New Row Farm Nurseries Fri, 20 May 2022 22:26:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Row Farm Nurseries 32 32 Evening Edition | Friday, May 20, 2022 Fri, 20 May 2022 21:48:11 +0000

In tonight’s edition, learn about farmland values, drought conditions in the Corn Belt and John Deere’s deal to sell a revolutionary baler.

Farmland values

A report from the Federal Reserve this week said: “Consistent with the previous quarter, the value of rainfed cropland increased more than 20% from a year ago in agricultural-intensive Federal Reserve districts. .”

The report, based on surveys of farm bankers, said the increases were particularly large in Kanas, Iowa and three Rocky Mountain states. Land values ​​jumped 29% in Kansas, 28% in Iowa and 32% in Colorado, Wyoming and northern New Mexico.

Drought conditions and planting progress

Editor Madelyn Ostendorf reports on rainfall and good days for fieldwork in the Corn Belt.

In particular, in South Dakota, drought conditions have intensified over the past week. Five central counties in the state are experiencing extreme conditions, representing 4% of the state. Eleven central counties and 12 in the southeast corner reported severe conditions, or 19% of South Dakota. Overall, 73% are abnormally dry or worse.

New press design

Editor Alex Gray reports on John Deere’s deal with Twin Pak owners Mike and Jason Grady to sell their revolutionary baler design.

While John Deere already has a fairly robust selection of balers in its lineup, the Grady Twin Pak will complement its existing lineup.

The Twin Pak is a three-string baler with patented technology that allows it to wrap up to two square bales of hay at the same time. It can wrap bales from 90 to 120 pounds, filling a gap in Deere’s current baler offering.

Plant-based alternatives to meat battle for restaurant market share Fri, 20 May 2022 14:12:57 +0000

A sustainability theme that promises to emerge at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago this week is the expanding world of plant-based meat substitutes.

Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have raised the bar for meat alternatives, and their product lines continue to grow. Beyond Pepperoni is a FABI Award winner at this year’s show, for example, as is Impossible Meatballs.

Other plant-based FABI winners include “Chicken TiNDLE” from Next Gen Foods, Egg Folded from Eat Just Inc. and a salmon burger (without salmon) from Good Catch.

It’s all part of a wave of next-gen plant proteins emerging, hoping to steal market share. And with that comes new technologies targeting the plant world, like a burger-building chef robot designed specifically for these products.

As consumers seek to reduce their meat consumption for both health and environmental reasons, the parade of plant-based restaurant concepts shows no signs of slowing down.

UK-based Neat Burger arrived in New York with plans to grow in the US, using proprietary products for pea-protein-based burgers, chicken and seafood dishes. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is an investor.

Philadelphia-based HipCityVeg this week opened its 11and located in Washington, DC’s Navy Yard, and will launch its first plant-based hot cart next week, sponsored by Beyond Meat.

Atlanta-based Slutty Vegan opened its fifth location this week in Athens, Georgia, and recently raised $25 million in Series A funding from Danny Meyer’s Enlightened Hospitality Investments and Richlieu Dennis’ New Voices Fund. .

Even meat-based Portillo’s, known for its beefy hot dogs, introduced its first plant-based version this week using Field Roast.

And longtime pioneers of meatless menus are expanding their brands.

The 30-unit, Los Angeles-based Veggie Grill launched the new Stand-Up Burger concept last year. In June, Stand-Up Burger is set to open its fourth unit (and the first in Los Angeles). Five more are set to open before the end of 2022 – including the first location in New York – and the company plans to launch a franchise.

Stand-Up Burgers uses an Impossible Foods patty, while Veggie Grill tends to use more Beyond Meat, which President TK Pillan says has a “cleaner allergen-free ingredient platter” that matches the health halo of the parent brand.

Veggie Grill has also expanded plant-based alternatives to many other meat categories, such as deli meats, various chicken products, and cheeses with different functions.

Pillan argues that Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods remain the leaders when it comes to meat burgers. But he welcomes the innovation that continues in the space.

“I think it’s great,” he said. “There is category innovation and people trying to create a healthier veggie burger option. It just shows the growth of the overall category as there are now multiple segments.

Here is a sample of some of the herbal offerings to look for at the salon:

Board of Supervisors, District 5 » Holtville Tribune Thu, 19 May 2022 22:03:34 +0000

The Holtville area has been represented for about 11 years by Ray Castillo, who took over as District 5 Supervisor in 2011. But this election he faces formidable competition from farmer John Hawk and accountant /real estate consultant Carlos Zaragoza. While Hawk is a political newcomer, he’s well known in the community and should get plenty of votes just for his name. Zaragoza will also prove competitive; although he was never elected, he participated in hard-fought election campaigns over the years.

Raymond R. Castillo

Age: 74

Town of residence: Holtville

Family: Married to my wife, Gloria, for 54 years, I have four grown daughters and one grown son. I also have 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Ray Castillo

Current job: Retired; prior to seeking elected office, I was employed for 34 years in various law enforcement agencies, Holtville Police Department, Imperial County PO III Probation Department; United States Customs Service and finally as California Department of Corrections working various assignments in corrections including, Parole Officer I, Parole Officer II, Correctional Counselor I, Community Resource Manager, parole office supervisor

Political experience: Currently serving as Imperial County Supervisor for District 5. Has served since January 2011. Has been re-elected twice, now seeking a fourth term on the Board of Supervisors; elected to El Centro City Council November 2001, appointed Mayor 2003-2004, City Council term ended November 2005

Other Board Affiliations/Memberships/Positions: Appointed to the Planning Commission of the City of El Centro, 1995-2001; Life Member, Fraternal Order of Eagles; life member, El Centro Los Vigilantes; life member, Knights of Columbus.

Education: 1973, AA degree, Imperial Valley College; 1977, BS, San Diego State University

Reasons to run and main problems: Not provided

Jean Faucon

Age: 72

Town of residence: Holtville

Family: Married, Susie Hawk; five children, 13 grandchildren

Jean Faucon

Current job: Self-employed at Horizon Farms in Holtville (agribusiness); worked in agriculture for 48 years

Political experience: Holtville Unified School District board member, age 13

Other Board Affiliations/Memberships/Positions: board member of the Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association, 20; Member and Board Member, Trinity Baptist Church

Education: Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, Cal Poly Pomona

Reasons to run and main problems: I’ve run my business for over 40 years, and with new ideas and innovation, we could make our county work as it should. Our roads and bridges are in disarray. Our communities, our businesses and our families need safe and reliable roads and infrastructure.

We need sustainable jobs, not corporate solar farms that kill our local jobs. Together we can lead on lithium in the Salton Sea to create sustainable, well-paying jobs.

I would like to see our county work hand in hand with the IID to solve the problems within our county, repair our bridges with the cooperation of both sides. When we can work together, everyone, especially the taxpayer, will win. Our roads and bridges are used by IID, County, Fire, Sheriff, Border Patrol and all of us. It is a victory for all of us. I would appreciate your vote, John Hawk.

Carlos Zaragoza

Age: 73

Town of residence: Holtville

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Family: Married, to Alicia Carrera Zaragoza; together we raised our own children and were adoptive parents to over 16 others (over a 20 year period).

Carlos Zaragoza

Current job: Accountant/Real estate consultant

Employment history : Worked as director of an international product import/export company; terminal manager/sales manager of a large freight company; auditor/appraiser in the Imperial County Assessor’s Office and at the same time taught accountancy at a private business school; worked for over 20 years with the California State Board of Equalization as a senior auditor/evaluator of multi-million dollar utility companies; formulated and taught “The Auditing of Public Services” and taught the course at the University of Utah to certify auditors/evaluators to perform multi-state audits.

Political experience: Nothing

Other Board Affiliations/Memberships/Positions: Member of St. Francis Home for Children; former treasurer of the Imperial County Foster Parents Association; past president of Kiwanis Early Risers; current commander of American Legion Post 138; member of the board of directors of TREES, a philanthropic organization, and member of the NAACP, because we are all people of color.

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Cal Poly, Pomona, graduated with honors.

Reasons to run and main problems: I show up to serve and benefit the people of Imperial County. I served as an adoptive parent working to improve the lives of children; to give them a chance. My wife and I adopted two foster children. I continue to improve the lives of children through leadership and fundraising for the Kiwanis club. I am a United States Army veteran who served his country and I am a strong advocate for veterans through my participation in the American Legion. I do what it takes and I get things done.

I have extensive experience in business management and organization and will focus on EFFICIENCY. Streamlining and improving operations will get the money to our county. First responders are underpaid and understaffed; bridges are crumbling and unsafe and roads are in poor condition. We have to find the money to fix them.

Our departments must be adequately staffed, upgraded and compensated. Geothermal and lithium mining will create an influx of building permits, which in turn will create an influx of property tax assessments. Money will not flow and will not flow until the documents are processed.

Let’s fix what’s broken and work together to meet the needs and best interests of our community!

PJM sees the need for thermal power plants to protect against the risk of blackouts in the context of increasing electrification Thu, 19 May 2022 15:06:44 +0000

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Diving brief:

  • The combination of around 33 GW of electrification load with a 70% carbon-free generation fleet strongly shifts the risk of blackouts to winter compared to summer, reinforcing the need for enough power plants to fossil and nuclear fuels to meet demand, PJM Interconnection said in a report Tuesday.

  • The analysis shows a growing need for resources that can deliver power quickly as wind and solar power decline during the afternoon as electricity consumption increases, PJM said in the report, Energy transition in PJM: emerging characteristics of a decarbonizing network. The ramp in 2035 could reach 73 GW on some winter days, and natural gas and coal generation provided about half of the ramp capacity according to modeling conducted by PJM, according to the report.

  • “Increased electrification and the move to a winter peak system will fundamentally change what it means to be reliable in PJM,” said Glen Thomas, president of the PJM Power Providers Group, a trade organization, on Wednesday. “Decarbonization is important, but it has to be done reliably, and reliability is going to be more difficult than it has been in the past.”

Overview of the dive:

The PJM report is based on one issued in December looking at issues such as electrification. The report’s findings should be seen as “benchmarks” for future study and discussion, according to the network operator.

The report is based on three 2035 scenarios: a 40% carbon-free “base” scenario, a 50% “political” scenario corresponding to the state’s energy objectives in the PJM zone and a 70% “accelerated” scenario. .

Carbon-free resources accounted for about 39% of the electricity generated at PJM in 2021, according to Monitoring Analytics, the network operator’s market monitor.

Last year, gas generation accounted for 37.9% of electricity produced at PJM, followed by nuclear at 32.8%, coal at 22.2%, and wind, solar and hydro. hydro at 6.2% combined, Monitoring Analytics said in a statement. annual market report released in March.

PJM system planners have long focused on the hottest summer days, and generators and the market have paid little attention to winter, according to Union senior energy analyst Mike Jacobs. of Concerned Scientists.

However, with electrification, PJM expects winter demand to increase by 15% and summer load to climb by 7%, making winter the grid operator’s peak period, according to the network operator analysis.

“To make the ops realize that we’re tight in winter, just focus on the mind because right now winter hasn’t been such a priority, and I think that’s that’s why we’ve had incidents in winter that scare people,” Jacobs said Wednesday, referring to winter storm Uri and the polar vortex of 2014.

Instead of peak electricity use for a few hours in the late afternoon on a hot summer day, it would occur in the winter, starting around 6 p.m. and lasting longer, according to Thomas. “It’s a pretty fundamental change,” he said, noting that it has implications for how to respond to the peak period.

Winter charging form with electrification

Extract of PJM interconnection May 18, 2022

This change could affect how PJM plans to have enough power in winter, Jacobs said, noting that wind farms perform well in winter while solar suffers.

With electrification, PJM in its latest report found that the effective carrying capacity of onshore and offshore wind, or ELCC – a measure of the reliability value of a resource – drops from 6% and 15% respectively to 22% and 45%. Solar’s ELCC drops to 6% from 32% and solar coupled with energy storage drops to 31% from 35% in the electrification scenario.

“These [PJM] reports indicate that we need to be smarter about how we look at resource adequacy, and this attention to winter and ELCC usage have been key steps in being able to have this conversation,” said said Jacobs. “There is no doubt that we are going to have to make changes during this transition.”

In addition to shifting resource adequacy risk from PJM to winter, electrification increases the role that retail rate design and energy storage could play in managing high levels of renewable energy. , according to the report.

The study indicates that market reforms are needed to encourage operational flexibility, according to PJM.

In a scenario of high renewable energy penetration, energy storage provided more than 80% of the necessary reserves. “There is an opportunity for PJM and stakeholders to explore the participation of renewable resources in the reserves market,” the network operator said.

PJM said the study shows transmission, energy storage and emerging technologies will be needed to manage the evolution of the grid across its footprint, which spans 13 mid-Atlantic and North American states. Midwest and the District of Columbia.

According to the scenarios studied by PJM, gas generation fell by approximately 40% and coal generation by approximately 35% from the base scenario to the accelerated scenario, leading to a drop in carbon dioxide emissions of approximately 40% , PJM said in the report.

Annual energy production by fuel type

Extract of PJM interconnection May 18, 2022

PJM said it plans to refine the study in future reports by assessing issues such as accelerated coal and gas plant retirements, dispatchable renewable resources and potential transmission expansion.

Organic farming between sustainability, food security and well-being Wed, 18 May 2022 17:46:52 +0000

In recent years, the global agricultural system has faced a series of enormous challenges ranging from the climate emergency to food security. In this context, awareness of the human impact on climate change, on ecosystems, but also on food is emerging with increasing intensity. Most countries around the world are beginning to consider organic farming as a potential alternative to mitigate adverse effects.

While certainly not a recent practice, there has been a growing trend towards organic farming during the pandemic, both on the supply and demand side – mainly due to disruptions supply chains. According to the FAO, 187 countries practice some sort of organic production with a total of around 72 million hectares under official and certified organic management. This means only 1.5% of all arable land on the planet. However, interest in this type of production continues to grow, driven by major attention to the transparency of the supply chain as well as to the food origin – increasingly local – and above all to the evolution consumer priorities for healthy eating.

However, is organic farming really more sustainable? Is the same type of organic food healthier compared to a product from conventional agriculture? And what role does food security play in an increasingly de-globalised context tending towards local-type production? These are the topics addressed by the guests and experts of the seventh episode of Global Trends, the BKT Network format dedicated to the macro-trends that characterize world agriculture.

“There is not enough data available to prove that the differences between organic products and those obtained by conventional agriculture are all significant for human health. The fundamental difference for each person is the variety of foods that are part of their diet. The level of vitamins or minerals in yields can actually vary, but the difference is more in the type of crop than the agronomic practice,” says Barbara Bray, Honorary Head of International Affairs at the Nutrition Society and co-chair of the 2022 Conference. Oxford Farm. – “Also the labeling system plays its part. Consumers are increasingly confused by the “rumor” of marketing labels emphasizing certain aspects over others. For example, the focus is on the ethical origin of food. However, this does not necessarily mean that it is organic.

Organic farming has certainly raised the awareness that food production must undergo substantial changes in terms of its environmental impact. “Farmers and consumers are increasingly aware of the impact that soil management has on the health of our planet and, therefore, on the individual health of people. One may disagree on what might be an effective alternative, but organic farming as well as regenerative farming have undoubtedly brought the issue to light. And all understood that there was a need for change. says Jeff Moyer, CEO of the Rodale Institute. – “In particular, the pandemic has reinforced the need for locally produced and healthier foods. This applies all the more to new generations who are increasingly wondering how the food we eat is produced and how it affects our health.

Soil is a key element of this push towards organic since the latter is fundamentally not a renewable source. The rate of degradation can be rapid, while the processes of formation and regeneration are very slow. “We need to turn the tide.” says Roger Kerr, managing director of Organic Farmers & Growers and trustee of the Organic Research Centre. “Our food system is based on finite sources. We have reached the limit in terms of the use of chemicals. There is a real need to change the way we produce our food, and being organic is one of them, although not the only one. What is truly inspiring, however, is the fact that in organic farming we can find a natural inclination towards innovation, a progressive attitude to overcome challenges due to strict regulations and find alternative solutions. For this reason, the dialogue between farmers, who exchange ideas and compare each other, has also increased. »

Organic farming has certainly led to a great awareness of what we are going to produce and consume. Giving her perspective on this aspect, Cristina Micheloni from the Italian Organic Farming Association: “In Italy, organic farming is well advanced – corresponding to 16.6% of national agriculture – but a large part is for export. The consumption of organic food must improve considerably. Not just in this country. To achieve important global goals, we absolutely must change our eating habits: reduce the consumption of foods of animal origin and reduce waste. Currently, we throw away a third of our products! And we also need to “push” organic more strongly in the food chain. This is the only way to reach the point where we will be using organic production on a global scale, feeding 10 billion people, without the need to further increase acreage.

This increased awareness shows how deeply linked food production and consumption are. Purchasing choices influence the production system and therefore the environment. According to experts, the demand for organic food will increase further, requiring at the same time an important dialogue with conventional agriculture. Global food demand will require a kind of hybrid agriculture that best unites organic production with the techniques and practices of other methods. The full episode is available at the following link:

Industry Insights from NIZO – The “Next Generation” of Plant-Based Beverages: Protein Parity Wed, 18 May 2022 09:05:00 +0000

The global plant-based “dairy” beverage market is valued at over $14 billion and continues to grow rapidly. Meanwhile, consumer demand for healthier products is increasing awareness of the importance of nutritional parity, including protein levels, whether with ‘regular’ dairy milk or high-fat drinks. increasingly popular proteins. Renske Janssen, Protein Technology Project Manager for NIZO, explains why success in this market requires more than just adding protein to the mix, and how a careful balance of components is essential.

René Floris: How do plant protein drinks compare to milk in terms of protein?

Renske Janssen: Regular dairy milk typically contains just over 3 grams of protein per 100 grams, while fortified protein dairy drinks can contain 20 grams or more of protein per serving, which is a big jump. These protein-rich drinks are traditionally used by specific groups such as athletes and the elderly to build muscle mass and help meet the recommended daily protein intake. However, the trend towards healthy products is attracting the interest of more types of consumers.

The world of vegetable proteins, on the other hand, is very diverse and each vegetable protein behaves in a different way. Some are already used to make milk substitutes that approach dairy milk protein levels: soy beverages, for example. But other plant-based drinks struggle to reach protein parity even with regular dairy milk. Rice and oat “milks”, for example, generally have low levels of protein and high amounts of carbohydrates.