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Growing demand creates opportunities, challenges for Wisconsin organic agriculture (Feb. 23, 2012)

Growing demand creates opportunities, challenges for Wisconsin organic agriculture (Feb. 23, 2012) | marjorie rojas e.s | Scoop.it

Sales of organic food continue to rise despite the economic downturn, and that bodes well for Wisconsin, which has experienced dramatic growth in that sector since the enactment of the National Organic Program in 2002, notes a new report on Wisconsin organic agriculture.

Demand is up for organic foods, notes a new report on Wisconsin organic agriculture.

Wisconsin has approximately 1,200 organic farms-up about 60 percent from 2005- and leads the nation in number of organic dairy farms. Milk accounts for about two-thirds of the value of the state's organic farm product sales, while 23 percent come from crops-including nurseries and greenhouses- and another 13 percent came from livestock and poultry and related products.

While organic products still claim a relatively small share of the U.S. food dollar, that share is growing, the report notes. Nationally, the U.S. organic food and beverage industry grew at a rate of 7.7 percent in 2010, while total U.S. food sales were all but flat. A 2011 survey by the Organic Trade Association found that more than three-quarters of U.S. families purchased organic food.

Many of Wisconsin's organic dairy farmers grow their own feed, which helps them maintain their production and profits in this market, notes Kevin Kiehnau, regional pool manager for Organic Valley. However, these farmers can make more money selling organic grain at current prices than feeding it to a dairy cow, he says. Organic milk production is not keeping up with demand, and production per cow is down, because farmers are reducing the amount of grain in their rations to trim costs rather than feeding for maximum production.

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Young farmers, ranchers learn new views on agriculture at national ...

Health is of major importance to 700 million of the worlds poorest people who rely on farming animals for their survival. Many animal diseases can also have a direct impact on human health. In the UK lone, it is estimated that about a million people suffer a food borne illness each year, with more than 500 deaths and 20,000 being admitted to hospital. scientists at moedun are working on the top four food and waterborne pathogens that pose a threat to public health, with the aim of developing effective control measures.

These developments in animal health will help generate productivity benefits for our farmers and also ensure Scotland is best placed to contribute to rising global demand for livestock products.The current and future demand for food will impact on every agricultural area in the world and the contribution that they must make to food requirements.Food security as undoubtedly one of the big challenges ahead for mankind both in economic and moral terms with the world’s population predicted to rise from seven billion to nine billion by 2050.Disease adversely affects growth rates, feed conversion and food quality. Moredun’s research is focused towards developing diagnostic tests, control measures and vaccines to maximise biological efficiency of livestock throughout the world.

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Amazon.com: Air Pollution V: Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution (9781853124730): T. Tirabassi, H. Power, T Tirabassi, H Power, C. A.. Brebbia: Books

The amount of air pollutants in the atmospheric plume generated by the Deepwater horizon oil spill was similar to a large city.Researchers from the earth system research lboratory.two pollutants with human health effects.

about eight percent or about one of every 13 barrels of the deepwater horizon spilled oil that reached the ocean surface,  made its way into airborne organic particles small enough to be inhaled into human lungs and some of those particles likely reached the gulf coast when the winds were blowing toward the shore, according to the study.

The organic particles formed in the atmosphere from hydrocarbons that were released as surface oil evaporated,and they got bigger as they traveled in the plume. The atmospheric plume was about 30 kilometers wide and about 18.5 miles  when it reached the coast.Some of the hydrocarbons from the evaporating oil reacted with nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere to create ozone pollution but this other atmosphericplume was only 3 to 4 kilometers wide at the coast.

 

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Indonesia: New investigation. Same cruelty. | Take Action | Animals Australia

Last year the Gillard government gave the live export industry a second chance that it didn't deserve and reopened the live cattle trade to Indonesia despite overwhelming calls from the community for the trade to be permanently banned.We were promised that a new regulatory framework would protect australian cattle from ever again being abused in Indonesian abattoirs, but new footage from Indonesia reveals how hollow that promise was. Knowing that local abattoirs would be warned to be on the lookout for Australian animal cruelty investigators  Animals Australia engaged an Indonesian investigator to visit three abattoirs in Jakarta.

What he documented there over three nights has again shocked and appalled Australians and has conclusively proven that the new 'system' will in no way protect Australian cattle from cruelty on a nightly basis. Animals Australia has lodged an official complaint with the Gillard government highlighting that the evidence provided contains 61 different breaches of the basic standards expected from workers in abattoirs  including not checking that cattle were dead before they were being butchered.This further evidence again conclusively proves that Australia cannot ensure the wellbeing of exported animals in importing countries especially where there are no laws to protect them from cruelty. It also reveals once again the immoral nature of Australias live exporters who continue to reap profits from animal cruelty.

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USDA to tap veterans for careers in agriculture News

about 6.1 million veterans live in rural communities  a higher concentration than anywhere else in the country. Over 5,300 american legion posts are located in counties with populations under 40,000 and one third of the Legion's membership call rural America home.The American Legion has long been committed to helping transitioning military and veterans find jobs. Through its vast networks, USDA will actively recruit veterans and transitioning military servicemen for employment while promoting greater awareness of USDA programs.

USDA also will provide information about the opportunities and support it offers, so that service members who want to start their own rural business, farm or ranch are aware of USDA programs, grants,loans or small business contracts.

On November 9 2009 President Obama signed executive Order 13518 employment of Veterans in the Federal Government and as a result USDA created the Veterans Employment Program Office.

Through strategic recruiting and effective marketing of USDA to transitioning service members and veterans, USDA increased the percentage of veterans in the total workforce, including permanent and temporary positions, from five percent in fiscal year 2009 to six percent in fiscal 2010 to nearly eight percent in fiscal year 2011.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Awards iFOS Multi-Year Contract to Provide ... - Sacramento Bee

U.S. Department of Agriculture Awards iFOS Multi-Year Contract to Provide ... - Sacramento Bee | marjorie rojas e.s | Scoop.it

LLC, announced today the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Agency has awarded a multiyear contract to provide application development, maintenance and support for the agency national financial system.

 Other project objectives include management and support of national web sites and production related duties in addition to providing helpdesk services to customers. Through the Financial Computer Systems Support contract will provide programming and user support by maintaining and improving the agencys Working Capital Fund report center website and assisting end users in obtaining the required reports for operational decision making. These services will be part of the Forest Service efforts to maintain and improve reporting efforts of the agency financial operations.The firm will also conduct and monitor full-scope Certification and Accreditation program phases that integrate into the agency specific System Development Lifecycle . This effort will continue to provide the agency with an understanding of how C&A corresponds to the overall implementation of a system within the Forest Service environment. iFOS delivers formally documented recommendations on overall security posture enhancements for public systems

 

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