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Updated Foodkeeper App

foodkeeper appThe USDA’s Foodkeeper app is a handy way of finding out on your smartphone or tablet if those leftovers are safe to eat. Cathy Isom fills us in about the changes coming to the mobile app that tells us how long we can keep and safely eat food.


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Reactions to EPA’s Proposed 2017 Renewable Volume Obligation

Growth Energy and National Corn Growers Association Releases Concerning EPA’s Proposed 2017 Renewable Volume Obligation

From Growth Energy:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed 2017 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The conventional biofuel amount of 14.8 billion gallons is an increase from 14.5 billion gallons in 2016, but Read the rest of this entry »

New Report Supports GMO’s Amid Labeling Debate

Genetically Modified food (GMO foods)A new report by the National Academies of Sciences released Tuesday concludes that genetically modified organisms cause no more health problems for people than other foods.


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ASTA Hoping for Uniform Labeling Policy

Andy Lavigne

Andy Lavigne

Genetically modified organism labeling continues to be a hot topic for many, and it’s an issue that continues to be a major focus for the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). Association CEO Andy Lavigne explains why.


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Invasive Imports

invasiveEverett Griner talks about landscape plants affected by imported invasive diseases in today’s Agri View.


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Food Waste Goals

reduce food waste people cycle sign conceptUSDA researchers will soon establish the start of what will be a long-term measuring process of how well we are doing in reducing food loss and food waste. Cathy Isom tells us about the tool researchers plan to use to figure out if Americans are really reducing food waste.


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USDA Grants Will Create New Uses and Markets for Wood Products

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack holding a sample of Cross Laminated Timber (Picture courtesy of USDA)

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack holding a sample of Cross Laminated Timber (Picture courtesy of USDA)

The Agriculture Department’s Forest Service is helping pay for new projects to create new uses and markets for wood products. Gary Crawford has the story.


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Bama’s Best Beef Contest Final Four

aca-bamas-best-beef-2016Erin Beasley, director of consumer marketing for the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, says it has announced the names of the final four in Bama’s Best Beef Contest.


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USDA Increases Sugar Quantity, Access

Sugar in a WarehouseThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an increase to the fiscal year 2016 Overall Allotment Quantity (OAQ) for domestic sugar, reassigned some of the projected surplus sugar marketing allotments among processors, and reassigned part of the surplus cane sugar marketing allotment to raw cane sugar imports. USDA recognizes that America’s beet sugar producers have made significant investments in a strong 2016 crop, but they continue to face uncertainty. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida, Alabama Senators Ask Leaders for Help in ‘Water Wars’

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:

News Service of FloridaAfter earlier attempts failed, U.S. senators from Florida and Alabama are working on a new effort to get Congress to intervene in their states’ long-running “water wars” with Georgia. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., on Monday joined Alabama Republicans Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions in writing a letter to Read the rest of this entry »

Chocolate Pleasure

Bar of chocolate, cocoa beans , cocoa powderEverett Griner talks about the drought affecting the cocoa crop in today’s Agri View.


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Veterans in Viticulture

Robb Zimmel

Robb Zimmel

As we’re learning more about the Agriculture Department’s efforts to encourage more veterans to consider careers in farming and ranching after their duty is over, we’re also hearing from some of those service members who have not just considered it, but have actually followed through. Cathy Isom tells us about the career-move for one military service member that took him off the front lines and into his own agriculture-based business.


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