The Van Trump Report

Changing Trends in U.S. Corn Production Boost Productivity and Costs

Corn producers have undergone massive shifts in production practices in just the last couple of decades thanks to the introduction and adoption of GMO and precision ag technologies, as well as other impactful changes like farm consolidation and irrigation coverage. In the 20 year period from 1996 to 2018, corn accounted for over one-third of the …

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Alternative Meat Companies Turning Focus to Chicken Market

After gaining a solid foothold in the faux-beef market, alternative meat companies have their sights clearly set on gaining a slice of the chicken market. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, the two leading plant-based meat companies, both have new lines of chicken products hitting the market. Beyond Chicken Tenders are in hundreds of restaurants already, …

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What You Might Not Know About Tabasco, The World’s First and Best Selling Hot Sauce

Tabasco sauce is a staple in many American kitchens. It’s so popular in fact that the brand name “Tabasco” is just another word for “hot sauce” in a lot of places. The name for the sauce stems from the peppers it’s made with, tabasco peppers, which originated in Mexico. The man behind the iconic hot …

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Canada’s Wheat Takes a Beating in Summer Heat 

Much like growing regions in the Northern U.S., Canada’s wheat crops are in rough, rough shape. Our neighbors to the north are in the midst of the worst drought in two decades. This summer’s drought follows multiple consecutive years of below-normal precipitation in many parts of Canada’s key farming regions. Combined with this year’s intense …

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What You Might Not Know About Wasabi, One of the Most Profitable and Difficult Crops in the World

If you’re a fan of Japanese food, you are likely familiar with the spicy green paste served alongside sushi that most everyone just calls “wasabi.” The tasty condiment gets its name from Wasabia japonica, aka Japanese horseradish. However, 95% of the so-called wasabi being served in sushi restaurants has absolutely no Japanese horseradish in it, …

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Nemo’s Garden is Successfully Growing Food Under the Sea

Food growers throughout the centuries have managed to cultivate plants in some of the most unlikely places on the planet, and even in space. One area we haven’t tapped for crop production is the ocean, which at approximately 71% of Earth’s surface far exceeds our land area. Beyond fish and seaweed, scientists and entrepreneurs are …

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Tapping the Internet of Things to Make Farms More Efficient

The average farm profit margin in the U.S. today is just over 11%, a figure that has been largely unchanged for decades. That’s why, in agriculture, running a tight ship and paying close attention to the details is so vitally important to overall profitability.  You are invited to attend a webinar we are hosting on …

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