Thanksgiving Turkeys May Be Smaller This Year

Dan Poultry, This Land of Ours

We’re officially into November and thoughts are turning to Thanksgiving. Will there be enough turkeys to go around this year? That’s coming up on This Land of ours. The avian influenza outbreak has had an impact on poultry supplies, but USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says there will be enough turkeys for Thanksgiving. “In terms of people being able to get …

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Genetically Engineered Crop Acreage Grows

Dan Genetically Modified, This Land of Ours

A look at genetically engineered crops. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. USDA’s Economic Research Service says genetically engineered seeds were commercially introduced in the U.S. for major field crops in 1996, and adoption rates increased rapidly. By 2008, more than 50 percent of U.S. corn, cotton, and soybean acres were planted with genetically engineered seeds. The total …


Mississippi River Water Levels Remain at Near-Record Low

Dan This Land of Ours

Low water levels continue to lead to shipping problems. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The Mississippi River has 27 U.S. Geological Survey streamflow gages reporting levels below the low water threshold category as of Thursday. A new record-low level was reported in Memphis, Tennessee, beating the previous record set in 1988. The low water levels are a …


Report Shows Rise in Plant-Based Meat Market, Some Health Concerns

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Marketing, Pork, Poultry, This Land of Ours

A new report shows a rise in the plant-based meat market. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Allied Market Research published a report on the plant-based meat market that found the rise in the vegetarian population & flexitarian diet and the ability of plant-based meat products to imitate animal-based meat products drive the growth of the global plant-based meat market. …


New Report Shows Decade of Trends in School Meals

Dan Education, This Land of Ours, USDA-ERS

Tracking ten years of changes to produce in school lunches. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. One USDA department tracked changes in school lunches for the last ten years and found that a 2012 change in school meal nutrition standards drove changes in the type of foods schools purchased. USDA’s Economic Research Service found that following the change …

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New Zealand Plans to Tax Cow Methane

Dan Cattle, Economy, Environment, Greenhouse Gas, This Land of Ours

New Zealand is the Latest Country to Tax Cow Burps. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. New Zealand farmers recently gathered in towns and cities across the country to protest against the government’s plan to tax “agricultural emissions.” Reuters says the government confirmed plans to price agricultural gases and biogenic methane, which it says come from cow and …


Microwavable Food More Popular

Dan This Land of Ours

Easy prep meals return to the spotlight. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. A new market report shows consumers are using more microwavable meals these days. The analysis shows a year-over-year growth of nearly five percent for 2021 with 33 percent of that growth coming from North America. In terms of money, the microwavable foods market share is expected …


New Study on Health Benefits of Pistachios

Dan Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours, Tree Nuts

Another study supports the antioxidant benefits of a particular food. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Antioxidant-rich foods are regularly encouraged as part of a healthy lifestyle, and research suggests that a diet high in antioxidants may even help to reduce the risk of death. While certain fruits and vegetables are often thought of as high-antioxidant foods, a …