June 19, 2014

A NEW SLUG IN TOWN . . . PINK SLIME IS MAKING A COMEBACK . . . WHERE RAISING BEEF ON APPLES AND HERBS IS TRULY THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABORS . . . THE MILKMAN’S COMEBACK MEANS DAIRY AT THE DOOR AND MORE . . . OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST...

A NEW SLUG IN TOWN

Source: AtlanticFarmer.com
There are large shiny black slugs showing up in yards, gardens, and on the seashore in Cherry Hill on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Is this an isolated infestation, or are they appearing elsewhere? And what are they?

 Photos by Teena Coolen

Photos by Teena Coolen

PINK SLIME IS MAKING A COMEBACK 
Source: NPR
A much-maligned beef product that was once frequently added to hamburger is making a comeback. Two years ago, beef processors cut back sharply on producing what they call “lean, finely textured beef” after the nasty nickname for it, “pink slime,” caught on in the media. Now, higher beef prices are leading to increased demand for the product. (read more)

WHERE RAISING BEEF ON APPLES AND HERBS IS TRULY THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABORS 
Source: The Globe and Mail
Typically, “finishing” – the final stage of a beef cow’s life – begins after the beasts have spent between 12 to 18 months on pasture, where they graze on grasses; after that, the standard feedlot-finished cow is moved into pens and fed a diet of 90 percent grain.(read more)

THE MILKMAN’S COMEBACK MEANS DAIRY AT THE DOOR AND MORE
Source: NPR
You don’t even have to get out of your PJs to go to the farmers’ market now. All over the country, trucks are now delivering fresh milk, organic vegetables, and humanely raised chickens to your door — though in New York, the deliveries come by bike. Fifty years ago, about 30 percent of milk still came from the milkman. By 2005, the last year for which USDA has numbers, only 0.4 percent was home delivered. (read more)

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY IN EUROPE TO MAKE U.S. CASE ON TRANS-ATLANTIC FARM TRADE ISSUES
http://www.startribune.com/business/263453831.html

BOOTS 'N BLOOMS 2014
http://www.dal.ca/faculty/agriculture/news-events/news/2014/06/17/boots__n_blooms_2014.html

CFIA TO AUDIT ITSELF
http://ontariofarmer.com/sitepages/

RANDOM LENGTHS LUMBER AND PANEL MARKET REPORT
http://www.randomlengths.com/Woodwire/RL-Lbr-Pnl/