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New Bayer-engineered seed raises questions among experts on the future of weed control

A new genetically engineered corn seed designed by Bayer to be sprayed by up to five herbicides could represent the future of farming. But for how long?
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Amazon deforestation is linked to lower corn yields in Brazil, study says

Roughly one-fifth of Brazil's Amazon has been cleared in the last 50 years, as the country went from being a food importer to a global farming powerhouse.

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Four workers at ADM Clinton, Iowa, corn facility test positive for coronavirus

Four workers at an Archer Daniels Midland Co corn processing facility in Clinton, Iowa, have tested positive for coronavirus, the company said on Monday.
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Can ancient grains save the planet from climate-induced starvation?

As climate change kills the yields of rice, wheat and soyabeans, ancient grains could save humanity from hunger in coming decades.
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A growing presence on the farm: Robots

A new generation of autonomous robots is helping plant breeders shape the crops of tomorrow.
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How ditching the Iowa Caucus could remake the biofuels debate

If politicians no longer coveted that early "Iowa bump," would they still feel compelled to support ethanol subsidies?
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Over-hyped hemp? Amid price drop and a big bankruptcy, some farmers feel burned

For many other farmers in Kentucky and across the country, the hopes of a financial windfall from hemp to be a saving grace from faltering markets in tobacco, soybean and corn, has hit a harsh reality.

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Why ethanol endures as important market for Midwestern farmers

The biofuel's intended uses for energy independence and greenhouse gas reduction have become matters of debate. But no one questions its political clout.

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Lost income, wet weather, closures plague Indiana ethanol

A grain-dust explosion, a death, operating losses, fines, weather-delayed corn planting, oil bailouts and closings dogged Indiana ethanol in 2019
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Toxics

The trouble with biofuels

The Trump administration has promised to expand their use, which would make farmers happy. But are consumers aware of biofuels’ potential consequences?
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Toxics

One issue that unites Republicans and DFLers in Minnesota?

As farmers have suffered under U.S. trade policies, a push to invigorate the biofuels industry in Minnesota has gained new momentum.
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Climate

'Your EPA went too far': Farmers hit hard by Trump EPA's new ethanol rules are fuming

Forty percent of total corn use in the U.S. is tied to growing ethanol production, according to the USDA.
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Food

Why farmers can kiss their China market goodbye

A turning point: We're growing so much corn we burn it in increasing amounts of ethanol. We can’t export our soy and pork to China anymore.
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