September 30, 2014

2014 Irrigation Show to highlight education & innovation

Early bird rates available through Oct. 17
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September 30, 2014

NASDA members say "withdraw" to EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Rule

BURLINGTON, Vt.—At the Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture on Sept. 11, NASDA Members unanimously called on the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of
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September 29, 2014

Making it rain...chocolate

"It seems to be a good time to be a chocolatier," a trade publication devoted to the candy industry recently reported.
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September 28, 2014

Vilsack urged Buffett to ready BNSF for record crops

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack met with Warren Buffett last week to urge the billionaire investor to make sure his BNSF railroad is ready for an expected record corn and soy harvest this year.
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September 27, 2014

Indian sugar subsidies grow again

If you've developed a wicked case of whiplash keeping track of all the news about Indian sugar subsidies, you're not alone.
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September 26, 2014

Impact of labeling law on growers debated

Opponents of a genetically modified organism labeling initiative in Oregon say the measure would hurt growers who sell directly to the public.
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September 25, 2014

Precision Mobile Drip Irrigation

At T-L, our motto has always been “The Choice is Simple.” With the simplicity of hydraulics and the continuous movement of a T-L, we have the best water application you can get. T-L has gone one step further in combining the simplicity of hydraulics. This
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September 25, 2014

Idaho sugarbeet harvest off to sweet start

ABERDEEN, Idaho—Magic Valley and Eastern Idaho sugarbeet growers say harvest is shaping to be a bit sweeter this season, even though yields appear to be down a hair from last season’s state-record tonnage.
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September 25, 2014

Cargill launches planting data software

Cargill Inc. is developing a software service that guides farmers on how to plant crops, a foray that pits the agricultural conglomerate against a host of rivals seeking to harvest reams of data to sell “prescriptive planting” technology in North America.
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September 24, 2014

General Mills shareholders reject GMO ban

General Mills shareholders rejected a resolution Tuesday that would have forced removal of genetically-modified organisms from the company’s products.
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September 24, 2014

Wet August improves East Idaho water storage outlook

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho—Irrigators supplied by the Upper Snake River reservoir system will enter this winter with far greater storage carryover than they’ve had to start the past two winters, thanks largely to an abnormally wet August.
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September 24, 2014

New Holland acquires Miller-St. Nazianz

CNH Industrial N.V. announced Sept. 3 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of precision spraying equipment manufacturer Miller-St. Nazianz Inc.
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September 23, 2014

Wilbur-Ellis acquires North Dakota retailer

Wilbur-Ellis Co. has acquired the assets of Poynter’s Ag Supply, a retail facility and Wilbur-Ellis alliance partner located in Sawyer, N.D. The location will now be part of the company’s Midwest Region.
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September 22, 2014

CHS to build $3B fertilizer plant in N.D.

CHS Inc. announced Sept. 5 it will proceed with construction of a fertilizer manufacturing plant at Spiritwood, N.D.
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September 21, 2014

Raven announces Hawkeye nozzle control system

Raven Industries' Applied Technology Division announced Hawkeye, an innovative pressure-based nozzle control system that provides the most precise and accurate application across the entire sprayer boom, and the entire field.
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September 20, 2014

Growers, scientists tout GMOs in Calif. media tour

SACRAMENTO—As debate rages over genetically modified crops, a group of growers and scientists is touting them as a wave of the future.
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September 20, 2014

Trimble’s RainWave solution now maps rainfall within fields

Trimble announced a significant advancement in its RainWave precipitation monitoring solution that maps precise rainfall amounts within an entire field or farm.
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September 19, 2014

Global subsidies sour sugar prices

World sugar prices are in the tank, production efficiency in foreign countries is falling, and the globe's growing appetite for subsidization is partially to blame. Those were the key messages delivered at last month's International Sweetener Symposium.
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September 19, 2014

New products added to the Agrotain stabilizer portfolio

Koch Agronomic Services, LLC announced the addition of two new nitrogen stabilizers to the Agrotain product family—Agrotain Advanced and Agrotain Dri-Maxx.
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September 18, 2014

Western Sugar Cooperative linked to Red River Valley

BILLINGS, Mont.—Western Sugar Cooperative of Denver, has some key links with the sugar industry in the Red River Valley of Minnesota and North Dakota.
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September 18, 2014

T-L Irrigation introduces precision mobile drip irrigation

With an eye toward helping farmers deal with water shortages and pumping restrictions, T-L Irrigation Co. is teaming with Netafim, Inc., a world leader in drip irrigation products, in introducing a new version of T-L’s unique Precision Mobile Drip Irrigat
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September 17, 2014

Wal-Mart levied fictional "sugar tax" on soda

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)—New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying stores were charging a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda.
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September 17, 2014

Root Demand Irrigation introduced at Husker Harvest Days

During Husker Harvest Days 2014, Root Demand Irrigation (RDI) is launching a revolutionary, subsurface irrigation method to help growers improve underperforming acres using less water, energy, and time.
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September 17, 2014

Bioinsecticide Venerate approved for use in California

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI), a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets, announced that its Venerate Bioinsecticide is now registered in Californi
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September 16, 2014

Montana expects record beet crop

HARDIN, Mont.—Western Sugar Cooperative is going to have a big crop this year, and the biggest part of it will be in the Billings, Mont., production area.
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September 16, 2014

NASDA: Withdraw WOTUS rule

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture passed a resolution at its annual meeting in Burlington, Vt., last week that the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should withdraw their Waters of the United S
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September 16, 2014

Growers say groundwater bills would bring uncertainty

SACRAMENTO—Legislation giving the state control over groundwater use in California could lead to uncertainties for farm operations as well as litigation, growers and farm groups say.
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September 15, 2014

China to stockpile subsidies, not sugar

In years past, China’s subsidy of choice was a stockpiling program that helped manipulate domestic prices—not just in sugar but for other crops like cotton, too.
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September 15, 2014

New irrigation method saves power, water

ARCO, Idaho—Irrigation experts from University of Idaho and Washington State University are testing a novel method of watering crops they’ve developed to save considerable water and power for Northwestern growers with appropriate field conditions.
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September 14, 2014

Groups seek glyphosate limits to protect butterflies

Environmental groups seeking federal protection for monarch butterflies blame the use of genetically modified crops for the insect’s steep decline.
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September 13, 2014

Oregon GMO labeling fight hinges on urban vote

The fate of Oregon’s genetically modified organism labeling initiative will hinge on whether heavy spending by opponents can overcome the liberal leanings of urban voters, experts say.
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September 12, 2014

Officials ask federal board to help on rail delays

FARGO, N.D. (AP)—North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple opened a federal hearing in Fargo about rail service delays in the upper Plains by reading a letter from a grain elevator that said Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. was 525 cars behind in its service.
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September 11, 2014

Feds slow to respond to Oregon GMO task force

SALEM—Federal authorities have been slow to answer questions about genetic engineering regulations asked by a state task force assembled by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber.
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September 10, 2014

Net Irrigate unveils WireRat 4.0 technology

Net Irrigate, a manufacturer of wireless agricultural irrigation monitoring (WAIM) technology, is excited to announce WireRat 4.0, an update to its WireRat technology that offers pivot owners new benefits like the ability to self-test the system and incre
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September 10, 2014

Judge rules against county GMO regulations

A federal judge has invalidated a Hawaiian county’s regulations for genetically modified organisms, but has affirmed that states can require growers to disclose information about GMO crops without running afoul of federal laws.
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September 09, 2014

WSSA updates herbicide handbook

The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) announced the availability of the 10th edition of its popular Herbicide Handbook – a trusted resource used by educators, researchers, growers, extension agents, government officials, students and others intereste
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September 09, 2014

Panel backs $1.25M for drone research in Nevada

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP)—Nevada lawmakers are kicking in more than $1 million to help get the state’s fledgling drone testing industry off the ground.
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September 08, 2014

California counties ask to form separate state

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Aug. 28 for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal.
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September 07, 2014

Grant allows Nyssa ag program to build greenhouse

NYSSA, Ore.—Nyssa High School will use a $25,000 grant from Monsanto Corp. to build a modern greenhouse that will allow ag education students to perform advanced science-based experiments.
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September 06, 2014

Smucker venturing into new categories

BOSTON—J.M. Smucker Co. is poised to deliver on consumer demand for convenience, customization and clean labels. New products from the Orrville, Ohio-based company were developed on these key platforms.
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September 06, 2014

Debunking the myth: Sugar makes children hyperactive

With many children heading back to school, there are a lot of things parents have to be concerned about—new teachers, new routines and activities, or getting the right school supplies.
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September 05, 2014

Sugarbeet harvest fires up

HUNTLEY, Mont.—It was barely noon and already 94 farm trucks had unloaded sugarbeets at the Huntley pile—1,700 tons—and another 10 trucks were waiting to feed the conveyor.
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September 05, 2014

Brazil's sugar sector goes on a diet

Brazil's sugar industry is slimming down, a shift that producers hope will deliver them from a yearslong glut that has depressed prices.
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September 05, 2014

Sugar plays important role in food preservation

It's harvest season for many gardeners across the United States. As we bring in our bounty of fruits and vegetables, it's the perfect time to highlight the important role sugar plays in food preservation.
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September 04, 2014

Bay County's Michigan Sugar expects sweet harvest

MONITOR TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Sugarbeets have long been regarded as one of Michigan's toughest crops. You can throw just about any conditions at them and they still find a way to come through.
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September 04, 2014
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The Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC Seeks Executive: VP of Agriculture

The Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC, manufacturer of 10% of the nation’s sugar production, is seeking a proven leader to join the Executive Management team and oversee agricultural operations.
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September 03, 2014

Valmont acquires majority stake in AgSense

Valmont Industries Inc., a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure and mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture, has acquired a majority interest in South Dakota-based AgSense.
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September 02, 2014

Encirca Yield input management offering being expanded

DuPont Pioneer announced plans for a new grower pilot program that will expand on the input management offerings in its recently launched Encirca Yield services platform to include phosphorous and potassium management.
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September 01, 2014

Nebraska corn farmers, Aventine in sugar fight

According to a Reuters article, the corn-based ethanol industry in Nebraska is fighting an ethanol sugar-based ethanol plant over its feedstock.
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