Prez Candidate Rand Paul Wants an End to WOTUS

Joanna Schroeder

Republican Presidential Candidate and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul wants to end the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the US legislation. He said that the EPA is perpetrating the largest land grab of American farmland in history and non one is paying attention. He kicked off a statewide radio campaign in Iowa week “decrying the Obama Administration’s land grab of Iowa farmland”. The …

Agribusiness, climate, environment, Fertilizer, Pesticides

Pope Francis’ Encyclical Looks at Ag & Technology

Joanna Schroeder

Addressing all persons living on the planet, Pope Francis’ LAUDATO SI on Care for Our Common Home, calls on mankind to address climate change and heal earth. Throughout the encyclical he looks at human’s interactions with earth, one of which has caused climate change. He writes that our lifestyles of a “throw-away” society – consumption and waste – must change or humans will …

Agribusiness, biotechnology, climate, environment

New Cert in Sustainability for Certified Crop Advisers

Joanna Schroeder

There is a new certification focused on sustainable agricultural practices developed by the United Soybean Board (USB), American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and the International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA). The certification will ensure best management practices are used by the industry. “The majority of U.S. soybean farmers are using sustainable practices, but we want to continue to improve our operations,” …

Agribusiness, ASA, environment, Farm Management, Soybeans, USB

Pacific Ag Converts Biomass to Dollars for Growers

Joanna Schroeder

Last week Abengoa’s cellulosic ethanol biorefinery went online and is expected to produce 25 million gallons of advanced ethanol per year as well as 21 MW of bioenergy. But how exactly does the corn and wheat residue get from the fields to the biorefinery in a economical and efficient way? Enter Pacific Ag. The company was founded by Bill Levy …

Agribusiness, Audio, biomass, Ethanol, Harvesting

Solution to End World Hunger: GMOs

Joanna Schroeder

A new report, “The Future of Farming and Rise of Biotechnology,” finds decreasing regulations on genetically modified crops (GMOs) could be a valuable strategy in combating global hunger. The report was released by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). NCPA Research Associate David Weisser notes that Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug’s use of biotechnology has been credited with saving …

biotechnology, Food, GMO

Ag Sales Experts Join Verdesian Life Science

Joanna Schroeder

Verdesian Life Sciences has increased its sales staff with the hiring of four sales experts: Bob Bischoff, John Henize, Brad Meckle and Mark Seipel who will join Verdesian as regional sales managers. The new team members will help to drive sales growth and support relationships with key customers in the plant nutrition, seed treatment and inoculants product categories. “As we …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Nutrient Management

LBIS Takes Precision Ag to a New Level

Joanna Schroeder

Science is fun. Let me explain. During the Vedesian Life Sciences Los Alamos Media Tour we learned about a cool soil sampling technology coined Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LBIS). In an attempt to not use to much technical jargon, LBIS is a focused pulse laser beam that generates a microplasma (think spec or dot). From here, the emission from the plasma …

Agribusiness, agronomy, Soil, Soil Sampling, Video

Ag Innovations Abound at Los Alamos Nat’l Lab

Joanna Schroeder

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). While the federal lab’s main mission is military defense, many innovations can be reimagined to work well in agriculture. To learn more about going from the lab to the field, I spoke with John Mott, technical writer for LANL. Mott first started at LANL …

Agribusiness, Education, Events, Fertilizer

Science, Education Core Missions for Verdesian

Joanna Schroeder

Verdesian has a mission as part of being a science-based company. And part of that mission is education – education of both journalists and farmers. To learn more about why this is so important, I spoke with Michael Berry, senior marketing manager with Verdesian, who hosted about half a dozen ag media at Los Alamos National Laboratory. As Berry succinctly …

Agribusiness, Audio, Events, Fertilizer