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|January 18, 2019|
Survey indicates that younger people are more
into food and agriculture
News and Views Many try to categorize groups of people by using generational labels. Mention baby boomers and an image of Woodstock might take shape; Generation Xers often get portrayed with an MTV clip in the background. When a survey about young people, agriculture, and food surfaces, folks struggle with terms such as Gen Y or millennial. But as an article in Feedstuffs explains, Eve Turow solved that by calling 18- to 34-year-olds "Generation Yum." The name seems to blend well with information from the Feed4Thought survey, as it points out the close connections today's youngsters have with food.
The general findings indicate that younger people are trying to deepen their understanding of agriculture. They are looking into nutrition, animal welfare, and sustainability--and they accept that the "digital revolution has arrived in agriculture." The article suggests that every age, gender, income bracket, household size, and nationality agrees that farmers have a mission to produce safe, nutritious food for consumers. Luckily, we have thousands in the agricultural community working on that.
News from the Far Side of the Barn
Kimberly Nelson Joins CAST Staff as Kylie Peterson Moves to the Beef Council
While the staff members at CAST say farewell to one talented communicator, they welcome another. This week we recognize the wonderful input the organization has had from Kylie Peterson--and we reluctantly say goodbye. At the same time, staff members are excited about the talents that Kimberly Nelson brings in as she takes over the social media/communications position.
Kimberly Nelson gathered her passions for science, agriculture, and communication from many sources, and now she will be using her experience and skills as the "Communications and Social Media Specialist" at CAST. From writing to editing, from USDA regulations work to Iowa State University graduate studies, from research trips in Guam to bicycling pursuits on Iowa's Ragbrai bike trip, Kimberly has a varied background and plenty of abilities. As she said, "I am excited to work with people who are passionate about science. Communicating complex research findings to a diverse group of people can be a difficult process, but I am happy to be part of it." Click here to find out more about CAST's newest staff member.
Kylie Peterson is not only a talented media specialist, she is a cowgirl at heart
--and her love of the beef industry is taking her away from CAST and on to a job as the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Kylie grew up on a cattle farm in Iowa, she excelled in the ag/communications field at Iowa State, and she has been the Communications and Social Media Specialist at CAST for the past year and a half. Along with her various tasks here, Kylie wrote several blogs, and her love of agriculture and communication shine through them--two examples: County Fair Season
and Mason Jar Memories
. As she said "I am truly appreciative for the time I have spent at CAST. I am filled with bittersweet emotions as I take on this new adventure. I can't thank the staff and volunteers enough for welcoming me with open arms and for creating an environment where I could learn, grow, and flourish. This experience--along with the people I have met--will be something I cherish forever."
Friday Notes News Categories
Photos courtesy of the Agricultural Research Service (top masthead); TopLatest News (globe at right). P. 1 student reading photo from jessicabeth.net, blood moon pic from in5d.com, and frog pic from npr.org. Animal Sec. rhino pic from labmanager.com and pig pic from pbs.twimg.com. Food Sec. burger pic from msn.jpg. Plant Sec. plant pic from dengarden.com and tree pic from marinmagazine.com. Inter. Sec. restaurant pic from npr.org and farmer photo from telegraph.co.uk. Gen. Sec. cowgirl collage from ucdavis.edu and water pic from growlermag.com. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
Animal Agriculture and Environmental News
Focused on Research (video): The Iowa Beef Industry Council will fund live animal research, and they have received proposals from 13 states and 8 universities so far.
Sad Update: As a follow-up to a story we printed last week about the challenges of professional bull riding, we note that a rider died after suffering injuries during an event at the National Western Stock Show.
Insects as Chicken Feed: According to this report, black soldier fly larvae meal is beneficial in broiler chicken diets--for feed and as a tool against disease.
Court Ruling Offers Opportunities? (opinion): Charlie Arnot (CEO of The Center for Food Integrity) says the defeat of "ag-gag laws" lets farmers be transparent about their effective, safe production methods. Fighting Pig Disease: Several key swine industry groups will align efforts to reduce the risks from foreign animal diseases by creating the National Swine Disease Council.
Plant Agriculture and Environmental News
Glyphosate "Not a Risk": Canadian health authorities stated that after a thorough scientific review, no research indicates that glyphosate is a cancer risk to humans at the levels humans are currently exposed. Helping Thirsty Peanuts: North Carolina State University specialists are studying peanut varieties to find a "water conservation trait" that would help the plants maintain high yields during a drought.
Check out CAST's page at the YouTube site to view highly regarded ag-science videos about probiotics, food safety, and water issues--or the latest video dealing with proposed mandatory labeling of GMO food items.
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