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Around the World at My Local Restaurant

Around the World at My Local Restaurant

Whoa - I traveled much farther than down the block for this delicious meal...

Food Trade

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Learning to live with - or without - Ethanol *Click for poll results!*

Learning to live with - or without - Ethanol *Click for poll results!*

What is ethanol, and why is it such a big deal? And should we act to preserve an established program important to farmers, rural America and environmentalists, or look for other ways that make better economic sense?

Food Regulations and Policy

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China Assumes Central Role in Global Trade Picture

China Assumes Central Role in Global Trade Picture

With the U.S.-China relationship fraught with geopolitical issues, how will our supply-demand connection affect food security?

Food Trade

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If You Can't Say Anything Nice...

If You Can't Say Anything Nice...

Here are some of our favorite stories that make our official “Covidiot” list. We advise you not to try any of these at home – we don’t want to add any more shockingly silly actions to our expertly refined list of absurdity.

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A Farmer's Life on the U.S.-Mexico Border

A Farmer's Life on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Farmers, ranchers, and the industry at large depend on an immigrant workforce to help with food production every year. But how can we continue to fortify an agricultural workforce while protecting farmers at the border?

Agricultural Labor

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Dairy: An Industry in Quiet Turmoil

Dairy: An Industry in Quiet Turmoil

Dairy has been hit hard recently, but the truth is that the U.S. dairy sector has had problems long before COVID. The pandemic has only made things worse. A lot worse...

Food Production

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Where is our Food?!

Where is our Food?!

It’s enough to make anyone concerned. Maybe even a bit worried. What is happening to our food supply during the pandemic?

Food Production, Food Security

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A Virtual Happy Hour with Vegan Wine

A Virtual Happy Hour with Vegan Wine

With social distancing, we're not at the mercy of a small wine list at a local pub. So should we start our virtual happy hour with something vegan? But aren't grapes an inherently vegan product? Animal products have a role in wine production, and vegan consumers should be aware.

Food Ingredients, Food Production

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Coronavirus and Our Food: Should We Be Scared?

Coronavirus and Our Food: Should We Be Scared?

As coronavirus COVID-19 spreads globally, how concerned should we be for our safety? And should we fear transmission of the virus via our food, especially among imported products?

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety

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Public Opinion: A Misguided Discussion on GMOs

Public Opinion: A Misguided Discussion on GMOs

It started as pleasantries in a small-town parking lot, but when GMOs came up, the conversation took a turn for the worse. What happens next is a clash between science, opinion, and its effect on our food system.

Food Technology

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Holy Cow! What happened to Dean Foods & Borden?

Holy Cow! What happened to Dean Foods & Borden?

The dairy downturn has now gone from family farm to corporate headquarters. The Dean Foods and Borden Dairy bankruptcy filings can teach valuable lessons to the food sector, our growing consumer trends and the industry at large.

Food Production

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2 Trade Deals and Plant Food in a Pear Tree: Top News in 2019

2 Trade Deals and Plant Food in a Pear Tree: Top News in 2019

2019 has been a wild ride! News about our food and how we get it – from dirt to dinner – have had us on the edge of our seats...

Animal Welfare and Health, Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety, Food Trade, Soil and Crop Management

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Our Agricultural Extension Service: From Gardening to Food Safety

Our Agricultural Extension Service: From Gardening to Food Safety

Our agricultural extension services program is designed to teach people not just how to farm productively, but how we all can benefit, from gardening to food safety practices. And just in time for a few tips before Thanksgiving!

Soil and Crop Management

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The African Swine Fever Epidemic: Are We at Risk?

The African Swine Fever Epidemic: Are We at Risk?

Many of us are unaware of issues affecting our food supply. But what if the pork products we place in our grocery carts became harder to find? The devastating disease, African Swine Fever, has made this a potential reality in Asia.

Food Safety, Food Trade

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Back to Business: D2D News Recap

Back to Business: D2D News Recap

With summer winding down and kids returning to school, it’s time once again to catch up on some food & ag news from around the world. It’s been a busy time, with lots of news we at Dirt-to-Dinner found to be important, interesting, sometimes outrageous and occasionally funny. Here it is, in case you missed it...

Climate Change, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Security, Food Trade

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What Really Drives the Price of Our Food?

What Really Drives the Price of Our Food?

Many factors affect the price of the food we place in our grocery carts each week. How do farmers and food manufacturers price their goods to maintain a smooth and steady delivery of the food we need at a price buyers are willing to pay?

Food Trade

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What Are Dead Zones…and is Ag to Blame?

What Are Dead Zones…and is Ag to Blame?

Each year, “dead zones” – large bodies of water lacking the oxygen needed to support aquatic life - appear all around the world. This summer’s flooding in the Midwest has made it worse. How does this happen? And what can we do?

Climate Change, Food Production, Soil and Crop Management

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Pet Food for Thought

Pet Food for Thought

The FDA recently stated that several specialty dog food formulations have led to canine heart disease. With so many food choices today, what should we feed our pets?

Food Ingredients, Food Production, Health

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My Nightmare Meal: A Personal Reflection of Our Food System

My Nightmare Meal: A Personal Reflection of Our Food System

Ag Secretary Perdue recently told us not to fear our food. Have we really come to the point that people must be told by a cabinet-level government official that their food supply is okay to eat?

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety

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Venezuela in Crisis: A Starving Nation

Venezuela in Crisis: A Starving Nation

Hungry citizens, lost jobs, violence, and a mass exodus of millions. It’s the story of a society melting down before our very eyes. How are Venezuelans managing to eat?

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