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    Kellanova to make Cheez-It crackers with regenerative wheat for East Coast grocery stores in unique pilot

    Ahold Delhaize USA, owner of Food Lion, Giant Food and Stop & Shop, is teaming with the snacking giant and grain cooperative Bartlett to reduce emissions from field to shelf. 

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    Cargill lays off 178 workers ahead of California meat plant sale

    The company last month inked a deal to sell its Fresno meat facility to Central Valley Meat, the state’s largest beef producer.

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    USDA’s Vilsack touts updated, ‘accountability-focused’ national food waste strategy

    The Agriculture Secretary said the plan has taken on renewed importance as global efforts to curb methane pollution ramp up and farm bill negotiations continue. 

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    USDA awards $50M to help farms hire migrant workers

    The grants are part of a pilot to expand legal migratory pathways in northern Central America through the H-2A visa program.

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    Australia-based Farmbot raises $4.6M for US expansion

    The agtech startup plans to use funding to scale and develop its water monitoring tools for livestock producers.

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    McDonald’s elevates regenerative ag leader to head supply chain

    Cesar Piña, who spearheaded the fast-food chain's commitments around soil health and deforestation-free beef, will be responsible for the company’s vast sourcing footprint.

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    CFO Editorial Staff
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    Tyson Foods CFO suspended after arrest for intoxicated driving

    This is the second alcohol-related incident for John R. Tyson since taking the executive role less than two years ago.

    Updated June 14, 2024
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    Agtech seedlings: Microsoft-backed venture to open Georgia ‘farm of the future’

    Also in this week's farm technology news: AgriCapture issues first carbon credits for regenerative rice, and a major berry supplier inks a deal for new shelf life extension tech.

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    Albertsons promotes new USDA food assistance benefit for kids

    The grocer’s foundation wants to boost participation in a federal program that awards families $120 per eligible child to spend on food this summer.

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    China bans US meat exports from major West Coast logistics facility, disrupting shipping

    The trade action has become a pain point for beef, pork and poultry exporters as far away as the Midwest, who rely on the cold storage hub to move goods out of the Port of Oakland.

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    Mission Produce posts another record quarterly earnings as El Niño effects linger

    California-based company's global sourcing capabilities have allowed it to stay ahead as unseasonably warm weather impacts avocado production.

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    Courtesy of Rachel Malish
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    Whole Foods broadens quality standards for meat products

    The grocer said it is looking to improve accountability and transparency as well as broaden the scope of suppliers it can work with.

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    House Republicans set up partisan food fight with proposed USDA, FDA budget cuts

    Disagreements over USDA and FDA funding levels are making it more likely appropriations bills won’t be passed on time, requiring another extension.

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    Judge temporarily blocks disaster aid for women and minority farmers

    The USDA program likely violated the constitutional rights of white men, the Texas court ruled.

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    Border agents reach tentative deal with Canadian government, averting strike

    Potential labor action facing two major railroads, however, still threatens cross-border trade.

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    Wyoming becomes 12th state to report bird flu in dairy cows

    As the outbreak widens, Iowa is urging the Biden administration to compensate farmers for lost milk production.

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    Perdue taps insider to lead agribusiness unit

    Perry Aulie, who helmed the company's value-added business, will take over next month.

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    Cargill, Target and FibreTrace partner to verify raw cotton

    Luminescent pigments are integrated into raw cotton to track it throughout the global supply chain.

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    Smithfield buys dry sausage plant from Cargill

    The Nashville, Tennessee, facility has the capacity to make 50 million pounds of pizza toppings, charcuterie and other goods.

  • Vanilla bean volatility could drive up ice cream prices

    While supply constraints are not expected to last long, growers warn of a potential cost problem.

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    Canada border agent strike deadline extended

    Shippers have been carefully monitoring union labor negotiations and are raising the alarm of potential transportation slowdowns in the case of a walkout. 

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    Prop 12 offsets ‘big pop’ in pork market, expert says

    Increased demand from Mexico and other trading partners is keeping prices afloat as domestic consumption sags.

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    Agtech seedlings: Pairwise develops ‘world’s first’ seedless blackberry

    In other farm technology news: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' philanthropic fund awards $300 million to create a sustainable protein hub, and breeding innovations from a Michigan State scientist could create a healthier potato chip.

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    Opinion

    The seafood industry must recognize that healthy seas require safeguarding human rights

    While businesses have made strides in becoming more environmentally responsible, they must also hasten efforts to eliminate labor abuses or risk consumer backlash and legal repercussions.

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    Bird flu in dairy cattle reported for first time in Iowa, Minnesota as outbreak spreads

    Cases have now been detected in herds across 11 states as public health officials scramble to scale biosecurity measures on farms.

    Updated June 6, 2024