Renewable Farming

Month: December 2016

Agricultural ties forged friendship leading to Branstad’s possible role as ambassador to China

Iowa governor Terry Branstad was in effect “given the nod by China” today as president-elect Trump’s choice as ambassador to China. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters “We welcome him to play a greater role in advancing the development of China-U.S. relations.” Dec. 7, 2016 — Wednesday’s comment by Lu Kang followed a report late …

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Farmers’ enthusiasm and confidence continues strong at ACRES USA conference

Here’s a major compelling reason that about 1,500 farmers attend the annual ACRES USA conference each year, and carry home ideas to use: They’re encouraged by the upbeat attitudes among other farmers, seminar presenters and the product providers they meet. Dec. 6, 2016  By Jerry Carlson — Most of the growers visiting in the hallways of the Omaha …

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Food marketing opportunity: Sell quality fruit, veggies, or meat to a meal-kit provider

Farmers producing fresh, flavorful foods are finding a new niche market: Supplying fruit, vegetables and other tasty ingredients to companies which deliver “kit” meals to busy people who want to escape the junk-food syndrome. Startup firms have made such inroads into the marketplace, with about $200 million of investment capital last year, that the major …

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160 Global Groups Call for Moratorium on New Genetic Extinction Technology

Dec. 5, 2016 — News release from the Convention on Biological Diversity: International conservation and environmental leaders are calling on governments at the 2016 UN Convention on Biodiversity to establish a moratorium on the controversial genetic extinction technology called gene drives. Gene drives, developed through new gene-editing techniques, are designed to force a particular genetically engineered trait …

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Ben Hartman told farmers at ACRES how to make a living on one acre

ACRES speaker Ben Hartman stressed management  as the means to make a good living on his 1-acre farming operation near Goshen, Indiana. He raises fresh garden produce for local retail customers, farmers’ markets and restaurants. Dec. 1, 2016 By Blake Carlson  Part of Ben’s production comes from four 9,000 square foot greenhouses. He focused strongly on the aspect of simplicity on …

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It will take more than “going organic” to reverse America’s soaring chronic disease rates

“The standard American diet is the most disease-causing diet in the world. If you bring people from other cultures to the U.S., they will have the same chronic diseases as Americans.” Dec. 1, 2016  By Jerry Carlson — That statement was just one of the challenges which Dr. Arden Andersen presented to a packed lecture …

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Neal Kinsey’s most effective weedkillers: soil fertility and intensive management

Not many soil and crop consultants can show you 45 years of field experience based on consistently applying the proven principles of soil life and fertility pioneered by legendary University of Missouri scientist William Albrecht.  Dec. 1, 2016  By Jerry Carlson — Neal Kinsey is the only agronomist we know with those credentials. So when …

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