Urban farmers developing vacant lots in some Midwest cities
In Cleveland, with 20,000 vacant lots and 1,000 houses torn down per year, the city managers are spending exorbitant amounts to maintain properties. In one neighborhood, however, something is growing again: food and farms.
Executive branch, ag groups backing passage of final TPP
Farm groups last week joined the federal departments of Agriculture and Commerce to praise the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as the U.S. Trade Representative and White House continued pushing for what would be the world’s biggest free trade agreement to date.
FDA approves GMO salmon; won’t require special labeling
It has been more than two decades since a company first approached federal health officials about developing a genetically modified (GMO or GE) salmon, and while it has been an upstream fight to win the approval it received last week, there are numerous groups and retailers who still say they’ll boycott the fish.
“I attended a zoning meeting about unlicensed dog kennels. It got ugly. I realized my 50 cows make more mess and noise than nine to 10 dogs, and I decided to get the highest certification I could get to stay above the law in case it ever happens to me.”
Increased volatility in ag markets due to La Niña?
Ag markets may react with increased volatility in 2016 due to the current El Niño and its potential impact on future weather patterns, said the senior economist at CME Group, a leading derivatives marketplace.