Global Food Security Focus of 2015 Borlaug Dialogues

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To celebrate the 101st anniversary of the birth Dr. Norman Borlaug, the 2015 Borlaug Dialogue has gathered an outstanding “faculty” of international leaders, experts and scientists for Borlaug 101 a 3-day “course” on The Fundamentals of Global Food Security. The Borlaug Dialogue is being held October 14-16 as part of the World Food Prize taking place this week at the …

Agribusiness, Food

Farmers Need RFS Certainty to Remain Profitable

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce final rules for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this November after months of delay and push back from the agriculture and biofuels industries. As it currently stands, the volume levels set for 2015 and 2016 are lower than the law mandates. As a result, a new white paper finds that American farmers …

Agribusiness, Audio, Cotton, Energy, Ethanol, NCGA, NFU

Verdesian Focuses on Farmer Profitability

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In an effort to proactively strengthen profit-driven technologies and products, Verdesian Life Sciences has expanded its team. Jake Underwood has been hired as the new executive vice president of nutritionals and John “Sam” Wilson, Ph.D. will now be serving in the role of vice president of technology development. “Global agriculture provides a unique challenge because there are so many variables,” …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Plant Science

PrecisionHawk Drones Soar Over a Field Near You

Joanna Schroeder

For the first time during the Farm Progress Show there was a dedicated area for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the drones were grounded, but that did not stop me, or others, from learning about their precision ag applications and benefits. I spoke with Pat Lohman, VP of partnerships with PrecisionHawk, to …

Aerial Imagery, Audio, drone, Farm Progress Show, UAV

UAV’s Grounded for Take Off at #FarmProgressShow

Joanna Schroeder

One of the big attractions for Farm Progress Show this year was to be the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) showcase, or drones, the popular agriculture term. But this was not to be as the drones were grounded by the FAA. Yes, you read correctly – the UAV’s were grounded for take off the first year of the UAV demonstrations. Fortunately …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, drone, Farm Progress Show, UAV

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