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ISSUE DATE: 12/30/2013

Waste not, want not

By Jennifer M. Latzke

That last piece of pizza in the greasy take-out box. The fresh fruits and vegetables that rot before you can eat them. A take-home container of beef and broccoli that sits on the refrigerator shelf long past its expiration date.

All those leftovers neatly stored in doggy bags in refrigerators and those plate scrapings that go down the garbage disposal add up to about 133 billion pounds of food every year that are wasted from U.S. retail food stores, restaurants and homes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA estimates American consumers waste 30 percent to 40 percent of the food supply. In 2008, that amount of uneaten food in homes and restaurants was valued at about $48.3 billion, or $390 per consumer. That’s more than the average month’s worth of food expenditures for a household. The Food Waste Reduction Alliance further estimates that 25 percent to 40 percent of the food that is grown, processed and transported in the United States will never be consumed.


NEWS

Dodge City named top true Western town by True West Magazine
Lawmakers frustrated, optimistic about farm bill
Sesame seed oil extract may improve soy oil for frying
Survey of farmers and ranchers demonstrates that Congress needs to pass the farm bill

CROPS

Colorado drought will take a decade to overcome
Drought workshop planned Jan. 9 in Garden City
Farm and Ranch Estate Planning Workshops set in January in High Plains
Farm computer conference planned
Follow grain bin safety tips
Iowa State faculty member to head Distillers Grains Technology Council
Montana citizens to help streamline state food regulations
National Grange seeks volunteers to preserve history
Nebraska dry edible bean variety trials available on UNL Extension website
Nebraska Tourism Commission's 2014 Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop set for February
Nebraska Wheat Growers Association elects new president
New edition of Nebraska groundwater atlas available
Oklahoma Farm Bureau names 2013 Champion Award recipients
Rural Life Conference set for Feb. 28
Sorghum U events return for a second year in 2014
Student business launched through ISU Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative
Texas benefits from farm and conservation programs
Topeka Farm Show set Jan. 7-9
USDA grants support organic agriculture research
Waste not, want not

LIVESTOCK

2014 SowBridge program to cover current topics, including PEDV
ABC asks judge to throw out 'pink slime' lawsuit
American Lowline juniors to have heifer raffle
Angus association elects new board members, officers
Beef conference offers timely information
Beef cow longevity series set for early 2014
Cattle on feed numbers released
CDA reminds producers to test herd for trich
Claire Davis memorial celebration Jan. 1
Cow-calf webinar provides 2014 outlook
Denver newspaper exec Singleton to lead Kick-Off Parade
Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College at USMARC Jan. 28
'Find Your Western Spirit' is theme for 2014 NWSS
Fire at Cargill plant expected to cause only minor disruption
Fischers named Red Angus Personality of the Year
Fred Hamilton named 2014 Citizen of the West
Fuller joins Brangus Publications team
Go to the source of calf diarrhea to stop it
Heart of America Dairy Expo set Jan. 23-25
'Heifer Development 2: Maintaining Your Investment' set for January, February
Heifer Mart joins activities in the Yards
Make plans to attend the Three-State Beef Conference
Manure spill reply leads to call for hog permits
MCA Convention to feature session on the keys to profitability
Missouri company prepares to process horse meat
National Western Complex becomes Center
National Western Stock Show schedule of events
New cuts key to sustaining U.S. beef growth in Taiwan
Northeast Iowans top Extravaganza competition
Plan to attend Feedlot Forum 2014 in Sioux Center
Planning, reality and planning
Providing safe, wholesome beef is most important
Quality up in face of drought
Quang Ho is Coors featured artist
Rancher Relief Fund reminds producers applications are open
Risk management important to cattle industry in coming years
Simple steps to up your cow herd's profitability
Stable flies can decrease weight of cattle, producers' profits
Student employment opportunities at Iowa State Swine Teaching Farm
The Red Meat Club dinner set for Jan. 16
Tickets to the National Western include free parking
UNL's Mobile Cattle Tracker app offers data collection system

EDITOR

No farm bill for Christmas
Reader expresses concern about Lesser Prairie Chicken plans
Shopping dilemmas of a farm mom

COLUMNS

2014 must be about preventing erosion
Company introduces hog feeder product to management line
Encourage your family to help others
End of 2013 is upon us
Farm bill tops list of unfinished business for Congress in 2013
Holiday musings
In other agribusiness news...
NuFarm opens production facility to the media
Protecting dairy cattle immune function critical during transition period
The sale barn: You never know what's going to come through that gate
Tire lines added for large machines

MARKETS

Arkansas livestock auction summary
Colorado livestock feeder cattle summary
Dunlap livestock auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids slightly to moderately lower
Hay trade very slow
Most hay classes selling steady
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report

RANGE

2014 Pasture Management Series sign-up is open
NMSU experts to speak at Southwest Hay and Forage Conference
UW Extension range specialist receives honor for service
Workshops will offer ranchers profitability tips

FAMILY

Celebrate the Decades of Decadence
Cut back on sugar, HFCS or not
Economical Seaside fits many needs
Extension Master Gardener classes start Jan. 28
Feral hogs find a home in Oklahoma
Gardening tips for January
Growing a 'Cracker Jack' garden possible with planning and patience
Leave leaves alone
Meditation
Research highlights health benefits of community gardens

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