Industry News | 4-5-2021

How the $2 Trillion American Jobs Plan Affects the Ag Industry

President Biden unveiled his American Jobs Plan, a $2 trillion infrastructure proposal investing in a wide range of infrastructure areas. The White House described the American Jobs Plan as “an investment in America that will create millions of good jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and position the United States to out-compete China.” But what does this mean for rural America and those in the agriculture industry?
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U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Opens Grower Enrollment for 2021 Crop

Effective April 1, U.S. cotton growers can enroll their 2021 cotton crop in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol.  Existing members will also need to re-enroll their operations in order to receive the year-over-year data from the Fieldprint calculator that helps track sustainability progress at the farm level. “Thank you to all the growers who have joined so far and helped get the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol off to a great start,” said Dr. Gary Adams, President of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol. “The Trust Protocol brings verifiable goals and measurements to sustainable cotton production, enabling brands and retailers to better tell their sustainability story by highlighting grower members’ continuous improvements."
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Growers Edge Partners with Midwestern BioAg to Deliver Innovative Warranty-Backed Challenge to Growers

Growers Edge, a provider of data-driven financial technology (fintech) solutions for the agricultural industry, today announced a partnership with Midwestern BioAg (MBA) to provide growers with an innovative, warranty-backed agronomic offer. “We’re confident the Midwestern BioAg Challenge will allow growers to see the potential of our proven products while providing peace of mind and confidence as they make decisions to use our products in their fields,” said Michael Birger, CEO of MBA. “Our partnership will open doors for growers to adopt new technologies that will help boost yields, increase profitability, and improve soil health.”
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BASF Launches New Digital Tool to Calculate Crop Protection Value

BASF has launched a new digital tool, as part of its Grow Smart Live app, that calculates the estimated value of a farmer’s crop protection investment. The Grow Smart Advantage tool uses information about the farmer’s operation to provide crop input recommendations as well as the estimated value of those recommendations versus alternative options that are driven by rebates. Based on data provided by the grower, the Grow Smart Advantage tool calculates the estimated performance results and dollar value of BASF products versus competitive products and rebates. These results provide users with a transparent cost overview of rebate programs using public data derived from independent third parties.
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Corteva Agriscience Forms Agreement With Ginkgo Bioworks to Bolster Crop Protection Technologies

Corteva Agriscience and Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc., have entered into a multi-year agreement to leverage synthetic biology in order to design crop protection technologies. This collaboration combines Corteva’s knowledge of natural product discovery and agricultural expertise with Ginkgo’s extensive cell engineering platform and DNA codebase, say company officials. This will enable the firms to explore the next generation of naturally inspired sustainable solutions, say company officials.
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