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    Opinion

    Why a new ‘tomato tax’ is rotten to the core

    Suspending the tomato trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico would cost jobs and lead to higher prices for retailers and consumers, a NatureSweet exec writes. 

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    Bird flu roils poultry industry, raising concern over egg prices ahead of Easter

    More than 2 million birds were killed in California over the last month as producers across the globe struggle once again to control the rapid spread of the virus.

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    Deep Dive

    Agriculture policies to watch in 2024

    An election year means a race to the finish line for the farm bill and some of agriculture's biggest priorities, including a crackdown on anti-competitive practices and potential H-2A visa reform.

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    Midwest dairy co-op joins Vanguard Renewables food-to-fuel alliance

    Foremost Farms is the latest food manufacturer exploring opportunities to turn waste into renewable natural gas through anaerobic biodigestion.

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    USDA invests $138M to boost specialty crop competitiveness

    The grants are meant to strengthen supply chains and help producers expand their share of domestic and international markets.

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    Covenant Logistics to double size of poultry trucking fleet in 2024

    The parent company of Lew Thompson is bullish on the poultry hauling business, even after a challenging winter.

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    Opinion

    Bridging the divide between food companies’ wants and farmers’ needs

    Driven by the urgency to be more environmentally responsible, businesses sometimes fail to fully grasp the multi-faceted challenges faced by suppliers. Here’s how to get everyone on the same page.

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    ADM sued by shareholder following stock plunge over accounting probe

    The grain trader misled investors about the performance and growth potential of its nutrition unit, the lawsuit claims.

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    Agtech venture capital investments end 2023 on ‘sour note’

    Deal activity declined to its lowest point since 2019 as the sector battles high-interest rates and indoor farming headwinds, according to Pitchbook.

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    Deep Dive

    Bio-fueling the future: How farms are shaping the renewable energy transition in 2024

    As more incentives become available, the agriculture sector is set to play a key role in expanding solar, biogas and other alternative energy sources.

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    Extreme weather is 2024’s top supply chain risk: Everstream

    Wildfires, rains and droughts could cause shipping delays, while agricultural commodities might face shortages from weather and other factors, the analytics firm said.

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    USDA remote beef-grading pilot uses smartphones to assess quality

    The new program reduces costs and location barriers for small, independent processors and ranchers.

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    LanzaJet opens world’s first plant turning ethanol into sustainable jet fuel

    The Georgia facility is set to open additional markets for corn growers, though a lack of proper refining capacity could limit opportunities for farmers.

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    Federal lawmaker seeks funds for USDA grocery access program

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced a bill that would require the government to provide $50 million per year to the Healthy Food Financing Initiative.

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    Tyson opens $355M high-tech bacon plant in Kentucky

    The 400,000 square-foot facility has autonomous, box-stacking robots and driverless forklifts to help eliminate “ergonomically stressful tasks,” the meat giant said.

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    Some Republicans bristle at calls to increase farm bill reference prices

    Farm groups have pushed for more compensation to offset losses from elevated production expenses, an idea that's beginning to gain traction among high-level negotiators.

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    Deep Dive

    Autonomous tractors, robot milkers: How AI is transforming the future of farm tech

    Artificial intelligence stands to revolutionize agriculture by opening new pathways for the industry to optimize production and address climate change.

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    Farm solar projects get millions of dollars in USDA funds

    The farm agency also awarded dozens of loans and grants to biodigesters, wind farms and other renewable energy and fertilizer projects.  

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    US, China restart talks to cooperate on agriculture trade

    The meeting on market access, food security and other issues came a day before China made a large purchase of U.S. soybeans.

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    US ‘cannot report reliable information’ on foreign farm holdings, GAO says

    The USDA should enhance its reporting on China and other countries' ownership of U.S. farmland to better identify potential national security risks, the Government Accountability Office said.

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    Organic Valley begins paying dairy farmers to capture carbon

    The co-op is cutting out the middleman in operating its own carbon credit program that rewards suppliers for adopting regenerative agriculture practices.

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    ADM shares plunge as CFO takes forced leave amid accounting probe

    Ismael Roig will take the helm as interim finance chief as the board's audit committee and outside counsel conduct an investigation into accounting practices.

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    Syngenta, agtech startup Enko develop ‘breakthrough’ method to control fungal disease in crops

    The companies used AI to screen billions of molecules in efforts to develop a fungicide that works amid a changing climate. They are also collaborating on a new herbicide.

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    Congress averts government shutdown, extends USDA funding to March

    Lawmakers still declined to fully fund the Women, Infants, and Children nutrition program, putting states at risk of running out of money within the next few months.

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    Israel approves world’s first sale of cultivated beef

    Aleph Farms said its steaks are a sustainable alternative to conventional cattle farming.