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"Food Citizenship, Food System Advocates in an Era of Distrust," written by Ray A. Goldberg and published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. Reviewed by Jonathan Knutson, Agweek Staff Writer. Ray Goldberg tackles the fundamental issue in his introduction: "Perhaps no economic system is viewed with suspicion by so many people around the world as the food system," he writes.
There's a guy I know — with adult children of his own — who's upset about his childhood. The guy is still a little angry that his own father didn't spend more time with him when he was growing up. The guy's dad wasn't off sitting on a barroom stool or practicing his putting at the golf course; he was working side jobs to earn extra money for his family. The dad was determined to be "a good provider" for his wife and children, a goal shared by many husbands/fathers of his generation.
A north-central North Dakota tradition returns Jan. 8-9 to Devils Lake, N.D. The 38th annual Roundup farm show, held again in the Memorial Building in downtown Devils Lake, is expected to draw more than 700 people. Speakers, primarily from the extension service, commodity groups and private companies, will address crops, weeds, livestock, marketing and many other subjects. "We always try to have a good variety of topics. We think we do again this year," said Bill Hodous, North Dakota's Ramsey County extension service agent and a Roundup organizer.
The 2018 crop season was "challenging," bringing adverse weather and reduced yields, Matt Nelson said. But what the Lakota, N.D., farmer will remember most and longest about 2018 is this: "Nothing is more important than your personnel." Nelson farms near Lakota, N.D., a town of about 650 in north-central North Dakota. Agweek followed Nelson through the 2018 crop season, and wraps up the series with this article. Nelson raised wheat, canola, black beans and corn this year.
Dairy Farmers of America is buying the Agropur plant in St. Paul, allowing DFA to expand its current product line. The sale is expected to be completed in early January. Employees will retain their current positions and the existing management team will continue to manage all day-to-day operations, including customer relationships, milk procurement and production, according to the two companies. The facility manufactures fresh, extended shelf-life and aseptic dairy products for well-known grocery store chains and organic milk brands, DFA and Agropur say.
Upper Midwest agriculture is a heady brew of weather, crop and livestock prices, politics, personalities and more. Every new year brings both similarities and differences to what's happened in the past. And, over time, the years tend to run together. But two things made 2018 particularly memorable for area agriculturalists:
If you're interested in details of the newly approved farm bill — the centerpiece of U.S. food and ag policy, updated every five years — here's a link to the full 807-page document: https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20181210/CRPT-115hrpt1072.pdf .
WASHINGTON — Democratic members of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture introduced legislation Thursday, Dec. 20, that would halt the Trump administration's plan to relocate and reorganize the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The new, opposing legislation, the Agriculture Research Integrity Act of 2018, addresses widespread concern, especially among scientists and researchers, about the administration's plan.
Beef and other widely-eaten meats aren't particularly cheap — in dollars — in the United States. But they're a relative bargain in time worked to buy them. That's the conclusion of a global food affordability study from Caterwings, a British catering company. It measured beef, chicken, fish, pork and lamb prices in 52 countries and evaluated them against the minimum wage in each of the countries. The goal was to provide insight into the affordability of meat, not just its price tag.
I'll talk about agriculture with anyone. And I'm proud and pleased to have talked with Ray Goldberg, a North Dakota native, Harvard professor emeritus and a co-coiner of the term "agribusiness" in 1957.