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August 7: Okabashi is a Buford, Georgia, company that makes flip flops and sandals with a high soybean oil content. The company is currently donating one pair of footwear to frontline pandemic workers for every pair sold on the company’s website--up to 10,000 pairs. August 6: Nadia Shakoor, a senior research scientist at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, received a $1.4 million three-year grant to develop FieldDock, an integrated smart farm system. August 5: North Dakota State University Extension crops economist and marketing specialist Frayne Olson offers an analysis of the pandemic’s impact on a variety of agricultural enterprise categories. August 4: The pork producing industry is lobbying heavily for additional federal support for producers hit hard by market changes and supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. August 3: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization recently released their Agricultural Outlook for 2020-2029. July 30-31: The North Carolina Farm Bureau has a short YouTube clip of Brazilian soybean farmer, Chris Ward, talking about the similar challenges farmers face around the world. July 28-29: Mountain Meadow Wool is based in Buffalo, Wyoming, and sources mostly local wool for processing. The family-operated company has a milling operation and even makes and sells finished wool apparel--including face masks. July 27: The United States Peanut Federation was just formed to act as a new, stronger voice in Washington, D.C., for the peanut industry. Groups behind it are the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, the American Peanut Shellers Association, and the National Peanut Buying Points Association. For information on joining, contact Joe Thomas at (202) 543-7464 or by email. July 24: Comedian Greg Warren’s latest comedy special is Where the Field Corn Grows. It’s available on several streaming services. July 23: Ryan Pesch is an organic vegetable grower near Pelican Rapids, MN. He’s the treasurer and a founding board member of the Manna Food Cooperative in nearby Detroit Lakes. July 22: Horsch is a global manufacturer of farm implements for soil cultivation, seeding, and plant protection. Based in Germany, the company’s U.S. headquarters is in Mapleton, ND.