Kansas cellulosic plant will use variety of feedstocks

Last week, Abengoa Bioenergy officially opened its new cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Spokesman Chris Standlee says the plant will utilize crop residue as its feedstock, with about 80 percent of that being corn stover. “We have already done four or five years of harvest—and we’ve done harvests with both corn stover and wheat… Read more »

L.A. officials seek to establish ‘GMO-free zone’

The Los Angeles city council has asked the city attorney to draft a proposal banning the sale and planting of any genetically modified seeds with the L.A. city limits. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who co-authored the proposal, admits the ban would be largely symbolic due to the small amount of agriculture within the city.  But he… Read more »

Should you sell or should you grow?

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Many cow-calf producers have a big decision to make this fall.  Sell the calves and cash in on record prices?  Or invest and build the cowherd? Aaron Berger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator shares some of his thoughts on that topic. AUDIO: Aaron Berger  

Bayer researcher discusses need for increased R&D in wheat

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In recent years, major ag companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and Pioneer have increased their spending on wheat research.  But, Catherine Feuillet, head of trait research and development for Bayer CropScience, says even more investment is needed in order to make wheat more competitive with other crops. We visited with Feuillet at the recent… Read more »

Expect to see more ‘non-traditional’ data management partnerships

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Monsanto’s 2013 acquisition of The Climate Corporation is an example of the “non-traditional” data management partnerships that farmers and ranchers can expect to see more of in the future. So says Chris Tingle, head of water optimization in North America with Syngenta. “Where the gap in the expertise really is, in the sector right now,… Read more »

New Iowa beef processor to begin operations

A tight beef supply has forced several beef packing plants across the U.S. to close their doors in recent years.  But a new beef plant in east-central Iowa hopes to buck that trend. Iowa Premium Beef of Tama will begin operations in early November and plans to be slaughtering 1,100 head of cattle per day… Read more »

NCBA says COOL has to go

Following the latest rebuke by the WTO of the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is renewing its call for COOL to be repealed. “We have looked at this every way we possibly can and there is no change that the Secretary of Agriculture can make that would… Read more »

Big bucks involved in Oregon’s GMO labeling battle

The battle over labeling of genetically modified food is officially Oregon’s most expensive ballot fight ever. According to the Statesman Journal, opponents and supporters of Measure 92 have raised a total of 17.6 million dollars.  Opponents of the proposition have raised 11.1 million dollars while supporters have raised 6.5 million. The opposition campaign’s largest donors… Read more »

Grassley says Congress needs to revisit COOL

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says Congress needs to “go back to the drawing board” on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Grassley was reacting to the WTO’s ruling that USDA’s revised COOL rule unfairly discriminates against Canada and Mexico. The National Farmers Union doesn’t want Congress to tamper with the COOL law. The group argues that… Read more »

Harvest progresses in Nebraska

Limited rainfall and above normal temperatures in Nebraska last week provided excellent harvest conditions. As of Sunday, soybean harvest stood at 69 percent, compared to 81 average.  Corn harvest was at 28 percent, well behind the 45 average.  Farmers were waiting for grain moisture levels, especially on irrigated corn, to dry down further.