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Three GMO Potatoes Approved

Three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, federal officials announced. The approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration late last week gives Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. permission to plant the potatoes this [...][...]

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President Orders Reveiw of WOTUS Rule

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution, fulfilling a campaign promise while earning the ire of environmental groups. The order, signed at the White House Tuesday, instructs the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers [...][...]

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The Impact of a Loaf of Bread

With an estimated 12 million loaves sold in the UK every year, bread remains a staple of the British diet. In a groundbreaking study researchers from the University of Sheffield have now calculated the environmental impact of a loaf of bread and which part of its production contributes the most greenhouse gas. The group of [...][...]

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Economy Complicates Farm Bill Efforts

As the elder statesman from an agricultural state, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has worked on crafting seven farm bills. But it is with some trepidation that the work begins to draft new legislation amid daunting challenges confronting farmers in the era of President Donald Trump. Roberts, chairman of the Senate agriculture committee, was in Kansas [...][...]

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Accepted Vision for Ag Questioned

“Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world’s growing population.” This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for the future of agriculture. Research published today (Feb. 17) [...][...]

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Farmers Need Seasonal Workers – and Immigration Reform

AS debate over federal immigration policy and enforcement has taken center-stage in Washington, D.C., it is worth remembering the potential impacts of these decisions on our state’s economy and particularly on the economy of rural Washington. Agriculture remains a vital and growing sector of our state’s economy. Agriculture and food processing annually is a $51 [...][...]

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Fifth of World’s Food is Wasted

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. The world population consumes around 10 per cent more food than it needs, while almost nine per cent is thrown away or left to spoil, researchers say. – See more here.[...]

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Bee Decline Threatens Crop Production

The first-ever study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country’s most important farmlands — from California’s Central Valley to the Midwest’s corn belt and the Mississippi River valley. If wild bee declines continue, it could hurt U.S. crop production and farmers’ costs, said Taylor Ricketts, a conservation ecologist at the [...][...]

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Save the Bees? There’s an App for That!

Let’s say a farmer wanted to plant wildflowers to nurture the bumble bees that pollinate her crops. Currently, she would have to walk through her fields, assess possible locations, take measurements, spend hours crunching costs and still only guess at the amount of bees and pollination the effort will generate. Soon, the farmer can do [...][...]

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Farm Food Safety Manual Workshop Planned

Developing a Farm Food Safety Manual is essential towards becoming GAP/GHP or Harmonized GAP certified. Many farms also find the process to be instrumental in refining harvesting and post-harvest systems, through reducing risk and standardizing procedures. This particular workshop on March 11, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, will cover key aspects of [...][...]

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