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Bayer Encourages Comments on Neonic Benefits

Farmers and other stakeholders have only a few days left to comment on the EPA report about the “Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production” which finds little or no overall benefits. The comment period concludes on December 22. Show More Summary

Cuba Policy; Trade Issues; Biotech (Labeling); Ag Economy; and, Policy Issues- Friday

Cuba Policy Karen DeYoung and Carol Morello reported on the front page of today’s Washington Post that, “In the wake of President Obama’s historic decision to mend diplomatic ties with Cuba, U.S. businesses and potential tourists scrambled to figure out what new opportunities will be available on the island and to position themselves at the head of […]

2015 Interest Rates for Rural America

Brian O’Keane, Executive Vice President of AgriBank, spoke with Taylor during Trade Talk at the 2014 National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual meeting. AgriBank is one of four banks in the Farm Credit system. Their main priority is accessing capital from Wall Street and making that available for borrowers in rural America. Show More Summary

How BASF Flo-Rite Helps Increase Yields

Keeping seed treatment on the seed to retain the active ingredient at maximum capacity is one of the main benefits of BASF’s Flo Rite Plantability Seed Coating and that benefits growers at harvest time. “Our Flo Rite plantability polymer acts as a thin film coating that locks that seed treatment on the seed and keeps it there where a grower... Read More

NFU Disagrees with RFS Report Recommendations

The National Farmers Union (NFU) represented agriculture on a Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) advisory group that helped develop a new report on “Options for Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard.” “It was very important that agriculture...Show More Summary

The AgNerd Cloud

Welcome to a new regular column I will be publishing on all things AgNerdish. I’m calling it the Cloud since the cloud covers everything and is one of the hottest things developing in the AgNerd world. This week’s ZimmCast gets things started with a discussion I had with Willie Vogt, Editorial Director, Penton Farm Progress. Like me, he loves new... Read More

Bayer CropScience Funds FFA Grants

Bayer CropScience is partnering with the National FFA to inspire interest in agriculture and apiculture professions among America’s youth. The new grant program will help FFA members develop their unique talents and explore science,Show More Summary

BASF Highlights Compostable Polymers at CSS

BASF has a biodegradable solution for plastics with ecovio® and ecoflex® technology. Ruth Watts, product marketing manager for BASF’s Biopolymers Group in North America, was at last week’s ASTA CSS & Seed Expo demonstrating the use of this type of packaging for agricultural applications. Show More Summary

ASTA Seed Foundation Update

First the Seed Foundation (FTSF) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2008 by the American Seed Trade Association with a focus on attracting bright young minds to the industry. “The seed industry is an exciting, dynamic, high...Show More Summary

Tax Extenders- Budget; Policy Issues; Trade; Ag Economy; and, Regs- Wednesday

Tax Extenders- Budget Michael A. Memoli reported yesterday at the Los Angeles Times Online that, “A turbulent lame-duck session of Congress came to a sudden end Tuesday as the Senate rushed to clear a lingering tax bill and some key presidential nominations in a late-night flurry of final votes. “Lawmakers signed off on a deal to […]

Rain above average, but snow lagging in Washington, Oregon - AgMinute for December 16, 2014

Snowpacks are inadequate in Oregon and Washington but Idaho has fared better so far. Click here for the full story

UI, Simplot renew Parma research station agreement - AgMinute for December 15, 2014

J.R. Simplot Co. and University of Idaho have renewed an agreement that has helped the university's Parma research and extension station in Southwestern Idaho remain open. Under the agreement, Simplot provides the Parma station $330,000 a year. Click here for the full story

Congress to review genetically modified food labeling - AgMinute for December 12, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration typically has shied away from the subject, leaving the issue of labeling the genetically modified organisms — foods grown from seeds engineered in labs — to the states. But Congress has weighed in as the food industry has faced a potential patchwork of state laws requiring the labeling. Click here for the full story

Spending bill would add spuds to WIC - AgMinute for December 11, 2014

Potatoes have been included in the WIC nutrition program in a new congressional spending bill. Click here for the full story

Transportation high on 2015 Idaho legislative agenda - AgMinute for December 10, 2014

Various proposals to increase transportation funding will likely be introduced during Idaho's 2015 legislative session, which begins next month, and lawmakers could also be asked to appropriate money for the proposed Bear River Basin water adjudication. Click here for the full story

New UI agronomist eyes water use - AgMinute for December 9, 2014

University of Idaho has a new agronomist with expertise in water-use efficiency at its Aberdeen Research and Extension Center. Click here for the full story

African Seed Trade Learns from ASTA

It was AFSTA meets ASTA last week at the CSS 2014 and Seed Expo in Chicago. Denias Zaranyika is the Vice President of the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) and he attended last week’s event to see what he could bring home to his colleagues in the countries of Africa. “We want to exchange information and learn from Americans,” he... Read More

Future Seed Executives at CSS & Seed Expo

Future Seed Executives (FuSE) had a week full of activities last week at the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo, including some quality time with Bill Whitacre president and CEO of Simplot. FuSE Iniative is an official subcommittee of the American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) Management Skills Committee. Show More Summary

Swine BioPortal Provides Flexibility to Data Evaluation

The collection of data is important when it comes to monitoring the PRRS virus. But what do you do with all those numbers once you have them? Dr. Enrique Mondaca, Boehringer Ingelheim (BIVI), hit on that during BIVI’s session at the North American PRRS Symposium last week in Chicago. The Swine BioPortal is an answer to how veterinarians and producers... Read More

Policy Issues; Tax Extenders; Budget; Trade- Ag Economy; and, Regulations- Tuesday

Policy Issues Damian Paletta and Mark Peters reported on the front page of today’s Wall Street Journal that, “A large number of Republican governors are pushing to reshape social-welfare programs with drug testing or other requirements, arguing that the new rules better prepare recipients for employment and assure taxpayers that the benefit money is well spent. […]

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