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Dec 13, 2011

USA Rice Federation trying to keep rice farmer options open

A true choice. That’s what the U.S. Rice Producers Group and the USA Rice Federation were seeking when the House and Senate Agriculture Committees began the process of making recommendations to the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction earlier this fall....More
Dec 12, 2011

World fertilizer dynamics changing

It wasn’t that long ago that farmers were paying upwards of $1,000 a ton for nitrogen fertilizer and wondering if prices would ever go down. That situation has changed, and fertilizer prices are showing signs of weakness at least through the spring. David Asbridge explained some of the new realities in the markets in this interview at the Integrated Crop Management Conference at Iowa State University....More
Dec 12, 2011

Budget reduction efforts move farm bill forward?

The recent efforts by the Congressional Select Committee on Deficit Reduction came to naught. But the exercise may have helped move the farm bill process forward. Texas A&M’s Joe Outlaw discussed the status of farm bill negotiations during an interview at the USA Rice Federation Outlook Conference in Austin, Texas....More
Dec 6, 2011

Manufacturers making big strides with Tier 4 innovations

Farm equipment manufacturers have been investing heavily in new technology aimed at helping them meet EPA emission standards. One the approaches uses a compound call diesel exhaust fluid or DEF to reduce those. Case IH’s Ron Blessing talked about what his company is doing to meet those in an interview at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif....More
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
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