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Evening Edition | Thursday, June 2, 2022

In tonight’s Evening Edition, read about investments to transform the U.S. food system, carbon market enrollment, and weather across the Corn Belt.

U.S. Food System

The pandemic exposed the weaknesses of a food system built around large-volume production and national supply chains, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday.

As a remedy, he said, the USDA would help independent processors start up or expand their operations and encourage local marketing.

Nearly $3 billion in grants, loan guarantees, and an array of programs will be used to transform the U.S. food system, writes Chuck Abbott.

Carbon Markets

Truterra, the sustainability business of Land O’Lakes, has announced the opening of an additional one-month sign-up period for its 2022 carbon program.

Enrollment closes on June 30.

This year's program builds on the results generated in 2021, which resulted in more than $4 million in payments to participating farmers, who sequestered over 200,000 metric tons of carbon.

Weather Across the Corn Belt

Editor Madelyn Ostendorf reports on the drought conditions and the rainfall of the past week.

Kansas remained divided on rainfall this past week. The eastern half of the state saw higher totals as a storm system swept through the state’s middle. Despite only having three days available to do field work, Kansas farmers are 2% ahead of the five-year average for planting, with 87% of corn in the ground.

Read about more states, including Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, and more at the link below.

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