Ranking as Arkansas’s eighth agricultural commodity and third in total U.S. production, turkeys are more than just a Thanksgiving Day affair. With the number of health-conscious consumers on the rise, Arkansas’s turkey industry is prepared to meet increasing demands, and here’s why.
In a dynamic global marketplace driven by change, Indiana’s food and agricultural industry is no stranger to innovation. In fact, it is a hub for cutting-edge research and development. Recognizing the complex challenges facing the U.S. and abroad from food scarcity to security, Indiana’s businesses, industry associations, universities and government work tirelessly to improve efficiency, productivity and quality at every level.
Yet despite the state’s notable strengths in agricultural innovation over the years, there remained a lack of strategic collaboration among these entities – until now. In 2013, a new set of chapters unfolded, coupling the robust, future tech-oriented story with farming legacy.
From pork to the ports, Indiana is an export hub destined for growth
At first glance, locked in the heartland of the U.S., Indiana’s farmers appear to be at a disadvantage for exports. On the contrary, as the eighth-leading agricultural exporter in the nation, Indiana has capitalized on key strategic advantages in infrastructure, raw materials, transportation and government, which make it an ideal location for global trade.
True fitness requires more than just exercising – otherwise you only do it once and a while. To find the motivation both mentally and physically to workout and then keep working out is often half the battle when it comes to staying “fit.” This is where gyms and fitness clubs become essential. Trained instructors are able to make a routine feel fun and comfortable while pushing you to accomplish more than you often think you’re capable of. For Baltimore residents, there are countless options for getting a workout routine started this new year, but here’s a list of some of the best to get you started on the right foot.
With the holiday season in full swing and as the anticipation of weeks, sometimes months of preparation comes to a close, there is no better time than now to take a pause and reflect on what makes a truly “happy” holidays. Looking to the simple wisdom of our four-legged family members, here are five tips from Baltimore’s animal kingdom for finding some peace and bringing joy to the world in the final weeks of 2014.
It’s more than just a tree; it’s a holiday experience that starts from the moment you step out of the car. Walking down aisles of fresh, sweet smelling firs and pines, checking each tree for the perfect height and girth, and then at last the challenge of cutting your own Christmas tree and preparing it for the ride home – it is these fond memories that keep many people coming back to the farms each year. Before heading out, be sure to review these top Christmas tree farms to see what supplies are needed as well as open hours, tree varieties and payment options. Also, it’s always a good idea to call in advance to make sure that trees are available before driving out to a farm. For more cut-your-own options in the area, check out these Best Christmas Tree Cutting Experiences Near Baltimore.
In efforts to fill a void of pet adoptions in the White Marsh and Perry Hall communities, the Maryland SPCA opened Project Adopt, an off-site pet adoption program, in November 2013 at the White Marsh Mall. This weekend the satellite adoption center is not only celebrating a successful first year, but also 500 pet adoptions and counting.
“One year ago, we opened Project Adopt in White Marsh Mall to help even more homeless pets find homes,” explains Aileen Gabbey, executive director of the Maryland SPCA. “Thanks to amazing community support, more than 500 pets have found homes.”
In recognition of these milestones, the Maryland SPCA is hosting a reception on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. at White Marsh Mall…
Education, commitment and sustainability drive Wisconsin’s brands to new heights
Through high-quality agricultural products, continued education, commitment to community and sustainable practices, Wisconsin brands have found the recipe for success.
Pursuit of Education
Wisconsin is home to many nationally known brands of meat products but it is the smaller, custom meat processors that give the state its reputation for being a cut above in the specialty meat processing world.
Wisconsin’s vast agriculture infrastructure encourages investment and growth
Business grows business, and that’s especially true for Wisconsin’s agricultural enterprises, thanks to a deep, diverse infrastructure capable of serving and supplying nearly every need.
Manufacturing is an important part of the Wisconsin economy. More than 19 percent of the state’s workers are in manufacturing, the second-highest percentage in the nation. Many of those jobs are in industries connected to the state’s $88 billion agriculture sector.
International markets demand “Fresh From Florida” products
Acting as a vital bloodline to the state’s economy by supporting more than 108,000 jobs and generating a total economic impact of over $13 billion, “Fresh From Florida” agricultural export sales increased significantly in 2013 to $4.1 billion, a 1.9 percent increase from the previous year.
As exports have continued to grow every year since 2009, this milestone demonstrates that Florida’s agriculture commodities are gaining popularity in international markets, and opportunities for further growth look promising.