Author: Farm And Livestock Staff

Teaching Kids About Modern Farming Will be the Focus for Book Publisher

Bringing children accurate knowledge about how their food is grown is the goal of Feeding Minds Press, a new children’s book publishing venture from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The new publisher’s first book will be Right This Very Minute, written by award-winning author Lisl Detlefsen. It is scheduled for a January 2019 release. “Right This Very Minute is the perfect book to launch this exciting new project,” says Christy Lilja, executive director of the AFBFA. “It’s a great story and tells kids that every minute of every day, someone, somewhere, is working to bring food to their table.” Detlefsen,...

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Feeding Frozen Bales in the Arctic Circle: Hustler’s Chainless X2400 Meets the Challenge [PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT]

Recently, Hustler Equipment headed to Lapland, the largest and northernmost region of Finland to put their all-new Chainless X2400 to the ultimate test – keeping Santa happy – by feeding frozen balage bales to Reindeer. Lapland is located within the Arctic Circle, an imaginary line around the Earth that defines the boundary of the Arctic. It marks the start of the area where, for at least one day each year, the sun does not completely set (June 21) or rise (December 22). In the mid-winter months, the sun never rises and temperatures can easily reach lows of – 50º...

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Cellulosic Biofuel Crops: Study Shows Where and How to Grow

According to a recent ruling by the EPA, 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel must be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply in 2018. Although this figure is down slightly from last year, the industry is still growing at a modest pace. However, until now, producers have had to rely on incomplete information and unrealistic, small-scale studies in guiding their decisions about which feedstocks to grow, and where. A new multi-institution report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the country. “Early yield estimates were based on data from small...

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Facial Recognition Tech and Dairy Farms: Sensors Give Farmers Clear Picture Of Animal Health [INNOVATIONS]

Imaging technology can identify individual cows by their features in several seconds to memorize a cow’s unique identity, recording individual pattern and movements. Cargill and Cainthus, a Dublin-based machine vision company, are reshaping how animal producers make decisions for their livestock through a strategic partnership that will bring facial recognition technology to dairy farms across the world. Cainthus uses breakthrough predictive imaging to monitor the health and well-being of livestock. Their proprietary software uses images to identify individual animals based on hide patterns and facial recognition and tracks key data such as food and water intake, heat detection and...

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Blockchain and the Food Supply System: Where Do We Stand Today? [FOOD CULTURE]

If companies made the food supply chain more transparent and accessible to their customers—showed them where their food came from and where it has been—consumer trust might be restored. Since 2016, Walmart has been working with IBM to develop software that uses the blockchain to track products through its supply chain, from the farm to the consumer, in the hopes of addressing those issues.  When and how the blockchain system will impact our food supply in the U.S. remains to be seen. These days it’s hard to read about the future of industry—nearly any industry, really—without hearing how the...

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