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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.

06/30/2015 - New Health Technology Supposedly Boosts Animal Immunity
Forget antibiotics. Just disable the part of the animal that allows it to get sick.

06/23/2015 - Government Still Overlooking Organic Farming
The House Ag committee examines the bleak financial health of farm country at the same time researchers find organic production is more profitable.

06/16/2015 - Knowing Where Your Food Comes From Is Getting Harder
Americans' right to know where their food comes from is being foiled again with the repeal of Country of Origin Labeling.

06/09/2015 - How Lo(cal) Can You Go?
A study shows that most of us have the potential to eat locally most of the time—the question is, are we willing?

06/02/2015 - Calif. Farmers Vow to Conserve Water
Water restrictions in this drought-ravaged state have trickled down to farmers as a group in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta volunteer to cut water use.

05/26/2015 - 5 New Things You Should Know About Pollinators
Bees, bats and butterflies are causing quite a stir in the news. Here are five talking points to keep you in the know.

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.

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