Cargill is turning to peas to keep up with global demand for plant-based protein, working to extract the protein as powder for use in various foods, such as nutrition bars and waffles. "When we looked at where is the future going, the pea is the up-and-coming thing," said Cargill's David Henstrom.
With its "Delayed Flight Break Machine," Kit Kat is turning flight delays into snack time. Kit Kat set up the kiosk at an airport in Brazil with integrated flight data so passengers with delayed flights simply had to scan their tickets to receive free Kit Kats.
Chameleon Cold-Brew is capitalizing on tools such as data, development and manufacturing from parent company Nestle to formulate a growth strategy, which could include new retail and foodservice offerings. "We go places that we think have opportunity," said CEO Chris Campbell.
E.A. Berg Associates chief operating officer and 2013 Candy Hall of Fame inductee Russell Berg has died at age 57. Berg previously served as a board member of the National Confectionery Sales Association and president of the New York Candy Club.
Former National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre was sworn in as the USDA Risk Management Agency administrator May 14. Barbre says a safety net that helps farmers stabilize income and innovative crop insurance options are among his top priorities.
Crop insurance is more effective for taxpayers than ad hoc disaster payments because farmers absorb a portion of losses through deductibles, and claims are paid only on proven yield amounts, crop insurance agent Matt Allen writes. The government also shares in underwriting profits in disaster-free years, writes Allen.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said President Donald Trump told him during a recent conversation that "I want it [crop insurance] better, I want it great." Conaway said he is spreading the message throughout Congress that the president is completely supportive of a robust crop insurance program.
Farmers and agricultural leaders meeting with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue in New Mexico last week proposed crop insurance revisions and discussed trade issues, among other topics. Perdue was also scheduled to visit Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.
Gradual increases in water vapor accompanied by warmer temperatures, amid increasing global temperatures, may bring higher corn crop yields in the Midwest, say Bruno Basso and Joe Ritchie of Michigan State University. The temperature trend changes may also make it possible to use hybrid varieties that extend the growing season and increase yields, the researchers said.
Farmers in west central Minnesota have planted most of their sugar beets and 75% of their corn while also getting soybeans started after high precipitation levels and cold temperatures caused delays. The crop insurance planting deadline is May 31 for corn and June 10 for soybeans.