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Lisa Munniksma: The News Hog
The News Hog 
Get the facts (and opinions) about what's happening outside of your farm gates. From Washington to your city hall, decisions are being made that affect your farm and food system. Diseases and discoveries are changing the face of small-scale farming. Former Hobby Farms editor Lisa Munniksma writes about these breakthroughs, issues and legislation—from the serious to the ridiculous—to help you take action in your community.

05/19/2015 - Bird Flu Spreading Rapidly Across U.S.
This disease is bad news for poultry, poultry farmers and consumers of poultry products.

05/15/2015 - USDA to Label GMO Foods
A new USDA certification program will verify claims made by food manufacturers.

05/12/2015 - USDA Report: We Need More Farmers!
Each year, 60,000 ag jobs are available, yet the average college graduate has too much student-loan debt to go into farming.

05/05/2015 - Bill Seeks to Reward Generous Farmers and Others
A bill in front of the U.S. Senate would make it easier to feed more hungry people, provide further incentive to conserve land and give a boost to your favorite nonprofits.

04/28/2015 - Organic Demand On the Rise—Can Farmers Keep Up?
Consumers seemingly can't get enough organic, farmers aren't producing enough organic, and consumer-advocacy groups are questioning the organic label's integrity.

04/21/2015 - Farm Vs. Food Facility: Which Are You?
The FDA's proposed rule change might mean your farm doesn't have to register under the impending Food Safety Modernization Act.

04/14/2015 - Free-Range Chickens Take Center Stage in TV Commercials
You can hardly turn on a TV without seeing a free-range chicken anymore. Is it just pop culture or something more?

04/07/2015 - Don't Drink the Glyphosate
The World Health Organization says glyphosate "probably” causes cancer, and the University of Canterbury links it to antibiotic resistance. Oh, good.

03/31/2015 - A GM Apple A Day ...
Western culture's obsession with pretty food is now being fed through the magic of genetic modification.

03/24/2015 - Fake Milk: Coming Soon to a Grocer Near You
Apparently we don't need farmers anymore. Scientists are producing many foods—including milk—in the lab.

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