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  • South Koreans find U.S. pork pairs well with craft beer

    10/16/2018 8:23:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Hog Farmer ^ | October 15, 2017 | U.S. Meat Export Federation
    South Koreans have now found the perfect cheese to go with their wine. With craft beer becoming so popular across South Korea, the U.S. Meat Export Federation found “Beer Week Seoul” a prime opportunity to introduce the perfectly paired snack ... U.S. pork sausages. Funded by the USDA Market Access Program and the National Pork Board, the promotional effort included offering tasting samples of Johnsonville and Oscar Mayer sausages to the more than 25,000 visitors. “Our goal was to establish American pork sausages as an easy-to-cook and easy-to-eat choice that goes great with craft beer,” says Jihae Yang, USMEF director...
  • U.S. cannabis firms press Trump about Canada’s ‘competitive advantage’

    10/16/2018 2:58:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hamilton Spectator ^ | October 16, 2018 | James McCarten The Canadian Press
    An American cannabis producer took out a full-page ad in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal warning that the United States is “rapidly losing” its competitive advantage in the industry to Canada, the first G7 member to greenlight legal recreational pot. An American cannabis producer is warning President Donald Trump that Canada is poised to dominate the North American marijuana industry unless the United States takes steps to eliminate barriers to financing and market capital south of the border. A full-page ad in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, framed as a plea to the White House and its most prominent occupant, warns the...
  • Dog hide tax starting to bite for North Koreans

    10/05/2018 3:11:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | October 5, 2018 | Julian Ryall
    North Korea has ordered its citizens to donate dog hides to the regime as part of celebrations marking the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea on October 10. The government collects dog hides ahead of the anniversary each year “to raise funds for the party”, the dissident Daily NK website reported, but this year the authorities have raised the amount of money that families who do not keep dogs are required to pay instead. “Although the party is asking for dog hides, there are not many houses that have the luxury of raising a dog...
  • 80 Acres Farms Plans Fully-Automated Indoor Farm in Hamilton, Ohio

    09/26/2018 10:44:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Area Development ^ | September 25, 2018 | Staff
    80 Acres Farms, a Cincinnati-based firm focused on the indoor vertical farming industry, is building the first fully-automated indoor farm in the U.S. in Hamilton, Ohio. The initial phase, expected to be completed later this year, will feature state-of-the-art grow centers to produce specialty greens that include microgreens, culinary herbs, leafy greens and kale. According to company officials, the company plans three additional phases at the Hamilton site. When completed, the project will comprise over 150,000 square feet of fully-automated indoor farming, also known as controlled environmental agriculture. The full-phase expansion will allow 80 Acres Farms to provide more product...
  • This innovative $7,000 ‘indoor farm’ may change how America eats forever

    09/15/2018 12:48:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Moneyish ^ | September 13, 2018 | Jeanette Settembre
    Farmshelf, an indoor farm that lets you grow lettuce and herbs, is sprouting up at restaurants, corporate kitchens and food halls around the country Farm-to-table is taking root in corporate offices. Farmshelf, a Brooklyn-based startup, has begun selling indoor farm kits that grow food like lettuce and herbs using hydroponics — a method of growing plants in a water-based, nutrient-rich solution instead of soil. And the product is so popular that corporate cafeterias, restaurants and food halls around the U.S. are dropping $7,000 apiece to buy in. “We’re building the Lego blocks to grow food anywhere,” founder and CEO Andrew...
  • Wayne Farms talks expansion and new jobs at open house (Up to 435 jobs in Alabama)

    09/14/2018 1:14:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    WTVY-TV ^ | September 13, 2018 | Lynsey Smith
    ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) - Are you in the market for a new job? Employment opportunities are waiting for you at the newly-expanded Wayne Farms manufacturing facility in Enterprise. Eddie Fortner, Enterprise Operations Manager for Wayne Farms, says "We've actually invited community leaders from around the Jack/Enterprise area...mayors, chamber of commerce, community leaders to talk about our expansion and what's going on." Fortner says the company needs to hire hundreds of new employees. "We anticipate adding from 350 to 400 hourly jobs. We have about 35 salary positions that we're hiring for so we have a lot of opportunities that's fixing...
  • Trump tweets about white farmers while indigenous peoples face annihilation

    08/26/2018 8:09:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 26, 2018 | Raj Patel
    The first time Donald Trump tweeted about Africa, he agonised over white people. After watching Fox News’ coverage of the South African land debate last week, the President of the United States instructed his secretary of state to look into the “large scale killing of farmers”. Followers of Peter Dutton’s nine months tenure at Australia’s home affairs ministry will recognise the lie, peddled by the “alt-right”, that black South Africans are targeting white farmers. As the Guardian reported in June, farmer and farmworker murders are at a 20-year low. But for white people living in every settler state, there’s an...
  • It’s the year 2038–here’s how we’ll eat 20 years in the future

    08/23/2018 5:58:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Fast Company ^ | August 23, 2018 | Marius Robles
    It’s the year 2038. The word “flavor” has fallen into disuse. Sugar is the new cigarettes, and we have managed to replace salt with healthy plants.
 We live in a society in which we eat fruit grown using genetics. We drink synthetic wine, scramble eggs that do not come from chickens, grill meat that was not taken from animals, and roast fish that never saw the sea. Was this what we had in mind when we started seeking transparency, traceability, and sustainability of our food system many years ago in the early aughts? About a decade ago, we lived through...
  • Australian company Nufarm to open $20M Mississippi plant (68 jobs at average of $44,314 per year)

    08/21/2018 8:20:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 21, 2018 | The Associated Press
    <p>GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — An Australian farm chemical and seed company will open a distribution facility in Mississippi, investing $20 million and hiring 68 people.</p> <p>Nufarm Ltd. said Tuesday that it was buying a building from the city of Greenville for the site, with plans to begin operations in summer 2019. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says Nufarm will repackage and ship products sent to Greenville from other facilities.</p>
  • Emirates is building a giant vertical farm to feed airline passengers

    08/20/2018 5:54:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Eyewitness News ^ | August 16, 2018 | Alex Gray, World Economic Forum
    The world’s largest vertical farm is coming to Dubai. The indoor farm is a $40 million joint venture between Crop One Holdings and Emirates Flight Catering, who say it’s a way of producing pesticide-free crops while using a fraction of the water that traditional farming does. The produce will feed passengers of Emirates and other airlines at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport. The farm will be built near the airport, eliminating trucking costs and emissions. But is vertical farming really as green as it seems? HOW DOES IT WORK? To feed a growing global population, which could reach 9.1 billion...
  • Florida's medical marijuana industry is hiring, but stoners need not apply

    08/19/2018 1:55:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 18, 2018 | Kyle Arnold
    The hunt is on for budtenders, cannabis cultivators, weed botanists and dozens of other new jobs that have sprouted with Florida’s nascent medical marijuana industry. With dispensaries scouting locations across the state and 147,000 people signed up to use the now-legalized drug, the developing industry is quickly trying to recruit thousands of workers to develop, grow and sell medical cannabis. Medical marijuana businesses say stoners need not apply. A passion for smoking weed is a liability, and a criminal record involving drugs will almost certainly disqualify most candidates. “We get hundreds of applications for every job opening we have,” said...
  • Forget Wagyu or Kobe – Korean Hanwoo might be the best meat on earth

    08/18/2018 7:56:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Eat Sip Trip | August 14, 2018 | Kate Springer
    Link only due to copyright issues: https://eatsiptrip.10best.com/2018/08/14/forget-wagyu-or-kobe-korean-hanwoo-might-be-the-best-meat-on-earth/
  • Trade War Update: China May Have Shot Self In Foot

    08/15/2018 11:41:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 15, 2018 | Kenneth Rapoza
    China made a “dumb move” in targeting America’s heartland with tariffs. Soybeans are a case in point. “I understood politically why they chose soybeans, but they made a dumb move,” says John Baize, a market analyst with the U.S. Soybean Export Council. The U.S. is the number one exporter of soybeans. Brazil is number two. No one comes close after that except for Argentina, which is the largest exporter of soymeal and soybean oil. Soybeans don’t fall from the sky, so China has very little mega-markets outside of the U.S. Brazil is the only one, really. And now they are...
  • Indoor farm offers new life for ex-elementary school

    08/14/2018 12:00:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | August 11, 2018 | Whitney Bashaw
    When the Unatego School District Board of Education voted to close the Otego Elementary School in February 2017, a committee formed to decide the fate of the building. In a 4-2 vote on Monday, Aug. 6, the board accepted an innovative farming proposal. AgZeit LLC has high hopes. The proposal bills the collaborative project as “a new way of doing business that will economically revitalize Otsego County and the Mohawk Valley Region and help New York State once again become the breadbasket for the entire northeast.” The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council prioritized agribusiness initiatives in its 2017 Progress...
  • Preserved foods were the ‘Hamburger Helper of ancient times’

    08/14/2018 9:46:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Jewish News of Northern California ^ | August 13, 2018 | Alix Wall
    aren Solomon’s new cookbook, “Cured Meat, Smoked Fish & Pickled Eggs: Recipes and Techniques for Preserving Protein-Packed Foods,” is, on the one hand, very Jewish. Ashkenazi Jews have been at the forefront of food preservation for generations and will appreciate recipes for gravlax, several types of herring and “Killer Smoked Fish Salad.” The book also has recipes for prosciutto made from duck, and for pastrami that Solomon considers one of her top crowd-pleasers. “People just love it,” she said. “There are certain things I make that make people really happy. Bacon tops the list, but that pastrami recipe is right...
  • Tuesday Marks Last Day to Vote on Top Three New Foods at Iowa State Fair

    08/14/2018 9:06:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | August 14, 2018 | Christina Salonikas
    DES MOINES, Iowa – There are three finalists for the 2018 Best New Food at the Iowa State Fair. The Brown Sugar Pork Belly on a Stick is made at the Iowa Pork Tent. It is a quarter pound strip of pork belly that is coated in brown sugar. It costs $7. The All Iowa Belly Up Burger is located at the Rib Shack. It is a half-pound of ground pork belly that is seasoned in its signature sauce. There are two pieces of sugar coated bacon, pulled pork and coleslaw. It costs $10. The third finalist comes from the...
  • Congress is set to legalize hemp

    08/12/2018 3:49:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Durango Herald ^ | August 12, 2018 | Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post
    Lawmakers are poised to fully legalize hemp after a decades-long campaign, setting the stage for the resurgence of a once-common crop that disappeared during the war on drugs. The legalization provision, championed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and included in the Senate’s farm bill, would officially classify hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the federal controlled substances list. Lawmakers are also expected to advance the measure when they meet next month to draft the final, bicameral version of the legislation. Hemp landed on the list because it is, like marijuana, a form of the cannabis...
  • Good Catch Foods Reels In $8.7 Million for Plant-Based Seafood

    08/11/2018 2:17:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Spoon ^ | August 8, 2018 | Catherine Lamb
    Good Catch Foods, the Pennsylvania-based startup which makes seafood out of plants, closed an $8.7 million Series A funding round yesterday. This ups their Series A from the $5.5 million the company announced in April. The round was led by New Crop Capital with participation from Stray Dog Capital, the PHW Group, Blue Horizon, and others. Founded in 2016, Good Catch Foods is developing plant-based alternatives to shredded tuna, crab cakes, and fish patties. They’re aiming to bring their fish-free tuna, which comes in three flavors and has roughly half the protein of “real” tuna, to market by 2019. According...
  • Job training program, hiring mandate proposed for cannabis industry

    08/08/2018 2:04:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The San Francisco Examiner ^ | August 8, 2018 | Joshua Sabatini
    Disadvantaged workers in San Francisco could get training for jobs in the cannabis industry under a proposed government program that would require businesses to hire the graduates. The program, dubbed CityGrow, is modeled after CityBuild, an existing government program overseen by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, that provides training for disadvantaged residents to land jobs in the construction industry. Supervisor Ahsha Safai introduced the legislation last week for “advancing workforce equity.” He told the San Francisco Examiner Tuesday that the intent is “to make sure everyday San Franciscans are able to take advantage of these opportunities.” He noted...
  • It’s a Great Time to Be a Fancy Pork Farmer

    08/07/2018 1:13:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Pork Magazine | July 26, 2018 | Bloomberg News
    Link only due to copyright issues: https://www.porkbusiness.com/article/its-great-time-be-fancy-pork-farmer