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December 10: With nitrogen and other fertilizers hitting record price levels, Brian Green, technical agronomist with Bayer for northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri talked with Farm to Fork about ways to manage nitrogen optimally. Here’s my full interview with him.December 9: The Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the USDA oversee the beef checkoff, which has seen some legal challenges over the years. You can learn more about the checkoff here.December 8: Kate Greif is Liberty herbicide product manager for BASF and says global supply chain issues will likely affect availability of many crop chemical products well into 2022.December 7: The United Soybean Board will conduct its annual meeting this week to seat new board members and elect new officers. The USB will also begin formal implementation of its new strategic plan.December 6: The U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit held a hearing in mid-November on the subject of the Renewable Economy in Rural America. You can view a recording of the proceedings here.December 3: An organization known as Plant Based Treaty held a November 12 news conference at the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26) to promote its plant-based diet platform. A video recording of the event includes a statement from actress Evanna Lynch (at the 0:42 mark) strongly critical of animal agriculture with respect to greenhouse gas emissions. If you watch the video, make sure you raise the level on the volume control in the lower right corner of the player and that the “Floor” button below the player is selected.December 2: The American Coalition for Ethanol has been trying to get the federal Environmental Protection Agency to conform with the requirements of the Renewable Fuels Standard, as the EPA has delayed releasing figures for blend volumes for 2020 and 2021, and has not come out with a figure for 2022, either. The ACE is also supporting the introduction of the Defend the Blend Act. December 1: A recent episode of the Food Tank podcast featured a panel discussing Sustainable Consumption and Diet, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Health.November 30: The Wisconsin-based Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative is one of many dairy-focused groups who have been pressing lawmakers and policymakers to help with the dairy industry’s labor shortage problem.November 29: In a recent survey of Americans, the American Farm Bureau Federation found that 62% of those surveyed believe farmers are taking active steps to reduce their carbon footprint. Another 20% were not sure but, after the AFBF showed them messages to that effect, more than half of that 20% agreed that farmers were doing a great job with that.