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DC Fly in with Donnelly
DC Fly-in to promote RFS Renewable fuel industry leaders convened in Washington D.C. this week at the 2014 Growth Energy Advocacy Conference.  With the EPA considering a rollback for the Renewable Fuels Standard, Growth Energy members took their message to Congress and the EPA. The message is keep the RFS intact. Steve Pittman of Poet Biorefining in North Manchester Indiana says the RFS is an important piece of our nation’s energy policy. “It came out in 2005 and we believe it’s the best piece of legislation that Congress has ever developed for our energy policy for the country. So we want them [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014
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The 52nd annual Ohio State University FarmScience Review, sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and EnvironmentalSciences, wrapped up today, welcoming 131,153 farmers, industry professionals,FFA students and agricultural enthusiasts during the three-day event.This year’s crowd topped the attendance from the 2013 Review of 129,864attendees, show organizers said.“The 2014 Farm Science Review was bigger and better than ever,” said ChuckGamble, Review manager. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from bothexhibitors and attendees about their show experience, and we’re very pleased withour attendance numbers this week.” Sunny skies and no rain over the three days brought in crowds of 41,321 on Monday,60,560 [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
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Two Indiana agricultural companies, Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY), and Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), are announcing a strategic research and development (R&D) agreement that will focus on developing integrated solutions to enable livestock producers to increase meat and milk production to meet the demands of the growing global population. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), demand for meat, milk, and eggs will increase by more than 60 percent in the next few decades. The agreement leverages the strengths of Elanco’s animal [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
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Yields Good, Moisture High in SW Indiana Corn   This Crop Watch update is brought to you by Trupointe Cooperative & Winfield Solutions – with a new location now open in Milford, Indiana. A lot of harvest progress was made this week in SW Indiana.  Combines have been rolling in Dubois, Davies, Knox, and Gibson Counties. Tony Wolfe, who farms in Gibson County, says harvest has been underway for more than a week for some growers, but it won’t begin for another week for others, “Some folks got their corn planted in late April before the heavy rains came. The rest of us [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
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President Barack Obama signed an executive order announced Thursday calling for a five year plan to track highly resistant bacterial infections.  The executive order came as a response to bacteria that is resistant to antibiotic treatment, a problem that’s been noted to kill 23,000 people each year. In the executive order, Obama stated “The Food and Drug Administration, in coordination with USDA, shall continue taking steps to eliminate the use of medically important classes of antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in food-producing animals.” American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman released a statement saying. “Just as parents do not give [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
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new soil maps Farmers may soon have even more management detail available to them about their soil. Purdue University agronomist Phillip Owens has developed soil-mapping technology that provides visual information about soil functionality and productivity. In a youtube video Owens explains that current map technology from USDA classifies and names soil types as broad units based on their appearance. But it’s his detail that farmers really want. “With these soil maps you can understand fertilization rates, you can understand irrigation rates, and you can also understand where practices may benefit you the most. This is extremely useful for farmers because they’re managing [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wednesday issued its decisions deregulating Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist™ corn and soybean traits in the United States, concluding one of the most thorough reviews of a biotech trait in history. The Enlist traits are part of the Enlist™ Weed Control System, a new trait and herbicide technology that will control herbicide-resistant and tough weeds. USDA’s decision applies to the Enlist corn, Enlist soybean and Enlist E3™ soybean traits. Enlist E3 soybeans are being developed through a collaboration between MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences. With today’s USDA action, the Company now awaits EPA registration of Enlist Duo™ herbicide, the companion herbicide to the Enlist [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
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Buyers from China have agreed to buy $2.3 billion of U.S. soy products during the U.S Global Trade Exchange this week in Milwaukee. This marks the second consecutive year that the gathering has generated significant export sales for U.S. soybean farmers. The event allows foreign buyers to make deals and learn about U.S. soy and is co-sponsored by the U.S. Soybean Export Council, the Midwest Shippers Association and the American Soybean Association. United Soybean Board chairman Jim Call said “this shows that we continue to meet the needs of our international customers, and they’ve certainly taken notice.”In the most recent [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
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Bill Mullen – Seed Consultants   With a cool and wet summer after pollination, stalk rots and diseases are both creating problems in some Indiana fields. Seed Consultants’ Director of Agronomic Services, Bill Mullen, says that combined with commodity prices creates a stir on when growers should begin harvest. “Too many people are saying that looking at the price of corn that we need to let it stand down there until 15 to 16 percent. I think that’s not going to be very healthy, that’s not going to be very wise. I don’t feel that the crop is going to be able to [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
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Jessica Ronat
A panel of judges have selected Jessica Ronat as a finalist in the FMC “Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest.” She will receive a scholarship prize and is now in the contest’s final round. Eighteen year old Ronat of Pocahontas, Ill., has been a member of 4-H for nearly a decade and was involved in FFA for three years. She has received accolades for livestock showing as well as showmanship and citizenship awards. Jessica also was named Grand Champion for photography at the state level. She grew up on a farm, raising Katahdin Hair Sheep and chickens. Throughout high school, [...]
Wed, Sep 17, 2014
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