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5@5: Bailout funds diverted to campaign group | Finding farmland difficult

Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top food and supplement headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

Trump’s campaign agriculture committee benefits from bailout payments

Two months before he was elected president, Donald Trump formed an Agriculture and Rural Advisory Committee, whose members urged farmers, ranchers and rural residents to vote for the Republican candidate. Now, through a Freedom of Information Act, EWG found that the 15 members of that committee have received $2.2 million from the bailout fund designed to ease farmers’ burdens during the trade wars. Read more at EWG.org

Young farmers’ biggest challenge? Finding land

Farmers and ranchers younger than 40 say their biggest challenge is finding land—even if they grew up on a farm or ranch, according to a survey by the National Young Farmers Coalition. As more farmers age and retire, as much as two-thirds of agricultural land will change hands in the next couple of years. Read more at Capital Press

Wild bees can spread a fungus that might kill other fungi

Bee Vectoring Technologies of Canada has received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency to produce CR7, a fungus that can keep other fungi, including those that damage crops, under control. CR7 isn’t genetically modified and doesn’t harm people or the environment. Read more at Modern Farmer

Balance agriculture challenges while we feed the world

Ending hunger, promoting sustainable agriculture, improving nutrition—these agricultural challenges are likely to become more intense as we try to grow more food to feed the world’s increasing population. In a new study, researchers look at increasing access to food instead of increasing production and further straining the environment. Read more at Science Daily..

In Montecito Heights, a trash-filled hillside is transformed into a thriving urban farm

A former television-show production assistant known for her wanderlust has found her true self on a hillside behind her home. After turning a trash-strewn, empty lot into an organic micro-farm, she found what she was looking for: her true self. Read more at Los Angeles Times

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