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Latest Farm Bureau Survey Shows Drought Keeping a Grip on Farmers and Ranchers in the West

Many farmers and ranchers in the western half of the US continue to battle drought conditions, according to the fourth American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) drought survey. Importantly, AFBF says the geographic footprint of extreme drought has shifted between 2021 and 2022, with states in the Pacific Northwest like Washington and Idaho having relatively better …

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South American Weather Clouds Outlook for Global Soybean Supplies

South American soybean production is the subject of intense debate right now with Argentina’s crop withering under ongoing drought conditions while Brazil looks set to deliver a bin-buster. Many were already looking to Brazil’s bumper crop to offset a portion of Argentina’s shortfall but wet weather in some big production states is threatening to dent …

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Loss of Midwest Topsoil… New Study Shows Major Concern

Our planet provides numerous resources that are critical to human survival. While Earth’s dwindling water supplies rightly garner a lot of attention, the one directly below our feet is just as vital to life…and just as at risk of being used beyond capacity. Several studies in recent years have shined a light on our planet’s …

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First of Its Kind “Ranch Retreat” Hits the Market

Outside Bozeman, Montana, a ranch spanning 320 acres is hitting the market for $13.95 million! The property, called Windcall Ranch, was purchased in 1986 by the late philanthropists Albert and Susan Wells for about $600,000. From what I understand Wells saw a need to help non-profit leaders sustain their vision while maintaining a life balance …

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SCiFi Foods Bets on CRISPR Technology to Make Cultivated Meat Affordable

Cultivated meat, also known as “lab-grown meat,” is expected to be available to consumers later this year. After Upside Foods became the first cultivated meat company to gain regulatory approval from the FDA, leaders in the industry now see a clear path to clearing the remaining regulatory hurdles. The biggest obstacle the industry now faces …

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Have China’s Soybean Import Volumes Passed Their Peak?

A new Rabobank report projects that China’s soybean imports will slow down and eventually decline through 2030 as a result of slower livestock production growth and continuous improvement in farming practices. More importantly, China’s inclusion rate of soymeal in feed rations is projected to drop, prompting a slowdown and eventual reduction in the country’s soybean …

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Scientists Hope Genetic Engineering Can Bring the American Chestnut Back From Extinction

American chestnut trees were once one of the most important trees in eastern US forests. Some of these trees reached heights of over 100 feet with trunk diameters up to 14 feet. Billions of American chestnuts once stretched from Georgia and Alabama to Michigan and Maine before disease nearly wiped out the trees, which are …

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At Goodyear, Soybeans and Rice are Replacing Rubber

In 1903, Goodyear secured a patent for the world’s first tubeless automobile tire, a business that grew exponentially alongside America’s burgeoning car industry. As vehicles have changed through the years, Goodyear’s ability to innovate and willingness to shift in step with changing customer demand has kept it among the top tire manufacturers in the world. …

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World’s Biggest Single-Building Pig Farm Is Now Operating in China

China has been investing billions of dollars into massive high-rise hog-raising facilities popularly known as “hog hotels” in the last few years with the trend starting out as just two and three-story facilities. But it quickly escalated into monolithic structures of over 10 levels, with tens of thousands of animals raised on each and now, …

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