FDA advances implementation of agric water requirements for produce safety

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has announced that it is advancing new tools and science for implementing agricultural water requirements for produce safety. The agency has said the additional initiatives are meant to ensure the feasibility of federal requirements and incorporate lessons learned from recent outbreaks related to Romaine…

General Mills to advance regenerative agriculture on farms by reducing greenhouse gases

USA – Consumer goods and grain trading merchant, General Mills has committed to advance regenerative agriculture practices on one million acres of farmland by 2030, with a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program focuses on addressing soil health, biodiversity, farmer economic resilience and climate change targeting to alleviate the impact of the global…

Tate & Lyle launches stevia sustainability project in partnership with Earthwatch

UK – Food and beverage ingredients supplier, Tate & Lyle has partnered Earthwatch, an international environment body to launch a new research project to assess the sustainability of the stevia sweetener supply chain. The strategic review will be carried out by Earthwatch, Tate & Lyle and its stevia partner Sweet Green Fields will join expertise…

American Soybean Association, KSU partner to launch aquafeed program in the US

USA – The American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health in partnership with Kansas State University (KSU) have launched aquafeed program in a bid to increase productivity in aquaculture farms in the United States. The Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade Cambodia (CAST) program is a five-year project with mandate to…

U.S. Department of Agriculture appoints three senior leaders

USA - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has appointed three individuals to take up senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Dr. Mindy Brashears was named Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, a position that does not require Senate confirmation. Brashears is a professor of food safety and public health and…

AB InBev partners Benson Hill to improve barley varieties and sustainability

USA – The world’s largest brewer, AB InBev has formed a strategic partnership with an agricultural biotechnology company, Benson Hill to improve barley quality and sustainability. The partnership will utilize Benson Hill Biosystems’ platform Breed, powered by CropOS to advance barley breeding. According to AB InBev, the strategic collaboration positions it a position to provide…

USDA outlines plans to ensure child nutrition funding in government shutdown

USA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has outlined plans to ensure child nutrition programs are funded and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits continue to be paid through February. The move follows the partial shutdown of the federal government on low-income Americans relying on food assistance programs and on farmers who usually rely on…

China approves five genetically modified crop imports amid US talks

CHINA – China has approved five new genetically modified crops for import in the midst of the just-began trade talks with the United States, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs revealed. The move which aims to boost its overseas trade saw the approval of two rapeseed products, one corn and two soybean products. The…

Nigeria’s tomato growers push for processing plants from government

NIGERIA – The Tomato Growers Association of Nigeria (TOGAN) has called on the federal Government to establish processing plants in tomato producing regions as a means efficiently utilizing and adding value to the tomato value chain. According to Alhaji Sani Danladi-Yadakwari, TOGAN Secretary General, the government should utilise the potential of high producing regions by…

Zim’s Schweppes set to expand tomato and orange production value chain

ZIMBABWE -  Schweppes Zimbabwe Limited, a Coca-Cola’s licensed manufacturer and distributor of carbonated drinks has said it intends to expand tomato and orange out-grower schemes as it seeks to strengthen participation of locals in products value chain. Schweppes General Manager, Demos Mbauya, has announced that it is in the process of increasing its supply base…