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Oct 14, 2011

Deficit reduction threatens world food safety net

The House and Senate Agriculture Committees are scheduled to make their deficit reduction proposals to the Select or Super Committee on Deficit Reduction in Washington tomorrow. The Rev. David Beckmann, co-winner of last year’s World Food Prize, made an impassioned plea for avoiding more cuts in food assistance programs during a press briefing at this year’s WFP Symposium in Des Moines. Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, says the food safety net is working in this country and in regions like Africa, but the cuts threaten the progress made in recent years....More
Oct 5, 2011

Actuality: South and Southwest to get some needed moisture

USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey on Texas and Oklahoma producers who have long been awaiting rain this growing season....More
Sep 30, 2011

Farmers will have to make do with current herbicides for foreseeable future

The crop protection industry has done a good job of responding to growers’ needs for new herbicides in recent decades. But the pipeline for new compounds has about dried up, says Iowa State University’s Mike Owens....More
Sep 23, 2011

Danforth scientists fighting poverty in Africa

Dr. Claude Fauquet and a team of scientists at the Danforth Plant Science Center are working on solutions that could help African farmers grow more crops and, in turn, lift millions out of poverty....More
Sep 20, 2011

‘Don’t do what you’ve been doing,” weed scientist advises Iowa farmers

As resistance to glyphosate in Palmer amaranth has spread west and then north through the South, weed scientists in the Midwest have been advising farmers to make changes in their weed control strategies to avoid the same thing happening in common waterhemp in their region....More
Sep 16, 2011

Fewer companies are being called on to do more for the world population

Fewer and fewer basic manufacturers are doing research and development in agriculture, but those companies are being called on to do more to feed the world. Bayer CropScience’s Jim Blome says the pressure is on for those companies to work even more closely with public and private researchers to increase the use of technology....More
Sep 16, 2011

Pioneer closing in Optimum GAT soybean clearance

Researchers at Pioneer are continuing to work on DuPont’s Optimum GAT technology, a technology that combines glyphosate resistance with resistance to sulfonylurea herbicides....More
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