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  • South Africa to Allow U.S. GM Corn Imports for First Time | Bloomberg

    South Africa approved imports of genetically modified corn from the U.S. for the first time after its worst drought since records began 104 years ago cut local output. Local white corn prices fell. The nation will allow both white and yellow GM corn from the U.S. to be brought in, Dirk Kok, a spokesman for the secretariat of the Pretoria-based South African Cereals and Oilseeds and Trade Association, said in an interview on Monday. A call to the government’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries media department wasn’t answered.“The door is open to imports from the U.S.,” said Kok, whose organization represents grain and oilseed traders. Local “prices will come down,” he said.

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  • Delaware: winter application of fertilizer and manure regulated | Delaware Government

    Delaware farmers, lawn care companies, golf courses and other nutrient handlers should not apply nutrients to the ground during the winter months, the Delaware Department of Agriculture reminds applicators. Regulations adopted by the Delaware Nutrient Management Commission in 2007 prohibit certified nutrient handlers from applying commercial and manure-based fertilizer from December 7 to February 15, the time of year most vulnerable for nutrient runoff. Application may also not occur on snow-covered or frozen ground, or on impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, roads or other paved areas.“This approach protects nutrients from runoff during the winter and early spring, when we have the most precipitation, and helps keep Delaware waters clean,” said Nutrient Management Program Administrator Chris Brosch.

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  • Wendy’s joins sustainable beef effort | Meatingplace (registration required)

    Wendy’s International Inc. has announced a partnership with the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) to help advance sustainability efforts throughout the U.S. beef value chain. Joining the USRSB is expected to offer Wendy’s an active role in discussions about the beef industry’s environmental, social and economic sustainability.

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  • U.K. officials order poultry indoors to fight HPAI spread | Meatingplace (registration required)

    Authorities have designated all of Scotland and England an Aviation Influenza Prevention Zone in order to protect commercial and backyard poultry flocks from the avian influenza outbreak that so far has affected 14 European and Asian nations in recent weeks. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has yet to be confirmed in any part of the United Kingdom, but officials at the Dept. for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are concerned enough to order poultry farm managers and others to keep birds inside for the next 30 days, according to several local media reports. Similar restrictions have already been introduced in Wales and the British Poultry Council has noted that there are no threats to Christmas turkeys, most of which have already been processed for sale.

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  • Iowa beef checkoff passes with 56% approval | Des Moines Register

    Fifty-six percent of Iowa cattle producers voted in November to create a state checkoff program that will generate up to $1.6 million annually, the Iowa Department of Agriculture said.  Producers will pay 50 cents per head of cattle to support the state checkoff. The money will be used to promote Iowa beef, fund production research, expand international markets, consumer education and other activities, the Iowa Cattlemen's Association says. “We are very pleased with the results of the referendum," said Phil Reemtsma, a veterinarian and president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. "Reinstating our state checkoff has been a priority mission for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association over the last year, and we've been encouraged at each step in the process by the input and support of producers around the state.”

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Are corporations taking over America’s food supply?

15 March, 2016

Family farms.  The foundation of America’s food security.  According to the USDA, 97 percent of farms are family farms, and they grow 90 percent of the food produced. But national policies to keep food affordable (American’s spend less than 7 percent of their paycheck for food) and the boom and bust cycles of farming have resulted in larger, more concentrated farming practices.