Crops


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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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    Trendline

    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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    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
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    Huy Fong Foods’ sriracha shortage strikes again

    The popular rooster-adorned bottle has become a mainstay and must for hot sauce lovers. But its production is on hold…again.

    By Alexandra Frost • June 3, 2024
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    Bayer teams with CRISPR startup Pairwise for bitterless mustard greens

     The biotech giant is already collaborating on short-corn with the tech company and with this agreement will develop 10 more leafy greens.

    By Jesse Klein • June 3, 2024
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    Agtech seedlings: Saudi startup raises $16M to grow produce in deserts | Danone joins AB InBev accelerator

    Also in this week's farm technology news: Cibo Technologies rolls out an emissions reporting tool for CPGs, and Farmers Edge teams with sorghum growers to advance climate-smart agriculture.

    By Agriculture Dive staff • May 31, 2024
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    Warmest winter could bring record pests

    Crop-destroying insects are hatching earlier than usual in the Midwest, raising concerns as the growing season progresses.

    By Leah Borts-Kuperman • May 30, 2024
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    World’s largest database of weeds could unearth the future of farming

    An open-access data resource gives researchers insight into agricultural practices as far back as 8,000 BCE and has the potential to help the food system become more climate resilient.

    By David Silverberg • May 29, 2024
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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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    Opinion

    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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    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
  • A migrant worker harvests organic zucchini on a farm in Colorado.
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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