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The federal government is taking comments on a recently proposed plan to conduct annual reviews of organic certification organizations across the U.S. The Department of Agriculture will take comments for 60 days on its proposal, which would authorize the National Agricultural Statistics Service to review the various organizations that certify farms and ranches as organic. Citing…

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NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As the poultry industry kicks off its annual month-long celebration of chicken this September, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ®), as part of its national ” Truth About Chicken” campaign, is announcing the findings of a national survey* that reveals a distrust…

Treat My Chicken Right: ASPCA Survey Shows Consumers Want More Humanely Raised Chicken, Feel it Leads to Safer Chicken Products

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Unless global red meat and dairy product consumption is reduced, greenhouse gases resulting from food production will increase by 80 percent in the years to come, a team of researchers from the UK reported Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. This dire warning comes as an increasing number of people all over the world are…

Reducing Red Meat Consumption Key To Keeping Greenhouse Gas Emissions Manageable

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DETROIT (AP) – Michigan peach farmers are harvesting a significantly smaller crop than usual this year after an especially severe winter. The Detroit Free Press reports ( ) the U.S. Agriculture Department forecasts that the state’s crop will be down about 50 percent from last year. Extreme cold wiped out most peach buds in Macomb, Oakland…

Michigan peach crop suffers after harsh winter

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Statistical Model Predicts Performance Of Hybrid Rice

UC Riverside-led research could revolutionize hybrid breeding in agriculture

Iqbal Pittalwala, University of California, Riverside UC Riverside-led research could revolutionize hybrid breeding in agriculture Genomic prediction, a new field of quantitative genetics, is a statistical approach to predicting the value of an economically important trait in a plant, such as yield or disease resistance. The method works if the trait is heritable, as many traits…

Statistical Model Predicts Performance Of Hybrid Rice