Sitting next to me on my desk is my calendar. I've been obsessing over it for the last month or so, because I've just released my new album, and that means making plans for performances in communities across the state.
The U.S. has been hit with a bird flu outbreak that, as of May 7, involved 142 flocks and nearly 30 million birds.
This is the largest outbreak the U.S. has experienced and there are no signs that the death rate will stop at 30 million birds. The previous largest outbreak occurred in 1983 and continued into 1984, involving 17 million birds.
This mid-May there is a first-ever — most likely, only-time-ever — reminder that 22 years have passed since three daily newspapers in central Illinois began to print these musings. That reminder is a collection of Farm and Food File columns centered on "the southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth."
Chipotle hit the headlines last week when the company announced it would no longer serve customers genetically modified foods. This despite the fact that more than a trillion meals containing genetically modified food have already been eaten in the United States without incident. Science has decisively found that these foods have no negative impact on health.
President Obama is “personally” offended his own party refuses to allow him to “fast track” the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement.
Considering the details are hidden from everyone except select international insiders negotiating the fate of American workers, the American public should be “personally” offended by Obama and the Republicans willing to go along.
With bird flu in the news, I hope folks will consider whether to continue using birds for food.
Think about those big sheds where birds are raised for consumption and what it would be like to spend your whole life there.
They are some of the worst air polluters in the country and the Environmental Protection Agency isn’t doing anything about it. Who are they? The 20,000 factory farms in the U.S. that are home to billions of abused animals that are often cramped in small cages and living in squalid conditions.
As a farmer, I’m proud of my role in feeding and fueling the world. As past president of the National Corn Growers Association, I understand just how important it is for farmers to have access to foreign markets.
In farming, technology will only take you so far. GPS can help drive automated harvesters around the fields, satellites help to ensure the right crops get planted at the right time. But if you want your crops to grow, you’ll have to rely on something a little more old-fashioned: honeybee
Wheat started the week on the defense, but turned to end the week with strong gains. The corn market made a small bounce off its seven-month lows made the week before last, with the strength in the wheat complex. As of the May 14 close, July soybeans were 19.25 cents lower for the week while November soybeans were down 15 cents. At 10 a.m. May 14, July soybeans were down 0.75 cents and the November contract was up 0.75 cents.
You can probably still get $13.50 per bushel for flax delivered to Manitoba plants and elevators, but not for long. Asian demand is sated. There are 100,000 metric tons of flax sitting at port positions in China and two vessels en route. Assume that Chinese demand, for the moment at least, is dead.
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