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17Aug 09

Animal Welfare Approved Lamb Wins 2009 “Best Dish in North Carolina”!

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Our State Magazine recently announced the winners of the 2009 "Best Dish in North Carolina" competition. The winning dish, chosen from over 60 other entries from the mountains to the coast, was lamb carpaccio prepared by Chef Shane Ingram of Four Square Restaurant in Durham. Ingram served grassfed, Animal Welfare Approved lamb from Captain John S. Pope Farm in Cedar Grove. Farmer Bob Pope said of the achievement, "We're beside ourselves we're so elated. It's very exciting." Cousins and farming partners Bob and Tommy Pope had pretty good odds during the final selection process - three out of the ten finalists featured their lamb!
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30Jul 09

Vilsack Announces Loan Assistance for Rural Businesses

From the USDA Newsroom: Yesterday Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced announced that USDA is now accepting applications for up to $1.7 billion to fund projects that help spur business activity and economic growth in rural communities. This infusion of money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into rural business is designed to create and save jobs and help rural communities grow and prosper. The funding announced today will be made available through USDA Rural Development's Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan program, which supports the development of private businesses...
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16Jul 09

The Logical Line in the Middle: Animal Welfare

A recent article in The Gothernburg Times caught my eye, Animal welfare activists threaten nation's agriculture. Excuse me? Drawing largely on the platform of the industry-supported Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN), the author presents us with two options: 1) shore up agriculture as is - meaning the large factory farms that currently supply us with most of our animal protein, or 2) a vegan utopia in which animals are afforded the same rights as people, and…

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15Jul 09

Look for Grazin’ Angus Acres’ Grassfed Beef and Eggs at the Greenmarket in NYC!

Despite the pouring rain at NYC's Union Square Greenmarket, customer after customer stopped by to ask Dan Gibson from Grazin' Angus Acres detailed questions about how he raises his animals. His new status as the first Animal Welfare Approved farmer in Greenmarket is something he's very proud of and it shows in his conversations. Dan said he gets these questions all the time, but that's why he loves having a farmstand at Greenmarket. He appreciates when people ask questions and come for tours on the farm. "Once they come for a tour of the farm," he said, "they're customers for life."
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08Jul 09

Extreme June Heat in Iowa Led to Feedlot Deaths

According to Wallaces Farmer and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association (ICA), area feedlot operators were on 24-hour duty attempting to keep cattle cool during a rapid temperature increase in the final week of June. When routine practices such as providing shelter and shade were in many cases not enough, many feedlots activated sprinkler systems to cool both the cattle and ground temperatures. Despite these efforts, reported losses from affected regions range from 40 to 80 head. However, a loss of up…

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