In the Bigger Picture…. Friday Edition

15 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○


1 . This tiny farm project called “Pikes Peak Farms” is worth checking out and its model could be used in any urban area.

from Pikes Peak Small Farms (with video)


2 . More want local beef, but fewer want tough job of cutting it.

By SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press


3 . Tech startups are moving into the food business to make sustainable versions of meat and dairy products from plants.

from The Economist


4 . Why do more than half of our farmers have a second job?

by by Nancy Marshall-Genzer for Marketplace


5 . Palm oil firms in Peru plan to clear 23,000 hectares of primary forest.

by David Hill for The Guardian


6 . Two million of the world’s 1.5 billion farmers are now producing organically, with nearly 80 percent based in developing countries. India boasts the most certified organic producers, followed by Uganda and Mexico.

from Fresh Plaza


7 . More on the multi-factorial cause as reason bees are vanishing.

by Brad Plumer for VOX


8 . ‘Test Kitchen': How To Make Vegetarian Dishes Pop With A Little Umami.

from NPR’s ‘The Salt’


9 . Common food additives may cause obesity and metabolic syndrome.

by By Jenna Iacurci for Nature World News


10 . How capsaicin, the spicy compound found in chili peppers, provides pain relief.

By Anna Azvolinsky for The Scientist


11 . “Experts” tell us that cholesterol is no longer a dietary villain.

from the SanFrancisco Chronicle


12 . Here’s a goat cheese farm success story out of Wisconsin.

from FDLReporter


13 . The consumer demand for organic milk continues to expand. Can the U.S. dairy sector catch up?

by Catherine Greene and William McBride for Choices


14 . Here is one Georgia farmer’s success story – raising grass-fed beef. It hasn’t been easy and he’s had to borrow a lot of money.

By KIM SEVERSON for NYTs


15 . How urban farming could change Hawaii.

by Janet Burns for City Lab


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.

In the Bigger Picture….

12 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○


1 . Global food prices fell 1 percent in February to their lowest in more than four-and-a-half years, with cereals, meat and sugar declining, oils steady and only dairy prices rebounding sharply.

from Reuters


2 . The largest greenhouse tomato producer in Quebec, Savoura, has become insolvent due to cheaper tomatoes from Mexico and Ontario.

from Fresh Plaza


3 . Potash Corporation is expanding in Brazil.

by Guillermo Parra-Bernal and Ashutosh Pandey for Reuters


4 . Why were 300,000 chickens killed mysteriously in South Carolina?

BY HARRIET MCLEOD for REUTERS


5 . CHART: U.S. wheat export market continues its downward slide.

from the USDA


6 . U.S. exports 836 million gallons of ethanol worth $2.1 billion.

from Midwest Producer


7 . The Cargill family has 14 billionaires.

by DRAKE BAER for Business Insider


8 . More states in the U.S. are showing up with avian flu strains in poultry.

from USDA


9 . In Texas, the strawberry industry is growing.

from Texas A&M AgriLife


10 . Quotes from 2016 hopefuls at Iowa agriculture forum.

by the AP


11 . FAO highlights ways large-scale development plans can transform rural economies which are held back by lack of infrastructure.

from FAO


12 . A few dairy farmers are breaking the law on antibiotic use.

by Dan Charles for NPR

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.