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BASF Closes Acquisition of Bayer’s Vegetable Seeds Business

Dan Industry News Release, Seeds

BASF announced this week it has closed the acquisition of Bayer’s global vegetable seeds business. The transaction, BASF says in a news release, “adds a well-recognized brand with a very successful business track record to BASF’s portfolio.” The acquired vegetable seeds business comprises 24 crops and about 2,600 varieties. It also includes a research and development operation, and breeding systems …

farm bureau

Farm Bureau: Now, More Than Ever, We Must Ditch the Rule

Dan Industry News Release, Water

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “Due to a misguided ruling by a single federal district court, the overbroad, vague and illegal 2015 Waters of the United States Rule is now the law of the land in twenty-six states. “To avoid widespread uncertainty and potential enforcement against ordinary farming activities in these already-uncertain …

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USDA Forest Service Announces New Strategy for Improving Forest Conditions

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) announced a new strategy for managing catastrophic wildfires and the impacts of invasive species, drought, and insect and disease epidemics. Specifically, a new report titled Toward Shared Stewardship across Landscapes: An Outcome-based investment Strategy (PDF, 3.7 MB) outlines the USFS’s plans to work more closely with states to identify landscape-scale priorities for targeted treatments in …

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Deliver a Farm Bill before Current Law Expires

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

America’s two largest farm groups are delivering a loud message to farm bill negotiators: ‘Don’t get hung up on differences, deliver a farm bill before current law expires, September 30th. With the lowest farm income in 12-years and a tariff war depleting U.S. market share overseas, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), National Farmers Union NFU) and more than 150 other …

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China Files WTO Complaint over U.S. Solar Tariffs

Dan Energy, Industry News Release, Trade

China’s latest shot in a tit-for-tat trade war is a World Trade Organization Complaint over U.S. solar tariffs. China filed a complaint with the WTO to help determine the legality of the U.S. policies, saying they not only harm China’s rights but also undermine the WTO’s authority, according to Reuters. China says the U.S. tariffs and the U.S. “decision to …

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FDA Extends FSMA Compliance

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week it would extend its deadlines and inspection time frames for when certain-sized facilities should come into compliance with some Food Safety Modernization Act. The move, applauded by the American Feed Industry Association, gives the FDA more time to release the final FSMA guidance documents and train its inspectors. AFIA says the …

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Answer Upcoming NASS Survey; It Impacts Your Bottom Line

Dan Industry News Release, USDA-NASS

The confidential crop survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be arriving in the mailboxes of Southern farmers soon, and it is very important that recipients take the time to complete it. The number of farmers completing the confidential NASS crop survey has been declining in recent years—and that’s bad news for farmers. This is bad news for …

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Tariffs Could Cost Fruit and Nuts $3 Billion

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

Falling ag exports to China, India, Mexico and Turkey expected to lower prices The ongoing international trade turmoil between the U.S. and other countries has prompted import tariffs on many U.S. agricultural commodities in important export markets, which could hurt U.S. farmers. A new report released by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Issues Center estimates the …

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Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge Offers Startup Funds for Entrepreneurs

Dan Industry News Release

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, today opened online applications for its 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds. The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations in agriculture. This is the fifth year of the Challenge, which is the first national business competition focused exclusively …

Conservation Innovation Grant Projects

Dan Environment, Soil, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced they will invest more than $10.6 million for 22 new projects that will drive public and private sector innovation in conserving natural resources in 27 states. The competitive Conservation Innovation Grants program helps spur development and adoption of new conservation approaches and technologies. Conservation Innovation Grant Projects