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This Week in Agriculture, 1.10.2018

Welcome to This Week in Agriculture – or TWIA, for short. We will bring you interesting, out-of-the-ordinary finds going on in agriculture. Not the headlines, but the curious, funny, and inspiring stories across the land.

1. Is Your Local FFA Chapter Looking for Funding?

Applications for Tractor Supply’s Grants for Growing campaign are being accepted through Monday, February 14, 2018. The competitive grant program will fund FFA chapters around the country impacting their communities with sustainable agriculture-focused projects. In the spring, awarded chapters will receive grants up to $5,000. More information about the grant process can be found here. Start on your application today.

2. SwineTech named American Farm Bureau’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

For the third time in four years, the Entrepreneur of the Year named at American Farm Bureau’s annual convention is an Iowan. Matthew Rooda and his company SwineTech have developed a technology to save piglets from being crushed. Check out this Iowa Farm Bureau article or watch the video below for more information.

3. USFRA Will Seek a New CEO.

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance will be seeking new leadership after an announcement today that CEO Randy Krotz’s contract will not be renewed. Agri-Pulse has the details in this article.

4. The GMO debate is making headlines in mainstream media again this week.

Food columnist for the Washington Post, Tamar Haspel urged participants on both sides of the GMO debate to stop name-calling. She says, “…my goals for 2018 are to be nicer, to try to change my mind more, and to persuade everyone to drop ‘anti-science’ from their vocabulary.” Read the full article here.

5. New Discovery Channel Documentary Features American Biodiesel.

The story of American biodiesel recently premiered in a Discovery Channel documentary, Hot Grease. The codirector/producer, Paul Lovelace, will present at the upcoming 2018 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 30, 2018. Watch a clip from the film here.

6. Bone-in or Boneless Wings?

A recent Bloomberg article reported 64% of all chicken wings sold at restaurants in the last year were of the bone-in variety. That’s a whopping 1.1 billion servings of chicken wings! Read the article yourself for more details.

7. National Pork Board Now Accepting Scholarship Applications.

The application period for the 2018 Pork Industry Scholarships is now open to college juniors and seniors who plan to pursue careers related to the swine industry. Up to 21 scholarships totaling $48,000 will be awarded. Applications must be submitted by February 16, 2018 in order to be considered.

 

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