GM Meat Takes Off

GM Meat Takes Off

January 2016 | Editors Note | Elise Schafer

I was recently sent a statement by the group Moms Across America, calling on mothers to boycott FDA-approved genetically modified salmon. The harshly toned note read, “Moms don’t want to feed their children fish genetically engineered to grow four times fatter, four times faster and to be sterile.”

Sorting out FSMA

Sorting out FSMA

Oct/Nov 2015 | Editors Note | Elise Schafer

On Sept. 10, the FDA announced the highly anticipated final rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Preventive Controls for Human Food and the Preventive Controls for Animal Food.  

Thanks to input provided by industry organizations, the final rules reflect some major victories for the feed industry.

Hola Havana

Hola Havana

April/May 2015 | Editors Note | Elise Schafer

We’ve all seen the headlines across social media about the potential for Cuban Cigars to be legalized. That’s because in December 2014, President Obama said the U.S. would soon re-establish relations with Cuba nearly 55 years after the trade embargo was enacted

Will Spring Ever Arrive?

Will Spring Ever Arrive?

April/May 2014 | Editors Note | Elise Schafer

On March 7, the NOAA’s National Weather Service reported “above normal” to “much above normal” spring flood risk throughout northwest Illinois along the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers. The risk is also above normal along the Mississippi River from Dubuque, IA, downstream to Burlington, IA, as well as in Minnesota’s Red River Valley. 

High Hopes for Late Harvest

High Hopes for Late Harvest

October/November 2013 | Editors Note | Elise Schafer

Even with last year's drought-stricken crop, the 2013 harvest is still well behind 2012. But this came to no one's surprise, as it was almost doomed from the beginning by Mother Nature. First, she ushered in Spring 2013 with cooler than average temperatures across the entire country and healthy doses of rain in the Corn Belt, pushing planting back dangerously late in over-soaked areas.  

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