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Monday, May 13, 2013

Cute Chicks!

Enter the USDA Cutest Bird Photo Contest.


The four-month Cutest Bird Photo Contest began in March. At the end of each month, the winning photos will be posted on the Biosecurity For Birds website. The winners will be considered for inclusion on the 2014 Biosecurity For Birds Calendar. 

The Biosecurity For Birds program, begun in 2004, is designed to educate backyard poultry owners and bird enthusiasts about highly contagious poultry diseases and other threats to birds. The program helps inform bird lovers how to prevent disease and tells them what to do if they suspect their birds are infected. 

For an entry form, contest rules and more information, visit the USDA website.

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Farmer Fly-In

Farmers plant seeds in legislators.


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A group of farmers from around the nation participate in a "Farmer Fly-In” to Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers in two days of advocacy and policy trainings about the importance of supporting local and regional food systems. (Source: The Union

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Animal House

Today’s college campuses are planting the seeds of a sustainable future for those less fortunate.


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University students are learning how to secure an environmentally sound food supply for those less fortunate, learning how to teach others about the benefits of knowing where one’s food comes from. (Source: Reuters

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Tastes Like Chicken?

Forget chickens, rabbits and goats; insects might be the next big thing in urban livestock.


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As the global population grows,a United Nations report says that one way to feed the estimated 9 billion people that will be living on the earth by 2050 will be to raise common houseflies to feed to our livestock.(Source: The Guardian

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Well, lobster kind of are insects!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 5/29/2013 11:41:02 PM
On "Taste like chicken?"

Up until as recent as 40 years ago lobster was not as nearly popular as it is today. It's considered by many as a scavenger, a trash fish. Now it's in high priced restaurant, where if you have to ask the price means you really can't afford or willing to pay whatever price. It's in the education of the masses, acquiring a taste, or somebody influential finding a way to popularize it.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 5/26/2013 2:33:54 PM
g, g, GA
Posted: 5/22/2013 9:52:38 PM
n, n, NE
Posted: 5/21/2013 11:57:38 PM

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