<![CDATA[Capital Press · Storify]]>https://storify.com/capitalpressNodeJS RSS ModuleTue, 23 May 2017 12:46:16 GMT<![CDATA[USDA criticized for 'Meatless Mondays' post]]>

An online flap erupted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, over an online post of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Newsletter, called "Greening Update", that included information that encouraged USDA employees to participate in "Meatless Mondays" in the cafeteria. Here is some of the reaction.

Storified by Capital Press · Fri, Jul 27 2012 20:14:15

The Capital Press story about the flap.
Other media coverage of the controversy.
Capital Press reporting intern @KelseyThalhofer talks about a couple of stories she has covered this week, including the USDA Meatless Monday controversy in @WillKoenig's Capital Press podcast.
What is Meatless Monday? According to the website meatlessmonday.com, "Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. We provide the information and recipes you need to start each week with healthy, environmentally friendly meat-free alternatives. Our goal is to help you reduce your meat consumption by 15% in order to improve your personal health and the health of the planet."
Livestock organizations and farm groups disagree with initiative's premise. They say it's part of a healthy diet and is not harmful to the environment.

With friends like this, who needs enemies. USDA is promoting meatless Mondays and vegetarian diets. According to them, beef production harms the environment, wastes resources and is unhealthy. I called all three of my elected officials in DC to let them know about this. What are you going to do? http://greening.usda.gov/docs/HQGreeningUpdatesJuly2012.pdf

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<![CDATA[Agchat talks about media coverage of agriculture]]>

The #agchat for Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Participants in the conversation were talking about the different types of media they rely on for making business decisions as well as learning about, and communicating with consumers. This Storify is a curation of selected tweets from the conversation.

Storified by Capital Press · Wed, May 09 2012 04:25:27

Look what I received in the mail today! Which do ya'll like best? WTF or "I'm Hot. I'm Dirty. I Farm." #agchat http://pic.twitter.com/G8NNRymG · Ryan Goodman
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<![CDATA[Early reporting & reaction to 'mad cow' found in California]]>

The story of a cow that tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, known as mad cow disease, started emerging on Twitter Tuesday, April 24, 2012, in connection with cattle market prices. By noon Pacific time, the USDA announced that an infected dairy cow had been discovered in California.

Storified by Capital Press · Wed, Apr 25 2012 04:11:51

Some of the earliest posts to evolve on Twitter related to the "rumor" that BSE had been found in California.
By mid-day, the U.S. Department of agriculture's chief veterinary officer, John Clifford, confirmed that BSE had been found in a routine test for the disease.
USDA Chief Veterinary Officer On BSE Case · usda
Reports stress that the infected cow was not destined for the food supply chain and did not go into the food supply. Experts make sure to tell people that there is no safety risk connected to the case.
New Case of Mad Cow Disease in California · associatedpress
Be evening, there were reports that South Korean retailers were stopping sales of U.S. beef.
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<![CDATA[Meet Oregon State's new dean of agriculture]]>

Daniel J. Arp was appointed head of the OSU College of Agriculture Sciences and Ag Experiment Station on April 18, 2012.

Storified by Capital Press · Thu, Apr 19 2012 01:46:51

The official press release from Oregon State University announcing the appointment.
Links to information about Arp's research.
Arp's bio on the Oregon State University website.
Arp's profile on LinkedIn.
A video featuring Arp for the Oregon State's "Powered by Orange" campaign.
Dan Arp is Powered by Orange · oregonstateuniv
The Capital Press Storify about the former dean, Sonny Ramaswamy, who was appointed earlier this year by  President Obama to lead the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in Washington, D.C.  
A story by the Daily Barometer when Arp was named dean of the Honors College.
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<![CDATA[Sugar growers dispute '60 Minutes' story on 'toxic sugar']]>

Sugar growers in the Pacific Northwest say the April 1, 2012 story on CBS News ignores research that contradicts the health claims by a doctor who says all processed sugars are toxic.

Storified by Capital Press · Wed, Apr 04 2012 23:48:57

The Sugar Association provides links to sugar- and sweetner-related research.
A sampling of reaction to the '60 Minutes' story posted on social media, and one reaction to the Capital Press story linked above.
I have a sugar addiction..it is real I saw it on 60 minutes http://instagr.am/p/JA6I_Pidr-/ · Regina Morrison
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<![CDATA[AgChat celebrates its 3rd anniversary]]>

The Twitter-based conversation, known as #agchat is celebrating its third birthday and the 2nd anniversary of the AgChat Foundation.

Storified by Capital Press · Wed, Apr 04 2012 06:13:02

Have you ever heard of AgChat? If not, now is the time to jump in and be part of the conversation. AgChat will celebrate the third anniversary of #AgChat weekly conversations on Twitter and the second anniversary of the AgChat Foundation this week. Learn more at www.agchat.org.

I'm hungry for supper! #cattle #Hereford #agchat #farm #Iowa · crystalcattle
My dad's 80th cake a couple years ago had a tractor :-) #agchat http://yfrog.com/h07zvxbzj · Jan
This is the machine used to plant sweet potatoes. Every one by hand! #agchat · Sherry
Michele Payn-Knoper - #AgChat to AgChat Foundation · agchat
The Evolution of Online Agvocacy · agchat
Joel Sirmon explains how his family grows their sweet potatoes! #agchat · Sherry
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<![CDATA[Try hanging this basket on your front porch]]>

Today's fun story of the day is about a nursery in Tualatin, Ore., that has created what it claims is the world's largest hanging basket.

Storified by Capital Press · Sat, Mar 24 2012 00:00:45

Here is a link from 2011 to what was claimed to be the largest hanging flower basket at that time. Would you want to walk underneath it on that sidewalk?
A video from The Garden Corner with the headline "Size Matters!"
Size Matters! · thegardencorner
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<![CDATA[Country Natural Beef co-founder Doc Hatfield dies]]>

Eastern Oregon rancher Patrick Dale "Doc" Hatfield, who worked with his wife to form a unique cooperative to market beef in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

Storified by Capital Press · Thu, Mar 22 2012 16:23:30

Some of the early reaction to Hatfield's death on Twitter and Facebook.

Doc Hatfield was a true leader in the cattle industry. He will be greatly missed.

Doc Hatfield has been, and will continue to be one of my personal heroes. His impact on the cattle industry and on the people who were blessed enough to spend time with him will always be remembered. http://www.capitalpress.com/content/mw-Doc-Hatfield-dies-03-23-12?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

sustainability: doc hatfield saw a way to help economically struggling ranch oregon families, improve the land, and deliver a product that consumers wanted. he was a leader and an aw-shucks country show-man; he started the brand that "mainstreamed" country beef/grass fed organic beef. this has now spread, far beyond oregon... thank you Eileen Brady for sharing his poem...that says it all, for all the senses.

Thoughts prayers and condolences go out to the family of Doc Hatfield. He was a visionary and innovator for all agriculture.http://www.ktvz.com/news/30733881/detail.html

Doc and Connie Hatfield were selected for the Ag Connection Award from the Agri-Business Council of Oregon in 2009.
Doc and Connie Hatfield Ag Connection Award Tribute · aglinkoregon
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<![CDATA[Obama appoints Oregon State ag dean Sonny Ramaswamy to USDA post]]>

The Obama administration has name Ramaswamy as the next director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Here's some of the reaction to the announcement.

Storified by Capital Press · Sat, Mar 10 2012 00:08:43

Sonny Ramaswamy, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station at Oregon State University, has been named by President Obama to lead the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in Washington, DC. For more on this announcement, go to the link. Good luck, Sonny!

A photo of Ramaswamy from the 2010 Pendleton Round-Up Parade. It is customary for the OSU ag dean to ride in the parade each year.
Pendleton Round-up Parade 2010 · Oregon State University
Ramaswamy in front of the Strand Agriculture Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.
Sonny Ramaswamy · Oregon State University
Some recent Capital Press coverage of Oregon State and Ramaswamy.
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<![CDATA[Ag Day 2012]]>

March 8, 2012, is National Agriculture Day in America. Here are some posts from social media marking the day and thanking farmers for providing the food we eat and fiber we wear. Ag Day was established in 1973 by the Agriculture Council of America. Learn more at http://www.agday.org

Storified by Capital Press · Thu, Mar 08 2012 17:41:03

National AG Day · adfarmchannel

Celebrate National Agriculture Day today! Thanks to our farmers and everyone connected to Ag...http://www.agday.org/

National Ag Day? We should get a whole month. But thank a producer today anyway folks. We work really hard to bring safe healthy meals to your table

Have a wonderful National #Agday!!! http://pic.twitter.com/yRG37jsB · Erin Ehnle

Happy National Ag Day! If you had food in your fridge this morning....thank a farmer. If you go to the grocery store and find abundant, affordable food on the shelves...thank farmers and ranchers. If you plan on having a nice dinner this evening, a nice, juicy steak perhaps...thank a rancher. America's farmers and ranchers provide the most wholesome, affordable and abundant food supply of anywhere in the world. If you get the chance, here on National Agriculture Day and in subsequent days and weeks, take the time to thank America's farmers and ranchers. Thank God for US agriculture!

The view from my office window this morning. #AgDay http://pic.twitter.com/jFyVkU4J · Will Gilmer

Happy National Ag Day! We’d like to tip our hats to all the farmers, ranchers and agriculturists who put food on our tables - not just today, but all year round. We can’t imagine a life without our favorite specialty crops: pears, apples, watermelon, hazelnuts, peanuts, cotton and wine grapes! So raise a toast to farmers (see below for a few of our favorite cocktails!) for all they do!

On the moooove to the morning's grazing pasture. #AgDay http://pic.twitter.com/37t0x0qR · Will Gilmer
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