Iowa crop consultant anxious to utilize his UAV

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One of the big topics of conversation at farm meetings and farm shows this year has been unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and what they can potentially do for farmers and ranchers. At the recent Nebraska Power Farming Show in Lincoln, Brent Johnson with Labre Crop Consulting of Manson, Iowa told Brownfield he’s been testing UAVs… Read more »

MIR 162 approval could be forthcoming

A spokesman for Syngenta tells Brownfield the company expects to receive Chinese approval of its Agrisure Viptera (MIR 162) corn trait “in the near future”. Rumors of China’s pending approval have been circulating through the industry for several days. Some market analysts believe China has a new incentive to resume corn purchases from the U.S…. Read more »

Spending bill impacts WOTUS, beef checkoff

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The omnibus spending bill approved by the Senate Saturday includes several provisions that impact agriculture. One of those provisions withdraws the Environmental Protection Agency’s interpretive rule on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS). Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) says that, while it’s not a complete fix of the WOTUS issue,… Read more »

Dicamba-tolerant products take another step

The USDA has published its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton, concluding that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton should be fully deregulated. Monsanto officials say the announcement moves them one step closer to providing farmers access to dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton. The final EIS on… Read more »

UAV usage for ag takes a step forward

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Trimble Navigation was one of four companies receiving an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week, allowing limited commercial operation of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Trimble says the exemption moves the company one step closer to being able to provide high-speed aerial imaging to agriculture. At the recent Nebraska Power Farming Show… Read more »

Backers of Oregon’s GMO initiative concede defeat

Backers of an Oregon ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods have conceded defeat. The initiative lost in November by just 812 votes out of 1.5 million total votes. That triggered an automatic recount, which showed a net shift of 25 votes against the initiative. Proponents of the measure tried to prolong the… Read more »

Big crowds at Nebraska Power Farming Show

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The Nebraska Power Farming Show at the Lancaster Events Center in Lincoln has become one of the most popular winter farm shows in the region. We attended the first day of the show on Tuesday and visited with show manager Tom Junge with the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association about this year’s event. AUDIO: Tom Junge… Read more »

More food for thought on the new farm programs

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Most farmers have begun the process of analyzing the new farm programs, trying to decide which options will work best for them. At the recent Iowa Farm Bureau annual meeting, we discussed those new programs with Dave Miller, director of research and commodity services for Iowa Farm Bureau. Miller says there are three basic questions… Read more »

NCBA applauds ag-related provisions in spending bill

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is applauding agriculture-related provisions included in the omnibus spending bill in Congress. Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs for NCBA, says the provision they’re most proud of requires EPA and the Corps of Engineers to rescind the interpretative rule that was part of the Waters of the U.S. proposal…. Read more »

NCGA president on WOTUS, EPA, biotech and China

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National Corn Growers Association president Chip Bowling, who farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed of southern Maryland, was in Nebraska last week for the annual meeting of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association. In this interview with Brownfield, Bowling talks about the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, the Chesapeake Bay mandate that he operates under, and… Read more »