Bayer will not release traits without China’s import approval

 Trade acceptance is a highly sensitive issue in agriculture.  Liam Condon, CEO of Bayer CropScience tells Brownfield his company will not release traits for sale in the U.S. until receiving import approval from China. (Photo courtesy of ZimmComm) “At the moment, our policy is very clear.  If our traits are not deregulated in China, as a… Read more »

Syngenta defends Viptera decisions

An official of Syngenta is defending the company’s 2010 decision to release the MIR 162 corn trait, known as Agrisure Viptera, even though it had not received import approval from China. Chuck Lee, head of Syngenta’s corn sector, points out that China imported corn containing the Viptera trait for two years before it began rejecting… Read more »

National FFA elects new officers

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Andy Paul, an ag education major at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College from Georgia is the organization’s new president.  He says there are so many FFA experiences that have prepared him for the upcoming year.  “But being around my friends and having the opportunity to really grow through this organization and prove to everybody that it… Read more »

Midwest ground zero for glyphosate resistance

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Unless action is taken – and soon – farmers may lose a key tool in fighting weeds. Weed resistance is a challenge for farmers around the world.  Stephen Powles, grain farmer and Professor at the University of Western Australia says nowhere is it a greater problem than for farmers in the Midwestern United States. “They’ve… Read more »

Soybean exports top 1.3 million tons

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  USDA reports wheat export sales for the week ending October 23 were larger than expected, while soybeans and soybean products were within the anticipated ranges and corn was below all estimates. Physical shipments of soybeans were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, but corn and wheat fell… Read more »

Margin Protection Program deadline extended

  USDA is extending the signup period for the dairy Margin Protection Program to December 5th.   Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told the annual meeting of the National Milk Producers Federation; “We want dairy producers to have enough time to make thoughtful and well-studied choices.” In addition, the Secretary announced the deadline for comment on the… Read more »

NCBA files WOTUS comments with EPA

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has filed its official comments on the proposed “waters of the U.S.” rule, calling on the EPA to withdraw the rule and start over. “There are so many issues, both substantively and procedurally, that the agency must withdraw the rule and start the process over,” says Ashley McDonald (pictured),… Read more »

Boehringer Ingelheim picks up tab for BQA certification

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Through Friday, October 31, Boehringer Ingelheim will foot the bill for beef and dairy producers to be certified in the Beef Quality Assurance program. The livestock health company’s Cattle Business Executive Director Steve Boren tells Brownfield Ag News that Beef Quality Assurance education aligns with Boehringer Ingelheim’s focus of preventing disease in cattle. “Things like… Read more »

Texas, USDA authorities work to contain cattle ticks

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The USDA and Texas state authorities have established a temporary preventative quarantine zone in the far southern tip of Texas following the discovery of cattle fever ticks outside that state’s permanent quarantine area. “We have now seven infested premises that we found just in the last few months,” said Dr. Dee Ellis, Texas State Veterinarian,… Read more »

Cattle placements up 1%

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  USDA’s cattle on feed numbers came out close to pre-report expectations and, as expected, showed an increase in placements. During September, placements of cattle in to the feedlots were 2.071 million head, up 1% on the year, thanks to the record cash prices and lower feed costs. Most of the placements were on heavier… Read more »