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Agricultural

USDA Applauds Housing Eligibility for H-2A Workers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released internal guidance on changes made to farm labor housing eligibility. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 amended a section of the Housing Act of 1949 to extend the Farm Labor Housing tenant eligibility to agricultural workers legally admitted to the United States[…]

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Biotechnology

Scientists Working on Drought-Tolerant Peanut

Farmers and consumers can benefit from a more drought-tolerant peanut, and scientists from the University of Florida and Georgia Institute of Technology will soon begin research to develop a more resilient crop. With it, growers would be able to produce more market-ready peanuts, and consumers can get more of the[…]

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Will Lab-Meat Get Cheap Enough to Buy?

First, it was ground turkey masquerading as a hamburger. But new technology has pushed the burger market into a whole new era. Now, there’s plant-based options, blends of meat and mushrooms, and lab-cultured meats that don’t require animal production at all. The first “clean-meat,” or protein produced from animal cells[…]

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Precision Agriculture

Fully Robotic Rotary Parlors Gain Momentum

The automated milking trend continues to tick upwards in the U.S. GEA introduced the first fully automated robotic rotary parlor, DairyProQ, and installations quickly gained momentum with two completed at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018, and four on track for completion by end-of-year.   Read more

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Ceres Imaging Raises $25 Million

Ceres Imaging has completed a $25 million round of Series B funding. The company says this is the single largest raise in the agricultural spectral imaging sector to date.   Read more

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Ag Legislation and Regulation

Worldwide Agriculture and Trade

Food Trends

A Food Fight Worth Having

An old line from writer P.J. O’Rourke is that the two most terrifying words in Washington are “bipartisan consensus,” and the Senate farm bill looks like a classic example.   Read more

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