AgWiki Launches Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

Cindy Zimmerman

AgWiki, a new tech company in the field of agriculture information, announces the launch of its equity crowdfunding campaign on StartEngine. AgWiki’s mission is to have a central place where everyone in food production around the globe can connect and exchange ideas, information, and expertise. The platform already boasts nearly 3000 active users. AgWiki CEO Randy Krotz said it has …

Agribusiness, Farming, Food

Merge Organics Launches Marketplace

Cindy Zimmerman

Buyers and sellers in the organic food sector now have a new way to work together. Merge Marketplace, a new platform designed to connect organic producers with buyers of organic products, is now live. Buyers can list what they are in search of, while sellers can list their crops, livestock, and land. This new marketplace is hosted by Merge Organics, …

Farming, Food, Organic

COVID Relief Bill Passes with Help for Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural groups and farm state lawmakers are pleased that the new COVID relief package passed by Congress last night includes help for producers excluded from previous aid legislation. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) says relief includes the Paycheck Protection Program for Producers Act. “The bill also includes funding to allow the Department of Agriculture to provide additional assistance to ag producers …

Audio, Biofuels, Dairy, Ethanol, Farming, Food, NCBA, Poultry

COVID Deal Includes Previously Excluded Ag Sectors

Cindy Zimmerman

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) says the latest COVID relief deal moving through Congress this week has new provisions to provide help for food and agriculture sectors impacted by the pandemic restrictions. In addition to a 15 percent increase in benefits for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for six months, Peterson pointed specifically to the …

Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Farming, Food

Benson Hill Expands Soybean Processing with Rose Acre Farm

Cindy Zimmerman

Benson Hill is collaborating with family-owned Rose Acre Farms to optimize its soybean processing capacity in Seymour, Indiana, and build out the supply chain for high-protein, high-oleic, low anti-nutrient soybeans. The partnership opens a new pipeline for plant protein ingredients and supports Benson Hill’s plans to scale soybean production and grower relationships. This collaboration will allow local growers to tap …

Farming, Feed, Food, Soybean

Sand-to-Soil Technology Could Help Achieve Food Security

Cindy Zimmerman

Heliae Development, LLC and Agricola Cerro Prieto (ACP) have just announced findings of a year-long water retention trial, revealing a major advancement in transforming sand to soil, which could lead to greater food security, improved nutrition and more sustainable agriculture The significance of global warming and climate change on global food production cannot be overestimated. The goal to end hunger, …

AgWired Precision, Farming, Food, Precision Agriculture, Soil, Sustainability

Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Down 4%

Cindy Zimmerman

You might not be having a feast for ten people this Thanksgiving, but if you are, you can be thankful that it costs less than last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual survey. Farm Bureau’s 35th annual survey indicates the average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving feast for 10 remains affordable at $46.90 or less than $5.00 …

AFBF, Food

Water for Food Podcast Episode 3

Cindy Zimmerman

Episode number three of the Daugherty Water for Food Podcast spotlights another woman making waves in the food and water space. Felicia Marcus has been making waves in California water management and regulation for more than three decades. She most recently served as Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, with responsibility for drinking water, water quality, and water …

Audio, Food, Podcasts, Water, Water for Food

Wayne Farms Chef’s Craft Gourmet Chicken

Chuck Zimmerman

When I got a news release from Wayne Farms that included a product sample if I would like to do a taste test, I said, Yes, please. So I received the grilled chicken breast fillets and grilled chicken breast chunks. I sliced the breast fillets into a spaghetti sauce, paired with a small side salad and glass of chianti. It …

Food, Poultry

Benson Hill Raises Funding to Grow Food Innovation

Cindy Zimmerman

St. Louis-based Benson Hill has just closed a $150 million Series D funding round led by Wheatsheaf Group and GV (formerly Google Ventures) to scale its commercial operations and its platform food innovation engine CropOS™ across multiple food and ingredients markets. The company’s leading food innovation engine CropOS™ taps nature’s genetic diversity to develop and commercialize healthier and more sustainable …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Farming, Food, Precision Agriculture, Technology