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Agriculture

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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What You Might Not Know About the Pioneers That Settled the Northwest Territory

When the American Revolutionary War ended in 1783, only a small sliver of the country’s vast expanses had been established as part of the new Union. But before the young country had even completed its Constitution, a group of enterprising war veterans formed a new company to buy up land in what now forms the states …

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Even Bees Are Getting Stung by Inflation… Cost of Pollination Up +38% Since 2017

After being suspended in December of 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture “Cost of Pollination” survey has now been reinstated. For producers that regularly need to rent bees, it probably comes as no surprise that pollination costs have skyrocketed over the last few years, with prices up well more than +30% in many cases. …

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How California’s Egg Shortage – and Skyrocketing Prices – Could Spread to Other States

Avian influenza, aka “bird flu,” absolutely ravaged US poultry flocks in 2022 with almost 58 million birds in commercial poultry operations lost to the disease. The losses are now greater than the last major outbreak in 2014-15 that wiped out 50.5 million US poultry birds. Interestingly, California ranked 13th among US states for total number …

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