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Panera petitions FDA to clearly define ‘egg’

· January 23, 2018

With Panera Bread’s launch of new breakfast sandwiches featuring 100% real eggs, the company has announced that it has petitioned the FDA to establish a clear definition for the term “egg.” For Panera “100% real eggs” means freshly prepared, cracked shell eggs and/or egg whites with no additives. In developing its newest breakfast sandwiches, Panera […]

National Farmers Union lays out 14 Farm Bill recommendations

· January 23, 2018

The National Farmers Union Board laid out a series of 14 recommendations that Congress should follow to provide a sufficient farm safety net, support rural communities, protect natural resources, improve beginning farmers’ and ranchers’ opportunities for success, and ensure the nation’s most vulnerable people have enough to eat. “The farm bill, rightly so, touches all […]

Illinois study examines runoff strategies for Mississippi River

· January 23, 2018

To address run off in the Gulf of Mexico, the EPA recently formed a task force and required 12 states to develop strategies to reduce agricultural runoff. Researchers at the University of Illinois say the strategies show promise, but leave room for the addition of certain practical elements that could help decision makers choose specific […]

Pennsylvania farmer dies after trapped in barn fire

· January 23, 2018

Our condolences go out to this Pennsylvania community after losing a long time farmer and owner of a popular farmer’s market stand in a barn fire Saturday. According to The Daily Item, Roger R. Billig, 51, died in the Northumberland County fire on Saturday evening after suffering from smoke inhalation. The Elysburg Fire Department reports […]

$5.5M California carbon fund project halfway in investments

· January 23, 2018

U.S.-based private investment fund Climate Trust Capital, an independent entity of the long-standing mission-driven nonprofit The Climate Trust, has closed on a carbon investment in the biogas sector—the Carlos Echeverria and Sons Dairy (CE&S) Dairy Biogas Project. Approximately $1.12 million of Climate Trust Capital’s Fund I was invested in a covered lagoon digester that will […]

Today’s markets: Just can’t light a fire in corn

· January 23, 2018

Corn continues to go nowhere fast as the market continues to flirt with 350 and does not seem to budge too far away from that number one way or another. In the overnight electronic session the March Corn is currently trading at 350 ¾ which is 1 ¼ of a cent lower. The trading range […]

Survey finds college STEM graduates most confident

· January 23, 2018

Sixty-two percent of STEM college students are confident their major will lead to a good job according to  a recent Gallup and Strada Education Network survey. That’s good news compared to students with other majors. The 2017 College Student Survey, a new nationally-representative survey of current students examining their perceptions about preparation for the workforce […]

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