**Eating prunes appears to help women improve their cardiovascular health.

A study by San Diego State University showed that prune consumption raised antioxidant capacity and reduced inflammation among healthy, postmenopausal women, factors associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Volunteers in the study ate the equivalent of six prunes a day for six months.

**In a rare show of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate last week overwhelmingly passed the Growing Climate Solutions Act, aimed at helping farmers and ranchers participate in carbon markets.

According to the National Farmers Union, the bill would create a certification program for third-party verifiers and technical service providers that help farmers earn carbon credits to ensure they have the appropriate expertise.

Information about those "UDSA certified" providers will be available via an online portal.

**The National Pork Producers Council launched a new campaign, “Year-Round Pork Needs Year-Round Workers,” highlighting the vital role of foreign-born workers across the pork industry and the critical need for comprehensive labor reform to address the labor shortage.

The campaign highlights the essential contributions of these workers and the opportunities created in the U.S. pork industry.

NPPC is urging Congress to address labor reform that both opens the H-2A visa program to year-round labor, without a cap, and provides legal status for ag workers already in the country.