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EU Downplaying TTIP Failure Comments

The European Union is downplaying comments from Germany’s economy minister over the weekend who said the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks had “de facto failed.” Germany is the EU’s biggest economy, and despite the comments, a spokesperson for the European Commission said “the ball is still rolling,” according to Reuters. The comments come after three years of negotiations failed to resolve multiple differences, including over food and environmental safety. The European Commission says it is “ready to finalize the deal by the end of the year, but not at the expense of Europe’s safety, health, social and data protection standards.” EU trade ministers will discuss the trade agreement when they next meet late next month.

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10 Percent of Farmland to Change Ownership

New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows 10 percent of all farmland will be transferred to new ownership by 2019. USDA says farmland owners planned to transfer 93 million acres by 2019. Landowners anticipated selling 3.8 percent of all farmland, with just 2.3 percent planned to be sold to non-relatives. A larger share of land—6.5 percent—is expected to be transferred through trusts, gifts, and wills. The share of farmland available for purchase by non-relatives from now until 2019 will likely rise above 2.3 percent as some individuals who inherit land may choose to sell it, according to USDA. And, those who inherit land but don’t sell may decide to rent the land to farm operators.  Data from 2014 shows 39 percent of all farmland was rented and 61 percent was owned by farm operators.

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USDA Buying Eggs to Ease Surplus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will purchase $11.7 million worth of shell eggs and egg products to ease a surplus as farmers and egg processors try to cope with falling prices. USDA says the products will go to various food nutrition assistance programs, and to charitable institutions. The actual dollar amount spent will depend on bid prices received after a formal solicitation, according to Agri-Pulse. The announcement  last week  followed a similar announcement regarding dairy products. Earlier last week, USDA announced the agency would purchase $20 million worth of cheese to help relieve pressure on the dairy industry amid low prices.

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Egypt Changes Stance on Ergot, Again

Egypt has reinstated its zero tolerance policy on ergot fungus in wheat shipments, according to Egypt’s agriculture ministry. Pro Farmer reports Egypt announced the reinstated policy over the weekend. In July, Egypt adopted the international standard that allows up to 0.05 percent of ergot in imported wheat shipments, following a risk assessment by the Food and Agriculture Organization that concluded the fungus poses no threat to the country. But a new study commissioned by Egypt’s government claims ergot would pose a threat to the nation’s domestic wheat supply. The move back to a zero tolerance policy on ergot in wheat shipments means fewer suppliers will participate in Egyptian tenders. Earlier this year, Egypt turned away wheat shipments that contained ergot, but met international standards for contamination. Egypt is the world’s biggest buyer of wheat.

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Culver’s Says Thanks to Farmers With Corn Mazes

Culver’s restaurants announced the chain has enhanced its ‘Thank You Farmers’ campaign by sponsoring 19 corn maze’s across the United States. Culver’s says the program recognizes the hard work and commitment of farmers who produce food to feed our nation. To date, the Thank You Farmers initiative has raised nearly $1,000,000 in support of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agriculture organizations. Each maze design includes the ‘Thank You Farmers’ message, and a variety of farm scene elements like cows and tractors. The corn mazes are located across the nation from Arizona to Florida. Find a complete list of the locations online at Culver’s dot com (www.Culvers.com).

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Human Brain Evolution Not Possible Without Eating Meat, Study Finds

A recent study published in Nature magazine found that human brain evolution would not have been possible without eating meat. The report stated energy saved from less chewing and the calorie-rich, nutritious benefits of meat played a large role in the evolution of the human brain. According to the report, meat requires less force to chew per calorie than the generally tough plant foods that were available to early humans. The National Pork Producers Council says another report, published in an academic journal, found that a vegan diet uses a far less sustainable agricultural land base than omnivorous diets. The report says meat production can utilize pasture land and crop land that vegetables and fruits are unable to use. While a vegan diet is less land intensive, NPPC says reducing the amount of meat products does not necessarily free more land for cultivation.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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