News & Events

Green innovation: This company is growing the future of automated agriculture

Published Nov. 16, 2015

For Spread, the next stage of it vegetable factory development will emphasize the role of robots in the agricultural effort. The purpose of the change is to create cleaner, safer crops by significantly reducing key bacteria sources from much of the process — namely, germ-prone humans.

Grassley: High hopes for TPP on agriculture

Published Nov. 16, 2015

The new market access for U.S. agricultural products is good news. On pork, Japan would eliminate duties on 80 percent of tariffs, and the gate price mechanism that has been a barrier in the past would be significantly improved.

Genetically modified salmon OK’d for human consumption in US

Published Nov. 20, 2015

“There are no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of AquAdvantage Salmon compared to that of other farm-raised Atlantic salmon,” the agency said in announcing the approval.

FDA finalizes produce safety rules

Published Nov. 17, 2015

The rules focus on “prevention” and seek to combat foodborne illness before it occurs. According to the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick each year from foodborne diseases.

Farm Service Agency approves ARC-CO changes based on farm's location

Published Nov. 25, 2015

The Farm Service Agency recently approved a modification allowing growers on a farm with one or more tracts outside the administrative county the option to recalculate Agriculture Risk Coverage-CO benefits based on the farm's physical location