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    States enact dairy cattle travel restrictions over bird flu concerns

    Key trading partners are monitoring the situation closely, with Mexico taking steps to reinforce surveillance and inspection of livestock from the U.S.

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    Agtech Seedlings: Amazon backs methane capture startup | Agco unveils precision ag brand PTx

    Also in this week's farm technology news: ADM and Solugen break ground on a biomanufacturing facility, plus Ginkgo Bioworks bolsters its microbial development pipeline.

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    House ag chair targets May for farm bill action

    Rep. Glenn Thompson hopes to move the package out of committee before Memorial Day as Republicans raise the alarm about a lack of progress.

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    Congress needs to up funding for food safety oversight, FDA official says

    More money is key to supporting new initiatives such as food safety, supply chain resiliency and infrastructure modernization, Deputy Commissioner Jim Jones said.

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    North Carolina becomes 7th state to report bird flu in dairy herds

    As more cows test positive, a prominent industry group has decided on a new name for avian influenza in cattle.

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    Divert plans 3rd anaerobic digestion facility

    The plant in North Carolina comes as the company expands with the aim of processing 5% of all wasted food in the U.S. by 2031.

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    Russia seizes assets of agricultural firm AgroTerra

    The move follows similar operational seizures of Western companies such as Danone and Carlsberg.

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    New WIC rules provide families with more money for fruits and vegetables

    The changes, meant to align with dietary guidance from nutrition groups, reduces allotments for dairy, drawing pushback from the sector.

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    Consumers trading down to less expensive meat: survey

    Data from retail data science, insights and media company 84.51° found 43% of consumers are cooking dishes with less meat because of high grocery costs.

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    Judge cuts Bayer’s $1.5B Roundup verdict by more than 60%

    The crop sciences giant is ramping up its legal defense to fight mounting litigation, which has weighed its business.

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    Case Foods, Mountaire settle wage-fixing claims for a combined $22M

    The poultry processors were allegedly part of a conspiracy to suppress worker pay while the industry reaped record profits.

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    Baltimore port channel set to fully reopen by end of May

    The Army Corps of Engineers is working to open a temporary channel for auto and farm equipment shipments.

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    Drying up: Can desert farms survive a changing climate?

    As heat waves and water shortages threaten the future of agriculture in the U.S. Southwest, innovations in technology and plant breeding could help crops continue to bloom.

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    Contaminated milk equipment potential source of bird flu spread to cattle: USDA

    Farm workers wearing contaminated clothes or shoes while milking the cows could also be responsible for the recent viral outbreak in dairy herds.

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    USDA commits $1.5B to conservation and climate-smart agriculture

    The funding — the most in the program's history — is available for "partner-driven conservation and climate solutions," under President Biden's Investing in America agenda.

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    Grocers lose billions in meat sales as mass retailers gain market share

    Millennials have fueled the shift to supercenters, according to new research from FMI — The Food Industry Association.

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    Agtech Seedlings: Agco finalizes major tech deal with Trimble

    Also in this week’s agriculture technology news: Seso raises $26 million to develop an agricultural HR platform, and Edible Garden shifts production of its potted herbs in-house.

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    Dairy farmers urged to beef up biosecurity amid bird flu concerns

    As more cases are being detected across the U.S., producers are encouraged to closely monitor for sick cattle, limit herd movement and wear protective gear.

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    SEC stays climate-risk disclosure rule as it works through legal challenges

    The agency maintains that the regulation is within the agency’s authority and said it “will continue vigorously defending the Final Rules’ validity in court.”

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    After collapse of Cooks Venture, chicken farmers look for answers

    Poultry growers face stress and financial hardship from the sudden closure of an Arkansas-based company. State intervention made things worse, they say.

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    Pesticide deadly to honeybees could see a requiem in Vermont

    Farmers coat seeds with neonicotinoid pesticides as a guardrail against invasive pests, but researchers have found that the chemical does little to move the needle on crop yields.

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    Cal-Maine ceases operations at Texas facility after bird flu detected

    The nation’s largest egg producer depopulated nearly 2 million birds as a result of the outbreak as cases now mount in U.S. dairy herds.

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    Cooks Venture tried to raise chickens better. Then 1M birds were killed.

    Arkansas farmers were left to pick up the pieces following the unexpected closure of a poultry company known for its free-range chickens. 

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    How a new wave of clean fuels bills could spur a biogas boom

    New Mexico just became the fourth state to enact a program, which has the potential to give biogas projects from landfills and on-farm digesters a boost. Could more states soon follow?

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    Person tests positive for bird flu after contact with infected dairy cows in Texas

    This is the second case of avian influenza identified in a person in the U.S. as a peculiar strain of the virus spreads to cattle across the country.

    Updated April 2, 2024