The USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report's data collection methods are damagingly opaque and are causing unnecessary amounts of volatility and instability across global agriculture.
This week, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the launch of Open Prairie's $100m Rural Opportunities Fund and here talks to AgFunderNews about the importance of agtech in rural economies.
The farm management software platform has opened a new office at WGA's center in Salinas, while Costco is making loans to organic farmers as demand grows, and find out how many billionaires are getting farm subsidies.
Vilsack's visit to Cuba with Obama, lighting indoor lunar greenhouses, winners of a water innovation accelerator, and Mars joining the GMO labeling party are all featured in this week's Industry-in-Brief.
General Mills has decided to label GMO foods in the wake of the GMO bill's demise, while satellite imagery company Geosys partners with a precision ag platform and a weather station company, and Farmers Edge teams up with The Weather Company.
A meaty industry-in-brief this week includes news on the GMO labeling debate, Europe's largest urban farm, the world's first expired food supermarket, people moves at DuPont, and a data collective for farmers.