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    Major US egg producer lays off hundreds after bird flu outbreak

    Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch is cutting positions in Michigan, where the virus has accelerated both in poultry and dairy cattle.

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    USDA awards $300M to grow agricultural trade in new export markets

    The funding comes from the controversial Commodity Credit Corporation, which has come under mounting scrutiny from Republicans during farm bill negotiations.

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    5 takeaways from the House farm bill draft

    Lawmakers are split over food assistance and climate-smart agriculture proposals, although farm groups praised Republicans' efforts to boost safety net and trade promotion funding.

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    California mushroom workers forced to live in moldy, insect-ridden conditions: DOL

    A disgruntled employee’s fatal shooting of seven other workers at the two Half Moon Bay farms in January 2023 spurred a federal investigation.

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    Deere lays off nearly 200 additional Iowa workers as tractor giant slows production

    The farm machinery manufacturer has notified 500 employees about job cuts from its Waterloo operations since late March.

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    Courtesy of BCG
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    How companies should approach compliance under multiple climate reporting regulations: BCG

    Companies may need to reorganize as climate disclosure mandates take shape, says Tim Mohin, a partner and director at Boston Consulting Group.

  • A migrant worker harvests organic zucchini on a farm in Colorado.
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    USDA wants to make it easier for farms to go organic

    The department is investing an extra $10 million to expand market opportunities and help producers transition their operations.

  • A view from a silver catwalk of Upside Foods' bioreactors in its EPIC facility and the stairs and walkway for people to access the tops of the machines.
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    Courtesy of Upside Foods
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    Cultivated meat becomes part of the US culture wars

    Alabama and Florida banned products made from animal cells, playing into claims that lab-grown meat is a threat to livestock farming.

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    House Republicans unveil farm bill text, kicking off partisan fight

    The proposal "doesn’t provide a path forward to getting a bill passed on the House Floor," the top Democrat on the Agriculture Committee said.

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    Deere lowers outlook as equipment sales slow due to declining farm income

    The company is cutting production as high interest rates, weather volatility and other factors weigh on demand for tractors and lawnmowers.

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    Agtech seedlings: Fresh Del Monte to manufacture biofertilizer from pineapple waste

    Also in this week's farm technology news: FarmRaise introduces a platform for companies to manage agricultural sustainability programs, and FMC taps AI to accelerate product discovery.

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    OSHA heat standard clears regulatory hurdle

    As rulemaking progresses, the Department of Labor said it will prioritize heat-related inspections in agricultural industries that employ H-2A workers.

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    Cattle rebuilding unlikely as high interest rates and costs stick around

    Despite improving pasture conditions, farmers continue to sell off their herds, pushing up prices and compressing margins for meat giants like Tyson Foods.

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    Bayer details layoffs as company shake-up continues

    The reduction of 1,500 roles in the first quarter is part of CEO Bill Anderson’s plan to shrink Bayer’s bureaucracy and “radically realign” its culture.

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    How dairy farms should interpret CDC guidance on bird flu

    Farmers should not see the agency’s biosecurity recommendations as a “one-size-fits-all” solution, a veterinarian and public health expert said.

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    Mass Energy Works, Clean Energy Fuels to build 9 dairy digesters in $130M venture

    The agreement is set to produce an estimated 4 million gallons of renewable natural gas from cattle manure per year. 

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    Geomagnetic storm scrambles tractor navigation systems

    The massive solar storm that splashed the northern lights across the sky disrupted farming operations at the peak of planting season.

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    ReposiTrak adds dairy and egg suppliers to traceability network

    The platform will be used to exchange FDA-required data for tracking products considered more prone to contamination.

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    Photo illustration by https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/cattle-stand-near-temporary-fencing-while-grazing-in-news-photo/1400572958/Agriculture Dive; photograph by Mario Tama via Getty Images
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    Grass-fed beef demand is on the rise. Can supply keep up?

    Although consumer appetite for the label is increasing, cost constraints and environmental questions have prevented a production expansion.

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    Global soybean production poised for record growth

    Surging demand for biofuels and lower supply out of South America are expected to benefit the U.S. until the beginning of next year.

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    Deere lays off 34 more workers in Illinois

    Hundreds of factory workers across the Midwest have lost their jobs in recent months as the company adjusts to declining equipment demand.

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    US to spend $200M on bird flu fight, including dairy farm compensation

    The investment comes as public health experts raise concerns that the government isn’t doing enough to track the virus and prevent it from spreading to humans.

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    House Republicans shed more light on proposed farm bill

    The plan includes more information on how conservatives would allocate additional climate funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.

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    Ferrero unwraps first chocolate factory in North America

    The confectionery manufacturer also recently invested in Oregon’s hazelnut growers as it seeks to expand its presence in the U.S.

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    Cargill sells California beef plant to Central Valley Meat

    The state's largest beef producer aims to retain as many of the Fresno facility's 880 employees as possible.