Crops


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    Carhartt grows sustainable cotton sourcing efforts

    The workwear brand is tapping the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol and Better Cotton to help farmers use water more efficiently, reduce the use of harmful chemicals and better care for natural habitats.

    By Kelly Stroh • July 17, 2024
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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.

    By July 15, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Agriculture Dive

    As the sector anxiously awaits a farm bill, producers are expected to take advantage of new opportunities in renewable energy and regenerative agriculture.

    By Agriculture Dive staff
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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.

    By Leah Borts-Kuperman • July 12, 2024
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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.

    By Maura Webber Sadovi • July 11, 2024
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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.

    By Will Harris • July 9, 2024
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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.

    By July 8, 2024
  • A combine harvester harvests a wheat field near Kyiv, Ukraine.
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    Farming is facing a three-pronged existential crisis

    New pressures on agriculture have shifted the focus for farms and farmers. Here’s a look at how some producers have optimized changes on their farm. 

    By Jesse Klein • July 2, 2024
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    Solugen receives $213M federal loan for biochemical facility near ADM corn plant

    The so-called “Bioforge” will turn sugar substrate from crops into sustainable materials for use in agriculture, packaging and other sectors.

    By Joelle Anselmo • June 28, 2024
  • Rows of industrial hemp growing in a farm field.
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    CBD producers push back against ‘devastating’ farm bill amendment

    The proposal would prevent the sale of synthetic THC-infused products made from hemp delta-9 that are not derived from the cannabis plant.

    By Chris Casey • June 26, 2024
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    Brazil upholds tariffs on US ethanol imports

    The decision ramps up trade tensions between the two countries, with U.S. industry groups threatening to withdraw cooperation on new partnerships. 

    By June 25, 2024
  • A corn harvest is underway.
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    Corn growers file legal challenge against EPA’s trucking emissions rule

    Industry groups argue that a transition to battery-powered trucks would have unintended consequences for the biofuels and agricultural industries.

    By June 24, 2024
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    Hershey looks to prioritize sustainable cocoa sourcing

    The chocolate maker says it’s committed to enhancing its 100% independently verified cocoa supply chain by striving for full sourcing visibility.

    By Elizabeth Flood • June 24, 2024
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    Walmart pilots crop monitoring tech for informed produce purchasing

    The retailer is partnering with agtech firm Agritask to get real-time information from blackberry and cherry farms.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • June 20, 2024
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    Extreme heat wave raises concerns around US corn harvest

    While most of the Corn Belt should get through unscathed, record-breaking temperatures could spell trouble in the South.

    By June 20, 2024
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    Kellanova to make Cheez-It crackers with regenerative wheat for East Coast grocery stores in unique pilot

    Ahold Delhaize USA, owner of Food Lion, Giant Food and Stop & Shop, is teaming with the snacking giant and grain cooperative Bartlett to reduce emissions from field to shelf. 

    By June 18, 2024
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    Agtech seedlings: Microsoft-backed venture to open Georgia ‘farm of the future’

    Also in this week's farm technology news: AgriCapture issues first carbon credits for regenerative rice, and a major berry supplier inks a deal for new shelf life extension tech.

    By June 14, 2024
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    Mission Produce posts another record quarterly earnings as El Niño effects linger

    California-based company's global sourcing capabilities have allowed it to stay ahead as unseasonably warm weather impacts avocado production.

    By June 13, 2024
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    Border agents reach tentative deal with Canadian government, averting strike

    Potential labor action facing two major railroads, however, still threatens cross-border trade.

    By Larry Avila • June 12, 2024
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    Perdue taps insider to lead agribusiness unit

    Perry Aulie, who helmed the company's value-added business, will take over next month.

    By June 11, 2024
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    Cargill, Target and FibreTrace partner to verify raw cotton

    Luminescent pigments are integrated into raw cotton to track it throughout the global supply chain.

    By Xanayra Marin-Lopez • June 11, 2024
  • Vanilla bean volatility could drive up ice cream prices

    While supply constraints are not expected to last long, growers warn of a potential cost problem.

    By Jennifer Lawinski • June 10, 2024
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    Agtech seedlings: Pairwise develops ‘world’s first’ seedless blackberry

    In other farm technology news: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' philanthropic fund awards $300 million to create a sustainable protein hub, and breeding innovations from a Michigan State scientist could create a healthier potato chip.

    By June 7, 2024
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    5 agriculture podcasts to listen to right now

    With hundreds of shows to choose from, we spotlight some of our favorites dealing with all aspects of farming, from sustainabilty to economics.

    By David Silverberg • June 6, 2024
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    Why orange juice prices have soared to a record high

    Years of lackluster citrus harvests in Brazil, combined with flooding and heatwaves, are set to push supply to the second lowest level in decades.

    By June 5, 2024
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    Opinion

    The critical climate action meat and dairy companies should prioritize now

    To quickly curb the rate of global warming, businesses can prioritize acting on one of their largest sources of supply chain emissions — methane.

    By Meryl Richards and Vrashabh Kapate • June 5, 2024