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Weekly Roundup May 4th

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

By Sarah Fielder

Strawberries are piled together in Charles County, Maryland. Image taken by Edwin Remsberg.

Why Precision Agriculture Will Change How Food Is Produced Technology like drones, radio frequency (RF), autonomous tractors and IoT applications are playing a role in the transformation of agriculture. To read more about precision agriculture, go here:

Jury Awards Neighbors of North Carolina Hog Farm $50 Million In Nuisance Case A North Carolina jury on Thursday reached an unanimous verdict against pork producer Murphy-Brown LLC in a landmark case that could pave the way for more nuisance lawsuits against large-scale livestock operations. In all, jurors awarded more than $50 million to 10 plaintiffs who live near the hog farm, setting compensatory damages at $75,000 and punitive damages at $5 million for each plaintiff. To read the full article, click here:

U.S. Farm Bill Draft Recognizes Biostimulants, Sets the Stage for Regulatory Framework For the first time, the draft Farm Bill includes a definition of plant biostimulants. The inclusion sets the stage for the USDA to establish a formal regulatory framework to ensure the appropriate process for review, approval and uniform national labeling of agricultural biostimulants products. To read more, click here:

New Risk Management Insurance Developed By Farm Bureau A dairy revenue protection insurance has recently been developed by the American Farm Bureau Federation with American Farm Bureau Insurance Services. The insurance, called Dairy Revenue Protection, gives dairy farmers the ability to manage risks by focusing on revenue generated from milk sales. Read more at

USDA Open to Comments on National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard On May 3, the United States Department of Agriculture invited public comment on the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, proposed by Congress in 2016. If enacted, the standard would set a uniform way in which information about food will be provided and gives meaningful disclosure to consumers. To read the full article, click here:

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