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11May 22
Meet the Farmer - Master Blend Family Farms

Meet the Farmer – Master Blend Family Farms

Leading By Example Ronald Simmons (above) produces pasture-raised pigs and vegetables on 76 acres in Duplin County, North Carolina, the third generation to farm the land. Master Blend Family Farms supplies pork products to restaurants and high-end eateries across the East—and a major basketball stadium! How did you get into farming? My father-in-law was debating if he should sell the family farm after many years raising pigs. I asked him for an opportunity to give it a shot. That was…

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09May 22
Light and Shade blog

Light And Shade

Heat stress is a serious welfare issue for cattle that can also result in significant decreases in feed intake, milk yield, fertility and weight gain. The ideal ambient temperature for cattle is between 41°F and 77 °F. Depending on the relative humidity, solar radiation, wind speed, and access to water and diet, cattle can suffer heat stress in temperatures above this range. Signs of heat stress, such as increased respiration rate (greater than 90 breaths per minute), standing versus lying…

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05May 22
From Lab to Label blog

From Lab To Label

Public concern about eating and producing meat has increased considerably over recent years. Driven by a growing interest in the links between our dietary choices, public health, and climate change, the all-too-frequent and ill-informed media headlines and campaigning efforts by interest groups to demonize all meat—regardless of how it’s produced—have landed all of ‘animal agriculture’ in the hot seat. Follow the money In response, opportunistic global agribusinesses are scrambling to produce palatable alternatives to fresh meat to exploit this new…

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03May 22
A Heavy Toll blog

A Heavy Toll

In agriculture, we’re all used to worrying about weather—not enough moisture, too much moisture, moisture at the wrong times. We’re used to worrying about markets, equipment, labor and inputs. We’re used to worrying about so many things except our own health and wellbeing. The Canadian Mental Health Association recently reported that more than half of farmers would meet the diagnosis criteria for anxiety, and a third would meet the threshold for depression. These statistics are something to worry about, particularly…

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02May 22
Factory To Farm blog

Factory To Farm

In early 2022, the Biden Administration introduced a comprehensive plan to address monopolization in the meat industry. I read the announcement with enthusiasm. Corporate concentration in the meat industry has been a problem for decades. Just four meat processing companies control 82% of the market for beef, pork, and poultry. Concentration of market power of that magnitude leads to collusion (such as price and wage fixing), discourages competition and innovation, and is well documented as bad news for both farmers…

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