A Presidential candidate face plants with farmers, a troubling article about farmers and suicide, and do Americans think about sustainability when they eat?
|Brandon Day||Feb 22|| 2|
Wait a minute, is it Friday?! Well yes it is!! Another Agtech Action Friday ladies and gentlemen for your reading pleasure! We have efforts to stop African Swine fever from speading, a Democratic candidate with an interesting opinion about farming, and an interesting survey of Americans and discussing sustainability in food. I’ll let you dive in and enjoy!!
Food and the World:
US pork & soybean producers unite to keep ASF at bay – I cannot stress how important and under-reported African Swine Fever is; I am glad we are getting ahead of this because it could be DEVASTATING to the swine industry!
Bader Farms wins $265M judgment in Dicamba lawsuit against Bayer, BASF (Juries typically award punitive damages when they believe a defendant’s behavior is found to be especially harmful)
Larger soybean and cotton plantings due to trade deal? China is obliged to purchase $40B per year of US food, agriculture and seafood products through 2021.
To meet goals, China will be ‘ramping up’ US ag purchases, says Perdue (Soybean to account for most of purchase, with cotton and pork also rising)
Agriculture in the News:
Bloomberg belittles knowledge and expertise of farmers – Someone is taking a page out of an unsuccessful campaign playbook
Inside one Iowa family’s anguish amid a rise in farmer suicides – This in my opinion is a severely under-reported mental health crisis!
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Most Americans don’t discuss environmental impact of food (Hmmmm, you don’t say)
The press keeps coming with the Manure Innovation challenge!
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