Corn Sweetener Loses Luster – April 18, 2019

Corn sweetener loses its luster, and its customers

A brawl between brewers over a Super Bowl ad last winter was not just a market-share battle between beer-making giants. It also offered a revealing look the reduced role corn sweeteners are playing in the food and beverage industry.

Two more rounds of Sino-U.S. trade talks planned

U.S.-China negotiations to resolve the trade war are “moving along quite well,” said President Trump on Wednesday. Meanwhile, published reports said two rounds of talks were scheduled for late April and early May.

Bill would ban chlorpyrifos residues in school meals

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, announced a bill on Wednesday to effectively ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos from school food.


Poultry workers get a better contract (Albany Herald): Some 1,800 workers at a Tyson plant in Georgia won a stronger contract that includes lower health care expenses, a general wage increase, and seniority rights.

Rural health insurance option, with a catch (Harvest Public Media): The Kansas Farm Bureau wants to market health benefit plans at lower rates than the federal healthcare exchange, although it would be able to turn away applicants with pricey healthcare needs.

Wheaties, breakfast of regenerative agriculture (KXMA-TV): Gabe Brown, a North Dakota farmer and author of “Dirt to Soil,” received a commemorative Wheaties box with his name and photo on the front from General Mills’ sustainability team as a thank-you for his work in regenerative agriculture.

Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule on mega-dairy (Green Bay Press Gazette): The state’s highest court will take up a case to decide if state regulators have the authority to require a large dairy farm, which plans to expand to 9,000 cows, to monitor well water for signs of pollution by farm runoff.

Iowa Senate passes hemp bill (AP): On a 49-1 vote, the state Senate passed and sent to the House a bill to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in Iowa, with a limit of 40 acres per licensed grower.

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