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Agriculture

U.S. Presidents Who Spent a Lot of Time on the Farm

In honor of today’s Presidential election, here’s a look back at those who are said to have spent the most time on a farm. (Source: BayerCrop Sciences; Wiki)George Washington – Washington was well-known for his efforts to improve American agriculture, and he oversaw a vast plantation in Mount Vernon, Virginia growing tobacco, later switching to grains …

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Insects as High-Protein Animal Feed…What You Need to Know

French startup Ÿnsect is so confident that insects can revolutionize the global food chain that they are building the world’s largest bug farm in France. The company just added an additional $224 million in funding that for the first time attracted U.S. backers, including Los Angeles-based Upfront Ventures and the Robert Downey Jr. financed FootPrint …

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How U.S. Ag Exports Must Evolve to Meet China’s Changing Consumer

China has risen from a severely impoverished nation just a little more than 40 years ago to the second-largest economy in the world today. With the world’s largest population, it is also the world’s largest consumer of agricultural products. The country’s agricultural imports surpassed both the U.S. and the EU last year, topping more than …

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How Currency Depreciation Contributes to Brazil’s Increasing Competitiveness

A new report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service takes a deep dive into the role of Brazil’s macroeconomic policies in its emergence as one of the world’s top agricultural products exporter. In particular, the study focuses on the currency depreciation those policies have driven and the potential impact the COVID-19 pandemic might have on …

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Discover the Smallest Innovation In Ag History

Food and energy production have benefited greatly from widespread applications of conventional fertilizers. However, as demand for agriculture output accelerates so too does our understanding of inefficiency in the delivery of crop nutrition in production systems and related environmental impacts. It’s worth mentioning, data is showing that inefficient fertilizer use is responsible for billions of …

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What’s Ahead for Ethanol?

The recently introduced “Next Generation Fuels Act” is drawing praise from a wide range of stakeholders, including the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) which called it “the beginning of an exciting new era in transportation fuels policy.” Introduced by Illinois Representative Cheri Bustos, the bill would establish a high-octane, low-carbon fuel requirement that aims to boost …

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The Media Continues to Drive the Message, Pushing Words that Will Change the Way We Farm! Pay Close Attention… “Socially Sustainable”, “Climate Change”, “Clean Energy”, “Transparency”

People’s desire to know how and where their food is grown as well wanting more transparency across the entire process is a growing trend that is changing how we farm and attracting some of the most innovative minds to our industry to tackle this task. Most agree the current manner in which food is both …

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CRISPR-Engineered Produce Getting Closer to Grocery Aisles

Food startup Pairwise is hoping to have some of its CRISPR-edited produce items in grocery store aisles as soon as 2022. In August, the USDA gave Pairwise the green light to proceed with commercialization of its new varieties of Brassica juncea, a leafy green most of us know as mustard greens. What’s more, they say …

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CFAP 2 and Final USDA Changes to Farm Operator Rules

U.S. producers have $13 billion in new coronavirus aid headed their way using funds added to the Commodity Credit Corp. under the CARES Act last Spring. The second round of aid falls under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, dubbed CFAP 2. Congress had authorized additional borrowing authority for the USDA for the purpose in coronavirus-relief …

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