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Bankrupt Dean Foods deals assets to dairy-farming cooperative

February 17, 2020 – By Jacob Bunge, The Wall Street Journal (via MarketWatch) – The biggest U.S. dairy farming cooperative struck a $425 million deal to buy dozens of plants from bankrupt milk processor Dean Foods Co., in a deal executives said would preserve jobs and markets for farmers’ milk.


Bayer Finds New Herbicide Molecule Amid More Lawsuits

February 17, 2929 – By Lana Bandoim, Forbes – Bayer announced it found a new herbicide molecule, which is in Phase 2 of early development. The company explains that it offers a new herbicide post-emergence mode of action for the first time in 30 years. Three days after this announcement, jurors awarded $265 million to a peach farmer who sued Bayer and BASF over a different herbicide.


Maine might be the next state to require cage-free eggs

February 16, 2020 - By Patrick Whittle, AP, WGME – Maine might join a growing number of states that require cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption, but some industry advocates have concerns about what it would mean for businesses.


Maine bill would limit use of pesticides linked to bee deaths

February 15, 2020 – By Jennifer Mitchell, Bangor Daily News – A bill making its way through the Maine Legislature seeks to restrict — or limit — the use of four specific pesticides, all belonging to a class known as neonicotinoids, which are considered threats to honey bees and other pollinators.


Missouri farm awarded $265M in suit against BASF and Bayer

February 15, 2020 – AP – A jury on Saturday awarded $265 million in punitive damages to a southeastern Missouri peach farmer who argued that weedkiller dicamba that had drifted onto his orchards from other farms had severely damaged his trees — an award that could bode well for other farmers suing the chemical’s makers.


NSAC’s Work Heats Up in Sunny Texas: 2020 Winter Meeting Recap

February 14, 2020 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – They say everything’s bigger in Texas, so what better setting to grow and strengthen as a coalition? In January 2020, members and staff of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) convened in McAllen, TX for four jam-packed days of policy and grassroots work. NSAC’s annual Winter Meeting is the Coalition’s opportunity to set our policy priorities for the upcoming year, review campaign progress, and work together in issue-based committees on complex farm and food issues.


Extensive Chemical Safety Fraud Uncovered at German Testing Laboratory

February 13, 2020 – By Jonathan Latham, Independent Science News – The German company LPT Hamburg is prominent in the business of animal testing for the pesticide and pharmaceutical industries. Following an initial investigation by the German magazine FAKT, which featured filming by an undercover employee, five former employees of LPT Hamburg have come forward. The stories told by these employees are of routine fraud intended to show that harmful compounds were, in fact, safe. One of the compounds tested by LPT Hamburg was glyphosate.


A native plant guru’s radical vision for the American yard

February 12, 2020 – By Adrian Higgins, The Washington Post – One of the reasons the lawn remains the ubiquitous feature of our landscapes, even in small urban gardens, is that humans are wired for tribalism, says biologist Doug Tallamy. Conformity is a sign of belonging, and who wants to be the first person on the block to shrink, if not ditch, that immutable, non-threatening, neighborly lawn? Well, Tallamy does, for one.


Own the Recipes of Georgia O’Keeffe

February 7, 2020 – By Amelia Nierenberg, The New York Times – For the first time, the artist’s recipe collection is going up for auction. Handwritten cards and newspaper clippings offer a peek into her well-tended domestic life.


FIC10 Conference Takeaways

February 5, 2020 – Food Integrity Campaign – Over 150 guests attended the Food Integrity Campaign’s 10th-anniversary conference at the American University Washington College of Law. If you weren’t able to attend, here’s a list of some of our takeaway messages, followed by some photos from the event.