The beef industry will face scrutiny this week from senators who are under pressure to curb the pricing power of big meatpackers, while the full Senate is nearing a vote on a bill to accelerate the development of ag carbon markets.
The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected a legal effort by environmental groups to force the state to adopt mandatory measures to protect the Raccoon River watershed, the source of drinking water for about a half million Iowans.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told senators Tuesday that his department is working on measures that will “significantly” increase U.S. meatpacking capacity, a top priority of producers who believe industry concentration is depressing livestock prices.
A newly constructed barge terminal for loading and unloading on the Missouri River in western Iowa should provide a new marketing option for Midwest corn and soybean producers, and local officials hope it could become an example for future facilities along the River.
Walmart has announced it will phase in new guidelines for its fresh produce and flower suppliers including reducing their use of certain pesticides, even as both the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation complete re-evaluations of the same chemicals.
Using a pollen-sized microparticle that contained a certain enzyme, a group of scientists were able to create an “antidote” to organophosphate-based insecticides, according to a Cornell University release.
USDA announced plans Tuesday to provide additional coronavirus relief to farmers, biofuel producers and food companies and to expand the Clean Lakes, Estuaries and Rivers conservation initiative, known as CLEAR30, to the entire country.