Cargill has announced an updated set of sustainability goals under its Cargill Cocoa Promise program. Cargill plans to remove child labor from its supply chain by 2025 and eliminate deforestation from its supply chain by 2030.
Ben & Jerry's announced that it will stop including ingredients that contain trace amounts of glyphosate from its organic ice cream products. The company also plans to advocate for efforts to stop using glyphosate as a chemical drying agent.
US cheese exports saw 30% year-over-year growth during the last six months, the US Dairy Export Council reported. The US dairy industry saw significant growth in the regions of Mexico, Australia, Japan and North Africa, and the industry should focus on emerging markets in Northern Asia in the Middle East to sustain the growth, USDEC official Merle McNeil said.
Ben & Jerry's will release a new flavor of ice cream for "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon next month. So far, the ice cream maker and Fallon have kept the flavor a secret.
Dairy brands have turned to distinctively-shaped rigid packaging in an effort to stand out on store shelves and to add functionality to their products. Califia Farms' 16.9-ounce cartons for its Better Half line include re-closable caps and a design that stands out to consumers, founder and CEO Greg Steltenpohl said, and Karma Culture's KarmaCap packaging allows consumers to mix wellness ingredients into its shelf-stable probiotic beverages when they're ready to consume them.
Kyle Kirby began his term as president of the Missouri Corn Growers Association Oct. 1, and among his top priorities are finding new demand for crops, repairing outdated transportation systems and preserving crop insurance. "It helps farmers make sure their bills can get paid in a bad year," he said.
Farmers and advocates are recommending the Agricultural Risk Coverage program be significantly changed to remain a useful risk management option, Chris Clayton writes. Coverage amounts through the ARC program have dropped much lower than anticipated when the 2014 farm bill was written, said Carl Zulauf of Ohio State University.
Iowa corn yields are likely to exceed expectations, especially given how dry the last two months have been, said representatives of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Recent precipitation provided helpful moisture that will also benefit cover crops, they said.
Producers should carefully document the instructions adjusters provide when they begin the process of filing a claim, writes attorney John J. Schwarz II. Crop insurance claim reporting can be complex, and thorough documentation is key to preventing complications, he writes.
An eight-step checklist can help farmers make objective decisions regarding whether to add additional employees to their operations, writes Michael Langemeier of Purdue University. Understanding benchmarks and knowing how to calculate profitability and gross revenue are essential, he writes.