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Dec 2, 2011

La Niña preparing for second round?

If you liked the weather in 2011, you’re probably going to love the weather for the next few months. Elwynn Taylor, climatology specialist with Iowa State University, says the phenomenon known as La Niña is recovering in strength and will likely be a factor in the nation’s weather in 2012. He discussed the impact La Niña could have on different parts of the country and next year’s corn yields in an interview during Iowa State’s Integrated Crop Management Conference in Ames, Iowa....More
Nov 29, 2011

Communicating outside of Washington becoming increasingly important

Washington-based members of the agricultural community are becoming aware that communicating outside of Washington is becoming just as important as doing it inside the Beltway. William Kuckuck, chief operating officer of the organization that represents the nation’s pesticide manufacturers, talked about how CropLife America is stepping up its efforts in this area. Kuckuck was interviewed at the Southern Crop Production Association meeting....More
Nov 28, 2011

Waterhemp seed production can go through the roof

Iowa farmers are learning more about the biology of weeds....More
Nov 23, 2011

Farmland Visions: the People and Places of Southwest Agriculture 1

Farmland visions: the People and Places of Southwest Agriculture, is a collage of photographs by Southwest Farm Press Editor Ron Smith that shows some of the haunting beauty of the rural Southwest, along with some of the people who raise the livestock, grain and cotton that defines the region....More
Nov 22, 2011

350,000 tons of cocoa a year was not acceptable

Yields for Ghana’s production of cocoa had been stagnant for years when John Kufuor’s government took office. Then-president Kufuor increased the price farmers were receiving for cocoa and then worked to help them improve agronomic practices. As a result, cocoa production tripled and Ghana’s poverty rate fell and hunger problems eased. Kufuor described the government’s actions in a press briefing at this year’s World Food Prize event....More
Nov 22, 2011

‘This prize belongs to those who elected me’

When John A. Kufuor was elected president of Ghana in 2000, the country was reeling from years of neglect. Kufuor turned his efforts to improving cropping practices for cocoa and conditions for the people, and changes began to occur. When asked about the turnaround, Kufuor gave credit to his government in a press briefing held at this year’s World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. Kufuor dedicated the prize to the people of Ghana....More
Nov 18, 2011

‘When did agriculture become a dirty word?’

“When did agriculture become a dirty word?” is the title of a recent Food Dialogue Event in Washington. CropLife America’s William Kuckuck talked about the event and how consumers’ perception of U.S. agriculture has changed in recent decades in this video interview. It was filmed following Kuckuck’s presentation during a panel discussion at the Southern Crop Production Association’s annual meeting in Charleston, S.C....More
Oct 25, 2011

Georgia Peanut Commission celebrates 50th anniversary by serving growers

What do you do when you turn 50 years old? Why, you throw a big party, and that’s what the Georgia Peanut Commission did at this year’s Sunbelt Expo. Commission members served show participants cupcakes made with peanut flower and topped with peanut icing. The Commission’s Joy Carter and Don Koehler talked about the anniversary and the growing season in interviews at the Oct. 20 celebration....More
Oct 19, 2011

World Food Programme making a difference in Horn of Africa

One of the worst droughts in memory is raising the specter of famine once again in the Horn of Africa. The World Food Programme is rushing humanitarian aid to nearly 8 million people in places like Somalia and Ethiopia. This time, the WFP’s Josette Sheeran says, the food aid appears to be gaining a foothold in preventing the nearly 1 million deaths from starvation that occurred in the region in the 1980s....More
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