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    Judge temporarily blocks disaster aid for women and minority farmers

    The USDA program likely violated the constitutional rights of white men, the Texas court ruled.

    By June 12, 2024
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    House Republicans set up partisan food fight with proposed USDA, FDA budget cuts

    Disagreements over USDA and FDA funding levels are making it more likely appropriations bills won’t be passed on time, requiring another extension.

    By June 12, 2024
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    Trendline

    Top 5 stories from Agriculture Dive

    As the sector anxiously awaits a farm bill, producers are expected to take advantage of new opportunities in renewable energy and regenerative agriculture.

    By Agriculture Dive staff
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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.

    By Ryan Bigelow • June 7, 2024
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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.”

    By Lamar Johnson • June 5, 2024
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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. 

    By June 4, 2024
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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.

    By June 3, 2024
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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.

    By Anna Merod • May 31, 2024
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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.

    By May 28, 2024
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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.

    By May 28, 2024
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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.

    By May 24, 2024
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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.

    By May 24, 2024
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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. 

    By Kenny Fahey • May 23, 2024
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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.

    By May 22, 2024
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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.

    By Emilie Shumway • May 22, 2024
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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.

    By May 21, 2024
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    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.

    By Suman Bhattacharyya • May 21, 2024
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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.

    By Elizabeth Flood • May 20, 2024
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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.

    By May 17, 2024
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    OSHA heat standard clears regulatory hurdle

    As rulemaking progresses, the Department of Labor said it will prioritize heat-related inspections in agricultural industries that employ H-2A workers.

    By Zachary Phillips • May 17, 2024
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    ReposiTrak adds dairy and egg suppliers to traceability network

    The platform will be used to exchange FDA-required data for tracking products considered more prone to contamination.

    By Kelly Stroh • May 15, 2024
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    US to spend $200M on bird flu fight, including dairy farm compensation

    The investment comes as public health experts raise concerns that the government isn’t doing enough to track the virus and prevent it from spreading to humans.

    By May 13, 2024
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    House Republicans shed more light on proposed farm bill

    The plan includes more information on how conservatives would allocate additional climate funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.

    By May 13, 2024
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    FDA wins turf battle over regulation of gene-edited meat

    The agency will spearhead the review process to bring GMO animals to market in consultation with USDA. 

    By May 8, 2024
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    California poultry processors will pay over $5M to resolve overtime, child labor allegations

    The Department of Labor called it “one of the largest wage violation settlements ever reached" for domestic poultry workers.

    By Emilie Shumway • May 8, 2024
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    EU delays sustainability reporting requirements for food

    Industries including agriculture will have more time to focus on the implementation of broader disclosure rules before they start observing sector-specific standards.

    By Zoya Mirza • May 7, 2024