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    Agtech seedlings: BASF looks to the stars for digital farm tools | Agco Ventures makes first investment

    Also in this week's farm technology news: Cox Farms' partner is expanding its indoor farming footprint, while Nature’s Miracle’s greenhouse tech merger deal collapses four days after it was signed. 

    By Agriculture Dive staff • May 24, 2024
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    Brands need a new model of sustainability. Here’s how we can flip the script

    Companies need to shift their focus from selling to doing, writes Kenny Fahey, president and CEO of Leading Harvest. 

    By Kenny Fahey • May 23, 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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    California mushroom workers forced to live in moldy, insect-ridden conditions: DOL

    A disgruntled employee’s fatal shooting of seven other workers at the two Half Moon Bay farms in January 2023 spurred a federal investigation.

    By Emilie Shumway • May 22, 2024
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    5 takeaways from the House farm bill draft

    Lawmakers are split over food assistance and climate-smart agriculture proposals, although farm groups praised Republicans' efforts to boost safety net and trade promotion funding.

    By May 21, 2024
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    USDA wants to make it easier for farms to go organic

    The department is investing an extra $10 million to expand market opportunities and help producers transition their operations.

    By May 20, 2024
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    Agtech seedlings: Fresh Del Monte to manufacture biofertilizer from pineapple waste

    Also in this week's farm technology news: FarmRaise introduces a platform for companies to manage agricultural sustainability programs, and FMC taps AI to accelerate product discovery.

    By May 17, 2024
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    Bayer details layoffs as company shake-up continues

    The reduction of 1,500 roles in the first quarter is part of CEO Bill Anderson’s plan to shrink Bayer’s bureaucracy and “radically realign” its culture.

    By Delilah Alvarado • May 16, 2024
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    Geomagnetic storm scrambles tractor navigation systems

    The massive solar storm that splashed the northern lights across the sky disrupted farming operations at the peak of planting season.

    By S.L. Fuller , May 15, 2024
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    Global soybean production poised for record growth

    Surging demand for biofuels and lower supply out of South America are expected to benefit the U.S. until the beginning of next year.

    By May 14, 2024
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    House Republicans shed more light on proposed farm bill

    The plan includes more information on how conservatives would allocate additional climate funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.

    By May 13, 2024
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    Ferrero unwraps first chocolate factory in North America

    The confectionery manufacturer also recently invested in Oregon’s hazelnut growers as it seeks to expand its presence in the U.S.

    By Joelle Anselmo • May 13, 2024
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    Agtech Seedlings: Nvidia invests in weed-killing robots | Startup lands $26M for cattle methane vaccine

    Also in this week’s farm technology news: Federal agencies collaborate on an overhaul of biotech regulation, and Syngenta's Adepidyn fungicide is on track to surpass a $1 billion sales milestone.

    By Agriculture Dive staff • May 10, 2024
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    EPA proposes ban of acephate-based pesticides used on fruits and vegetables

    One agriculture consultant said the loss "from our insecticide toolbox would be like sending a soldier off to battle without his rifle."

    By May 8, 2024
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    US to raise Morocco phosphate fertilizer tariffs again

    Farm groups are worried the move will drive up costs as they see lower returns for their crops. 

    By May 7, 2024
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    Produce farms will need to test water for contamination in long-awaited food safety rule

    The update aims to better address potential pathogen contamination before fruits and vegetables are harvested.

    By May 6, 2024
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    Farmers blast cover crop requirements for sustainable jet fuel tax credits

    Corn and soybean growers say the rules will limit access to the lucrative SAF market as some climate-smart production practices are too expensive or not feasible for farms to implement.

    By May 6, 2024
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    Too much of a sweet thing: Cherry growers struggle after oversupply decimates prices

    Warmer weather is shortening harvests and putting more farmers in direct competition with each other, pushing the industry to come up with innovative solutions to extend the growing season.

    By Leah Borts-Kuperman • May 6, 2024
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    Agtech Seedlings: Indigo Ag splits carbon credit, crop protection businesses in restructuring

    Also in this week’s farm technology news: Software investor Arcadea Group wants to create "field to wholesale" traceability with its recent acquisition, and PowerPollen generates investor buzz.

    By May 3, 2024
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    Better Cotton audits farms it previously certified following deforestation investigation

    Environmental watchdog Earthsight accused the nonprofit of falsely certifying cotton produced on deforested land for major fashion brands including Zara and H&M.

    By Laurel Deppen • May 3, 2024
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    ADM profits tumble 24% as global grain supplies balloon

    The agriculture giant is focusing on key priorities to weather a down cycle as the Justice Department looks into its accounting practices.

    By May 2, 2024
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    Agtech Seedlings: Bayer aims to launch first bioinsecticide for arable crops | Corteva sells fungicide assets

    Also in this week’s farm technology news: China's DJI unveils new agriculture drones, and a new crop yield outlook tool could help farmers anticipate extreme weather events.

    By Agriculture Dive staff • April 26, 2024
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    Bunge, Viterra merger raises competition concerns in Canada

    Regulators say the deal could harm grain purchases and canola oil sales in certain markets.

    By April 26, 2024
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    EPA designates 2 PFAs as hazardous substance, says enforcement not aimed at farms

    Agriculture groups contend the rule does not go far enough to protect farmers who unknowingly spread “forever chemicals” through fertilizer biosolids.

    By Megan Quinn , April 25, 2024
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    Cotton used by H&M and Zara linked to illegal deforestation: report

    A year-long investigation by nonprofit Earthsight found that fiber certified by ethical supply chain organization Better Cotton was grown on "stolen" and "deforested" land in Brazil.

    By Lauren Schenkman • April 24, 2024
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    ADM’s suspended CFO to resign amid accounting scandal

    Vikram Luthar — who was placed on a forced leave in January — will assist the company and be paid his base salary until his resignation is effective on Sept. 30.

    By Maura Webber Sadovi • April 23, 2024