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    US confirms 4 poultry workers infected with bird flu at Colorado farm

    As the outbreak intensifies across the country, Oklahoma became the 13th state to report a case linked to infected dairy cattle.

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    Dust control fans designed for your agricultural facility

    SonicAire offers dust control in agricultural facilities using compliance-guaranteed technology.

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    China’s WH Group weighs Smithfield listing in US

    The plan to take the pork producer public could come under considerable scrutiny from Congress as lawmakers step up action over foreign influence in agriculture.

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    Family ranch becomes first turkey brand to be Regenefied certified

    Diestel Family Ranch sourced more than 650 tons of specialty feed and planted more than two miles of trees, grasses and shrubbery to qualify for the certification.

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    Deere lays off 345 more workers in Iowa

    The tractor giant has cut more than 1,500 employees at factories across two Midwest states over the past year in response to slowing equipment demand.

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    China buys first US soybeans of 2024 crop season

    The slow start to the marketing season comes as the world's top importer accelerates purchases of cheaper commodities from South America.

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    Canada rail workers keep window open for strike

    Agricultural groups warn that any labor action would bring “devastating consequences” to the North American economy. 

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    Deep Dive

    Tractor Supply retreats on DEI after ‘anti-woke’ backlash. Now the real fallout begins.

    The retailer has ignited an online firestorm after dropping most corporate diversity and climate efforts, which could alienate some customers, employees and investors.

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    House, Senate to vote on notably different USDA budgets

    A political battle is brewing as Republicans look to cut spending while Democrats push for increased funding.

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    Agtech seedlings: Farm mapping tool predicts effects of climate change

    Also in this week’s farm technology news: A study shows sunflowers can clean contaminated farmland, and Ohalo’s “Boosted Breeding” system promise major increases in crop productivity.

  • The Biden administration signed into law legislation that gives TikTok owner ByteDance one year to sell the platform or face a nationwide ban.
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    A TikTok ban could hurt farm groups’ efforts to reach Gen Z

    Meat and dairy industries have poured millions of dollars into promotional campaigns to reach younger audiences.

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    Colorado poultry farm kills 1.8M chickens after bird flu outbreak

    The state, which recently reported its first human case tied to dairy cattle, declared a disaster emergency.

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    ADM hires 3M CFO, signaling push for fresh start after accounting woes

    The grain trading giant’s financial reporting practices have been in the spotlight since January when it revealed an internal probe was underway.

  • Bags of frozen chicken with the Tyson logo sit in a Safeway store on Aug. 8, 2023
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    Tyson agrees to sell Georgia poultry complex

    The deal with House of Raeford Farms comes after months of cost cutting at the meat and poultry giant, including plant closures and layoffs.

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    Maple Leaf Foods spins off its pork business

    The separation will allow the Canadian company to concentrate on its consumer packaged goods while its pork business will operate under a new name and pursue a separate growth strategy.

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    USDA’s updated nutrition standards will cost school districts $206M annually

    The largest driving factors are the gradual requirements on new limits for added sugars and sodium reductions in school meals — starting in 2025.

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    Opinion

    Inside my journey to revitalize my family farm

    Will Harris, a fourth-generation cattleman, transformed an old farming model into a sustainable and lasting one. He writes about how expanding federal programs can help others like him.

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    How Michigan is dealing with bird flu in dairy cows and humans

    As another human contracts the virus, the state’s response may serve as an example for others navigating the challenges of a novel disease outbreak.

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    Seaboard appoints company insider as president and CEO

    Chad Groves took over executive duties July 1 following years of experience leading sales teams in the pork, coffee and seafood sectors.

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    Tyson Foods scales back its antibiotic-free beef pledge

    The meat processing giant said last year it would reintroduce antibiotics into some of its chicken products after removing them in 2017.

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    ADM teams with Smucker for regenerative peanut program

    In partnership with the National Black Growers Council, the companies aim to make it easier for peanut farmers to improve their soil health and carbon intensity.

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    What the Supreme Court’s Chevron decision means for agriculture

    Shifting the power away from federal agencies to the courts could mean fewer regulations but possibly more litigation for farmers.

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    Black farmers call on Tractor Supply CEO to resign following diversity about-face

    John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, a Tractor Supply shareholder and fourth-generation farmer, said he has tried to reach out to the company’s top executive.

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    Who’s a good boy? Is your dog a candidate for Farm Dog of the Year?

    Past owners of winners in the American Farm Bureau competition share what sets their pets apart.

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    Beef prices are high, but that’s not keeping backyard barbecuers away this July 4th

    Consumer dollars are going further today for hamburger and steak cuts than they did 10 years ago, a Rabobank analyst says.

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    OSHA proposes rule to protect workers from extreme heat

    Released Wednesday, the standard would require employers to provide water and rest breaks when high heat creates a hazardous work environment.