB Positive

Taylor Hillman Fruits & Vegetables, Pest Update

Three residential trees have tested HLB positive in an Anaheim residential area. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) found the trees while surveying the area after two psyllids tested positive for the bacteria that causes the disease in April. CDFA removed two of the trees immediately. The third tree has been treated and scheduled for removal. A new quarantine …

budget concerning

NCC: Maintaining NAFTA Benefits is Crucial

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release, Trade

The National Cotton Council says the United States must remain a participant in a vibrant North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) because it has been and can continue to be a very positive trading platform for U.S. agriculture, including cotton and textiles. NCC Chairman Ronnie Lee said the NAFTA trading partners of Canada and Mexico are significant markets for United …