NEWS & RESOURCES

March 28, 2018

Could Robots Slow Dairy Consolidation?

Automation in the dairy industry could help slow consolidation. New reports from CoBank and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service show robotic milking systems could level the playing field for dairies of all sizes. There are really two categories of milking robots on the market: “box” style units and robotic components installed on rotary parlors. According to a new…

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March 28, 2018

McDonald’s, Dairy Checkoff Work to Market More Dairy

McDonald’s and dairy checkoff scientists have unveiled three new menu items that will help get more dairy to consumers. On March 23, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) released a statement about the collaboration between McDonald’s and dairy checkoff scientists. The menu items include: McDonald’s Signature Crafted Recipes sandwiches and the Egg White Delight McMuffin will now feature sharp white cheddar cheese…

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March 26, 2018

Produce Safety Alliance faces budget crunch

Though its work is far from done, funding for the Produce Safety Alliance is scheduled to run out by September 2019. The ticking clock has industry leaders worried about the future of grower produce safety training. Given the task of helping to train and educate produce growers on food safety regulations, the alliance is a collaborative project among Cornell University,…

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March 26, 2018

California strawberries support urban economy, too

While the California strawberry crop generates sales for the industry, it also generates almost $3 billion in non-farm revenue every year, according to a California Strawberry Commission study. A diverse range of businesses in five Southern California counties support strawberries, the state’s fourth-largest crop, according to a news release from the commission. Economists at California State University-Fresno conducted the study,…

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March 26, 2018

Five High-Tech Farming Trends

"What one generation sees as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity," said Anthony Crosland, British Labor Party politician and author, in his most cited sentence. History has shown this to be true: One need not look further than cell phones, televisions, hand-held devices and computers, for starters. Then look at how living conditions and diets have changed, as societies…

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March 22, 2018

HSUS Loses Charity Endorsements

The Humane Society of the United States is facing pushback from several charity oversight groups. The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance has removed it’s accreditation of the animal charity this week, reports the Center for Consumer Freedom. BBB Wise Giving has not released a statement about the change. This comes after Charity Navigator downgraded HSUS’s rating from four stars to two (four-star scale),…

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March 21, 2018

Brussels sprouts enjoy big growth

Embracing their trendy status, Brussels sprouts are riding a strong wave of demand. Supply of Brussels sprouts is up significantly compared with a few year ago. IRI/FreshLook, a Chicago-based market research firm, reports Brussels sprouts retail sales for the 52-week period ending Feb. 25 totaled $255.5 million, up 16.9% compared with the same period a year ago. Volume of fresh Brussels sprouts…

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March 21, 2018

Partnership Joyn Bio to Reduce Negative Impact of Nitrogen Fertilizer

Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks recently announced their joint venture, Joyn Bio. The companies have been working together since September 2017 in two locations. The companies came together with a goal of “bringing advanced techniques in synthetic biology to agriculture to support the industry’s sustainability efforts, starting with reducing the environmental impact of nitrogen fertilizer.” Joyn Bio will research other areas…

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March 21, 2018

Farm size steadily rising for fruit and vegetable growers

The size of fruit and vegetable growing operations is steadily increasing, according to a new report. “Three decades of consolidation in U.S. agriculture,” a U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service report said that the midpoint acreage (half of farms are below the midpoint acreage and half the farms are above it) for fruit, nut and berry operations increased in 19 of…

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March 20, 2018

Monsanto Invests a Total of $125 Million In Pairwise for Gene Editing

Monsanto is partnering with an ag startup, Pairwise Plants, that studies gene editing technology. According to the agreement, Pairwise will work with Monsanto exclusively on corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and canola crops. The collaboration and licensing agreement calls for a $100 million contribution from Monsanto to gain access to and develop Pairwise intellectual property in row crop application. This includes…

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