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Purdue University researcher Bruce Applegate and other collaborating researchers developed a process that extends the shelf life of milk.

Process extends milk shelf life

The new technique could reduce waste and 
make distribution more efficient

Researchers at Purdue University say a new process could extend milk’s shelf life to as long as nine weeks. Bruce Applegate, an associate professor of food science, says he and other researchers rapidly heated and cooled milk, which significantly reduced the number of harmful bacteria. Applegate and collaborators from Purdue and the University of Tennessee

There’s no such thing as a free lunch — or free trade

We in U.S. agriculture talk about free trade agreements as if they are the international equivalent of a free lunch. This lovely belief, of course, overlooks the absolute certainty that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Someone somewhere always pays. More often than not, that someone over the last 25 years has


The receding waterline of Lake Hodges is seen in San Diego County Jan. 17, 2014, when California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency.

Considering the true cost of agricultural production systems

Externalizing the cost of production is becoming less acceptable to society

California is in the midst of a multi-year drought that has reduced the snowpack and rains that fill the reservoirs and irrigation canals that provide water for the cities of the state as well as agricultural production. The result is lower allocations and higher prices for all water users including agriculture. Some farmers have responded

China’s agricultural future: Adopt developed technologies

China is a grudging importer of corn and pork, preferring instead to increase domestic production 


As the most populous nation on Earth, China has intermittently been seen as the solution to the problem created by the ability of U.S. farmers to produce more than they can sell at a profitable price. Sometimes the discussion is focused on cotton; at other times it is corn or soybeans. Today, it is pork

Let’s Feed Ourselves

Squeeze almost any official of almost any agbiz or farm group and the words “Feed the world” will cross their lips. The phrase is this century’s “Manifest Destiny,” a near-imperative, a cornerstone of our export-directed ag policy. But this ambition, according to the number-crunching crew in Daryll Ray’s ag shop at the University of Tennessee,


Global Grain Reserve Idea Gaining Momentum – for May. 5, 2011

During the decade from 1996 to 2006, the world became accustomed to stable crop production levels. Production problems in one part of the world were balanced out by increased production elsewhere. In such a world it was easy to argue that reserves were unnecessary, because there would always be someone with a supply they were

It’s Different This Time — Just Like The Other Times?

As we write this column, March 2011 corn futures closed at $6.87/bu., wheat at $8.53/bu., soybeans at $14.33/ bu., rice at $15.80/cwt, and cotton at $1.67/lb. We are seeing a second wave of a general price increase for commodities that began in late 2006 and saw its first peak in 2008, followed by a retrenchment.

Ethanol And Oil Subsidies: Competing Claims And Self-Justification

Acommon question we hear when we tell people that we are agricultural policy analysts is “Well, whaddya think about ethanol subsidies?” That question becomes critically important as the blenders’ credit, the ethanol import tariff and the small producers’ tax credit face a deadline of December 31, 2010 for renewal by a lame-duck Congress. Todd Neeley,


Global Grain Reserve Idea Gaining Momentum – for Oct. 7, 2010

During the decade from 1996 to 2006, the world became accustomed to stable crop production levels. Production problems in one part of the world were balanced out by increased production elsewhere. In such a world it was easy to argue that reserves were unnecessary, because there would always be someone with a supply they were

Inspect Stock Trailers Before Transporting Cattle

“Strive to get the cattle to the destination in the safest manner possible for you and for them.” – CARL DAHLEN With spring work winding down in many areas, beef producers are starting to bring cattle out to summer pastures. For producers who don’t pasture cattle close to home or don’t herd their cattle cross-country