A federal judge in Kansas has allowed a lawsuit filed by farmers against Syngenta to move forward as a class action lawsuit. Farmers from the U.S. sued Syngenta in 2014 after grain shipments to China were rejected because of an unapproved genetically engineered trait was found.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has preliminarily determined that it will extend deregulation to two lines of genetically engineered (GE) potatoes developed by J.R. Simplot Company for late blight resistance, low acrylamide potential, reduced black spot bruising, and lowered reducing sugars.
Through groups like the National Corn Growers Association and the American Farm Bureau, thousands of farmers are asking Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement quickly. NCGA says more than 6,000 farmers have written letters to Congress urging passage of the agreement this year. NCGA is delivering those letters to lawmakers this week. Meanwhile, Farm Bureau joined the National …
Regulatory barriers facing agriculture are a major driver of agriculture industry consolidation, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Chief Executive Officer Chris Novak testified today at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on consolidation and competition in the U.S. seed and agrochemical industry.
Soybean planting in Brazil starts on September 15, but the Agri Money Dot Com website said it’s starting this year under pressure from prices, tight credit, and dry weather. There’s a few worries about the quality of available seeds as well. Crops are not actually allowed in fields before September 15 as the country tries to cut down on the …
Lack of profitability on dairies, the No. 1 consumer of alfalfa and other forages, has depressed demand for hay, dragging down prices that had reached record-high levels two years ago, when milk prices also peaked.
Everett Griner talks about CCD and the Varroa Mite research in today’s Agri View.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative filed a claim against China in the World Trade Organization over market price supports for wheat, rice, and corn. The complaint says that China is using these supports in excess of its commitments under WTO rules. The Hagstrom Report said China’s support for those three commodities are roughly $100 billion over levels China …
Everett Griner talks about the corn crop and market in today’s Agri View.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) joined U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and a bipartisan group of Members of Congress in announcing the U.S. has launched a new trade enforcement action against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a result of China’s excessive government support for corn, rice, and wheat …
Over the next several months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) plans to visit thousands of corn, potato and vegetable growers across the United States to conduct the Vegetable Chemical Use Survey and the second phase of the 2016 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS II). Both of the surveys will focus on chemical use and …
A new corn disease is now confirmed in nine states. The nine states include Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Colorado. Gary Crawford has the story.
China is the world’s top soybean importer, but they’re taking steps to reverse that trend. Agri Money dot Com reports that China plans to massively increase its oilseed production over the next four years. The move should reverse a trend that’s seen soybean imports rise dramatically, even as excess corn continues to stockpile in government inventories.
Researchers are working to learn more about a little-known corn disease that has surfaced in nine states across the U.S. this summer. DTN reports the disease is known for now as bacterial leaf streak blight, which originated in South Africa. Colorado State University says there is limited information about the disease and its impacts on corn production.
Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner, Eric Lauritzen and the Farmworker Advisory Committee, formed with the assistance of the Center for Community Advocacy (CCA), announced a historic pesticide initiative aimed at providing additional safety protections for farmworkers. The initiative launches a pilot program with leading growers to enhance worker notification through warning signs when pesticides are used in the fields.
The final numbers are in for the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour that wrapped up Thursday. They pegged the corn crop at 14.728 billion bushels with a 170.2 bushel per acre average. The soybean harvest estimate is 4.093 billion bushels with a 49.3 bushel per acre average yield.
Contracted production for California processing tomatoes is forecast at 12.8 million tons, averaging 49.6 tons per acre. The current forecasted production is 11 percent below the 2015 crop, and 2 percent below the May forecast.
U.S. corn sales to Algeria are making a strong showing in 2016, doubling 2014-15 marketing year imports. A U.S. Department of Agriculture’ export sales report showed 527,000 metric tons—20.7 million bushels—of U.S. corn being exported to Algeria in the 2015-16 marketing year, more than double the sales from the last marketing year of 238,000 metric tons.
Cathy Isom fills us in on what scientists now know about why tomatoes get squishy, so quickly. That story’s ahead on This Land of Ours.
The four major U.S. corn syrup makers are raising prices at a time of slowing demand. Corn sweetener manufacturers like Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill sent letters to customers earlier this month that were obtained by Reuters, and seek to lock in prices for 2017. High-fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, is trading at the highest in U.S. Department of Agriculture …