In the Bigger Picture….

9 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○


1 . The USDA has lowered its expectations of Chinese corn imports in coming years.

from Agrimoney


2 . Corn uses copious amounts of irrigation water.

By Brooke Barton for National Geographic


3 . South Africa is pushing back against foreign farmland ownership.

from Reuters


4 . A heat-tolerant wheat has been developed in Kansas.

from the AP


5 . CHART: Half of U.S. cropland is now on farms of 1,200 acres or more.

from the USDA


6 . It is a difficult balance between agricultural interests and fracking in Weld County Colorado.

By Kevin Simpson for the Denver Post


7 . In Jackson, Wyoming, a vertical greenhouse is being constructed to help with the local food supply.

By Garnet Henderson for City Lab


8 . The beef industry continues to use various growth enhancers which are controversial.

By Deena Shanker for Forbes


9 . This video shows how to run your own “food airbnb” named “PlateCulture” out of your kitchen.

By Wendy Tang for the WSJ (3 minutes)


These links were selected by Kay McDonald. Note that Wednesday Editions of “In the Bigger Picture…” focus on general and business related subjects and Friday Editions focus on grassroots subjects. For continually updated news about agriculture, please utilize the news feeds on the right sidebar here, and on the “Latest Ag News” tab above.

Food and Agricultural Images This Week February 16, 2015


People explore exhibits on opening day of the World Ag Expo on February 10, 2015 in Tulare, California. As California moves into its fourth year of historic drought that caused farmers to leave hundreds of thousands of acres of cropland fallow last year, forced some well water-dependent communities to go dry, stressed wildlife and heightened political tensions surrounding water issues, farmers are attending the largest ever World Ag Expo. The expo is the biggest of its kind, attracting an estimated 100,000 visitors from 70 countries to view cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment at 1,500 exhibits spread across a 2.6 million-square-foot of exhibit area. It is held in one of the most important food producing areas of the nation. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)



U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists inspect flowers for foreign pests or diseases in the LAN Cargo center at Miami International Airport February 10, 2015 in Miami, Florida. As Valentine’s Day approaches Miami International Airport sees their daily flower shipments quadruple to 22 million flowers per day. During the rest of the year MIA handles more than 90 percent of all flowers imported to the U.S. Most of the flowers come from South American growers. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)



Protesting farmers with their tractors are blocked by police in the outskirtes of Warsaw on February 11, 2015 . Hundreds of Polish farmers are driving their tractors toward Warsaw, where their leaders are negotiating government compensation for crops destroyed by wild boar and profits undercut by Russia’s import ban. (Photo by JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)



People walk past Bazas oxen prior to a presentation as part of a traditional festival, in the square outside the Cathedral in Bazas, southwestern France, on February 12, 2015. During the annual festivities, Bazas oxen, a type of ox which has existed since 1283, parade around town. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images)



Workers at the Maridaidi Farm in Naivasha, prepare roses which will be exported to Europe for Valentine’s Day on February 12, 2015. Kenya is the major provider of quality cut flowers to the EU with a market share of about 40%. Flower farmers are upbeat ahead of the Valentine’s Day and are projecting a rosy picture for the sector, despite the recent losses incurred during the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) impasse. (Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)



Cows graze on a pasture near the Trans-Canada Highway north of Calgary, Alberta on February 13,2015. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed February 13, 2015 that a case of mad cow disease has been found in Alberta, the first case in Canada since 2011. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)



Dominique Macke, breeder of the French cow breed ‘Rouge Flamande’, walks with 4-year-old Filouse, the muse of the 2015 edition of the Paris International Agricultural Show, in Wemaers-Cappel, northern France, on February 13, 2015. (Photo by PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)



French Agriculture minister and Government spokesperson Stephane Le Foll holds a sheep during a visit at a sheep and goat farm on February 13, 2015 in Sarolla-Carcopino, near Ajaccio, in the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. (Photo by PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA/AFP/Getty Images)



Farmers gather around tractors during a demonstration to protest against the hardening and complexity of rules brought by the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in front of the Departemental Direction of territories and sea in Arras, northern France, on February 13, 2015. (Photo by PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)



A boy sells vegetables at a market of the town of Shebin Kanater in the area of Qalubiya, north of the Egyptian capital Cairo, on February 14, 2015. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)



A salesman arranges a pile of bacon at the annual Bacon festival on February 14, 2015, in the village of Kacarevo, 40 kilometers north of Belgrade. Since 1987 the traditional tourist and commercial manifestation called Slaninijada attracts the best manufacturers of bacon and sausage from Serbia and many tourist from Serbia and abroad. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)



Chefs prepare more than 80.000 ‘Tacos de Cochinita Pibil’ -Mexican traditional marinated pork tacos- in Guadalajara, Mexico on February 15, 2015. A 2.5 km-long taco line imposed a new Guinness record. (Photo by HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)