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    Border agents reach tentative deal with Canadian government, averting strike

    Potential labor action facing two major railroads, however, still threatens cross-border trade.

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    Wyoming becomes 12th state to report bird flu in dairy cows

    As the outbreak widens, Iowa is urging the Biden administration to compensate farmers for lost milk production.

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    Perdue taps insider to lead agribusiness unit

    Perry Aulie, who helmed the company's value-added business, will take over next month.

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    Cargill, Target and FibreTrace partner to verify raw cotton

    Luminescent pigments are integrated into raw cotton to track it throughout the global supply chain.

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    Smithfield buys dry sausage plant from Cargill

    The Nashville, Tennessee, facility has the capacity to make 50 million pounds of pizza toppings, charcuterie and other goods.

  • Vanilla bean volatility could drive up ice cream prices

    While supply constraints are not expected to last long, growers warn of a potential cost problem.

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    Canada border agent strike deadline extended

    Shippers have been carefully monitoring union labor negotiations and are raising the alarm of potential transportation slowdowns in the case of a walkout. 

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    Prop 12 offsets ‘big pop’ in pork market, expert says

    Increased demand from Mexico and other trading partners is keeping prices afloat as domestic consumption sags.

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    Agtech seedlings: Pairwise develops ‘world’s first’ seedless blackberry

    In other farm technology news: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' philanthropic fund awards $300 million to create a sustainable protein hub, and breeding innovations from a Michigan State scientist could create a healthier potato chip.

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    Opinion

    The seafood industry must recognize that healthy seas require safeguarding human rights

    While businesses have made strides in becoming more environmentally responsible, they must also hasten efforts to eliminate labor abuses or risk consumer backlash and legal repercussions.

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    Bird flu in dairy cattle reported for first time in Iowa, Minnesota as outbreak spreads

    Cases have now been detected in herds across 11 states as public health officials scramble to scale biosecurity measures on farms.

    Updated June 6, 2024
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    Looming Canada border agent strike threatens trade

    If no deal is reached, shippers can expect lengthy delays in moving cross-border freight as soon as Friday.

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    5 agriculture podcasts to listen to right now

    With hundreds of shows to choose from, we spotlight some of our favorites dealing with all aspects of farming, from sustainabilty to economics.

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    Why orange juice prices have soared to a record high

    Years of lackluster citrus harvests in Brazil, combined with flooding and heatwaves, are set to push supply to the second lowest level in decades.

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    White House looks to bolster carbon market credibility

    The CEO of data platform operator Sylvera called the Biden administration's new principles for responsibly participating in voluntary carbon markets a “pragmatic step.”

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    USDA proposes ban on pay deductions for chicken farmers in tournament systems

    Producers may only receive performance bonuses in a potential overhaul of the controversial payment structure, part of a Biden administration effort to promote competition. 

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    Opinion

    The critical climate action meat and dairy companies should prioritize now

    To quickly curb the rate of global warming, businesses can prioritize acting on one of their largest sources of supply chain emissions — methane.

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    CNH head of ag steps down following CEO shakeup

    Derek Neilson will leave later this year to pursue an entrepreneurial venture as the farm equipment maker undergoes broad changes and restructuring.

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    USDA pilot to track bird flu in dairy herds

    Under the voluntary program, participating farms can bypass certain animal shipment requirements if herds test negative for three consecutive weeks.

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    Huy Fong Foods’ sriracha shortage strikes again

    The popular rooster-adorned bottle has become a mainstay and must for hot sauce lovers. But its production is on hold…again.

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    Bayer teams with CRISPR startup Pairwise for bitterless mustard greens

     The biotech giant is already collaborating on short-corn with the tech company and with this agreement will develop 10 more leafy greens.

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    Turkey pressures Hormel profits

    Despite challenges from bird flu and inflation weighing on its sales, the Minnesota-based company saw gains in Planters, Corn Nuts and other snacks.

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    Agtech seedlings: Saudi startup raises $16M to grow produce in deserts | Danone joins AB InBev accelerator

    Also in this week's farm technology news: Cibo Technologies rolls out an emissions reporting tool for CPGs, and Farmers Edge teams with sorghum growers to advance climate-smart agriculture.

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    USDA launches child summer nutrition programs

    Some 32 states are participating in the agency’s slate of SUN Programs, which includes a permanent Summer EBT initiative.

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    Warmest winter could bring record pests

    Crop-destroying insects are hatching earlier than usual in the Midwest, raising concerns as the growing season progresses.