Conservation Reserve Programs is ‘Competitive’ – January 29, 2020

Conservation reserve program is ‘competitive’ this year, despite lower rental rates


Despite lower rental rates, enrollment in the land-idling Conservation Reserve Program is “competitive” this year, a USDA official said at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.


DOJ probes Dean Foods/Dairy Farmers of America proposed merger

The Department of Justice is looking into the potential antitrust implications of a proposed deal between bankrupt milk processor Dean Foods and the giant dairy cooperative Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).

Talks & Eats – Manhattan – Surf ‘n’ Turf: Can our seafood survive Big Ag and climate change?

As oceans warm, our major fisheries are shifting. At the same time, farm runoff is contributing to dead zones from the Gulf of Mexico to Long Island. Both of these issues – climate change and farming practices – affect the health of ocean ecosystems and, ultimately, the seafood that winds up on our plates.


Join moderator and best-selling author Paul Greenberg for a stimulating discussion Feb. 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m., at Subculture in Greenwich Village. VIP reception with drinks and bites beforehand.


Along the river, early flood threats (WPR): Ice jams forming along the Mississippi River threaten to flood parts of Wisconsin, as wet conditions and high water persist in the region.


Big meat deal (Meat + Poultry): The Brazilian beef company JBS penned a deal with China’s dominant pork company WH Group to export over $700 million of beef and poultry to China.


Live export trade breeds ‘floating feedlots’ (Guardian): The live export trade that moves millions of sheep and cattle across the oceans each year is facilitated by outdated cargo ships that pose a threat to animal welfare.


Green groups protest controversial aquaculture proposal (WTSP):  Environmental groups protested in Sarasota, Florida, in advance of a hearing on whether EPA should approve the first pilot aquaculture project in federally-controlled ocean waters.


Lab-grown shrimp? (Reuters): Shiok Meats, a Singapore-based startup, is aiming to be the world’s first company to serve lab-grown shrimp.


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