Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Agriculture, Farming, and Food Reading Picks for this Week

Chicken by Milton Avery

This Tuesday news thread is a weekly feature here at Big Picture Agriculture.
  1. Where did all the cattle, and people, go? | Storm Lake Times
  2. Comment: As I read through this I kept thinking "this is good, this is really good" only to get to the end and see that it was written by Art Cullen, the recent Pulitzer prize winner from Iowa.
  3. A new study concludes that it is more environmentally sound to use corn for feed than to produce biofuel from it. | National Science Foundation
  4. Note: The local Illinois paper's reporting of the study is here.
  5. Ethanol Mandate must be reformed | York Dispatch
  6. Growing Fruit trees in the Sandhills | 10/11 News Lincoln
  7. Comment: This headline caught my attention and I was delighted to read it and watch the video only to discover it was produced/narrated by my cousin and her husband.
  8. Rural America Is Aging and Shrinking | Bloomberg
  9. Foreign Investment In U.S. Farmland Rising | Iowa Watch.org
  10. Trump expresses support for ethanol in Iowa | Ethanol Producer Mag
  11. Bring Competition Back to Gas Stations by Fixing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) | Politic365
  12. Households accounted for more than one-third of U.S. food-related energy use in 2012 (graph) | USDA
  13. Here's where Americans are buying their groceries | Business Insider
  14. Brazilian meatpacker JBS plans to sell $1.8 billion in assets | Reuters
  15. China drone king turns to farming | Phys.org
  16. This Cornell scientist saved an $11-million industry — and ignited the GMO wars | Business Insider
  17. Kansas jury awards $218 million to farmers in Syngenta lawsuit | AP
  18. Merged Agrium, PotashCorp company to be named “Nutrien” | Real Agriculture
  19. Cash rent for cropland, how low can it go? | Wallaces Farmer
  20. ADM opens new silo storage facility in Bulgaria | World Grain
  21. Why Is China Snatching Up Australian Farmland? | NPR The Salt
  22. U.S. Alfalfa Hay Exports to China Climb | USDA PDF
  23. U.S. Agricultural Exports to China Increased Rapidly Making China the Number One Market | Choices
  24. U.S., China sign agreement allowing more dairy exports | Texas Farm Bureau
  25. Australian farmer's weed-destroying invention draws world interest | ABC News
  26. Tesco Cancels Thousands of Online Food Orders as Systems Falter | Bloomberg
  27. Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Puts Spotlight on France’s Carrefour | Bloomberg
  28. Drought conditions worsen dramatically in North Dakota | AP
  29. We’ve all heard the staggering statistics about food waste. A new study says they’re wrong. | The New Food Economy
  30. Sonic Chain to be first national quick service operator to test beef-mushroom blend | Restaurant News

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Global Food and Agriculture Photos June 25, 2017

This roundup of global food, farming, and agricultural photos appears every Sunday on Big Picture Agriculture.


Cut carrots are added to fresh peas at the Del Monte Foods Inc. facility in Mendota, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, June 23, 2017. Photo credit: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg / Getty Images.

A worker inspects fresh peas at the Del Monte Foods Inc. facility in Mendota, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, June 23, 2017. The facility processes approximately 25 tons of peas per hour and produces between 1.5-2 million cases of canned peas per year. Peas are canned and cooked within 4 hours of harvest on average. Photo credit: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg / Getty Images.

A mixture of water, sugar and sea salt is added to cans of peas and carrots during production at the Del Monte Foods Inc. facility in Mendota, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, June 23, 2017. Photo credit: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg / Getty Images.

Grilled Mexican street corn for a backyard grilling recipe package on June 23, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The corn is grilled, smothered in sour cream mayonnaise mixture, topped with parmesan, cilantro, chill powder, and a squeeze of lime. Photo credit: Denver Post / Amy Brothers / Getty Images.

Grilled portobello mushroom burger for a Bill St. John grilling recipe package on June 23, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Photo credit: Denver Post / Amy Brothers / Getty Images.

Watermelon agua fresca from allrecipes.com, for a backyard grilling recipe package on June 23, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Photo credit: Denver Post / Amy Brothers / Getty Images.

Food is served at the BET International Nominee Welcome Party during the 2017 BET Awards at The GRAMMY Museum on June 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo credit: Paras Griffin / Getty Images.

A man rolls out the dough for baklavas before cooking them in Istanbul, Turkey on June 20, 2017. It is expected that, the upcoming Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslims' holy fasting month of Ramadan, gives way to accelerate consuming amount one ton to 3-4 tons in a day. Photo credit: Anadolu Agency / Getty Images.

Yemenis buy produce before the Iftar meal, which breaks the day long fast, in the capital Sanaa on June 22, 2017, during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Photo credit: AFP / Mohammed HUWAIS / Getty Images.

Indian Muslim boy waiting for customer to selling vermicelli at Ramganj Bazar ahead of Eid al-Fitr, during the holy month of Ramadan in Jaipur,Rajasthan, India, 22 June 2017. Muslims observe Eid-al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan. People prepare feasts, wear new clothes and apply Henna to celebrate the festival. Photo credit: NurPhoto / Getty Images.

Women try to peel outer layers of cassava for processing at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, southwest Nigeria, on June 22, 2017. The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is marking its 50 years of research achievements in addressing Africa's most pressing challenges of hunger, poverty and nutritional security. IITA works on improving the productivity of major African staples that include cassava, yam, maize, banana and plantain, cow pea, and soyabean. Photo credit: AFP PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / Getty Images.

Laura Hunter (18) from Barnhill Farm, Shotts with a Highland calf before the 177th Royal Highland Show on June 21, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Royal Highland Show is Scotland's annual farming and countryside showcase, organised by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland. Photo credit: Robert Perry / Getty Images.