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This Week in Agriculture, 1.5.2018

Interesting, out-of-the-ordinary finds going on in agriculture.

1. Fresh Beef May be Coming to a McDonald’s Near You

McDonald’s is testing the use of fresh beef in another burger, the latest move by the company to swap out frozen meat. The Archburger, similar to the Arch Deluxe - a big flop from the late 1990s - will be launched at seven McDonald’s restaurants in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The chain previously held similar tests for fresh beef Quarter Pounders before scheduling a nationwide rollout in mid-2018. (Source: SeekingAlpha)

2. A Day in the Life of a Canadian Cow Vet

Cody Creelman has built a community of vlog followers he affectionately calls Palpation Nation. Through his entertaining videos, he shares a candid view of a day in his life as a large animal veterinarian. Watch his last episode of 2017 to learn about taking blood samples, and a variety of diseases that claimed the lives of his less fortunate patients. Subscribe to his YouTube channel or like his Facebook page to keep up with his work through the new year.

3. Your Soil Has Made Its New Year’s Resolution. Have You?

To kick off the new year, the Soil Health Partnership published five New Year’s resolutions from your soil’s perspective. How do they compare to your personal goals? Watch this slideshow for all the details.

  1. Watch my nutrient intake.
  2. Cover new ground.
  3. Adopt healthier habits.
  4. Focus on what matters.
  5. Save for the future.

4. Peterson Farm Brothers Post First Vlog of 2018

Speaking of New Year’s resolutions, the famous singing brothers from Kansas have set a goal of sharing more videos this year. They’re off to a strong start with this vlog explaining how they’re combating the cold to unfreeze waterers and feed cattle.

5. Cargill’s Earnings Dropped 6% Last Quarter

If your New Year’s resolution was to learn more about the markets, or learn about agribusiness, you may be interested in this tidbit from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. (You can always find more news and market information in the News and Markets sections of

A worldwide glut of corn and soybean supplies put pressure on Cargill Inc.’s second-quarter profit, but robust sales growth and continued improvements in the market for beef signal a strong second half of its fiscal year. The company reported that net earnings fell 6% to $924 million and revenues rose 8% to $29.2 billion in its second quarter ended November 30, 2017. The company said its Animal Nutrition & Protein segment was the largest contributor to adjusted operating earnings in the second quarter, though results dipped in the quarter compared with a strong period a year earlier. Retail demand remains strong for beef, and turkey sales were strong through the Thanksgiving holiday, Cargill reported. (Source: Star Tribune)

6. Farm Safety is Important in Winter, Too

We talk a lot about farm safety during the hustle and bustle of the growing season, but it’s important to remember winter, too. John Deere reminds its followers to never put your hands inside areas with moving parts. Michigan State Extension shares tips for preventing frostbite and hypothermia in the frigid temps here.


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