#AgAlerts: New feed mill and meat packaging facilities; weather; plant-based meat taste

A roundup of news, reports, and research on agribusiness and related issues. Cargill opens expanded $34m feed mill at Texas site | Feednavigator.com   

A renovated Cargill feed production facility in Temple, Texas has gone live; it has been expanded to 70,000 square feet to address feed demand in the region. Inside the little-known world of flavorists, who are trying to make plant-based meat taste like the real thing | Washingtonpost.com

These new foods are the opposite of whole foods. Some nutritionists and food industry leaders are wondering if the food system is being led astray by foods that need their flavor and appeal inserted industrially. China trade deal in sight | Agweb.com

The Trump Administration said the U.S. aims to sign “Phase One” deal this month (possibly in Iowa).  China’s Xinhua News Agency said U.S. and China had reached a “consensus on principles” during Friday’s phone call. 

Rain, early snows delay U.S. harvest in latest blow to farmers | Reuters.com

The farmers just can't catch a break with the weather.

#AgAlerts: Climate change; pollinators; news deserts; meth; hemp

“We are watching these young farmers, beginning farmers, stemming the tide. After watching the drain of our young people leaving agriculture, this is the first sign we’ve had in quite some time—hemp is bringing people back to farming.”

#AgAlerts: Losing farms; giant pigs; recovery from wildfires

Ford outlined how sustained low commodity prices now meant that the average farm income in 2017 was $43,000, and that the median farm income for 2018 was minus $1,500. This had pushed bankruptcies in the farm states across the Midwest, which sell half of U.S farm products, to the highest level in a decade.

#AgAlerts: Water: unaffordable; contaminated; flooding results

A new report finds nearly half the residents of Martin County, Kentucky, cannot afford water service. Local activists with the Martin County Concerned Citizens are ringing alarm bells about water affordability as the beleaguered county faces another likely water rate increase in the coming months.

#AgAlerts: Slaughterhouses speed up; Roundup; labor trafficking

The new rule allows slaughterhouses to opt in to the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (inexplicably, NSIS), a “modernized” system that eliminates maximum line speeds and shifts some of the responsibility for removing sick animals from the processing line from USDA inspectors to plant employees.

#AgAlerts: Iowa grain seller sentenced in organic fraud case; banned pesticide found in California’s forest; solving climate change through farming

A roundup of news, reports, and research on agribusiness and related issues. KFC to hold US trial of vegan ‘chicken’ nuggets | TheGuardian.com

KFC says their vegan chicken nuggets are a "Kentucky fried miracle." Give peas a chance? Warren and Sanders think this farm policy will help rural America rebound. Does it stand a chance?