Benson Hill Contracts 30,000 Premium Soybean Acres

Cindy Zimmerman

St. Louis-based crop improvement company Benson Hill has contracted 30,000 acres to advance its non-GMO soybean varieties through partnerships in the consumer food, animal feed and aquaculture markets. “The consumer food, animal feed and aquaculture markets are demanding innovation that improves the health and sustainability profile of their ingredients,” said Chris Wilkins, Chief Operating Officer of Benson Hill. “Our portfolio …

Feed, Food, Seed, Soybean, Technology

USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Cindy Zimmerman

Late Friday U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of our food supply chain, and ensure …

AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Food, USDA

President Trump Says Help for Farmers Coming Soon

Cindy Zimmerman

During the daily White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Thursday, President Donald Trump said help for hurting farmers is coming soon. “We have money going out to our farmers in the pretty near future,” said President Trump. “The farmers got hurt very badly by all of this. People are eating less from the standpoint that there’s no restaurants that …

AFBF, Farming, Food

GROWMARK FS Members Helping Food Banks

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmers and grain companies in the Midwest are stepping up to help feed those in need. GROWMARK system members FS GRAIN and Gold Star FS have started accepting grain donations which will raise money for food banks across the region in a move they hope will spread nationwide. Mike Schaver, grain department manager with Gold Star FS, says he is …

Food, Grains, GROWMARK

Senators Stress COVID-19 Relief for Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) led a Senate colloquy Monday to outline the importance of supporting farmers, ranchers and rural America in legislation to provide relief from the impacts of COVID-19. Hoeven worked to include $50 billion in funding authority for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Joining Hoeven …

AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Farming, Food, Government

Farmers and Ranchers Committed to US Food Supply

Cindy Zimmerman

America’s farmers and ranchers are committed to doing all they can do to maintain the nation’s food supply amid growing challenges posed by COVID-19. American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) president Zippy Duvall, along with Chalmers Carr, a peach farmer in South Carolina, and John Boelts, a produce farmer in Arizona, gave an update on how farmers are dealing with the …

AFBF, AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Food

Pork Producers Say Impossible Pork is Impossible

Cindy Zimmerman

Pork producers have a beef with impossible pork. As Impossible Foods debuted its latest plant-based food offering at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) called out the company for violating food labeling laws. Citing law that prohibits the use of words that redefine pork as it has been known by consumers for centuries, Dr. …

AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Food, Meat, NPPC, Pork

Just a Penny More for Thanksgiving Dinner This Year

Cindy Zimmerman

The cost of this year’s Thanksgiving feast is up a penny per person, but still comes in at under $5.00 each for a party of ten. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 34th annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $48.91, or less than $5.00 …

AFBF, Food, Video

Plant-Based Fake Meat Ad Points to Truth

Chuck Zimmerman

I don’t know about you but I like to know what’s in my food. When it comes to meat I prefer it to be made out of meat and not a bunch of processed ingredients. I also think it’s important for consumers to be given good information that they can make intelligent decisions with. That’s why I like this new …

Food, Food Safety, Meat

2019 World Food Day

Chuck Zimmerman

Welcome to World Food Day 2019. This isn’t just a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations event but they put a lot of effort into it. Let’s take for example their suggestions for farmers and agribusinesses to make diets healthier, available and affordable. The women and men who work in agriculture play a vital role in providing nutritious, …

fao, Food, International