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    Bird flu found in beef from US dairy cow as outbreak intensifies

    The positive result comes as the virus spreads to more farms, including an Iowa egg operation that is killing 4.2 million commercial layer chickens.

    By May 29, 2024
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    East Coast port labor talks spark shipper contingency plans

    The current six-year contract for workers is set to expire on Sept. 30, prompting fears of potential supply chain delays.

    By Alejandra Salgado • May 28, 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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    Courtesy of Planet Labs
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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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    Meatable appoints beef industry veteran as CEO

    Jeff "Trip" Tripician joins from Grass Fed Farms as the cultivated meat sector looks to overcome mounting consumer resistance and state bans.

    By Elizabeth Flood • May 23, 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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    Second US dairy farm worker tests positive for bird flu

    The CDC says the risk to the general public remains low, but underscored the importance of precautions for farmhands.

    By May 22, 2024
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    Courtesy of Herbruck's Poultry Ranch
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    Major US egg producer lays off hundreds after bird flu outbreak

    Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch is cutting positions in Michigan, where the virus has accelerated both in poultry and dairy cattle.

    By May 22, 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
  • An Iowa farmer pulls a corn planter behind his John Deere tractor.
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    Deere lays off nearly 200 additional Iowa workers as tractor giant slows production

    The farm machinery manufacturer has notified 500 employees about job cuts from its Waterloo operations since late March.

    By May 21, 2024
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    Deere lowers outlook as equipment sales slow due to declining farm income

    The company is cutting production as high interest rates, weather volatility and other factors weigh on demand for tractors and lawnmowers.

    By May 17, 2024
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    Column

    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
  • Silhouettes of two men standing in wide-brimmed hats next to a tower of food crates.
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    OSHA heat standard clears regulatory hurdle

    As rulemaking progresses, the Department of Labor said it will prioritize heat-related inspections in agricultural industries that employ H-2A workers.

    By Zachary Phillips • May 17, 2024
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    Cattle rebuilding unlikely as high interest rates and costs stick around

    Despite improving pasture conditions, farmers continue to sell off their herds, pushing up prices and compressing margins for meat giants like Tyson Foods.

    By May 16, 2024
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    Mass Energy Works, Clean Energy Fuels to build 9 dairy digesters in $130M venture

    The agreement is set to produce an estimated 4 million gallons of renewable natural gas from cattle manure per year. 

    By May 16, 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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    How dairy farms should interpret CDC guidance on bird flu

    Farmers should not see the agency’s biosecurity recommendations as a “one-size-fits-all” solution, a veterinarian and public health expert said.

    By May 15, 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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    Photo illustration by https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/cattle-stand-near-temporary-fencing-while-grazing-in-news-photo/1400572958/Agriculture Dive; photograph by Mario Tama via Getty Images
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    Grass-fed beef demand is on the rise. Can supply keep up?

    Although consumer appetite for the label is increasing, cost constraints and environmental questions have prevented a production expansion.

    By S.L. Fuller , May 14, 2024
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    Deere lays off 34 more workers in Illinois

    Hundreds of factory workers across the Midwest have lost their jobs in recent months as the company adjusts to declining equipment demand.

    By May 14, 2024
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    US to spend $200M on bird flu fight, including dairy farm compensation

    The investment comes as public health experts raise concerns that the government isn’t doing enough to track the virus and prevent it from spreading to humans.

    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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    Daisy Brand to build $626M Iowa dairy plant

    The 750,000-square facility in Boone, Iowa, will initially employ more than 100 workers.

    By Joelle Anselmo • May 10, 2024
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    Cargill sells California beef plant to Central Valley Meat

    The state's largest beef producer aims to retain as many of the Fresno facility's 880 employees as possible.

    By May 10, 2024
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    CDC recommends face masks to protect farmworkers from bird flu

    The agency is asking states to make personal protection equipment available as more information comes to light about the transmission of the virus. 

    By May 9, 2024
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    Tyson Foods posts mixed earnings as chicken shows momentum

    Executives issued a cautious outlook for the rest of the fiscal year due to higher commodity costs and demand uncertainty.

    By May 7, 2024