1. Draft of animal husbandry labeling law passed by the German cabinet
On October 12, the German Federal Government Cabinet passed the draft of the animal husbandry labeling law, which aims to allow consumers to see how to raise animals in Germany at a glance, including stable, stable+space, outdoor, organic and etc. At the same time, products in other EU countries can also be marked voluntarily.
2. Government of Canada invests in food research to support disease prevention
On October 6, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food in Canada announced that it provided $ 106,000 to Prairie Oat Growers Association for new research trials to better understand the role oats play in disease prevention. The goal is to determine exactly how oat protein is digested and what effect it has on reducing cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
3. USDA Releases Proposed Regulatory Framework to Reduce Salmonella Infections Linked to Poultry Products
On October 14, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a proposed regulatory framework for a new strategy to control Salmonella contamination in poultry products and reduce food-borne illnesses attributed to these products. The proposed framework consists of three key components, including requiring that incoming flocks be tested for Salmonella before entering an establishment; enhancing establishment process control monitoring and FSIS verification; and implementing an enforceable final product standard.
4. New Zealand proposes to levy tax on livestock emissions from 2025
On October 11, the New Zealand government confirmed plans to price agricultural long-lived gases and biogenic methane that mainly comes from cow and sheep burps separately. The plan will be launched in 2025. New Zealand will become the first country to have farmers pay for emissions from livestock. The proposal was criticized by agricultural groups, and it was being counseled, and it will be put into force after being passed into law.
5. The development of Scottish agricultural policy
On October 13, AHDB reported that the current Scottish agricultural policy aims to promote regeneration and sustainable agriculture, and is closely consistent with the European Union's 2025 policy. The goal includes the protection of fair income of farmers, taking action for climate change and loss of biodiversity, producing high-quality foods, and promoting innovation and knowledge.
6. The Dutch government cabinet proposes to solve the problem of nitrogen problems
On October 14, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture announced that the government cabinet will adopt many suggestions on how to solve the problem of nitrogen emissions by former Interior Minister Johan Remkes. He had advised shutting down the 500 to 600 organizations responsible for the most nitrogen emissions within a year. It is expected to conclude agriculture policy agreements in the first quarter of next year.
7. Nanobiotechnology-based Strategies for Enhanced Crop Stress Resilience
Chinese researchers reviewed the current state of knowledge of using ROS-scavenging nanomaterials to enhance plant stress tolerance. They find that ROS-triggering nanomaterials have the potential to be judiciously applied to crop species to stimulate the defence system, prime stress responses and subsequently increase the stress resistance of crops.
8. Description of electroencephalographic data gathered using water-based medium-expansion foam as a depopulation method for nursery pigs
Researchers from the Ohio State University used water-based medium-expansion foam to quantify the time to induce loss of consciousness and ultimately brain death. The relatively rapid loss of consciousness compared to other methods limits the amount of distress and is overall a positive finding for the welfare of the pigs that might be depopulated with water-based foam.
9. Transforming the Future of Marine Aquaculture: A Circular Economy Approach
Researchers from Cornell University reported that Growing nutritious, protein-dense microalgae in onshore, seawater-fed aquaculture systems -- particularly along the coasts of the Global South -- could help increase food production by more than 50% and feed a projected 10 billion people by 2050.
10. Massive crossover suppression by CRISPR-Cas-mediated plant chromosome engineering
To ensure that positive traits（tasty, high-yielding, disease and pest resistance）can be passed on together, researchers from Karlsruher Institut für Technologie have used CRISPR/Cas molecular scissors to invert and thus genetically deactivate nine-tenths of a chromosome. The traits coded for on this part of the chromosome become 'invisible' for genetic exchange and can thus be passed on unchanged.
11. Genomics-informed prebreeding unlocks the diversity in genebanks for wheat improvement
Scientists from Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research implemented a genomics-informed prebreeding strategy for wheat improvement. They collected and analyzed dense genetic profiles for a large winter wheat collection and evaluate grain yield and resistance to yellow rust in bespoke core sets. Genomic prediction within and across genebanks identified the best parents to be used in crosses with elite cultivars whose advanced progenies can outyield current wheat varieties in multiple field trials.
12. From the sea to aquafeed: A perspective overview
Researchers from Cukurova University assess the current trends in using various marine organisms to macroalgae and macroinvertebrates as viable biological feed resources, and focuses on the trend of circular use of resources and the development of new value chains. They present a perspective of promoting novel circular economy value chains that promote the re-use of biological resources as valuable feed ingredients.
13. FARM BUREAU SEEKS ‘UNIFIED’ FARM BILL OF AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION AID
The largest U.S. farm group believes “it makes perfect sense” to combine commodity supports and SNAP in the same piece of big-ticket legislation, said president Zippy Duvall in announcing the American Farm Bureau Federation’s farm bill priorities on Thursday. The AFBF called for higher subsidy rates, at a still-to-be-determined cost, and more emphasis on stewardship on working lands rather than long-term idling of cropland.
14. WAR AND OPEC CREATING MORE MARKET VOLATILITY, ANALYST SAYS
The war in Ukraine has escalated this past week. OPEC has decided to decrease production by two million barrels per day, the largest cut since the start of the pandemic. Both events shook the marketplace. Crude oil futures added nearly $10.00 per barrel.
Wheat prices jumped 60¢ per bushel. Equities continued their downward path, increasing the concerns that higher energy prices will mean less profits for corporations. There is a growing view that the world is headed toward a recession. The news is bleak, and it is hard to find positives. Ultimately, the bigger picture could look more encouraging than this past week’s events.
15. ARGENTINA CORN PLANTING SLOWEST IN SIX YEARS DUE TO DROUGHT, ROSARIO EXCHANGE SAYS
Argentina corn planting is progressing at its slowest pace in six years due to a protracted drought, the Rosario grains exchange (BCR) said on Friday, which will drag down the amount of early-planted corn that normally has a higher yield.
16. HAWKEYE STATE HARVEST AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
With nearly perfect conditions, Iowa farmers more than doubled the harvested acres of corn and soybeans last week.
According the the USDA Crop Progress Report, as of Oct. 9. 23% of Iowa corn has been harvested, ahead of the five-year average by 4%. Soybean harvest is 55% complete statewide, nearly 20% above average.
17. LAWSUIT SEEKS TO RESTORE U.S. AID FOR BLACK FARMERS
The government must honor its 2021 offer of $4 billion in loan forgiveness to Black and other socially disadvantaged farmers, even though Congress repealed the aid program this summer, said a class action lawsuit filed on Wednesday.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, likened the situation to the loss of assistance to Black farmers after the Civil War.