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After decades of substantial U.S. agricultural trade surpluses, the U.S. is forecast to experience a record trade deficit for the second year in a row. American Farm Bureau Federation economists analyzed the factors contributing to the deficit in their latest Market Intel report. According to the analysis, the forecast $32 billion deficit is caused by a multitude of factors, one of which is rising imports of fresh fruits and vegetables. American produce farmers face significant challenges in competing with less expensive foreign-grown produce, most notably a lack of affordable and available farm labor. “Production of many fresh fruits and vegetables…

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Insider knowledge: Information known only to those within a specific industry, company, or group, typically shared informally and not documented, revealing deeper truths and behind-the-scenes realities. You know, the type where someone leans over and whispers it in hushed tones. I’m sure every industry, company, organization, and group has information only known to those on the inside. There’s not necessarily any written documentation or a citation you can reference, but this news and gossip is passed around and casually referenced in conversations.  Agriculture definitely has insider knowledge. It’s not the fear-mongering stuff people dream it is, though. It’s certainly not…

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Engineered to minimize the risk of hydraulic overheating when mowing and mulching, the new SK Rooftop Cooler from Diamond Mowers is the latest addition to Diamond Mower’s line of skid-steer attachments and accessories. Exclusively compatible with select Bobcat R Series and John Deere models, the specialized cooling system mounts easily to the roof of skid steers and CTLs to enhance performance, efficiency, and operating longevity. Designed for demanding forestry and land clearing operations, Diamond’s Rooftop Cooler provides operators with superior cooling capabilities to help reduce downtime and increase operating hours daily. With a heat rejection capability of 140,000 BTU per…

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Recognizing that dietitians are not typically trained on the origins of food, a course at the University of Arizona is trying to bridge that knowledge gap and prepare future dietitians for the many questions their clients will have about food and how it’s produced. While the courses that dietetic interns often take involve pathophysiology, disease states, metabolism, and digestion, the basics of how food is raised and produced are often overlooked. Agriculture and Food Literacy for Nutrition and Health Professionals aims to equip dietitians with a comprehensive understanding of food production and how to influence policies that ensure access to…

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Twenty minutes before the summer school bell rings, our principal shares over the loudspeaker to our Florin High School students and staff, “In remembrance of Juneteenth, the school will be closed Wednesday, June 19th.”  If I could go back in time and hear over the loudspeaker of my public high school about the history of Juneteenth and the importance of remembering the day, I wonder how much my self-efficacy as a black child would grow, knowing that my culture and its triumphs were being widely acknowledged and celebrated in my community. I wonder how I would have felt if I…

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Syngenta and InstaDeep are collaborating to accelerate crop seed trait research using AI Large Language Models.  InstaDeep has developed a state-of-the-art language model, AgroNT¹, trained on trillions of nucleotides from agriculturally relevant crop species to interpret the complex language of the genetic code. This next-generation AI technology learns from nature and was designed to accurately predict how genes are regulated, potentially enabling a new level of trait control and crop performance. “We are excited to collaborate with InstaDeep and bring forward insights from advanced AI to accelerate the advancement of our proprietary trait pipeline, enabling us to bring innovative and…

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NPPC led livestock and farm groups in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to fight back against activist attacks on pork producers’ fundamental due process rights and the regulatory foundation of modern livestock production. Earlier this year, numerous national and state activist groups, led by Food & Water Watch, including Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, filed a lawsuit against the EPA and the Biden Administration. These groups seek major changes to the EPA’s CAFO rules, proposing that the law should assume pig and other livestock farmers are discharging pollutants into Waters…

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One of the area’s crown jewels is the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, home to between 500 and 900 horses annually who come to run in the cool mountain air during the summers. The track hosts thoroughbred and quarter horse racing, including the All American Futurity, the richest race in Quarter Horse racing with a purse of $3 million.  As visible flames filled the skies and surrounding area from fires just miles away from the track, efforts to begin evacuating horses were stifled by road closures and human evacuations. Trainers and horse lovers hooked up, ready to head out and evacuate horses.…

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A new documentary showcases the innovative power of soybeans and U.S. soybean farmers’ dedication to producing a crop that is revolutionizing various industries. GroundBreaking: A Story of Innovation premieres on A&E on Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. EDT. With an American origin story that dates back nearly 150 years, the soybean plant has evolved into a resource used by farmers, chemists, historians, chefs, and astrobiologists. This story features experts diving into how soy unlocks sustainable, biobased alternatives, best-in-class performance, optimized nutrition for animals and humans alike and a viable future to empower space exploration. “As a soybean farmer, our primary…

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The National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association joined the American Petroleum Institute today in filing a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s heavy-duty vehicle emissions standards for model years 2027-2032. The groups said EPA exceeded its congressional authority with the regulation, which includes targets that rely too heavily on electrification and do not fully appreciate the role low-carbon fuels like ethanol play in the transportation sector. “EPA has tried to impose a one-size-fits-all approach to addressing climate change by prioritizing electric vehicles over other climate…

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