Arkansas orders Chinese-owned seed producer Syngenta to sell US farmland

Reuters —  Arkansas ordered Syngenta to sell 160 acres (65 hectares) of farmland in the U.S. state within two years on Tuesday because the company is Chinese-owned, drawing a sharp rebuke from the global seeds producer. U.S. farm groups and lawmakers are increasingly scrutinizing foreign land ownership due to concerns about national security. “This is about […]

Agriculture Hard Hit by Hurricane Idalia: Production Losses Top $78M

University of Florida (UF) economists estimate that Hurricane Idalia caused between $78.8M and $370.9M in production losses in Florida’s Big Bend region, according to a UF release.  Approximately three million agricultural acres including peanuts, cotton and other row crops; livestock operations including dairy and poultry; aquaculture operations and more were in the path of the storm, […]

Scientists Design Fresh Tomatoes That Can Better Withstand Mechanical Harvesting

Chinese scientists have successfully identified the genetic mechanism that influences tomatoes’ shape and used that knowledge to develop fresh tomatoes that can better withstand mechanical harvesting, according to a study published in Nature Plants on September 18.  Sixty years ago, a mutation was observed in tomatoes that caused the fruits to change from a round to a […]

Farmer Sentiment Down with Lower Crop Prices and High Costs

Agricultural producers’ sentiment decline showed the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer for the second month in a row according to a release.  The index fell 9 points bringing Septembers reading to 106. Producers have concerns regarding both the current situation and future prospects. The Current Conditions and Future Expectations readings both fell 10 points, to 98 and […]

Indiana Crop Improvement Association Seeking New CEO

The Indiana Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) is in the market for a new team leader, according to a press release signed by Jim Parks, ICIA’s immediate past president.  “The Indiana Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) seeks new leadership to guide our team to new levels of excellence in serving its customers in the seed, grain, and food industries. […]

Future of Seed Processing

EU and UK reach political agreement on UK participation in Horizon Europe! An important milestone for scientific collaboration and development was set today, 7th September 2023, as the European Commission and the United Kingdom reached a political agreement for restoring the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation program. For more than two years, collaboration was […]

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