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Friday, October 16, 2020
Source: Des Moines Register; October 14, 2020
Thousands of foreign farm workers who spend summers in Iowa fields detasseling corn, picking melons, building animal confinements and caring for millions of pigs and other livestock could see their pay cut in half, according to a lawsuit advocates filed Wednesday. Read More…
Source: The Guardian; October 14, 2020
It’s 10am and the hens are getting excited and bustling around. Jo and Charles Mear are approaching the hutches carrying blue crates and the birds, heads popping up, know what’s inside: black soldier fly larvae or maggots. Read More…
Source: The New York Times; October 12, 2020
Federal payments to farmers are projected to hit a record $46 billion this year as the White House funnels money to Mr. Trump’s rural base in the South and Midwest ahead of Election Day. Read More…
Source: The Verge; October 12, 2020
Alphabet’s X lab, the former Google division that launched the Waymo self-driving car unit and other ambitious projects, has taken the wraps off its latest “moonshot”: a computational agriculture project the company is calling Mineral. Read More…
Source: Associated Press; October 10, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday that the number of crop acres that Iowa farmers are unable to harvest has grown to 850,000 (343,983 hectares) from estimates last month that 550,000 acres (222,577 hectares) were lost, The Des Moines Register reported. Read More…
Source: Bloomberg; October 9, 2020
On the same day the World Food Programme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its fight against hunger, fresh numbers from the U.S. government showed that tighter crop supplies could worsen the food-inequality crisis that’s sweeping the globe. Read More…
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