February 28, 2014| Published in the February 2010 issue
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February 28, 2014

AGCO connects with Trimble’s Farm Works Software

AGCO announced a new interoperability between Trimble’s Farm Works Software and VarioDoc and TaskDoc as part of its Fuse Technologies initiative.
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February 28, 2014

GMO label initiative is backwards

The folks in Oregon who want a vote of the people on labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients have it backwards, on three counts.
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February 28, 2014

Sweetener users: Sugar program still needs to change

DANA POINT, Calif.—The Sweetener Users Association will not wait for the next farm bill to try to convince Congress to make changes to the sugar progr
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February 27, 2014

First lady, officials to announce nutrition labeling proposal

First Lady Michelle Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Food and Drug Commissioner Margaret Hamburg today will announce p
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February 27, 2014

Census: Farmers getting older, fewer in number

The number of Pacific Northwest and California farms continues to drop and farmers are getting older, according to preliminary figures from the 2012 C
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February 26, 2014

Governor plans $687M for California drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—Gov. Jerry Brown and the top Democratic lawmakers on Feb. 19 announced a $687 million plan to provide immediate help to drough
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February 25, 2014

With small growers in mind, tool maker thinks big

CORVALLIS, Ore.—A light went on when Michael McGowen turned his engineering, entrepreneurial and environmental perspectives to farming.
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February 24, 2014

Ag coalition seeks federal GMO standards

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new coalition aims to avoid local and state biotech crop labeling requirements by enacting a federal standard, directing the Food a
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February 24, 2014

GMO label proponents ask for help

Proponents of mandatory labeling for food made with genetically modified organisms are hedging their bets to get the issue before Oregon voters.
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February 24, 2014

Panel OKs $125,000 for state’s GMO task force

Funding for a task force that will advise the Oregon Legislature on biotech crops has been approved by a key legislative committee.
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February 23, 2014

How this farm bill could change future of farm policy

After finally clearing all the hurdles to get the Agriculture Act of 2014 signed into law, there’s already been speculation if this could be the last
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February 22, 2014

Farm bill cuts deficit, boosts crop insurance

What started off two and half years ago as an attempt to craft a farm bill with bold deficit reductions in mind became the new North Star of U.S. agri
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February 21, 2014

Biotech crop acreage increases

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), says a record 18 million growers in 27 countries are growing biote
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February 20, 2014

Vilsack on lower farm income guess

The USDA projects net farm income to decline in 2014 to about $95 billion.
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February 19, 2014

"Idaho Women in Ag" event set Feb. 22

NAMPA, Idaho—The second annual “Idaho Women in Agriculture Conference” will cover a wide variety of topics of interest to women involved in all aspect
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February 19, 2014

Michigan sugarbeet industry partners look toward the future

LANSING, Mich.-Agronomists and agribusiness leaders involved in Michigan's sugarbeet industry gathered Jan. 29 to review current issues facing sugar b
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February 19, 2014

UI creates drought website

MOSCOW, Idaho—University of Idaho has launched a comprehensive new website with links to new, updated and commonly used resources to help irrigators s
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February 18, 2014

Obama sees Calif. drought firsthand

President Obama toured the Fresno, Calif., area Friday visiting a farm and participating in a roundtable discussion with farmers and others affected b
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February 18, 2014

Foundation offers $2,500 scholarships

The Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation is offering scholarships in the amount of $2,500.
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February 17, 2014

Bio S.I. Technology launches new website at 2014 World Ag Expo

Bio S.I. Technology, sustainable agriculture experts and leading producer of microbial soil inoculants, announced the launch of its new website at the
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February 17, 2014

Coalition wants GMO labeling overseen by FDA

A coalition has been formed to push for a federal solution to labeling products containing genetically modified ingredients.
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February 17, 2014

Cover crops, nitrogen and waste focus of 2014 Nutrient Management Conference in Twin Falls

TWIN FALLS, Idaho—University of Idaho Extension researchers will attempt to cover the spectrum of information and issues related to managing agricultu
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February 16, 2014

Feds announce another $14M for California drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)-Federal officials on Wednesday pledged more money to help California cope with its severe drought as state fishing regulators
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February 15, 2014

Pesticides get bad rap, expert says

TWIN FALLS, Idaho-The dangers of pesticides are exaggerated by the media and special-interest groups, an expert says, but the truth is they are an ess
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February 14, 2014

Be My Valentine!

Today is Valentine’s Day, and chances are good that Big Candy lobbyists will use the holiday as an excuse to bash U.S. sugar policy on Capitol Hill.
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February 14, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue
Allen Thayer

Bullish about the Future: Colorado grower says rough years ahead can be overcome

While it’s all too easy to fixate on short-term results, Paul Schlagel knows it’s best to instead focus on the long view.
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February 14, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue

Buyer's Guide: Irrigation Products: Use Water Wisely

Nelson Irrigation continues to take its proprietary Rotator technology to new levels.
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February 14, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue
Tom Giovanetti, From the Institute for Policy Innovation

Solving the Sugar Subsidy Problem

Agriculture subsidies and trade manipulation have long been among the most intractable of policy problems.
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February 14, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue

Syngenta Offers 7 New Hilleshög Brand Sugarbeet Varieties for 2014

MINNETONKA, Minn.—To help sugarbeet growers produce high-quality, high-percentage sugar content, Syngenta has introduced seven new Hilleshög brand varieties tailored to combat regional pest issues and deliver top genetic performance.
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February 14, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue
Phillip Hayes

Thai-ed Up in Big Candy Spin

Food Logistics, a food manufacturing industry publication, described Jelly Belly’s explosive growth this way in a 2008 article, “Jelly Belly’s Sweet Decision”:
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February 14, 2014

The preponderance of science should drive dietary guidelines process

The Sugar Association called for dietary recommendations based on rigorous research rather than hypotheticals or opinions in comments delivered recent
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February 14, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue

Why Complete Utilization of the Sugarbeet is Necessary

In addition to sugar and animal feed, sugarbeets can provide many value-added co-products for biofuels, human nutrition, plastics and pharmaceuticals.
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February 13, 2014

Global seed treatment market to hit $4.45B by 2018

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Seed Treatment (Insecticides, Fungicides, Other Chemical and Nonchemical T
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February 12, 2014

U.S. ag: Undercut at every turn

Fluctuations in overseas markets are causing domestically-based ag retailers to re-evaluate several aspects of business as the global crop protection
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February 11, 2014

Nonsugar sugar beet promo prompts interest

VALLEY CITY, N.D.-"Industrial beets" is now the preferred moniker for beets being promoted for growing outside the Red River Valley to make things suc
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February 11, 2014

Strip till vs. ridge till

Although the ridges in the ridge-till system worked quite well to provide drainage on poorly drained soils, many producers prefer a strip tillage oper
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February 10, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue

BioSafe Systems Hires Brand Manager

BioSafe Systems announced the recent addition of Alyssa Davis, who joins the team as the brand manager for the agriculture and food safety markets.
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February 10, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue

CHS Offers Two New Starter Fertilizers

CHS Inc. has introduced two new liquid starter fertilizers: CHS Aventine Complete, available through CHS Service Centers, and XLR-rate, available nationwide through CHS cooperatives and crop input retailers.
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February 10, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue

IA Announces 2013-16 Board of Directors

The Irrigation Association has elected three new members to serve on its 2013–16 board of directors.
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February 10, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue

IA Names 2013 New Product Contest Winners

The Irrigation Association announced the winners of the 2013 New Product Contest during the general session at the Irrigation Show and Education Conference on Nov. 4-8 in Austin, Texas.
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February 10, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue

Irrigation Foundation Recognizes Toro Company

In support of the Irrigation Foundation and its successful Irrigation E3 Program, the Toro Company presented the foundation with a $20,000 check Nov. 7 during the Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Austin, Texas.
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February 10, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue
Allen Thayer

Making Sense of the Sugar Market

Ending global sugar subsidies in favor of a free market might be the best way to get real reform on trade policy.
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February 10, 2014

New ag coalition seeks federal GMO standards

WASHINGTON, D.C.-A new coalition aims to avoid local and state biotech crop labeling requirements by enacting a federal standard, directing the Food a
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February 10, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue
Luther Markwart, Executive Vice President

New Year Harbinger of Change

Every February your grower leaders come together for the ASGA annual meeting to review all of the challenges, opportunities and activities we face in the New Year.
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February 10, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue

Nolletti, Zoldoske Win IA Awards

The Irrigation Association presented its annual awards during the General Session on Nov. 7 at the 2013 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Austin, Texas.
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February 10, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue

On the Lookout for Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds

Glyphosate-resistant weeds were among the topics at the University of Idaho’s 2013 Snake River Sugarbeet Conference in Nampa, Idaho, on Dec. 17.
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February 10, 2014| Published in the February 2014 issue

Syngenta Raises Stakes with National Scholarship

In conjunction with its 12-year anniversary, Syngenta officials announced the new national Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship.
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February 10, 2014

Timing of nitrogen applications can enhance yields

Growers are doing a better job of managing nitrogen fertilizer applications.
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February 09, 2014

Herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth show persistence

Research shows it is unlikely that glyphosate-susceptible Palmer amaranth weeds will replace glyphosate-resistant ones and re-establish dominance in a
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February 08, 2014

Idaho Department of Water Resources warns of possible curtailments

BOISE, Idaho-The Idaho Department of Water Resources mailed letters to about 1,700 entities warning widespread groundwater curtailments may occur thro
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February 08, 2014

Missouri Farmers Union sees drones as useful on the farm

Missouri Farmers Union President Richard Oswald says his organization opposes the so-called Right-to-Farm constitutional amendment that's to be consid
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February 07, 2014

Irrigation Association applauds passage of farm bill

President Barack Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014, otherwise known as the farm bill, Friday in Lansing, Mich.
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February 07, 2014

New five-year sugar policy becomes law

President Barack Obama officially signed the 2014 farm bill Friday, and with it, continued America's current sugar policy for another five years.
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February 07, 2014

Sugar batteries could be greener, cheaper and store more energy than lithium-ions

Even today's best rechargeable lithium batteries do lose their ability to hold a charge after a while, and are considered toxic waste once discarded.
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February 06, 2014

Brazil's sugar ship lineup may signal "surprise" Chinese demand

Brazil, the world's largest sugar producer, is boosting shipments to China, fueling speculation that demand in the world's second-biggest importer of
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February 05, 2014

Easy ways to cut sugar intake

From the sweetener you stir into your morning coffee to the after-dinner dessert you can't resist, the amount of sugar you consume between breakfast a
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February 05, 2014

The big dry

Each day it doesn't rain, the decision Bruce Rominger faces becomes more ominous.
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February 04, 2014

Farm bill heads to President Obama's desk

It took longer than any of the negotiators or stakeholders would have hoped, but at the end of the day, the farm bill coalition held together.
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February 04, 2014
John Keeling

Years of farm bill labor bears fruit

Over the past four years, the farm bill has been an agenda item at every NPC meeting, including the Potato D.C. Fly-In where we lobby Congress on our
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February 04, 2014

2014 IPNI Scholar Award Program for graduate students

The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) announces the availability of its IPNI Scholar Award program for 2014.
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February 04, 2014

National Cowboy Museum announces spring symposium focusing on drought

OKLAHOMA CITY-The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announces a symposium focusing on rural issues to be held in March.
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February 04, 2014

Sugar and Valentine's Day: It's not just sweets anymore

Sugar and Valentine's Day go hand and hand, but when you are searching for the sweetest gift for your sweetheart this year, remember your options aren
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February 03, 2014

IIEA selects person of year

Brice Beck, owner of Butte Irrigation, Paul and Kimberly, has been selected as the Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association's 2013 Person of the Year.
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February 03, 2014

Don't scrimp on crop insurance

A farm management specialist says this is going to be a year of lower revenues and controlling costs will be key.
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February 03, 2014

The futile search for a natural sugar alternative continues, and so does consumer confusion

A recent New York Times article, The Quest for a Natural Sugar Alternative, chronicles the ongoing futile efforts to find an artificial sweetener that
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February 02, 2014

Equipment manufacturers expect good year

POCATELLO, Idaho-Farm equipment dealers at the 35th Annual Ag Expo said sales have held steady despite irrigation water shortages, softening commodity
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February 01, 2014

Rabobank: Limited possibility for sugar prices to rebound

An oversupply of sugar on the world market leaves little upside potential to lift sugar prices out of the doldrums, according to Rabobank's quarterly
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