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    Draft text of COP28 agreement leaves food off the table

    Nestlé and PepsiCo joined environmental groups in calling on negotiators to take "more ambitious, comprehensive, and equitable climate action on food."

    By Dec. 8, 2023
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    US agencies unveil collaborative food waste prevention strategy at COP28

    The Biden administration will continue supporting on-farm anaerobic digestion and composting programs as part of a “whole of government approach” to slash food loss in half by 2030.

    By Jacob Wallace • Dec. 7, 2023
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    Lowering crop insurance subsidies for large farms could save millions, watchdog finds

    The report comes as agriculture leaders in Congress look for ways to free up new funding for the next farm bill.

    By Dec. 6, 2023
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    How farms became the latest battleground in US-China relations

    As states become more brazen in their efforts to restrict China from owning U.S. farmland, some worry about the potential impact to trade.

    By , Dec. 5, 2023
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    Over 130 countries sign COP28 pledge to integrate food into climate action

    Notably absent from the list of signatories is India, which has said it will refuse to sign on to any agreement that could compromise food security.

    By Dec. 4, 2023
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    Generate Upcycle threatens to close anaerobic digester over Michigan permitting changes

    The company may shutter its 150,000-ton-per-year Fremont Regional Digester this month if it’s required to obtain a groundwater permit for its liquid digestate, which has been marketed as a fertilizer.

    By Jacob Wallace • Dec. 4, 2023
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    USDA extends trial for increased line speeds at pork plants

    The agency’s “time-limited trial” will continue to give experts enough time to design a study to evaluate the impact of faster operations on worker safety.

    By Nov. 30, 2023
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    Deere must face ‘right-to-repair’ lawsuits, court rules

    A federal judge denied the tractor maker’s motion to dismiss claims that it “monopolizes” repair services to pad profits.

    By Nov. 29, 2023
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    Food system transformation on the menu at COP28

    Agriculture will be central to climate talks for the first time as the UN pushes nations to tackle farming's toll on the environment.

    By Nov. 29, 2023
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    Nestlé, Kraft prevail in egg producer price-fixing case

    An Illinois federal jury found Cal-Maine and other producers liable for limiting supply between 2004 and 2008 in an effort to drive up costs.

    By Chris Casey • Nov. 29, 2023
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    Cargill accelerates efforts to end deforestation in South America as EU regulations loom

    One of the world's largest commodities traders is moving up its timeline to eliminate land use conversion from supply chains in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. 

    By Nov. 28, 2023
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    Biden admin convenes supply chain council, announces $196M investment in agriculture

    The White House is doubling down on efforts to strengthen logistics infrastructure and expand domestic market opportunities for farmers.

    By Edwin Lopez • Nov. 27, 2023
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    Cultivated meat labeling puzzle could bring legal headaches

    Though regulators came to a consensus on what to call the namesake product in 2022, continuing debates over package labeling rules could still create headwinds for players in the space.

    By Elizabeth Flood • Nov. 27, 2023
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    Danone’s Horizon Organic suspends use of milk from Texas farm at center of PETA report

    The animal rights group released images showing animal suffering and deaths at the operation near Dallas. It urged the USDA to open an investigation.

    By Christopher Doering • Nov. 22, 2023
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    USDA to update industry on pork line speed trial ahead of looming deadline

    The food inspection agency is facing pressure to create a more permanent solution or file an extension.

    By Nov. 21, 2023
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    Farm bill extension continues prohibition on EBT processing fees for SNAP purchases

    The National Grocers Association praised the continued pause on the fees even as it advocates for a permanent end to them.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • Nov. 20, 2023
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    Biden signs funding package to avert shutdown, extend farm bill

    Farm groups say that lawmakers will still need to work quickly as they are "running out of time" to write the long-awaited agriculture spending bill.

    By Nov. 17, 2023
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    Farm bill extension heads to Biden’s desk

    The Senate approved a stopgap funding measure that averts a partial government shutdown and funds the USDA through Jan. 19.

    By Nov. 16, 2023
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    JBS delays plan for US listing after request for investor vote

    The world’s largest meat company agreed to redo paperwork to comply with a shareholder request as it faces market challenges in North America.

    By Nov. 15, 2023
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    Agriculture leaders agree to one-year farm bill extension

    Funding for critical agricultural programs would continue until September 2024 under House Speaker Mike Johnson's plan to avert a government shutdown.  

    By Nov. 13, 2023
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    Koch Foods agrees to end ‘unfair’ exit fees for poultry farmers in DOJ settlement

    Penalties often costing tens of thousands of dollars were used to prevent chicken growers from working with competitors, according to the Justice Department. 

    By Nov. 13, 2023
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    USDA takes action to ‘level playing field’ for poultry farmers

    The agency is strengthening contract disclosure requirements for growers, among other steps, to mitigate abusive practices across the agriculture industry.

    By Nov. 9, 2023
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    US reduces tariffs on phosphate fertilizers from Morocco

    Farmers say the duties contributed to shortages and price increases over the past few years.

    By Nov. 8, 2023
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    Federal watchdog urges sugar policy reform to lower prices

    Current policies benefit farmers at the expense of consumers, according to a recent GAO report.

    By Nov. 7, 2023
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    Environmental groups blast USDA for extending climate funding to dairy digesters

    An industry push to turn manure into biofuel fails to address climate change and encourages the proliferation of "factory farms," according to a letter signed by nearly 200 organizations.

    By Nov. 2, 2023