USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced more than 10-million dollars being awarded through 21 grants to universities to support critical water problems in rural and ag watersheds across the nation. NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy says water is the most precious resource - essential for human survival and well-being and the ability to grow crops and livestock. By funding research, extension and education for citizens and the ag community - Ramaswamy says solutions to water-related issues are proactively created.

Dunkin’ Donuts has announced its commitment to use gestation crate-free pork and cage-free eggs in its foods by 2022. By the end of next year - 10-percent of all eggs for the company’s breakfast sandwiches in the U.S. will be cage-free. The company also will map its international supply chain to understand how feasible it will be to fully transition to cage-free eggs globally - and from there establish a global target for this goal. Dunkin’ Brands Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Christine Riley Miller says the company and its franchisee community cares about the welfare of animals and their humane treatment.