It recently became news that Mexico is banning GMO corn and the use of glyphosate, with the eventual goal of phasing out GMO corn imports. It has now been clarified that this ban will include animal feed imports, according to the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development. When these plans were announced in December 2020 it was unclear if these restrictions would also apply to animal feed imports. However, on January 15 government officials met with the agricultural pro
Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods announced an investment of $100 million to open a new plant in Indiana to expand its production of tempeh - a plant-based protein made from fermenting cooked soybeans. Demand for tempeh grew at an impressive CAGR of 38.9 percent last year, with Lightlife being the leader within the segment, growing at 39.7 percent, according to analytics from SPINS. Maple Leaf’s subsidiary Greenleaf Foods will use the plant to make Lightlife vegan tempeh by cooking r
An estimated two dozen U.S. ethanol plants are idled, and a further two dozen have cut production due to weak demand, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Compounding the challenges being faced by ethanol producers, the corn market has been strengthening over the past month with prices recently spiking. This, together with the negative effects of the pandemic on fuel consumption, U.S. ethanol plants saw their margin dip into the negative in early December 2020.
Cibus announced that field trials have confirmed greenhouse results of a non-GMO trait that provides tolerance to white mold, or Sclerotinia.
This announcement is important on multiple fronts. First, it represents a huge benchmark met for Cibus in its mission to breed resilient plants using its Rapid Trait Development System (RTDS), and it also is indicative of a win for science and an advancement against a difficult challenge that has so far been unmet by GMO and tradition
Ground was first broken in Lewisburg, Ohio, for Cargill’s Lewisburg West facility in November 2018. Today, after an investment of $50 million, the cutting-edge, 220,000 square-foot facility is ready to employ never-before-used technology in animal agriculture or pet food production to make non-medicated feed. The technology used on-site will allow for the reduction of resource requirements for the facility, which will have an annual production capacity of 154,000 tons, and wi
After a bumper harvest last season, U.S. corn and soybean farmers can fairly expect to see the highest season-average prices for their crops since the commodity boom which ended in global gluts seven years ago. Tightening global supplies combined with high-volume purchases from China are driving rising prices as stockpiles are expected to shrink to their lowest points since 2014 by the time the 2021 harvest commences. The USDA has posted its final numbers for the 2020 season
By Kenneth Scott Zuckerberg, CoBank, ACB CoBank, which is part of the U.S. Farm Credit System and provides loans and financial services to cooperatives, agribusinesses, rural public utilities and other farm credit associations, recently published a new report: “Grain Elevator Outlook: Accelerating Merchandising Margins Today, Potential Volatility Tomorrow”. The report, authored by Kenneth Scott Zuckerberg, CoBank’s lead analyst and senior economist for grain, farm supply, and
A government decree published on December 31, 2020 states Mexico’s decision to ban genetically modified corn and to phase out GMO corn imports and the use of glyphosate by January 2024. Noting that the drive behind the decision is to “contribute to food security and sovereignty” and to “protect native corn, cornfields, bio-cultural wealth, farming communities, gastronomic heritages, and the health of Mexicans”, the country will stop granting permits for genetically modified c
An international scientific collaboration has developed a new wheat variety that is resistant to Puccinia graminis, or stem rust - a virulent fungal disease that is capable of destroying a crop of wheat in a matter of weeks. Stem rust pandemics date back more than 2,000 years, according to a study partially funded by the 2Blades Foundation and published in Nature Biotechnology. Throughout history, the most effective means of controlling stem rust has been through genetic resi
The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has announced that Michael J. Seyfert will assume the role of CEO effective March 1. Seyfert will fill the void left by retiring CEO Randy Gordon, who has been with the NGFA for 43 years, of which the last eight were as CEO. As the NGFA begins its 125th year in existence, Seyfert will bring a deep well of experience in both the corporate and government spheres, currently serving as director of government and industry affairs for