Welcome to the Weekly Round Up where everything is interesting and nothing is second-rate.
Or something like that.
- So, Supreme Court justices are always austere and serious, right? Turns out, that may not be the case. To find out what you get when you mix a bunch of justices from the highest court in the land, wine and the State of the Union address, check out this article from NPR’s The Salt.
- This, because, well – I don’t think this is well-known.
- This story, from Scary Mommy, which has nothing to do with agriculture and everything to do with a boy who’s caught trespassing and stealing – but in the best way. Ever.
- This, because wise words are always good to hear on a Friday.
- So, I know this is a longshot, but have you heard of GMOs? Oh, you have? Weird. In all seriousness, though, it’s a touchy topic these days. And, it’s a worrisome topic for moms and dads who are out there just trying to pick the right food for their families. So what do you when you have questions? Tour Monsanto, of course. For more on one mom’s tour of Monsanto and the questions she asked, be sure to check out www.WatchUsGrow.org.
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Remember how, last week, I was busy cleaning and crossing items off ‘to do’ lists to get ready for H’s second birthday?
Well, we survived the party and we now have a two-year-old living with us.
Nobody does fashion like HT.
What I have I learned? They’re called the terrible twos for a reason. Yikes.
Anyway, on the to the Weekly Round Up:
- Want to learn about dairy farming, but really don’t want to make the jump to dairy farmer? Then check out this story, in the St. Cloud Times, about a dairy farm in Minnesota which has started a farm camp!
- This, because it’s just too true. How many times have you thrown out strawberries – or other fresh produce – that isn’t fresh anymore because you just didn’t get it eaten?
- This, from the Washington Post, which talks about America’s love affair – well, sort of – with pasta.
- This story, from the AP, about the Federation of Black Cowboys’ dicey future in New York.
- This story, from Civil Eats, which discusses viability of rooftop and urban farms.
- And finally, this repost from Mackinson Dairy Farm, which dissects expiration dates on milk so you can be sure you’re getting the freshest product!
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Posted in economy, food prices, food safety, GMOs, government, health and nutrition, politics, The Weekly Round Up, Uncategorized, Weekly Round Up, tagged farm futures, GMO Labeling, reuters on April 8, 2016|
Happy Friday, all! Big plans this weekend? Hubs and I have big plans that involve little to no sleep because we’re moving H to her ‘big girl bed.’
If that doesn’t mean, “Congrats, mom and dad, no sleep for you,” I don’t know what does.
But hey, what are parents if they aren’t gluttons for punishment? Anyway, on to the Weekly Round Up!
- The big news here in the agriculture community is the current state of the farm economy. If you’re not intimately involved in agriculture, it may be news to you. But for farmers, the downturn in the farm economy has been brewing for a while and it doesn’t look to improve too soon. To learn more about why that’s a problem for farmers – and you – check out these articles from Reuters (this one features one of my favorite farmers, Dave Kestel!) and Farm Futures.
- Along the same lines, Illinois Corn Growers posted an excellent breakdown of how ag products are priced and the share the farmers receives – it’s Ag Econ 101. Where was this when I was in college?
- This, because it’s awesome. Here’s the guys and gals out there growing our food.
- In the same vein as the farm economy stories I mentioned above, here’s another that you may not be aware of. Recently, a wildfire broke out in Oklahoma and then rapidly moved into Kansas. Across the two states, ranchlands were burned, putting ranchers in a tough spot coming in to spring. For more information on how ranchers are dealing with the fires, check out this post from Tales from a Kansas Farm Mom.
- This, because it doesn’t seem like a day goes by without hearing some other completely incorrect nugget of information regarding GMOs. This? This is good stuff. An
- And, speaking of GMOs – check out this article. I realize I’m a little biased because I think GMOs are all around pretty great. And I do have some issues with a couple of the statements made here (especially about pesticide use), but overall, I think it’s a great piece that outlines just how silly mandatory GMO labeling actually is.
- And finally, this. Because, obviously.
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Who doesn’t love it?
H just got the opportunity to try chocolate milk the other day and was immediately hooked. In fact, I’m a little concerned I’ve created a monster.
For me, it combines two of my favorite things: chocolate and dairy cows.
Which is why, when I found this story, I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen! Plus, it will add a kick to an industry that could use some rejuvenation right now.
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It’s time for another edition of the Weekly Round Up! Here’s what’s on the docket for this week:
- Ever wonder what happens to milk after it leave the farm and before it gets to your refrigerator? Well, if you do, take a look at the this Michigan State University article to get all of your questions answered. It covers all steps — and hopefully all of your questions!
- And speaking of milk…
- This article, from BEEF Magazine, which talks about Wendy’s stance on antibiotic use in food animals. Of note, this statement from Dennis Hecker, senior vice president of quality assurance for Wendy’s: “At Wendy’s, we have an opportunity and a desire to care for our customers and employees while also promoting the health and welfare of the animals that provide our food. Our goal is to work with our supply partners to refine, reduce, and replace antibiotic therapy through their judicious use and by exploring animal management practices that do not rely on medically important antibiotics to increase production yields.” They sure have a different take on handling the situation than other fast food chains (I’m lookin’ at you, Subway.).
- This, because you may need to know it for a game of trivia at some point.
- And this post, from Holly Spangler, which is oh so moving and beautiful. Farmer or not, you’ll find meaning in this.
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Posted in 4-H, animal antibiotics, biotechnology, FFA, food safety, GMOs, The Weekly Round Up, Uncategorized, tagged Bill Nye, biotechnology, FFA, GMOs, National FFA Organization, Steve Harvey on January 29, 2016|
It’s Friday! I mean, seriously, were more beautiful words ever spoken? I think not.
Anyway, as is usually the case around here, Friday means it’s time for another edition of the Weekly Round Up. Here’s what’s on tap for this week:
- You’re probably aware of my love for the Blue and Gold jacket. I was an FFA member all the way through high school and am not ashamed to say that it helped shape who I am today. Heck, it even helped me land on a career choice. Given that, it’s no surprise that I don’t take kindly to people who rail against it, like a PETA blogger this week, who said, “FFA is lame AF.” I was all piped up and ready to respond, when I saw something amazing happening: Rather than respond to the blog and effectively promote it just by sharing, FFA members and alumni across the U.S. started sharing their FFA memories, pictures and positive moments instead. Talk about powerful. Here’s my favorite post – be sure to check it out.
- This, because you know I love a good play on words. And cheese.
- This article, from the Huffington Post. We’ve covered Bill Nye’s (Bill! Bill! Bill! – you know you were singing it in your head) switch from anti-GMO to pro-GMO before, but this piece, from Dr. Robert T. Fraley at Monsanto, offers a different take on why he switched.
- And, speaking of GMOs, this story which appeared on CBS Sunday Morning. If you have questions about GMOs, this story does an excellent job of presenting both sides of the story.
- This video, from Steve Harvey. Yes, Steve Harvey. He’s a well-known comedian, but did you know he grew up on a farm, too? In a rare moment where he’s not cracking jokes, Harvey talks about what it meant to grow up on a farm, and what he learned from the experience. It’s beautiful.
- This, because whether you’re a farmer, accountant, writer, office manager or kid, this is true. Always.
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You guys. Did you know it’s January. And not just January – it’s January 15. We’re halfway through the month.
How the heck did that happen?
Anyway, it has been a while since we’ve done the Weekly Round Up and that means I have a lot of stuff to share. Like, a whole lot. So, let’s get right down to it:
- First, this short video from the Center for Accountability in Science. It’s a great video which talks about how farmers use antibiotics and what that means for humans consuming meat from animals treated with antibiotics. If you have questions about how your meat is raised, and how it’s treated when it’s sick, this video is for you.
- This article, from Forbes, which discusses Chipotle’s recent fall from grace. I’ve talked a lot about Chipotle here on the blog, and why I’m not a fan of their marketing campaign (Read: It’s a web of lies!). In December, the company, famous for its “Food with Integrity,” showed not only does it need to clean up its marketing campaign, but their restaurants in general. Ugh.
- This. You know, just a little food for thought.
- This article, from the Huffington Post, which has nothing to do with farmers, but everything to do with food — and how our kids eat it. Or in my case, how our toddler’s throw it on the floor, dump it in their heads, feed it to the dog and smear it on the table — basically anything but actually eat it. I found it quite a while ago, but it’s a really great article, and after testing it out with my own hard-headed munchkin, it’s got some pretty great advice.
- This article, from U.S. News and World Report, about how today’s farmers are working hard to run sustainable farms. Excellent stuff in this one, folks.
- Do you have questions about convention dairy farms vs. organic dairy farms? If so, this blog post, from The Farmer’s Wifee, does an excellent job of explaining just how many rules all dairy farms have to follow. It’s a great read.
And finally, a request: What do you want to see? I’m thinking of revamping things a bit, and I would love to know what you want to know. Would you like to see more myth-busting, agriculture style? Or, maybe you would be interested in farmer features. How about recipes? What would really get you excited to check things out? Let me know in the comments!
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