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February 26: Des Moines-based KEMIN Industries now offers an organic-compliant version of an animal nutrition product called KemTRACE Chromium-OR. It’s designed for adult horses, broilers, swine, and cattle, to improve glucose utilization and reduce the negative impacts of stress on the animals. February 25: The nonprofit Food Tank recently ran a virtual panel discussion on the topic How Do We Strengthen Supply Chains to Build Trust and Improve Food Security. A video recording is available. February 24: Early in the pandemic, there were significant numbers of workers in the food processing industry who came down with COVID-19--a statistically higher percentage than the general population. Now, that percentage has dropped below the infection rate in the general population, though COVID is still a serious problem for the industry. February 23: Crop insurance premiums are expected to be higher this year, based on generally higher commodity prices and on the degree of volatility in those commodity markets. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has more information about crop insurance here. February 22: Tom Vilsack’s nomination as Secretary of Agriculture is scheduled for a Senate confirmation vote on February 23. If confirmed, it will be the second time he’s held that post. Vilsack also served as head of the USDA during the Obama administration. February 19: One session at an online expo on Ag Health, Safety, and Awareness put on by the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center dealt with protecting against the transmission of animal diseases to humans. It featured Whitney Pennington of the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at Colorado State University. You can view a recording here (scroll down to the bottom listing on the page). February 17-18: Hemp Industry Daily has just released the 2021 edition of the Hemp and CBD Industry Factbook. February 16: I spoke with plant pathologist Gary Bergstrom of Cornell University in New York about the spread of soybean cyst nematode in the state. There’s more on the latest survey of infested counties across the country at the SCN Coalition website. February 15: The nonprofit Food Tank held a virtual panel discussion recently on broadband expansion in rural communities. February 12: Ohio farmer Cory Atley’s Advanced Yield, LLC, has branched out into chemical crop input sales with Advanced Yield Select Crop Inputs.