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From smartphone apps, to flooding in Denver, to feeding the world, here are three news items ranchers need to hear about this week.

In between preparing for harvest and getting ready for weaning, many of you might not have a spare minute to read a newspaper front to back. No worries. I’ve compiled what you need to know about this week in today’s blog. Here are three news items you should read today.

1. “Farmers Reaping Big Rewards From New Smartphone Apps” by Janet Davison for CBC News

I recently had a reader suggest a blog topic listing the best apps for farmers and ranchers. While I’m still working on completing a full list, here is an article on this topic that addresses the challenges of creating apps for agriculture, as well as a listing of what’s available today to farmers and ranchers. If you have a great app that works well for your operation, send me the details to amanda.radke@penton.com and help me compile a comprehensive list for our readers.

Here is an excerpt from the article, “Mobile technology allows the farmer to break free of cables and cords and notebooks, to the point that we are going to be able to run farms and access more information than ever before on a device that fits in our hand. Smartphones also allow easy access to social media tools such as Twitter, something that can help in reaching out to consumers or giving them the opportunity to ask farmers questions about production.”

Read more about agriculture apps for your smartphone here.

2. “American Farmers Say They Feed The World, But Do They?” by Dan Charles for NPR’s The Salt

On average, each U.S. farmer annually feeds 155 people, but does anybody care anymore? Apparently, this statistic, which we so often use to showcase our ability to feed the world, no longer resonates with our consumer. Instead, they think of industrial agriculture, factory farming and cheap food -- probably not the images we are trying to depict.

A clip from the article reads: “Charlie Arnot, from the Center for Food Integrity, recently did a survey, asking consumers whether they think the U.S. even has a responsibility to provide food to the rest of the world. Only 13% of these consumers strongly agreed. In focus groups, many people said that if feeding the world means more industrial-scale farming, they're not comfortable with it. This is not a message farmers like to hear.

"It is a real sense of frustration for farmers that 'feeding the world' is no longer a message that resonates with the American public," Arnot says. He tells farm groups that they'll have to find another message. They'll need to show that the way they grow food is consistent with the values of American consumers.”

Read more about feeding the world and resonating with today’s modern consumer here.

What do you think? Are we more focused on producing cheap food to feed the masses? How can agriculture reframe the conversation? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

3. “Ranchers Rescue Horses, Cattle After Seeing Them Alive On TV” by CBS Denver

Limousin breeder and Colorado rancher, Kevin Oschner, who you may recognize from NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen TV show, made the news recently for helping to save horses and cattle from Colorado floodwaters. Check out the video clip here.

Has your operation been impacted by the flooding? Share your stories below.

 

Do you have any news to share? Email me your news tips at amanda.radke@penton.com for next week’s compilation. Thanks for your help!

 

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Discuss this Blog Entry 7

Dustin Cox (not verified)
on Sep 19, 2013

A few thoughts on "Feeding the world" I believe that farmers and ranchers understand and believe that God created the world and gave Adam / Man Dominion over all things and to care for his creations. And also for each other. I believe that America has a responsibility to teach the rest of the world principles of freedom and personal responsibility. True we need to take care for our own first but then care and feed those around the world. I believe we need to maintain constants in our lives in our farms and ranches and not shift with every whim of what the world thinks we need to follow what is true, virtuous and right.
Thank You
Dustin

Steve C. (not verified)
on Sep 19, 2013

If farmers and ranchers believe God gave them dominion over all Gods creations, why are they so willing and eager to destroy most of the habitat for many of those creations for a another bushel of corn or beans. I tire of the self-riteousness to justify rape and pillage agriculture. Feeding a starving world today only kicks the can down the road and ensures a larger starving world. Mankind must someday address the problem and not treat the symptom.

on Sep 19, 2013

Steve - as I was writing this, I kept reminding myself not to be negative or snarky. But the fact of the matter is that your comment angers me. The last time I checked, people still need to eat. So while you may call it "rape and pillage" - we call it feeding people. Have you ever been to a farm before? I'm thinking you haven't based on your comment....so before you make uninformed comments that are slandering farmers (pretty sure the rise in world population is not agriculture's fault too) I'd hope you get to know farmers and ranchers in your area, and realize that they're out making a living by providing a safe, reliable and consistent source of food. And most don't get rich doing it, but farm and ranch because they love the lifestyle that it provides.

Steve C. (not verified)
on Sep 20, 2013

I was born and raised on a farm in southeast Kansas and spent 40 years working in and with agriculture and trying to conserve the land from those who seem only to want to destroy it. I own land, produce my own grass-finished beef, and put up with the silt and debris from my neighbors' all-out production cropfields. I tire of those who defend such practices by saying they get up every morning only thinking about feeding a starving world. No, they didn't create a starving world but neither do they thing about how to solve the problem.

Margie V. (not verified)
on Sep 20, 2013

Steve - I'm just curious as to where your food comes from? Also I certainly hope that you don't depend upon the many byproducts that come from Agriculture. You might be surprised at how much you does depend upon farmers and ranchers.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Sep 20, 2013

I have been a farmer all my life and am beginning to wonder if our "conventional" farming practices are doing more harm than good. I think instead or feeding the world we are slowly killing it. In the last 20 years obesity, autism, celiac alzheimers and many other things have exploded in numbers. Our food is so processed and modified that our bodies don't recognized it as food. I know we don't want to hear this but we need to be honest with ourselves and really thing about this. Look at the time frame that these health issues have exploded in numbers and look at the time frame of GMOs. Yes "science" says they are safe but who is funding the science?

on Sep 20, 2013

It's not the grains, cattle, pork, etc... that is causing the "obesity, autism, celiac alzheimers and many other things have exploded in numbers" weather they're GMOs or not. It's the government recommended diet that that's the problem. AKA the food pyramid. Anybody who spent time in the kitchen with their grandmother knew what the 1980s USDA nutrition recommendations were going to do. It's a recipe for a heart attack. We need to get back to the animal protein diet that this nation grew up on.

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