In the Bigger Picture….

17 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○


1 . When I saw this among other April Fool’s headlines today, I thought for a moment that this was one of them… Monsanto donates $4 million to save monarch butterflies.

from AP


2 . Corn prices have fallen again, because the U.S. underestimated the 2014 corn harvest.

from Agrimoney


3 . Colorado is becoming the Silicon Valley of agriculture.

by Luke Runyon for NPR


4 . The USDA is proposing limits on farm payments to non-farmers.

from USDA Newsroom


5 . The White House is finally confronting the superbug problem.

by Yasmeen Abutaleb and Lisa Baertlein for Reuters


6 . Farmland Partners purchases another $80 million in U.S. farmland.

from Agrimoney


7 . It would make sense to breed no-horn cows for dairy.

by David Pitt for AP


8 . Before Easter, 300 hens which lay colorful eggs were stolen from a farm in California.

by Veronica Rocha for LA Times


9 . This form allows you to check how much population your county gained or lost from 2013 to 2014.

by Kristi Tanner and By John Wisely for the Detroit Free Press


10 . 18 members of Congress want to see government support of ethanol blender pumps and ethanol exports come to an end.

from Agri Pulse


11 . El Niño floods Peru, Chile and Ecuador causing loss of bananas, lemons, and cocoa.

from fresh Plaza


12 . Grocery store trends are changing. The old large store model is less popular.

by Eliza Barclay for NPR


13 . There are holes in our food-safety system.

by Grant Gerlock for NPR


14 . CHART: Dairy cow numbers decline as output per cow continues to rise.

from USDA


15 . CHART: A break-down of food price changes by category for 2014.

from USDA


16 . Buffett buys Kraft Foods.

from The Economist


17 . Yet another new company is entering the indoor farming set-up competition, this one is out of Las Vegas.

by Buck Wargo for the Review Journal


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 March 30, 2015


A worker prunes coffee plants at the Doka Estate coffee farm on March 25, 2015 in Alajuela, Costa Rica. The farm is one of many that produce high quality coffee that is exported to the United States where a panel of government-appointed scientists at the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee charged with proposing changes to U.S. dietary guidelines announced recently that three to five cups of coffee daily do not have long-term health risks, and help reduce the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)



A picture taken on March 24, 2015 shows the wineyard at the Bepin de Eto cellar in San Pietro di Feletto near Conegliano. If there was one tipple wine lovers couldn’t get enough of last year — from the English-speaking word to China and South-East Asia — it was prosecco, the Italian sparkler that has outstripped champagne as the world’s favourite bubbly. (Photo credit: GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)



Chocolate cakes are displayed on March 24, 2015 during the opening of a meeting of the the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) in Abidjan. Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, would like the headquarters of the organization moved from London to Abidjan to boost the country’s decision-making on the cocoa sector. (Photo credit: SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)



Dairy cows are milked on a rotating ‘milking carrousel’ at the Heideland dairy farm in Kemberg, some 100km south of Berlin, on March 23, 2015. The farm, which underwent a thorough modernising process that cost some EUR 8 million between 2012 and 2014, is readying itself for the withdrawal of EU dairy produce quotas on March 31, 2015. (Photo credit: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)



Shoppers browse fruit at the Ameya Yokocho market in the Ueno district of Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, March 23, 2015. Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda last week prepared the public for the potential return of falling prices, while expressing confidence any such declines would be temporary as policy makers keep up their battle to foster inflation. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images.



Fishermen untangle a net on their boat at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 29, 2015. (Photo credit: YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)



Fruit sits and hangs on display at a stall in the Tiong Bahru Wet Market in Singapore on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister who died March 23 at 91, turned the country into one of Asia’s wealthiest nations by emphasizing efficiency and incorruptibility, which helped the city lure multinational companies to build a manufacturing sector focused on exports. Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg via Getty Images



Pensioner Volker Kraft (M.) stands next to an apple tree decorated with approximately 10,000 Easter eggs on the property of pensioner Volker Kraft on March 25, 2015 in Saalfeld, Germany. Kraft and his wife have been decorating the tree since the early 1990s, initially with only a few hundred eggs but more annually ever since. In recent years the tree has become a tourist attraction that draws thousands of visitors in the weeks before Easter. (Photo by Jens Schlueter/Getty Images)