Farm Management

Farm Towns,With Changing Priorities, Reject Meatpackers

TONGANOXIE, Kan.—Rural Americans are turning their backs on the industry that made the U.S. the biggest meat-exporting country in the world.
 Residents of Tonganoxie, a 5,300-person town in northeast Kansas, spent part of the fall hanging white-and-red placards that say “No Tyson in Tongie” on fenceposts and pickup trucks. Their efforts were part of a public push against Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat processor by sales, which trumpeted in early September its plans to build a $320 million chicken-processing complex just south of town.

A Digital Trail for Turkeys

Agricultural conglomerate Cargill Inc. aims to harness the technology underlying bitcoin to let shoppers trace their turkeys from the store to the farm that raised them.
 Cargill is test-driving a digital tool called blockchain that structures data into a series of records that can't be changed or removed. The cloud-based data can be shared across a network of computers, and securely added to by various participants.