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  • Silhouettes of a farmer and cows are seen inside a barn
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    Third US dairy farmworker infected with bird flu

    The case marks the first time an individual reported respiratory symptoms, though health officials say the general risk to the public remains low. 

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    Post Holdings says bird flu hit nearly 14% of egg supply

    The CPG giant reported avian influenza outbreaks among third-party contracted flocks in Minnesota and Iowa.

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    Bioenergy Devco, growing anaerobic digestion company, names new CEO

    An executive with 25 years of experience in the energy sector will take over the company as it pursues dozens of new projects.

  • Dairy cows wade in water at a farm in Turlock, California in 2006.
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    Bird flu found in beef from US dairy cow as outbreak intensifies

    The positive result comes as the virus spreads to more farms, including an Iowa egg operation that is killing 4.2 million commercial layer chickens.

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    World’s largest database of weeds could unearth the future of farming

    An open-access data resource gives researchers insight into agricultural practices as far back as 8,000 BCE and has the potential to help the food system become more climate resilient.

  • The logo of German pharmaceuticals and chemicals giant Bayer stands over Bayer corporate offices on September 14, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.
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    Scope 3 emissions reporting is a ‘when,’ not an ‘if’ for companies: Bayer

    An executive with the crop sciences giant explains how the company works with suppliers to track its environmental footprint across the supply chain.

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    FDA approves first feed supplement to reduce methane in dairy cows

    Elanco’s Bovaer, expected to hit the market in the third quarter, claims to cut emissions by 30% per year.

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    Republican-led farm bill clears House panel, but faces slim odds ahead

    The proposal fractures the two parties in a way that's "impossible to achieve the votes to become law," Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow said.

  • Chickens move along hangers at a processing and slaughter facility.
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    US bans some poultry imports from Australia over bird flu concerns

    The restrictions prohibit goods from the state of Victoria after a human was infected and different strains of the virus were identified at two poultry farms.

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    East Coast port labor talks spark shipper contingency plans

    The current six-year contract for workers is set to expire on Sept. 30, prompting fears of potential supply chain delays.

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    USDA expands bird flu support to more dairy farms

    The department will offer payments to any producer who implements biosecurity plans, not just to those reporting positive cases.

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    Agtech seedlings: BASF looks to the stars for digital farm tools | Agco Ventures makes first investment

    Also in this week's farm technology news: Cox Farms' partner is expanding its indoor farming footprint, while Nature’s Miracle’s greenhouse tech merger deal collapses four days after it was signed. 

  • A herd of cows roam on a lush, green dairy farm.
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    Second US dairy farm worker tests positive for bird flu

    The CDC says the risk to the general public remains low, but underscored the importance of precautions for farmhands.

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    Meatable appoints beef industry veteran as CEO

    Jeff "Trip" Tripician joins from Grass Fed Farms as the cultivated meat sector looks to overcome mounting consumer resistance and state bans.

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    Opinion

    Brands need a new model of sustainability. Here’s how we can flip the script

    Companies need to shift their focus from selling to doing, writes Kenny Fahey, president and CEO of Leading Harvest. 

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    Major US egg producer lays off hundreds after bird flu outbreak

    Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch is cutting positions in Michigan, where the virus has accelerated both in poultry and dairy cattle.

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    USDA awards $300M to grow agricultural trade in new export markets

    The funding comes from the controversial Commodity Credit Corporation, which has come under mounting scrutiny from Republicans during farm bill negotiations.

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    5 takeaways from the House farm bill draft

    Lawmakers are split over food assistance and climate-smart agriculture proposals, although farm groups praised Republicans' efforts to boost safety net and trade promotion funding.

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    California mushroom workers forced to live in moldy, insect-ridden conditions: DOL

    A disgruntled employee’s fatal shooting of seven other workers at the two Half Moon Bay farms in January 2023 spurred a federal investigation.

  • An Iowa farmer pulls a corn planter behind his John Deere tractor.
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    Deere lays off nearly 200 additional Iowa workers as tractor giant slows production

    The farm machinery manufacturer has notified 500 employees about job cuts from its Waterloo operations since late March.

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    Q&A

    How companies should approach compliance under multiple climate reporting regulations: BCG

    Companies may need to reorganize as climate disclosure mandates take shape, says Tim Mohin, a partner and director at Boston Consulting Group.

  • A migrant worker harvests organic zucchini on a farm in Colorado.
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    USDA wants to make it easier for farms to go organic

    The department is investing an extra $10 million to expand market opportunities and help producers transition their operations.

  • A view from a silver catwalk of Upside Foods' bioreactors in its EPIC facility and the stairs and walkway for people to access the tops of the machines.
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    Cultivated meat becomes part of the US culture wars

    Alabama and Florida banned products made from animal cells, playing into claims that lab-grown meat is a threat to livestock farming.

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    House Republicans unveil farm bill text, kicking off partisan fight

    The proposal "doesn’t provide a path forward to getting a bill passed on the House Floor," the top Democrat on the Agriculture Committee said.

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    Deere lowers outlook as equipment sales slow due to declining farm income

    The company is cutting production as high interest rates, weather volatility and other factors weigh on demand for tractors and lawnmowers.