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Recently we published a follow-up story by Liza Gross, published in collaboration with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, on how dicamba is playing a big part in wiping out the bees. We expect dicamba will continue to be a point of conflict across the Midwest this year, and plan to keep a close eye on the story.

In another FERN follow-up piece on SNAP, published last week in collaboration with Washington Post, Jane Black reported that Square, a major player in the electronic-payments arena, is investing $2 million, ensuring that SNAP payments will continue to flow this year. The upshot: low-income people on food assistance will have continued access at farmers’ markets, which is important, because many programs double their food assistance benefits for fresh local food.
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This week in FERN’s Friday Feed, read about the bleak spiritual calculus of Impossible Burger: https://thefern.org/blog_posts/ferns-friday-feed-the-limits-of-the-impossible-burger/
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In recent years, agribusiness groups have fought legislation that would require large-scale livestock farms to report what pollutants they discharge into the air. But this week, a Maryland poultry industry group announced a partnership with the state’s environmental regulators to monitor those emissions. The move has restarted a debate in the state over how to monitor the environmental impact of large-scale poultry farms. By Leah Douglas for Ag Insider: https://thefern.org/ag_insider/in-maryland-poultry-industry-monitoring-initiative-restarts-debate/
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An Austin-based payments company whose pending shutdown last summer threatened the ability of thousands of farmers markets to accept food stamps has received a $2 million lifeline. Story by Jane Black for FERN & Washington Post
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'Healthy chips' have become omnipresent, and some shoppers may think they’re better for them than standard potato chips. But are they? https://thefern.org/blog_posts/ferns-friday-feed-about-those-healthy-snacks/
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Dicamba already has destroyed millions of dollars’ worth of non-GMO soybeans and specialty crops, such as tomatoes and wine grapes. And now it appears to be a major factor in large financial losses for beekeepers. Story by Liza Gross for FERN & Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting
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Think a cow is only destined to be eaten? Think again. Cow parts are hot commodities in the biomedical research industry. Story by Lisa Morehouse for FERN & KQED's California Report
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FERN's Ag Insider sale ends today! In the months ahead, reporters Chuck Abbott and Leah Douglas will give you the scoop on the key developments in food and ag policy at the federal and state levels, as well as highlights in food business news. If you follow food & ag news, you should subscribe before this offer ends! https://thefern.org/ag-insider-annual-subscription-sale
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As plastic bags are banned in more cities, some replacement reusable bags echo the designs of their predecessors, which were a symbol of thrift and luck to some immigrant communities. Learn more in this week's edition of FERN's Friday Feed:
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Big poultry producers are turning to slower-growing birds, making it possible to cut antibiotic use and improve animal welfare. By Maryn McKenna for FERN & EatingWell
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