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A Look at China’s Latest Plans to Boost Grain Output

China this year has released a string of policy priorities for agriculture aimed at boosting domestic production. According to state media, China has reached a “bottleneck” in these ongoing efforts where it is increasingly difficult to lift production any further. Roadblocks include an aging farm labor force and a lack of workers to take their …

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More “Mississippi River” Shipping Problems Ahead?

According to the latest outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, flooding is not expected to be an issue for the Mississippi River this spring thanks to an unusually hot, dry winter. Unfortunately, the lack of precipitation means shipping along the river could be disrupted again by low water levels …

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What You Might Not Know About “Paraguay’s” Soybeans

Paraguay doesn’t get a lot of attention as a major agricultural producer but their output is a lot higher than you might realize. The South American country has been a long-time and consistent global soybean producer that is often relied upon to fill production gaps in neighboring Argentina and Brazil. Below are more details about …

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DeWalt and Soy Checkoff Develop a New Use for Soybeans – Bar and Chain Oil

The next time you need to pull out the chainsaw, there’s a new soy-based bar and chain oil option from DeWalt that can help keep it in good working order. Developed through a partnership between DeWalt, Dynamic Green Products, and investment from a soy checkoff initiative, the biodegradable bar and chain oil is already available …

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NEW Bunge-Chevron Plant Opens Oilseed Options for Midsouth Producers

Bunge and Chevron just broke ground on a new oilseed processing facility in Destrehan, Louisiana, which is expected to open new crop options for producers in the midsouth. The plant features a flexible design, intended to allow it to process soybeans as well as soft seeds, including novel winter oilseed crops such as canola and …

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SAF from Corn Ethanol Requires Substantially Less Acreage Than Soybeans

The Biden administration is expected to release preliminary models for its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) subsidy program in the coming weeks. Key for the ethanol industry is whether the corn-based fuel will qualify for the highest SAF subsidies. If ethanol is left behind, SAF suppliers will be mostly dependent on oilseed crops which could create …

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“SESO” Aims to Solve the Farm Labor Shortage by Automating the Process

American farmers have limited options when it comes to filling their labor needs. For many, the government’s H-2A visa program, which permits US farms to hire foreign seasonal workers, is a much-needed resource. However, the program is famously hard to navigate, with complicated rules and mountains of paperwork that just add to farmers’ already heavy …

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Son of Potato Farmer Takes the French Fry Global… and Becomes Billionaire! 

Dubbed the ‘King of the French Fry’ Harrison McCain was a straight-talking son of a potato farmer, who along with his brother Wallace, would create a global commodity and a calling card of American culture, the frozen “French Fry”.  Until Harrison came along the potatoes grown on land near his home had always been baked …

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