ASTA Plays Part in Pollinator Plan

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This week, the Task Force released its strategy, under the joint leadership of EPA and USDA and agriculture industry reaction to the plan has been very positive overall. Andy LaVigne with the American Seed Trade Association says the industry had a seat at the table in developing the strategy. “We were part of the original program pulled together at the …

ASTA, Audio, Bees, pollinators

White House Releases Pollinator Strategy

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Last June, President Obama called for an interagency Task Force to create a Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. Today, the Task Force released its strategy, under the joint leadership of EPA and USDA. The strategy has outlined three primary goals: reduce honey bee colony losses to economically sustainable levels; increase monarch butterfly numbers to …

Bayer CropScience, Bees, Government, Pesticides, pollinators

Farmers Network Raises $15M in Capitol

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Farmers Business Network (FBN), a farmer-to-farmer information network, today announced the company has closed $15 million in funding led by Google Ventures. FBN intends to use the new funding to grow its platform nationally and work with more farmers. “Farmers have been advising each other for thousands of years. FBN gives them a platform to do so with real information …

Data, Farmers, seed

Lawmakers Urge Coordination in Pollinator Health

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The Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing last week to review the federal coordination and response regarding pollinator health, and what role, if any, neonicotinoid insecticides may be playing. “Federal coordination and communication is vital in establishing rules and regulations impacting pollinator health and farmers’ abilities to produce food,” said Subcommittee Chairman Rodney …

Bees, biotechnology, Government, pollinators

Mosaic to Sponsor CTIC Tour for 5th Year

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For the fifth year in a row, The Mosaic Company has signed on as tour leader for the Conservation Technology Information Center’s (CTIC) Conservation in Action Tour. This year’s tour will bring as many as 250 farmers, crop consultants, agribusiness leaders, conservation leaders, researchers and government officials to southeastern Minnesota on August 11 and 12, 2015. “At Mosaic, we work …

Conservation, CTIC, Fertilizer

USDA Targets Aid to Drought Stricken States

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest an additional $21 million to help farmers and ranchers in eight drought-stricken states. NRCS will provide technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to target areas that are experiencing either exceptional or extreme drought conditions, including parts of California, Kansas, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. The …

Audio, Conservation, NRCS, USDA, water

USFRA Cab Conversations on Brownfield

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The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is sponsoring a second season of Cab Conversations with Brownfield Ag News. Each week, three U.S. farmers meet on Google+ Hangout from the cab of their tractors to share insights, challenges and tips relating to the planting season with host Meghan Grebner, Anchor/Reporter for Brownfield Ag News. “Brownfield’s Cab Conversations utilizes an innovative …

Farmers, Planting, USFRA

USDA Honey Bee Loss Survey

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USDA’s annual honey bee survey offered some good news and some bad news about the important pollinators – winter losses were lower, but summer losses were higher than the previous year. According to the survey, losses of managed honey bee colonies were 23.1 percent for the 2014-2015 winter but summer losses exceeded winter numbers for the first time, making annual …

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Syngenta Rejects Monsanto Bid

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The board of directors for Syngenta last week rejected a bid to by the company from Monsanto. The proposal for $481 per share with approximately 45 percent in cash was considered by the Syngenta board to be undervalued. “Syngenta is the world leader in Crop Protection, the number three in Seeds and the first company to introduce integrated solutions for …

Agribusiness, Monsanto, Syngenta