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Supporting Documents for Farm and Food File, Week of March 16, 2014

Food Safety Inspection Service web portal:
USDA Food Safety Inspection Service portal for recalls by year from 1994-2013:
FDA food recalls for week of March 5, 2014:
Diseases, hospitalizations, deaths by foodborne illness:
Anti-poultry rule letter to The White House:

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Alan’s Speech Covered By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The 25th annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference, the largest organic farming conference in America, attracted about 3,400 farmers to La Crosse recently, illustrating the dramatic growth of organic agriculture. The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) marked its 25th anniversary with contests, awards, historical exhibits and an anniversary celebration.
Keynote speaker and journalist Alan Guebert […]

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Mother Earth News & Alan’s Keynote Address at MOSES

The conference began a quarter-century ago with just 90 attendees, compared with the more than 3,000 organic farmers and growers who attended this year’s event. As Faye Jones, the executive director of MOSES exclaimed several times over the weekend, “This is the largest organic farming conference in the known universe!”
Organic farming is going to grow […]

Source: Mother Earth News

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Supporting Documents for Farm & Food File, Week of February 23, 2014

72-Hour rule:

The House-Senate Conference Report on the Agricultural Act of 2014:

USDA forecasts:

Washington Post “The Fix” Blog: Lost opportunity for Farm Bill transparency:

Previous USDA study on poultry insurance:

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Supporting Documents for Farm & Food File, week of February 16, 2014

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“Meet Dr. Evil”:  60 Minutes
Coveted Washington echo chamber: NY Times
Phony non-profit: Bloomberg 
Invests in front groups: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A despicable man, scoundrel: PR Watch (son David Berman)

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Supporting Documents for Farm & Food File, week of February 9, 2014

Jan. 28, 2014 USDA Office of Inspector General Report on AMS Oversight of the Beef Checkoff:
2013 AMS Report as released, later removed by USDA
USDA Notice posted after removing 2013 report from public domain

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Supporting Documents for Farm & Food File, week of February 2, 2014

Iowa State University’s Corn Balance Sheet
U.S. House of Representatives’ working draft of the 960-page 2014 Farm Bill
U.S. House of Representatives’ roll call vote on Agriculture Act of 2014
“A Bipartisan Taxpayer Raid”
Wall Street Journal Editorial January 28, 2014
President Obama delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night to the usual bipartisan cheers for proposals that […]

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Alan’s recent column mentioned in regards to Big Data

A recent article by Alan Guebert, “Big Agriculture, big data and big money,” stated that every day the world generates 2.5 quintillion bytes of electronic data. To put it into perspective, you would need 57.5 billion iPads (32-gigabyte memory) to hold just one day’s worth of data. Now that is big!

Source: The Farmers' Advance

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Alan cites Wall Street Journal piece on SNAP & farm subsidies

Dante Chinni writes Politics Counts every Friday. Mr. Chinni is the director of the American Communities Project at American University, which examines different types of communities across the U.S.
It’s no secret that the current battle over the Farm Bill, which is stalled in Congress, has been a partisan slog. Democratic states and House districts, which […]

Source: Wall Street Journal: Politics Counts

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Alan’s Recent Column on Big Data

Big Data Informs Agriculture Management Decisions: Technology advances are changing the way producers look at their crops and manage each acre
Written by Marilyn Thelen, Michigan State University Extension
In the mid-1990s, I attended a large farm show with my husband where he preceded to point out all the ways data could be collected on various aspects of […]

Source: Michigan State University Extension

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