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Results Point to Major Implications for Big Food and Agribusiness CompaniesThe specialty foods market has garnered a large and consistent consumer following, as more than 80% of participants surveyed are committed buyers of at least one specialty food category, according to L.E.K. Consulting’s most recent food consumer study. Big Food and agribusiness and food ingredient manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the change in consumer preferences, and they must adapt to this shift in order to compete in the growing specialty food segment. “The movement in consumer food buying
Argentine agro-machinery company exports first self-propelled sprayer equipped with Allison 2000 Series™ fully automatic transmission to Australia BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Caiman, an Argentine company dedicated to the production and commercialisation of sprayers and other agricultural machinery, recently made its first export to Australia – a self-propelled sprayer featuring an Allison 2500 transmission. The benefits of fully automatic transmission technology are especially well-suited to the agricultural sector, an industry that appreciates advantages in efficiency and productivity.
Residency, work and identityA new book by a University of Texas at Arlington anthropologist examines the perennial demand for fresh produce in the United States and the effect of a robust agro-export business on workers in Mexico. Christian Zlolniski, an associate professor of sociology and anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts, said De Jornaleros a Colonos: Residencia, Trabajo e Identidad en el Valle de San Quintin, or translated into English: From Migrant Farmworkers to Settlers: Residency, Work and Identity in the San Quintin Valley, sheds light on how transnational
Sacramento, CA—Kern County native Abby Grisedale and Siskiyou County high school sophomore Angelee Dowling have been selected from among 24 contestants as this year’s senior and junior California Beef Ambassadors. The runners-up in the competition, held April 25 in San Jose, were Haley Kaae of Siskiyou County in the Senior Division, and Emyli Palmer of Tehama County in the Junior Division. The California Beef Ambassador Competition prepares youth in agriculture to educate consumers about beef and beef production on a statewide level. The ambassadors share personal experiences, product
A "young DLG" team has been founded in the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt "We arrived at our career aspirations in completely different ways. Some want to join the farm of their parents and certainly to run it at some point. Others develop the wish to study the industry after a holiday placement in an agricultural business. Some are particularly interested in the scientific side of arable farming or animal husbandry," says Lisa Bahrenthien and adds that she can imagine joining the agricultural management of a company. The 21-year-old from Halle is studying at the Martin-
Long-standing relationship with agricultural and construction equipment manufacturer marked by high level of customer satisfaction regarding supply of leading-edge transmission technologiesRivoli (Italy), 2nd March 2015 – Oerlikon Drive Systems, with its brand Oerlikon Graziano, has received outstanding recognition under John Deere’s Achieving Excellence (AE) supplier performance process. Following measurement by John Deere in the areas of quality, delivery, wavelength, technical support and cost management, Oerlikon Graziano was awarded Key Supplier status from the company’s Agricultural
Stopping proposed Missouri levee is “a civil rights issue.” $165 million project would increase flood risk in three states and destroy tens of thousands of acres of wetlandsToday, more than two dozen community leaders from Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky joined with environmental groups from across the country in calling on President Obama to put a stop to an Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) proposal to wall off a vital flood relief valve on the Mississippi River. “This is a civil rights issue. The federal government is proposing to spend $165 million taxpayer dollars to put largely
For the first time, animal welfare has appeared in a United Nations (UN) agreed textThe UN Committee on World Food Security has included language about the welfare of farm animals, in its ‘Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investments’. The inclusion of ‘animal welfare’ in the UN’s principles should ensure that animals are not forgotten and help guide agriculture investments to have a greater focus on animal protection. Supporting better animal welfare will help to increase productivity in a sustainable way and contribute to product quality and food safety. This positive step is
An innovative Irish company is highlighting farm workers’ well-being at this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Stradbally, Co Laois from 23rd – 25th September. The Calnan Group will be displaying a mobile welfare unit for farm workers, complete with toilet facilities, a kitchenette and seating. Like the majority of Calnan products, the unit is made from a recycled shipping container. Joe Walsh, managing director of the Calnan Group, said: ”Under health & safety regulations, employers have to provide welfare facilities such as washing, toilet, rest and changing facilities and
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is part of a state-wide collaborative research project that was awarded a five year, $20 million grant by the NSFST. LOUIS, MO, August 5, 2014 – The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (http://www.danforthcenter.org/) is part of a state-wide collaborative research project that was awarded a five year, $20 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). “The Missouri Transect: Climate, Plants and Community” project received funding from the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a program to support fundamental
August 1, 2014 – This week, the Obama Administration unveiled the Climate Data Initiative’s “Food Resilience (http://m.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/29/fact-sheet-empowering-america-s-agricultural-sector-and-strengthening-fo)” theme, aimed at empowering America’s agricultural sector and strengthening the resilience of the global food system in a changing climate. The effect of climate change on food security also will be the topic of one of the signature events at the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit (http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit) in Washington August 4-6.
James C. Carrington, Ph.D., president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is among the world's most highly cited scientists, according to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 list of Highly Cited ResearchersST. LOUIS, MO, July 8, 2014 -- James C. Carrington (http://www.danforthcenter.org/scientists-research/principal-investigators/james-carrington), Ph.D., president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (http://www.danforthcenter.org/) is among the world's most highly cited scientists, according to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 list of Highly Cited Researchers. Scientists earn this distinction by
Experts from the UK and India are working together to identify and develop novel environmentally-sustainable strategies to control plant pests, known as plant-parasitic nematodes or eelworms, to ensure global food production and security. This project is funded by the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).Plant-parasitic nematodes are thought to cause annual losses to crops in the region of $77 - $100 billion globally. They are an important constraint on crop production by reducing the effective uptake of water and nutrients by the plant’s root system. Since the middle of
As a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, more than 90 percent of the nation’s school districts are successfully implementing nutrition standards that ensure students are offered appealing, nourishing school lunches. This fall, schools will also be providing healthier options in vending machines and cafeteria “à la carte” lines. Unfortunately, this success could be derailed by a misguided effort to thwart the continued implementation. Tomorrow, May 29th, the House Appropriations Committee is expected to approve a 2015 spending bill for the Agriculture Department. The “waiver”
How a new Agriculture Apprenticeship is yielding results for farmsCelebrating the benefits that Apprenticeships deliver to both learners and employers lies at the heart of National Apprenticeship Week, which takes place from 3 – 7 March this year. The week focuses on raising the profile of Apprenticeships amongst employers, individuals, schools, colleges and the media.The week is a key event for Lantra, the sector skills council for land-based and environmental sector, who have worked closely with industry to develop a new Apprenticeship framework. Launched in 2013, the Higher
A new undergraduate degree aimed at tackling concerns of food security and sustainability is now recruiting for 2014.The BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security has been designed around internationally recognised expertise and facilities at four partner institutions all located in central Hertfordshire: the University of Hertfordshire, the Royal Veterinary College, University of London (RVC), Rothamsted Research and Oaklands College. The course places livestock production at the heart of thinking about how we ensure that the human population has a healthy and sustainable
The important role that Apprentices play in UK businesses is being celebrated this March with the seventh National Apprenticeship Week.Lantra, the sector skills council for land-based and environmental industries, has always promoted the importance of Apprentices and the benefits they deliver to individuals, businesses and the economy. Coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, the week runs from 3–7 March 2014 and will see a series of events held across England and Wales.Lantra has developed a range of Apprenticeship frameworks in a number of industries including agriculture,
January 24, 2014 – The Chicago Council on Global Affairs was ranked as the #11 “Think Tank to Watch” in the world by The University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go-To Think Tank Index released this week. The Council’s public opinion survey report, Foreign Policy in the New Millennium (http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/files/Studies_Publications/POS/Survey2012/2012.aspx), was ranked as #5 on the “Best Policy Study/Report by a Think Tank” (2012-13).This is the first time The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has appeared in this annual survey of 6,826 think tanks around the world. The Council
Effective Friday 10 January 2014 the fund Alpcot Russia receives four star rating by Morningstar for both the I- and UCITS ETF- share classes.LONDON – 13 January 2014 - Alpcot Russia, the Luxembourg registered mutual fund, has been awarded four star rating for its I- and UCITS ETF-share classes based on the three year track record since the launch on 20 December 2010. This is the first rating event for Alpcot Russia by Morningstar and signifies a great success for the fund. The Morningstar rating system is entirely based on objective calculations of fund performance, after subtracting
New recruitment campaign provides openings for ex-military services employeesThe UK’s leading provider of land-based training courses and qualifications has today announced details of a major recruitment campaign aimed at ex-military services personnel, especially those looking for a rewarding career after their transition to civilian life. The recruitment campaign should appeal to a wide range of people including those seeking a career in instructing having left the Army, Navy or RAF, and those looking to supplement their income with a second job. Courses cover a diverse range of
Combination of biologicals and big data creates opportunities for investorsST. LOUIS, MO, December 6, 2013 - NewLeaf Symbiotics Inc (http://www.newleafsym.com/). an agricultural biotech company, today announced the acquisition of Intuitive Genomics Inc. (http://www.intuitivegenomics.com/), a leader in the design and implementation of custom bioinformatics solutions. The acquisition of Intuitive Genomics’ elite computational and bioinformatics capabilities compliments NewLeaf’s R&D and product pipeline and positions the rapidly growing company as a top player in the burgeoning biologicals
Preservation of old-growth forests is vital for the conservation of specialist speciesA new study of re-growing tropical forests has concluded that plant biodiversity takes longer to recover than carbon storage following major disturbances such as clearance for farming. The findings, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, have important implications for conservation since there are now many re-growing forests in South and Central America. The new study is the first large-scale analysis of the recovery of both plant biodiversity and carbon pools in re-
Meeting the increasing need for food to feed the world’s expanding population was the subject of this year’s annual lecture from Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, as he announced the new Centre for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Management – a new collaboration between the University, the Royal Veterinary College, and Rothamsted Research.Professor McKellar’s 2013 lecture, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’, explained the need for action to avoid food crisis and described how the University, together with its partners, planned to tackle the