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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – It can be pretty challenging to get a room full of adults of all ages and from all walks of life to agree on much of anything. But getting them to agree enthusiastically is the stuff of which dreams are fulfilled. On a recent afternoon, winemakers and distillery producers in the western…

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MINNEAPOLIS — A new herbicide, long awaited by farmers as a tool to fight “superweeds” but long opposed by environmental groups, has received final federal approval and is likely headed for Midwestern fields next year. Enlist Duo, manufactured by Dow AgroSciences, could become an important competitor to Monsanto’s popular Roundup Ready system, which has dominated the…

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GUELPH, ON, Sept. 29, 2014 /CNW/ – Ontario is a province overflowing with nutritious and delicious food. So, from October 6 to 11, Farm & Food Care, Foodland Ontario and Ontario’s 37,000 farm families will be celebrating the people that make that possible during Ontario Agriculture Week. Our province is home to families who produce meat,…

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Genetically modified organisms are either going to solve world hunger or kill off the human race, depending on who you ask. The words “Monsanto” or “GMO” engender strong reactions in people around the globe, as governments, scientists, advocates and consumers are finding themselves adopting strong stances either for or against the new technology. But a number…

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Members of the Grey Wooded Forage Association are planning a trip to a new continent, and they’re looking for people to join them. The group will be hosting its inaugural tour abroad to Argentina in February 2015. The tour is focused on Argentina’s beef industry, and participants will get to visit farms, research centres, and co-operatives and have lots of opportunity to meet Argentine farmers.

“I think people are moving away from mainstream tours. They want to connect with like-minded folks. If they’re in the farming industry, they want to meet local farmers and ask questions about how they farm, the different techniques that they employ, and about the market,” said Lawrence Rowley, whose Calgary-based company, Leader Tours, designed the tour.

Partners in Argentina lead the tour group and help Canadians get past the language barrier.

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How does a small family farm growing vegetables and raising animals in rural Saskatchewan market its products to consumers in Regina?

That was a question that plagued Rhonda Martin, who runs Spring Valley Food Farms with her husband near Spring Valley, 65 kilometres south of Moose Jaw.

“We started our farm basically with the premise of feeding ourselves,” Martin said. “We’re just kind of exploring at this point to see if there is a viability to have a real farm.”

But with beef cattle, pigs, 200 hens, and a market garden providing much more than the family could eat, they decided to try selling their products on The Farmers’ Table, a non-profit organization composed of family farms working to distribute their local products. Martin signed up this spring to join the organization, which turned one in July.

“It’s a marketing forum, instead of just being me,” Martin said. “It’s grown every time and it’s been a good fit.”

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ST. LEO, Kan. (AP) – The sign that graces the entrance of Kevin and Mary Ford’s farmhouse ushers visitors inside: “Let all guests be welcomed as Christ.” Except, that is, for the grasshoppers. Part of a disassembled greenhouse leans against the red barn. Acres that should be potato plants are bare. Fruit trees planted in the…

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Chicken Antibiotics
(Reuters) – Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY), said she plans to introduce new legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to collect data…

U.S. Lawmakers Want To Curb Antibiotic Use On Farms

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For centuries, California’s groundwater has been freely available to anyone who could siphon the coveted natural resource from the earth. But that changed Tuesday with the stroke of a pen. Seeking to replenish a depleted water table and catch up with the rest of the West, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of…

Sweeping new California groundwater pumping rules signed into law

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PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Fair World Project (FWP), a campaign of the Organic Consumers Association, the nation’s largest network of green and ethical consumers, and The Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers’ Organizations (CLAC), the largest network of fair trade farmers in Latin America, have joined together to call…

Message to United Nations: Small Farmers Are Key to Reversing Climate Change and Feeding the World

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