Biotech Crops Alliance Talks Commercial Possibilities

John DavisAg Group, Agribusiness, biotechnology, NCGA

A group working for a better understanding of biotechnology is talking about how to address any worldwide asynchrony regulatory risks associated with the commercial possibilities for biotechnology. This news release from the National Corn Growers Association, one of the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance’s (USBCA) founding organizations, says USBCA recently held a technology meeting in Montreal, bringing together representatives from all … Read More

Ag Retailers Oppose EPA Proposal on Insecticides & Bees

John DavisAg Group, Agribusiness, ARA, Bees, pollinators

While they work to keep pollinators healthy, the folks who sell products to ag producers are concerned about a new government proposal that would restrict crop protection measures. The Agricultural Retailers Association says the EPA’s “Proposal to Mitigate Exposure to Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products” is not based in science and would absolutely prohibit the use of most of … Read More

USDA Finds Ways to Save Water with Sorghum

John DavisAgribusiness, Research, Sorghum, USDA

While there’s plenty of water in Texas this year, the recent drought in the state has many farmers looking for options more tolerant to drought. A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist is giving sorghum farmers some much needed guidance in how to save water by using less-than-optimal amounts of it. Susan O’Shaughnessy, an agricultural engineer with the USDA’s Agricultural … Read More

ASA Praises House GMO Labeling Bill

John DavisAg Group, Agribusiness, ASA, Audio, GMO, Government

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased with the bill recently passed by the U.S. House that will bring some sanity to food labeling, in regards to GMOs. The news was welcomed by he American Soybean Association (ASA). “This is important for every bit of agriculture,” said ASA president Wade Cowan of Texas during an interview at last week’s Ag … Read More

Soil Health Partnership to Host Soil Health Field Days

John DavisAg Group, Conservation, Soil

A series of field days is sharing some important environmental and economic benefits of the best practices when it comes to the health of the farmland. The Soil Health Partnership’s demonstration field days is sharing the ideas fueling the evolution of farming with other producers throughout the Midwest. The partnership will host soil health field days from August through the … Read More

UAVs Help Higher Education Climb to New Levels at SIU

John DavisAgribusiness, UAV

Southern Illinois University Carbondale students are taking higher education to another level. According to this news release, beginning this fall, agriculture students at the school will have the opportunity to learn about the next game-changing agricultural tool – unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Christopher Clemons and Dennis Watson, faculty members in the College of Agricultural Sciences, are preparing a course of … Read More

Farmfest to Feature Latest Technology, New Products

John DavisAg Group, Agribusiness

Attendees of the 2015 Minnesota Farmfest will get to see some of the newest products and latest developments in farm safety and innovation. The show, held Aug. 4-6 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, is the third-largest outdoor agriculture event in the U.S. “Farmfest is focused on technology and new products. It is one of the largest showcases for everything from input … Read More

AGCO, Trimble Collaborate to Connect Ag Data Platforms

John DavisAgribusiness, Data, Trimble

Precision agriculture company Trimble and ag equipment maker and distributor AGCO have teamed up to connect agriculture data platforms. This news release from Trimble says the partnership will deliver wireless connectivity between AGCO’s VarioDoc and AgCommand® systems and the Trimble® Connected Farm™ solution. “The inclusion of AGCO’s AgCommand information into Connected Farm aligns well with Trimble’s continued focus on providing … Read More

Soybean Farmers Get Second Chance with Clover

John DavisCover Crops, Soybeans

Wet conditions and flooding this spring in parts of the Midwest made for some difficult conditions for soybean planting, even to the point where many farmers were never able to get their crop in the ground. Grassland Oregon, a company specializing in science-based cover crop, turf, and forage seeds, says cover crop mixes can help producers take advantage of Risk … Read More

USDA, Microsoft Team to Address Food Resiliency

John DavisGovernment, Software, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Microsoft are partnering to explore how climate change will impact the United States’ food system with the intent of achieving better food resiliency. This USDA news release says the “Innovation Challenge” is a contest designed to challenge entrants to develop and publish new applications and tools that can analyze multiple sources of information … Read More