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    Deere to pay $1.1M over racial discrimination allegations

    The company was accused of discriminating against 277 Black and Hispanic job applicants at facilities in Illinois and Iowa.

    By Kate Magill • June 21, 2024
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    Agtech Seedlings: Indigo Ag seals largest carbon credit deal with Microsoft | Cargill plans Atlanta tech hub

    Also in this week’s farm technology news: Syngenta Seeds teams with an AI firm to accelerate corn and soy trait development.

    By June 21, 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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    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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    Australia-based Farmbot raises $4.6M for US expansion

    The agtech startup plans to use funding to scale and develop its water monitoring tools for livestock producers.

    By June 17, 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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    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
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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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    CNH head of ag steps down following CEO shakeup

    Derek Neilson will leave later this year to pursue an entrepreneurial venture as the farm equipment maker undergoes broad changes and restructuring.

    By 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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    Bioenergy Devco, growing anaerobic digestion company, names new CEO

    An executive with 25 years of experience in the energy sector will take over the company as it pursues dozens of new projects.

    By Jacob Wallace • May 30, 2024
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    FDA approves first feed supplement to reduce methane in dairy cows

    Elanco’s Bovaer, expected to hit the market in the third quarter, claims to cut emissions by 30% per year.

    By May 28, 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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    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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    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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    Cultivated meat becomes part of the US culture wars

    Alabama and Florida banned products made from animal cells, playing into claims that lab-grown meat is a threat to livestock farming.

    By Elizabeth Flood • May 20, 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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    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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    ReposiTrak adds dairy and egg suppliers to traceability network

    The platform will be used to exchange FDA-required data for tracking products considered more prone to contamination.

    By Kelly Stroh • 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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    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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    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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    M&M’s owner Mars commits $47M to slash dairy emissions

    The confectionery giant is testing seaweed feed supplements and plans to open three "net zero" farms as it looks to halve its carbon footprint by 2030.

    By May 9, 2024