Vermont GE Labeling Rules Adopted

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Vermont’s Attorney General has formally adopted the regulations implementing Act 120, the state law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering. The new rule is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2016. The final rule provides details on how the “Produced with Genetic Engineering” label should appear on processed food, exemptions from the labeling requirement, and contains …

biotechnology, Food, GMO

AgWorks Software Partners with CDMS

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AgWorks Software has announced a new partnership with CDMS, Inc. to provide crop protection compliance information within AgWorks’ new unified agronomy software. Greg Duhachek, President of AgWorks says “CDMS represents the most complete and accurate compliance data available today and I am excited to bring access to this information seamlessly inside of our agronomy operational tools for our customers. This …

agronomy, AgWorks, Software

Forbes AgTech Summit Announced

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The first-ever “Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit” will be held July 8-9 in Salinas Valley, California. Forbes, in partnership with SVG Partners and The Steinbeck Innovation Cluster, has announced that Dr. Robert Fraley of Monsanto and Neal Gutterson of DuPont will be among the speakers at the invitation-only event to examine issues such as biotech and big data’s role …

biotechnology, Data, Events, technology

To Bee or Not to Beepocalypse

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A senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) policy center released a paper this week that beats back the buzz over honeybee health and says bans and restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides “will do more harm than good for honeybees as more toxic chemicals” will likely replace them. Angela Logomasini, who specializes in environmental risk issues at CEI, offers some …

Bees, Insecticide

Propane Incentives Pay Off for Growers

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The Propane Farm Incentive Program paid off for participants last year, according to the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC). PERC reports that participants of the program, which provides up to $5,000 toward the purchase of new propane-powered irrigation engines, reduced their per hour energy costs by more than 40 percent in 2014 compared with their previously owned diesel-fueled irrigation …

Audio, Irrigation, PERC, propane, Video

NRCS Funds for Mississippi River Basin

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing $10 million this year in 27 new high-priority watersheds and 13 existing projects that will help improve water quality and strengthen agricultural operations. NRCS worked with state agencies, farmers and other partners to identify high-priority watersheds that align with established state priorities and have strong partnerships in place — and where targeted …

Conservation, NRCS, USDA, water

FMC Solstice Enters Second Year

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It was just over a year ago now that FMC Agricultural Solutions launched Solstice™ herbicide, providing corn growers with a new dual-action option for postemergence control of broadleaf weeds, including those resistant to glyphosate. FMC North America segment manager Matt Hancock says they received great feedback from corn growers who used Solstice last season. “We found that 92% of those …

FMC, Weed control

Industry Adjusting to Lower Farm Equipment Sales

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Sales of farm tractors and combines are continuing their downward trend this year and the industry is adjusting after several good years in a row, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). “The last five years have been pretty darn good years and we were at pretty high levels of equipment sales,” said AEM Senior Vice President and Ag …

AEM, Audio, Commodity Classic, Equipment, Tractor

InfoAg Conference Back in St. Louis

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The 2015 InfoAg Conference, now an annual event, is back at the Union Station in St. Louis July 28-30. The premier precision agriculture event for producers, consultants, and the crop production industry, InfoAg this year feature five tracks of concurrent sessions with two tracks repeating to allow attendees to hear more of the presentations while offering a wide variety of …

InfoAg

Verdesian Can Help Plants Take-Off

Cindy Zimmerman

At Commodity Classic, Verdesian Life Sciences was showcasing nitrogen enhancement technology developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) that can really help plants Take-Off. According to Kurt Seevers with Verdesian technical services, Take Off® crop nitrogen assimilator helps improve photosynthesis by increasing carbon flow into a plant’s metabolism. “This enhances the formation of amino acids, which perform multiple functions in …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Nitrogen, Soybeans