NEWS & RESOURCES

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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March 20, 2018

McDonald’s Sets Science-Based Target to Reduce GHG Emissions

Today, McDonald’s announces it will partner with franchisees and suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to McDonald’s restaurants and offices by 36% by 2030 from a 2015 base year in a new strategy to address global climate change. Additionally, McDonald’s commits to a 31% reduction in emissions intensity (per metric ton of food and packaging) across its supply chain…

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March 20, 2018

Murphy: The Apron Goes from Blue to Red

For many years in the distant past (the 1970s and 80s), mail-order foods were confined to products that were basically shelf-stable and usually exotic and/or imported: Foods that one would have to search to source at a local supermarket or even a specialty retailer. Then along came FedEx and its competitors, the development of online shopping apps and the emergence…

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March 20, 2018

How Dairy Sped Past Other Industries To Advance Farm Sustainability

Unlike many sectors of agriculture, the dairy industry has successfully woven together disparate supply chain stakeholders to adopt common best practices and advance consumer outreach. A significant part of that success can be attributed to organizations such as the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, which convenes executives from farms, food companies, processors and other sectors to set a vision for…

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March 19, 2018

Mercy for Animals Petition Denied By USDA

Animal rights group Mercy for Animals’ petition to USDA seeking more animal handling protection for chickens and turkeys sent to slaughter was rejected by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Mercy for Animals called the decision “shameful” in a blog on the group’s web site, and said it plans to “pursue all available legal options” in an effort to reverse the…

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March 16, 2018

Don’t Waste Manure—Calibrate Liquid Applicators

Manure offers many soil health benefits and nutrients for crop production. Pork producers need to retain as much value as possible from manure applications to keep balance sheets in the black during expansion. The key is to know exactly how much manure you are applying. Federal and state regulations require manure management plans, but farmers should also responsibly measure manure application rates…

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March 15, 2018

Striking a Balance with Cover Crops and Grazing

On his west-central Missouri farm, Kyle Grumke and his father Ross employ cover crops on every one of their 550 owned acres. It’s a practice Ross scoffed at in the beginning but five years in he sees the pay-off in better soil health and an additional feed source for the family’s cattle. Caught somewhere in the middle of conventional and…

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March 15, 2018

Traceability Could Open New Markets

Indigo Ag Inc., is launching an on-farm storage program for U.S. farmers to enable identity preservation of corn, soybeans, cotton, wheat and rice. Here’s how it works: Indigo partners with farmers to store and monitor harvested grain. The company will lease existing bags or bins to store grain earmarked for the program or finance grain-bagging systems at no upfront cost…

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