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Additional Commodities Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

A news release yesterday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an initial list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made other adjustments to the program based on comments received… Continue Reading

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Global Merger and Acquisition Deal Volume About Half of 2020

Bryce Elder reported earlier this month at The Financial Times Online that, “It has been a rotten year for bid rumours and a rotten year for bids. “Global merger and acquisition deal volume nearly halved year-on-year in the first six months of 2020 to $1.1tn, according to Dealogic data. That is the lowest haul in… Continue Reading

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Judge Casts Doubt on Bayer’s Roundup Settlement

Wall Street Journal writer Sara Randazzo reported yesterday that, “A federal judge cast doubt on Bayer AG’s proposal to neatly resolve all future lawsuits over the safety of its Roundup weedkiller, potentially snagging the German company’s attempts to move past the massive liability. “Bayer said recently it would pay up to $10.9 billion to settle… Continue Reading

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USDA Improves Crop Insurance Policies with New Options

A news release yesterday from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) stated that, “[USDA] today announced changes to several crop insurance policies improving options for producers, including introducing a new Quality Loss Option, a new unit structure assignment option for Enterprise Units (EU) and new procedures for Multi-County Enterprise Units (MCEU). “‘In addition to making the… Continue Reading

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USDA Announces Flexibilities for Producers Filing ‘Notice of Loss’ for Failed, Prevented Planted Acres

A news release last week from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, ” [USDA] is providing additional flexibilities for producers to file on acres with failed crops or crops that were prevented from planting because of extreme weather events. USDA’s [FSA] is adding these flexibilities for Notice of Loss on both insured and uninsured crops to… Continue Reading

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USDA Reminds Producers to Complete Crop Acreage Reports

A news release yesterday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “Agricultural producers who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after spring planting should make an appointment with their local [FSA] office before the applicable deadline. July 15 is a major deadline for most crops, but acreage reporting deadlines vary by county… Continue Reading

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Indoor Farms Thrive in Covid Era

Last month, Bloomberg writer Deena Shanker reported that, “By Saturday, March 14, even before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the shutdown of all in-restaurant dining in New York City the next night, Viraj Puri, chief executive officer of the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based indoor urban farming company Gotham Greens, found his business had essentially changed overnight. “His… Continue Reading

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Startup Upcycles Unused Milk Into Sustainable Clothing

Bloomberg News reported earlier this month that, “A Los Angeles-based startup that upcycles unused milk into sustainable clothing is in talks with leading dairy companies in China over strategic partnerships, said the company’s founder and chief executive. “Mi Terro’s Robert Luo said he is discussing investment with dominant firms in the Chinese dairy market, where… Continue Reading

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COVID-19 Puts Stress on Commercial Real Estate

Earlier this month, New York Times writers Conor Dougherty and Peter Eavis reported that, “Faced with plunging sales that have already led to tens of millions of layoffs, companies are trying to renegotiate their office and retail leases — and in some cases refusing to pay — in hopes of lowering their overhead and surviving… Continue Reading

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USDA Adds Digital Options for Farmers and Ranchers to Apply for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

A news release yesterday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “[FSA] will now accept applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through an online portal, expanding the options available to producers to apply for this program, which helps offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronavirus pandemic. FSA is also… Continue Reading

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