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University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences researcher Brenna Ellison, plus Kathleen Brooks, and Taro Mieno of the University of Nebraska completed a study that found for many consumers, buying a gallon of milk is much more complex than finding the preferred fat content and expiration date. They want to know how the cows were treated, what they were fed, whether they received growth hormones or antibiotics, whether the milk is organic, and so on. The recent University of Illinois study ranks which of these production attributes are most important to buyers for four different products: beef, chicken, milk, and eggs.

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In March, 2014, the Consumer Reports® National Research Center conducted a nationally representative phone survey to assess consumer opinion regarding the labeling of organic food (tables for all questions are included in the appendix). Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) of Princeton, New Jersey administered the survey to a nationally representative sample of 1,016 adult U.S. residents (half of the respondents were women) through its CARAVAN Omnibus Survey. Respondents were selected by means of random-digit dialing and were interviewed via phone. The data were statistically weighted so that respondents in the survey were demographically and geographically representative of the U.S. population.

Sales of organic food in the US have increased exponentially in the past decade. Our study found that the majority of US consumers buy organic food; thus, how this food is labeled directly affects most of the US population. Our findings suggest that when it comes to organic food labeling the general theme is that consumers demand more! More information, more regulation, more standards. If their organic produce is from a different country, consumers want information about this on the labeling. If organic fish will be developed, consumers want standards for this. If artificial ingredients will be used in organic products, consumers demand regulations and periodic review of these ingredients. Increased standardization of organic food labeling is something consumers want and need.

 

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The Patio Lecture Series brings experts and citizens together to visit about topics of interest to homeowners you live where nature and the city meet. Each program will be at the Williamson County Extension Office Training Room. The cost of the series will be $25 or $10 at the door if you only want to attend a single program.

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A mosquito abatement workshop is scheduled for March 24 at the J.B. and Hallie Jester Building located at 1801 Old Settlers Blvd  in Round Rock with registration at 8 a.m. and the program from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a registration fee of $50 which includes lunch, handbooks and other workshop materials.

This workshop is designed to train personnel in cities and municipalities that are in the field of mosquito abatement or are working on setting up a mosquito control program.

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