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  • An Iowa farmer pulls a corn planter behind his John Deere tractor.
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    John Deere appeals to Gen Z with ‘chief tractor officer’ job

    With help from star quarterback Brock Purdy, the agricultural equipment giant began a campaign to find a “witty and charismatic” content creator to be the face of its social media.

  • A sign on a drinks case door that reads "We accept SNAP/EBT."
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    Farm bill proposal won’t cut SNAP benefits: House ag chair

    Republicans are pushing to return to a cost-neutral process when determining funds for food assistance. 

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    Food companies aren’t ready to comply with traceability rule, says former FDA official

    Frank Yiannas, who helped the agency craft its new food safety tracking policy, said the system is not even a third of the way to meeting the 2026 deadline.

  • A tractor moves across a field of soybeans
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    USDA predicts lower crop prices for key commodities in 2024

    Reduced returns for corn and soybeans come as the department predicts higher prices for cattle and poultry.

  • Cows are lined in a circle for milking at Caballero Dairy in Eloy, Arizona.
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    Courtesy of Dairy Council of Arizona
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    Chevron, Brightmark grow dairy digester network with Southwest renewable plant

    The facility will transform manure into biogas from Caballero Dairy in Eloy, Arizona.

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    Grocery co-op pushes for industrywide regenerative agriculture standards

    Seattle-based PCC Community Markets brought together industry stakeholders to discuss strategies for consistently defining the food production technique.

  • Bayer is considering structural changes amid Q2 earnings declines, weighed down by sales of Roundup and other glyphosate products.
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    Bayer leads new group to defend herbicide glyphosate

    The agrochemical giant and 60 other organizations are pledging to work with policymakers and advocate for the continued use of the controversial weedkiller.

  • The ADM logo is seen on the company's headquarters building.
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    Suspended ADM CFO’s pay ticked up in 2023 to $4.5M

    The majority of Vikram Luthar’s pay package for last year came from $3.4 million in stock awards, according to Archer Daniels Midland’s proxy filing.

  • Cows walk from a barn after being milked.
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    Bird flu found in South Dakota dairy herd

    The detection adds to the growing number of states reporting positive cases in cattle.

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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.

  • A close up of Glenn "GT" Thompson speaking to the media. In the background, then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is seen.
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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.

  • A sign for the Food And Drug Administration is seen outside of the headquarters on July 20, 2020, in White Oak, Maryland.
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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.

  • A dairy cow is seen standing on grass
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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.

  • Several large pipes criss-cross between industrial buildings, including a large tank-like structure.
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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.

  • A harvester works a field in a village east of Moscow.
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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.

  • The produce department at Amazon Fresh in Woodland Hills, California.
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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.

  • Packaged meat is displayed at a grocery store.
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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.

  • Roundup weed-killing products are on sale at a home improvement store in 2018.
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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.

  • Chicken breasts on the production line
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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.

  • A commanding general views the fallen Francis Scott Key Bridge.
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    Retrieved from U.S. Army on April 05, 2024
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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.

  • Rows of green crops are seen against the backdrop of a drought-stricken landscape
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    Deep Dive

    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.

  • A farm worker attaches milk equipment to a dairy herd.
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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.

  • An aerial view of the Colorado River is seen. Surrounding the river is farmland
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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.