Building a Reliable, Low-Cost Device to Measure Moisture in Grain Bags

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have developed a new way for farmers in developing areas of the world to determine the moisture content of their stored grain. Such determinations can help prevent losses due to insects, spoilage and mold growth that can render grain unfit for consumption. Unlike in the West, farmers in underdeveloped countries use large bags rather …

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Ozone Pollution Damages China Rice Production

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Yield Losses Could Endanger Global Food Security By Pat Bailey, UC Davis News High levels of surface ozone are damaging rice yields at an alarming rate in China, the world’s largest agricultural producer and one of its most polluted nations, report researchers at the University of California, Davis, and in China. For the first time, the research team identified a …

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General Mills to Commercialize Organic Perennial Wheat

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General Mills and Cascadian Farm announced last week the two will work with the Land Institute to commercialize organic Kernza, a perennial grain and wild relative of annual wheat. The intermediate wheatgrass grows deep roots that show promise to increase soil health, carbon sequestration, water retention and enhance surrounding wildlife habitat, according to General Mills.

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USDA Seeks Sorghum Board Nominating Organizations

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is accepting applications from sorghum associations and farm organizations interested in nominating sorghum producers to the Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Board. Applications are due by March 17, 2017.

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U.S. Grains Council Calls China Actions on DDGS Restricting

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The U.S. Grains Council says China is attempting to restrict access to the U.S. dried distillers grain market by subjecting U.S. DDGS to anti-dumping and countervailing duties. Grains Council CEO Tom Sleight says the organization is “deeply disappointed” in the move. The announcement came just ten days after the Chinese government increased tariffs on imported U.S. ethanol from five to …

Helping Arizona Wheat Growers Maximize Resources

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By Dennis O’Brien, USDA Agriculture Research Service Maximizing yields while using as little water and fertilizer as possible is a top priority for Arizona wheat growers. Challenged by diminishing water supplies and rising fertilizer costs, growers know the exact amounts of water and fertilizer to use is critical. Using too much is not only costly, but can become useless as …

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GIPSA Reduces Fees for Weighing and Inspection Services

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration is reducing inspection and weighing service fees by five percent beginning January 1, 2017. The reduction will remain in effect until further notice. “Due to the continuation of high grain exports, The Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) operating reserve exceeds 4 ½ months of operating expenses.  FGIS also reviewed …

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USDA Awards $3.4 Million for Research to Increase Wheat Yields

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University of California, Davis to receive almost $2 Million for research projects. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the award of $3.4 million for research into the development of new wheat varieties that are adapted to different geographical regions and environmental conditions. The seven projects are funded through NIFA’s new International Wheat …

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Wheat Growers Welcome Actions on China Trade

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U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome two trade dispute actions by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) challenging Chinese government policies that distort the wheat market and harm wheat growers throughout the rest of the world. USW and NAWG are encouraged to see the U.S. government take such a strong position on trade enforcement, …

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Poultry Industry Fears RFS Increase Will Alter Grain Prices

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The U.S. poultry industry is concerned the Renewable Fuel Standard targets for 2017 and 2018 will increase feed prices for poultry farmers. Set by the Environmental Protection Agency, the RFS target for ethanol for 2017 was placed at the statute level of 15 billion gallons. The agency set total biofuel levels – including corn-generated ethanol and biodiesel – at 19.28 …

New Test Genetically IDs Fungal Wheat Threat

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By Jan Suszkiw, Agriculture Research Service A team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and university scientists has developed a sensitive new assay method for detecting the fungus that causes “wheat blast,” a disease of wheat in South America and, most recently, Bangladesh. The fungus Magnaporthe oryzae triticum (MoT) was first detected in Brazil in 1985. The disease has moved …

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Grains Council Encourages Focus On Expanding Ag Exports

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Grain exports are a bright spot in the current farm economy and can grow even further through outreach to the 95 percent of the world’s consumers who live outside U.S. borders, leaders of the U.S. Grains Council said at the at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) convention this week in Kansas City. As newly-elected national leaders prepare to …