Monthly Archives: March 2012

Former Ag Secretary John Block –

Hello everybody out there in farm country. And now for today’s commentary—   This is Rick Frank sitting in for John Block. Reaching new lows in broadcast television journalism, ABC News several weeks ago ran an investigative report unfairly and

Youth Key to Feeding the World

Earlier this week the two-day Crop World Conference, was held in Charlotte. All the major players in agriculture were a part of this conference, and Bayer CropScience had a big presence with Nick Hamon, Bayer CropScience, Sustainability in Crop Science

Market Summary: Cotton Breaks Six-Session Rally

Market Recap: Grains Falter Ahead of USDA Planting Intentions Report

U.S. lean-hog futures fell Thursday, stumbling on stubbornly weak demand and excess supplies. April lean hogs fell 75 to 83.02, the May contract fell 147 to 91.75.   U.S. live cattle futures stumbled to their lowest level in 2 1/2

Long Awaited FDA Ban on Select Antibiotics in Food Animals Not the Solution

NY Representative Louise Slaughter is glad the courts are finally forcing the FDA to limit the use of antibiotics in animal feed, something she has been trying to get done for years. Slaughter says it results in antibiotic-resistant bacteria that

USDA’s Planting Intentions Report Released This Morning

USDA’s Planting Intentions report is due out at 8:30 this morning. The data, compiled from 85,000 farmers is kept under lock and key until 8:30 EDT. NASS statistician Lance Honig:   “We’re doing a thorough review, record by record, after

USDA Began Dialogue on Lean Finely Textured Beef

Following USDA’s announcement that it would permit school food programs to purchase beef not containing Lean Finely Textured Beef, a nation-wide dialogue erupted. Except the term Lean Finely Textured Beef has been replace with the term Pink Slime. In an

Wheat Industry Pushing for Research Funding

Wheat farmers, researchers, millers and bakers have delivered a message to lawmakers in Washington. There is no more to cut from federal funding for agriculture research. The industry’s annual fly-in was sponsored by the National Wheat Improvement Committee, a group

Animal Research Minute – Could a cure for diabetes be on the horizon?

Well, according to CBS Denver, Colorado researchers have discovered a cure for Type 1 diabetes in mice and this discovery could lead to a cure for people too. In mice, scientists discovered a drug that attacks the T-cells, which are

NC State’s Dr. Mike Walden – The Internet & Business Costs