Crops


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    Vertical strawberry grower Oishii clinches $134M amid indoor farming woes

    An intentional choice to grow artisanal fruit rather than leafy greens has allowed the firm to avoid the financial difficulties facing others in controlled-environment agriculture, according to the company’s CEO.

    By S.L. Fuller • Feb. 28, 2024
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    US approves expanded E15 sales for Midwest states starting in 2025

    Farm groups applauded the decision, though expressed concern that the implementation timeframe is a “double-edged sword” for consumers and growers.

    By Feb. 26, 2024
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    Opinion

    Agtech helped transform Europe’s potato industry. Here’s how.

    If we want to unlock sustainability in agriculture, farmers have to be on board.

    By Charles Miller • Feb. 23, 2024
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    Pivot Bio pays out more than $6M to farmers who improve fertilizer sustainability

    More food and beverage companies are joining the biotech firm's program that rewards growers who move away from conventional crop protection products.

    By Feb. 22, 2024
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    Pesticide chlormequat found in Cheerios, other oat-based foods: report

    The chemical, which is associated with reduced fertility and isn't approved for use on U.S. food crops, was identified in 80% of participants in a new study from the Environmental Working Group.

    By S.L. Fuller • Feb. 21, 2024
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    Syngenta to expand use of CropX soil monitoring system

    One of the world's largest seed companies is offering farmers more digital solutions to boost productivity and sustainability.

    By Feb. 21, 2024
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    Food inflation declines in January but remains a potent force

    Grocers have been working to demonstrate to shoppers that they have taken steps to help make a trip to the supermarket more affordable.

    By Sam Silverstein • Feb. 20, 2024
  • A farmer stands next to an herbicide sprayer. Next to him is a truck.
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    EPA allows farmers to use existing dicamba supply amid legal uncertainty

    The decision comes a little less than a week after a federal court in Arizona revoked approval for three popular weedkillers.

    By Feb. 15, 2024
  • Executive Director Peter Friedmann at Agriculture Transportation Coalition (left)  VP of Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold at National Retail Federation (middle) and Sarah Gilmore Director
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    Biden admin urged to evaluate ocean shipping costs amid Red Sea crisis

    Facing hefty surcharges to move freight, some agriculture producers are pulling back on exports. 

    By Alejandra Salgado • Feb. 12, 2024
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    USDA predicts major drop in farm income for 2024

    Higher production expenses, combined with lower commodity prices and government payments, will likely create headwinds for producers.

    By S.L. Fuller • Feb. 12, 2024
  • A farmer pulls a corn planter behind his John Deere tractor.
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    US court cancels approval for dicamba weedkillers as planting season approaches

    The ruling could affect the supply of popular herbicides produced by Bayer, Syngenta and BASF.

    By Feb. 9, 2024
  • Livestock cows in New Zealand
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    Opinion

    The Farm Bill provides a rare conservation opportunity. Let’s not waste it.

    Climate-smart agriculture should be top priority in congressional negotiations. Here's why.

    By Valerie J. Stull and Margaret Krome • Feb. 9, 2024
  • Improved yellow peas grown through Equinom's breeding program.
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    Louis Dreyfus building new pea protein facility

    An increasing shift to plant-based protein, especially for dairy products, is driving demand for the ingredient.

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    What El Niño means for farms and global food prices

    The U.S. could see the wettest conditions since 2019, easing some drought concerns. But too much rain could bring other problems for growers.

    By David Silverberg • Feb. 8, 2024
  • Black Angus cattle can be seen in a green pasture through the slats of a wooden fence.
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    House Democrats lay out farm bill priorities

    The party is making it clear it will oppose any attempt to reduce funding for climate or food assistance.

    By Feb. 7, 2024
  • Organic labeled vegetables are for sale at a grocery store in Chicago.
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    USDA Organic changes are coming. What will it mean for farmers and consumers?

    Large amendments aimed at enhancing recordkeeping and defining outdoor rules for livestock and poultry will take effect in March.

    By Lydia Noyes • Feb. 7, 2024
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    Surging cocoa prices could lead to Valentine’s Day sticker shock

    Supply remains scarce due to heavy rains and the spread of black pod disease in West Africa, according to a recent CoBank report.

    By Feb. 6, 2024
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    Deere partners with winegrowers on ‘farm of the future’

    The tractor maker says it will test new technology that stands to make a "real impact" for farmers in the face of climate change.

    By Feb. 2, 2024
  • A corn harvest is underway.
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    Corteva pins future growth on seed innovation

    Despite a fourth-quarter loss, the agrochemical and seed company is expecting a recovery this year following a period of weather and destocking challenges in South America.

    By Feb. 2, 2024
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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. 

    By Skip Hulett • Feb. 1, 2024
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    Agriculture outlook 2024: What to expect in the year ahead

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

    By Jan. 31, 2024
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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.

    By Jan. 30, 2024
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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.

    By Ofir Ardon • Jan. 30, 2024
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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.

    By Ben Unglesbee • Jan. 29, 2024
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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.

    By Jan. 26, 2024