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Farmers got more than $22 billion in government payments in 2019 — and most of the money came through a program that Congress never approved. It’s the highest level of farm subsidies in 14 years.
Companies are trying to figure out the risks to their profits from a warming planet. Some of them are turning to high-tech tools of climate science.
Dozens of food companies have promised to stop their suppliers from clearing forests in order to grow crops or graze cattle. Now the companies have a tool to monitor those farmers from space.
The Trump administration has released details of a $16 billion plan to compensate farmers who’ve lost money as a result of the trade dispute with China. Some economists say it’s too generous.
Cottonseed is full of protein but toxic to humans and most animals. The USDA has approved a genetically engineered cotton with edible seeds. They could eventually feed chickens, fish — or even people.
Researchers have used radio transmissions to track the movement of fishing vessels and create stunning maps of fishing activity. The maps show that fishing covers most of the globe’s oceans.
Venison, a luxury meat sold in high-end stores also shows up on the winter menus of expensive restaurants. But venison from deer killed by hunters can’t be sold, so much of it is given away for free.
For the first time in history, soybeans are about to become America’s most widely grown crop. Yet compared to corn or wheat, they remain curiously invisible in American culture.