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Bird flu prompts slaughter of 1.8 million chickens in Nebraska
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Bird flu prompts slaughter of 1.8 million chickens in Nebraska

Nebraska agriculture officials say another 1.8 million chickens must be killed after bird flu was found on a farm in the latest sign that the outbreak that has already prompted the slaughter of more than 50 million birds nationwide continues to spread. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture said Saturday that the state's 13th case of bird flu was found on an egg-laying farm in northeast Nebraska's Dixon County, about 120 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska.Just like on other farms where bird flu has been found this year, all the chickens on the Nebraska farm will be killed to limit the spread of the disease. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says more than 52.3 million birds in 46 states — mostly chickens and turkeys on commercial farms — have been slaughtered as part of this year's...
Construction continues on new agriculture research technology center in Salinas
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Construction continues on new agriculture research technology center in Salinas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture continued construction on a new agriculture research technology center in east Salinas.The center will research the sustainable production of crops.It will be run by the Agricultural Research Service.The ARS is the USDA's research agency. The ARS estimated that every $1 in agriculture research results in $20 of economic impact.Work on the site originally began in 2020 when it had a virtual and live groundbreaking.The facility will be an addition to the ARS's crop improvement and protection research laboratory that was at the site.The USDA said the updated facility will be cutting-edge and include laboratories, greenhouses and extra capacity for scientists.UC Davis has been a partner with the ARS for almost 100 years. The USDA said the new facilit...
Local scientists advance soil health evaluation
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Local scientists advance soil health evaluation

In a September 2022 publication, two researchers from the Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center (PREEC) proposed a natural land classification unit for comparing soil samples.“First, acknowledgment, understanding how soil is important; it’s not just dirt, it is a life sustaining finite resource we have on the earth. And we need to preserve it, conserve it, I think that’s the whole idea,” Bijesh Mahargan said.Maharjan, associate professor and PREEC specialist, and Saurav Das, research assistant professor, both serve in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They collaborated with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to promote soil health evaluation.The project initially began in 2020 when the researche...
Vertical farming: A new form of agriculture
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Vertical farming: A new form of agriculture

Vertical farming: A new form of agriculture - CBS News Watch CBS News In downtown Jackson, Wyoming, a small plot of land, 30 by 150 feet, produces 100,000 pounds of produce a year, thanks to a farm that soars in the air. Correspondent Martha Teichner looks at the growing industry of locally-sourced vertical farms for urban communities. (Originally broadcast May 22, 2022.) Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On Source link
Saskatchewan farmers, Conservative MPs decry fertilizer emissions proposal
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Saskatchewan farmers, Conservative MPs decry fertilizer emissions proposal

Saskatchewan agricultural stakeholders joined several Conservative MPs to discuss Ottawa’s proposal to reduce fertilizer emissions Thursday, telling reporters the policy is destined to reduce farm yields, threaten farm sustainability and hurt consumers in the process. “It’s going to have a devastating impact to Canadian farm families and their ability to produce food. There will be a massive reduction in yield,”  said Foothills MP John Barlow.The proposal to help lower Canadian GHG levels by slashing nitrogen fertilizer application emissions by 30 per cent was first mentioned as part of the “A Healthy Environment and Healthy Economy” plan in 2020.“That will make farming economically unsustainable in Canada. That is going to increase food costs as a result of lower yield,” Barlow s...
USDA cracking down on salmonella in chicken products
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USDA cracking down on salmonella in chicken products

The federal government on Monday announced proposed new regulations that would force food processors to reduce the amount of salmonella bacteria found in some raw chicken products or risk being shut down.The proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture rules would declare salmonella an adulterant — a contaminant that can cause food-borne illness — in breaded and stuffed raw chicken products. That includes many frozen foods found in grocery stores, including chicken cordon bleu and chicken Kyiv products that appear to be cooked through but are only heat-treated to set the batter or breading.The agency notified producers of the proposed changes on Friday. USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Sandra Eskin said it marks the beginning of a broader agency effort to curtail illnesses...