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Making ethanol without the need to waste food crops

From Stanford University Stanford scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. This promising discovery could provide … Continue reading ?

"Monoculture" of dairy cattle in North America

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Most people readers of this blog are aware of the shrinking diversity of major food crops across the world (rice, corn, wheat).Throughout history, foods have ebbed and flowed in popularity and abundance, and few have even disappeared. Show More Summary

Mmm... I Can't Wait For The Glass Of GMB

This sort of future will be great, right? When most people think GMO crops, they think of Monsanto, corn and genetic tinkering with industrial-scale agriculture. But what if an entire, familiar industry — like beer — could undergo aShow More Summary

Idaho farmers increase corn acreage - AgMinute for April 3, 2014

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho — Significantly more corn will be planted in Idaho than last year, though the national crop acreage will drop, according to a recent USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service planting intentions report. Click here for the full story

LA Times Tony Barboza gets gaught fear mongering the IPCC report, becomes first victim of facts that don’t agree with claims

This sentence: “One of the panel’s most striking new conclusions is that rising temperatures are already depressing crop yields, including those of corn and wheat.” Is in this LA Times story by By Tony Barboza about the latest IPCC report … Continue reading ?

Florida festivals educate about crops, support teachers

Two commodity festivals are designed to help familiarize the Sunshine State’s residents about the importance of blueberries and sweet corn.

Christie: Iowans 'love' me

(CNN) - Chris Christie thinks Iowans aren't tired by the bumper crop of questions circling his political future. In fact, he says Hawkeye State voters like him almost as much as corn dogs at the state fair. "I think they love me in Iowa, too," Christie told ABC News' Dianne Sawyer in an exclusive interview […]

Pests Evolve to Eat Corn Designed to Kill Them

A hungry pest known as the western corn rootworm is gradually developing a resistance to genetically modified crops engineered to kill it, reports Nature. Entomologists say they're discovering more and more of the beetles that show no ill effects after chowing down on fields of Bt corn—so named because...

Tuesday Evening Open Thread: Enjoy Your Meal!

Appears US agribusiness is taking every mistake made with antibiotics & repeating them with GM crops: http://t.co/sACE5kIu0z Of course. — billmon (@billmon1) March 18, 2014 From the Wired article: … Until Bt corn was genetically altered to be poisonous to the pests, rootworms used to cause billions of dollars in damage to U.S. crops. Named for [Read more...]

Specialty crop alarm raised over 2,4-D resistant corn and soybean

To crudely reshape the old quote from Rudyard Kipling about the east and west, produce is produce and grain is grain and never the twain shall meet.

Lawn care practices across the nation vary more than expected

BALTIMORE, Md., March 10, 2014 – How people care for urban, suburban and rural lawns – the nation's second biggest crop behind corn – is less consistent than believed, according to scientists with the U.S. Forest Service, Clark University,...Show More Summary

BASF Celebrates Corn and Soybean Farmers

BASF Crop Protection helped corn and soybean growers celebrate the achievements of the past year as sponsors of the big association banquets during the Commodity Classic last week. At the National Corn Growers Association banquet, BASF Manager for Plant Health … Continue reading ?

Ukraine Standoff Fuels Ag Rally, But For How Long?

By Chris Damas: Fertilizer equities and crop futures traders have jumped on the Ukraine's position as an important wheat and corn exporter to bid prices higher. Any embargo or sanctions threatening Russian wheat markets and exports could add to the bullish sentiment. Show More Summary

Meet the BASF NCGA Scholarship Winners

For the seventh year in a row, BASF Crop Protection teamed up with the National Corn Growers Association to provide the William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing an agricultural degree. Mark Scott, … Continue reading ?

When Renewables Destroy Nature

The case against using trees and crops as fuel for cars and power plants has grown stronger in recent years. The expansion of corn for ethanol in the American Midwest has worsened water pollution and soil erosion and has had no benefit in terms of reduced emissions, for example. read more

Ways to Play $CORN Pop: $CAG, $GIS, $K

A hot, dry Brazilian summer has shriveled crops and sent the prices of so-called soft commodities sky high. Corn futures hit their highest price in about five months yesterday. Soybeans, coffee and sugar are also Read More...

China Sees a Worrying History Lesson in Corn

When it comes to corn imports, the big worry for Chinese leaders lies in the history of another crop: soybeans.

Bring on the GMO Wheat

In the US, we're growing genetically modified versions of two of our top crops: Some 90% of the soybeans and corn we grow is engineered to fight off pests or herbicides. But we don't grow genetically modified wheat, and it's time to start, write Jayson Lusk and Henry Miller in...

Harvest of Fear: Engineer a Crop

This interactive lets you try to develop the best corn plant by using the tried and true practice of selective breeding.

USDA Greenlights Dow's 2,4-D Seeds

On January 3, USDA welcomed in the new year by presenting Dow AgroSciences with a bountiful gift: a virtual green light for the pesticide company’s new genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean seeds. These crops are designed specifically...Show More Summary

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