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Organic food comes with a lot of claims — that it’s healthier, more nutritious, and overall better for you and the environment. Organic foods don’t make up a large percentage of all food sales at just 5.5 percent, but there are still widespread beliefs that organic food is better than conventional food. Let’s dig into the claim that organic is more nutritious than conventionally grown food and find out if there really is a difference. To be certified organic, a farm or handling facility needs to comply with federal organic regulations. Organic farms use natural practices, materials, and processes on…

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Foreign investment in U.S. agricultural land is a hot topic, largely spurred by media reports raising concerns about bad actors from adversarial nations purchasing land for potentially hostile purposes. For most, understanding of the formal processes for reviewing foreign investments and tracking existing ownership dynamics is limited. Under the authorities granted to it by the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act of 1978, USDA is required to track information pertaining to foreign ownership of U.S. agricultural land. Successful monitoring of investments and enforcement of the law by USDA, however, has been challenging, and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released recommendations…

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The moment that an escaped heifer was rammed by a police car in the United Kingdom has been shared online and viewed millions of times.  In the video, an agitated heifer calf trots the streets of Feltham, West London, on Friday, charging a man jogging. Seconds later, a police truck plows into the heifer, sending her catapulting across the street and scrambling for her feet. The officer hits the heifer a second time, pinning her underneath the vehicle. In the background, a watcher shouts, “What are you doing that for?”   Another video taken by a pedestrian shows the heifer…

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In a tragic series of events on Friday, two separate crop-dusting accidents resulted in the deaths of two pilots and left another with moderate injuries. The first incident occurred in Texas, where two crop dusters collided mid-air while spraying a cotton field, leading to one fatality and injuring the other pilot. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, one person was pronounced dead after the crop-duster airplanes collided east of Morton. Another individual was taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock with serious injuries. The initial call occurred at 8:38 a.m. near Country Road 225 and Highway 114. “Two…

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When the U.S. Soybean Export Council was looking for a farmer to represent American farmers who grow soybeans using environmentally sustainable techniques, Jim Douglas volunteered. Douglas is a farmer from Flat Rock, Ind., and a director for the United Soybean Board, the national soybean checkoff program. For nine years, Douglas was a board member of the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the state’s soybean checkoff program. Now, he is featured on billboards and in commercials in South Korea as USSEC’s representative of a responsible U.S. farmer who produces healthy crops. “I’ve spent my entire life cultivating this piece of land. When I…

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After a Utah horse rescue posted photos of a strange-looking, wild, surrendered mare and another rescuer posted photos of a similar-looking stallion, social media users and horse lovers alike began buzzing about the horses’ origins.  To say people are invested in the story of these unusual equines is an understatement.  While the mare, named “Fiona,” located at Lazy B Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, still awaits results from her DNA test, TikTok user Kinsey Huckabee posted a video just four days ago stating that she was waiting for the zoo to come to pick up “Shrek,” who was purchased from the…

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Image by Nokwan007, Shutterstock Top Third Ag Marketing helps farmers become better agricultural marketers with the goal of marketing crops and livestock in the top third of prices. Mark Gold and his team provide AGDAILY.com with the latest information and a look ahead in their audio commentary. Listen here! https://www.agdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/ag-daily-2024-06-17.mp3

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During the Washington Leadership Conference over the next few weeks, thousands of FFA members flock to the Nation’s capitol to experience the National FFA Organization’s second-largest student experience. The conference kicked off on June 6, but members in blue jackets will peruse Washington D.C. until July 22. FFA participants will all spend a week learning under the guidance of agricultural and leadership professionals, facilitators, and FFA staff who will guide them through workshops, seminars, small group activities, and visits to national landmarks such as the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian Museums, and the U.S. Capitol.  Each day, the conference…

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Farm Watch is a county-wide electronic neighborhood watch initiative reaching hundreds of farms, ranches, nurseries, and supply houses. It informs ranchers about agriculture crime trends and guides them to preserve potential evidence at crime scenes. The avocadoes were returned to the farm. But it’s not the first time the popular fruit has been stolen from local farms.  “Four guys, three guys in the middle of the night will pull up on the side of the road at 2 o’clock in the morning when everyone is asleep and pick a few hundred pounds and sell it on the cash market for…

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Two men died after falling into a manure tanker at a farm in Kirkland, New York, around 11 a.m. Thursday. Social media posts identify them as working for Dairy Support Services, an agriculture service provider for central New York dairy farms, involved in manure spreading, forage planting, harvesting, and trucking. According to the Kirkland Police Department via WKTV, one of the men had attempted to retrieve a piece of equipment from the tanker. “When the male went to retrieve the equipment,” KPD added, “he passed out and fell inside of the tanker.” The second person reportedly attempted to get help…

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