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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Jan. 22, 2021

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New administration brings policy changes, Tyson reaches settlement agreement and farmer protests continue in India.

Missed some ag news this week? Here are seven stories to catch you up.

1. President Biden's approach to governing is certain to be quite different from his predecessor. Jacqui Fatka explores Biden's approach to trade and labor. On his first day in office, Biden sent an immigration proposal to Congress that establishes a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. Immigrant farmworkers are among those on an expedited path to citizenship. – Farm Future

2. Farmers' unions in India have rejected a government offer to put controversial reforms on hold for 18 months. The unions say the new farm laws must be fully repealed, which the government rejects. Farmers have been protesting against the laws since Nov. 26, 2020. Farm groups say the laws threaten subsidies farmers receive, expose them to the vagaries of the market and big corporate companies and diminish their bargaining power. –

3. It's been another eventful week for renewable fuels. On Tuesday evening, the Trump administration granted three small refinery waivers. The Renewable Fuels Association filed an emergency motion to stay the waivers. On Thursday morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered the EPA's action be "administratively stayed pending further order of the court." – Farm Futures

4. BlueNalu, a San Diego startup, has raised $60 million to build a factory, continue to pursue regulatory approval and launch its seafood in restaurants. BlueNalu is growing fish fillets from real fish cells. Depending on FDA view, the three-year-old company may roll out its first cell-based fish this year.  – The San Diego Union-Tribune

5. Tyson is paying $221.5 million to settle complaints over price-fixing allegations. The company settled all class claimed related to broiler chicken litigation without admitting liability. – Farm Futures

6. AppHarvest is creating a new model for sustainable agriculture and bringing jobs to a region that has struggled as the coal industry has declined. The first harvest of tomatoes from an AppHarvest farm are being readied for shipment this week. The farm is a 2.76-million-square-foot facility that is designed to grow as many as 45 million pounds of tomatoes in a year. Food is grown hydroponically, with the water that is used being filtered from rainwater captured and stored on site. – Fast Company

7. Ivory Coast farmers are struggling to sell their cocoa beans. Cocoa producers in Ivory Coast and Ghana teamed up to get Hershey and Nestle to pay more for their beans, but then COVID-19 hit and disrupted the market. People are less likely to pick up that chocolate bar at the checkout when they are ordering groceries from home. Farmers in Ivory Coast and Ghana account for almost 70% of world cocoa supplies. – Bloomberg

And your bonus.

Take a virtual tour of ag-related sites in Nebraska without leaving your recliner thanks to Nebraska Farmer editor Curt Arens. Among the sites: Buffalo Bill Cody’s Scout’s Rest Ranch in North Platte, Arbor Lodge in Nebraska City and the Dawes County Historical Society Museum. – Nebraksa Farmer

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