Happy Independence Day!

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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that …


Crop Health Labs Offers Sap Analysis Webinars

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Growers looking to reduce crop inputs and increase profits now have access to a program to achieve both – Plant Sap Analysis. The technology is offered by Crop Health Labs, in partnership with NovaCropControl Laboratories, and upcoming webinars can provide more information for interested farmers and crop consultants. Crop Health Labs Executive Director Michelle Gregg says growers have seen significant …

agronomy, Nitrogen, Nutrient Management, Soybeans

EPA Rejects Glyphosate Limits, Seeks Butterfly Comments

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After more than a year of review, the Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a petition to limit the use of the herbicide glyphosate claiming that it causes harm to monarch butterflies. EPA responded to the petition filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council saying the agency “has not determined that glyphosate causes unreasonable adverse effects to the monarch butterfly.” At …

Government, Herbicides, pollinators

ASTA Awards Presented

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Distinguished Service and Lifetime Honorary Member awards were presented by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) during the closing banquet on Friday night. Honored for distinguished service to the seed industry were retired DuPont Pioneer quality supply technology manager Greg Lamka, and Betsy Peterson of the California Seed Association. Lamka, who was unable to attend to receive his award in …

ASTA, seed

Industry Disputes Another UN Pesticide Classification

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The International Agency for Research on Cancer this week issued a report classifying the herbicide 2,4-D as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” the second time this year the United Nations World Health Organization agency has made such a classification of a widely used crop protection chemical. In March, IARC applied the same designation to glyphosate. “Farmers use these proven tools to …

ARA, Crop Protection

Iteris Displays ClearAg at #ASTAannual

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One of the companies reaching out to seed industry professionals at the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) annual meeting last week in DC was Iteris, spotlighting ClearAg™, a decision support application for precision farming. “We take weather and we apply it to agriculture,” said Iteris sales engineer Chris Davis explaining ClearAg. “Typically the data you get from the weather service …

ASTA, Audio, Software, weather

ASTA Celebrates Great Annual Meeting in DC

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American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) president and CEO Andy LaVigne is pleased with the turnout of industry members at the 132nd annual meeting in Washington DC this week and with the reception they have received on Capitol Hill. In his opening session welcome, LaVigne said he was especially thrilled to have Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack address the meeting despite his …

ASTA, Audio, seed

ASTA Chair Ends Year on High Note

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It’s been a busy year for John Schoenecker of HM Clause as chairman of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). One priority for the organization has been to develop a communications strategy and Schoenecker says they have moved forward with that plan in the past year developing a new video message that stresses the importance of seeds in our daily …

ASTA, Audio, biotechnology, seed

Ag Secretary Kicks Off ASTA Annual Meeting

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stressed the importance of the seed industry to American agriculture and the nation as a whole during an address kicking off the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) annual meeting on Thursday in Washington DC. “Clearly the seed industry has been responsible for an extraordinary increase in productivity in American agriculture,” said Vilsack. “But more than that, …

ASTA, Audio, seed, USDA

Hearing Shows Support for Labeling Bill

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The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing Thursday that demonstrated an urgent need to pass the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act this year to create a uniform national food labeling standard for products made with genetically modified organisms. Among those testifying at the hearing in support of the bill for agriculture was GROWMARK president …

Audio, biotechnology, Government, Growmark