ByJohnathan Hettinger/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
Since the 2012 drought, the number of irrigation pivots in Champaign County has more than doubled. Brad Uken, the manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, said that one of the driving factors behind the recent growth in irrigation has been seed corn companies moving toward growers that have installed pivots to help reduce the risk of losing their crops in a drought.
Federal officials are seeking public comment on proposed regulations to better oversee next-generation food modification. Meanwhile, the St. Louis-based seed giant Monsanto is making strides with gene-editing tools.
Hundreds of food and farm groups are calling on recently confirmed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step in and block a wave of billion-dollar mega mergers sweeping across America’s agriculture industry.
Calling 2016 a “banner year” for Monsanto’s The Climate Corporation, company executives announced during a special conference call held last week that the digital ag platform had more than 100 million total farmland acres enrolled in its services.
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