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  • The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance Presents Its 2017 Awards

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:29 PM by System

    The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) held its annual conference in San Diego, California earlier this month where three awards were presented. Program Excellence: Garnet Cooke, Pesticide Coordinator, OSHA, Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services Garnet Cooke is one of the national leaders in educating regulators, pesticide users and others about the correct respirators to wear when mixing, loading or applying pesticides. In the past few years, Garnet has been the ... (526 words)

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  • Report Forecasts Animal Health Market to Reach $58 Billion by 2025

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:29 PM by System

    The global animal health market is expected to reach $58.4 billion by 2025, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. The market is driven by technological advancements in veterinary care, which are anticipated to serve future growth opportunities to the market. For instance, MediLabSecure, a laboratory network project, was initiated with an aim of identifying emerging viruses and pathogens in 19 countries in the Mediterranean regions ... (416 words)

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  • Equipment Dealers Association Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:29 PM by System

    The Equipment Dealers Foundation (EDF), the charitable organization of the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) has begun accepting scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. The deadline to submit all application materials is 5:00pm (Central) on April 28, 2017. EDF's scholarship program supports the training, retraining or advancement of current or potential employees of member dealerships. Scholarships are available in each of EDA's nine regions throughout North America ... (184 words)

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  • Farm and Food Groups Oppose Attempts to Reopen the 2014 Farm Bill

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:29 PM by System

    A broad alliance of farm, conservation, nutrition, and rural groups delivered a letter to the House and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees urging them not to re-open the 2014 Farm Bill through the budget or appropriations process. "The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has joined together with the American Farm Bureau Federation, Bread for the World, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and hundreds of other allied organizations to ask that the ... (396 words)

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  • Farm Bureau, 500 Other Groups Call for Support of Farm Bill Funding

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System

    Reduced spending under the 2014 farm bill contributed greatly to the nation's deficit reduction effort. However, additional cuts to the 2018 farm bill would present perils on many fronts, a diverse coalition today told congressional appropriations and budget leaders. In a letter, 502 different groups, representing a wide range of constituents - from agriculture and nutrition assistance to rural development, conservation and local governments, said additional funding cuts would "hinder ... (450 words)

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  • Monsanto Issues Its 2016 Sustainability Report, Marks Substantial Progress

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System

    Monsanto Company today released its 2016 Sustainability Report, Growing Better Together . Highlights include Monsanto's actions to help mitigate and adapt to climate change through collaborative efforts, the advancement of its biodiversity position and alignment of its work with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). "We understand the crucial role agriculture has in feeding the world while utilizing the least amount of resources possible. We are committed to helping ... (654 words)

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  • Lt. Governor Crouch and ISDA Encourage Students to Participate in Video Contest

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System


    Calling all students grades 6–12! In celebration of National Ag Day this year, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, is joining the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) to encourage Hoosier students to participate in a video contest, hosted by the Indiana Family of Farmers (IFoF). To enter, all students have to do is grab a video camera or smartphone, and in 30 ... (373 words)

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  • Growing America Stories - For the First Time in American History

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System

    "This past year was the first time in American history that rural populations actually declined." UGA's Dean of CAES, Sam Pardue, shares with us why it's so important to invest in tomorrow. (33 words)

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  • USDA to Survey Farmers' Planting Intentions for 2017

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System

    In its March Agricultural Survey, the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey approximately 84,000 of the nation's farmers to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season.
     
    NASS will mail the survey questionnaire in February, asking producers to provide information about the types of crops they intend to plant in 2017, how many acres they intend to plant, and the amounts of grain and oilseed ... (179 words)

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  • NASDA Joins 500 Food, Farm, and Environment Organizations Saying "No Cuts" on Next Farm Bill

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System

    NASDA joined more than 500 organizations representing a broad spectrum of farm, food, environment, and nutrition organizations this week urging the House and Senate to not propose any cuts for the next Farm Bill. The letter sent to Congressional appropriators and budget leaders states:
    "With the agriculture and rural economy struggling, households across the country struggling to meet their basic needs for nutrition, and farm income down 46 percent from ... (89 words)

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  • U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® Offers Unique 360˚ Look at Farming During South Beach Wine & Food Festival

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System


    360 Degree Video about Food Production Technology 
    Brings the Farm Directly to Consumers

    At the upcoming South Beach Food & Wine Festival, a national event showcasing the talents of some of the world's most renowned chefs and culinary personalities, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) will share a one-of-a kind experience with event goers. Through USFRA's new 360-degree video, which utilizes a virtual reality (VR)-style headset, booth ... (324 words)

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  • USDA Seeks Nominees for the National Watermelon Promotion Board

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations to fill 13 seats on the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
    The board is seeking nominees for two producer member seats and two handler member seats in District One. It is also seeking nominees for one public member seat and eight importer member seats. Selected representatives will serve three-year terms.
    The deadline for submitting nominations is June 30, 2017.
    District One ... (374 words)

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  • Get to Know the Ethanol CEO - RFA's Bob Dinneen

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System

    If there is a conversation going on involving ethanol, look over your shoulder - you'll more than likely see President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Bob Dinneen at the center of it. An expert on energy, the environment and issues involving the ethanol industry, he is a sought after speaker and regularly testifies before federal agencies and congressional committees. However, coalition-building seems to be Bob's greatest ... (1073 words)

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  • Trump Reiterates Support for Renewable Fuels

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System

    In a letter sent Monday to National Ethanol Conference attendees, President Donald Trump reiterated his commitment to ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard.
     
    "Rest assured that your president and this administration values the importance of renewable fuels to America's economy and to our energy independence. As I emphasized throughout my campaign, renewable fuels are essential to America's energy strategy," Trump wrote.
     
    "As important as ethanol and the Renewable ... (182 words)

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  • USDA: A Typical Farm's Income Varies More Than for All Farms as a Whole

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System

    Commercial farm income is highly variable from year to year, fluctuating with output and prices. Income variability can affect key farm decisions, including how much to invest in farm assets (such as land or machinery) and how much to save as a cushion for low-earning years. Aggregate statistics, like the median income for all farms, can provide useful insight into how the farm sector as a whole fares from year ... (186 words)

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  • Farm Bureau Awards Mini-Grants to Increase Ag Literacy

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System

    The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 12 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation. The grants are awarded through the Foundation's White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program. The grants are allocated through county and state Farm Bureaus and are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand existing agricultural literacy efforts. Criteria for selecting winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and ... (686 words)

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  • New Film "Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman" to Debut at Commodity Classic

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System

    Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, fresh from its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, will preview at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas before it airs worldwide on Discovery Channel in August. The Discovery Impact film weaves together the stories of a Montana rancher, two Kansas farmers and a handful of Gulf fishermen who feed the world while stewarding the land and water they work. Based on a book by the same ... (389 words)

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  • Study Shows Largest Ag Producers Still Uncommitted on Crop Protection Products

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System

    As planting looms, the nation's largest growers are not committed to key crop inputs for the year. These were findings from the Farmer Speaks research study by Millennium Research and commissioned by J.L.Farmakis, Inc. This research shows a more aggressive cost-cutting approach is being taken after farmers experienced disappointing 2016 results.

    What level of cost-reduction are growers trying to reach for their 2017 crop? Growers with 1 ... (499 words)

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  • New Economic Analysis Exposes Problems With Changing the RFS Point of Obligation

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System

    Growth Energy today released an expert economic analysis that identifies numerous problems associated with changing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) point of obligation. Growth Energy strongly supports EPA's proposed denial to move the point of obligation. "Changing the point of obligation would have a disastrous impact on the industry, retailers, and consumers," Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said. "Shifting the financial and administrative burden to retailers and fuel distributors ... (401 words)

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  • Full Year: Farm Credit's Interest Income Up 6%, Net Even With 2015

    Feb 26, 2017, 18:28 PM by System

    The Farm Credit System yesterday reported combined net income of $4.8 billion for the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared with $4.7 billion for the prior year. The System also reported combined net income of $1.3 billion for the fourth quarter of 2016, as compared with $1.2 billion for the fourth quarter of 2015. "The System continues to execute its mission of lending to rural ... (661 words)

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