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Agencies commit $50 million to create climate change models, study impacts

Thursday, April 8, 2010

WASHINGTON — The U.S. departments of agriculture and energy and the National Science Foundation have created a joint research program that designates nearly $50 million to develop climate system models. It is hoped the models will provide insights on climate variability and impacts on ecosystems.

Which cover crop should you plant? It depends

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — More farmers are using cover crops to limit erosion from fields, control weed growth, fix nitrogen in the soil, feed livestock and produce biomass for energy. But, depending on an agricultural producer’s needs, not all cover crops are created equally, according to a crop and soil scientist in Penn State’s College […]

Seed vault stores global crop diversity insurance policy

Monday, March 29, 2010

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway — Days after celebrating its second anniversary, the Svalbard “Doomsday” Global Seed Vault received thousands of new seeds that will push its collection to more than half a million unique samples, making it the most diverse assemblage of crop diversity ever amassed anywhere in the world.

DuPont Pioneer to build new research labs in Iowa

Friday, March 26, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa — DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred is expanding its presence in central Iowa with additional lab facilities focused on advanced plant genetics.

Synthetic biology: Can corn learn how to fix nitrogen?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Is it possible to “teach” corn to fix its own nitrogen, thus eliminating the need for nitrogen fertilizer applications?

Farmers can get loans for cold storage

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

WASHINGTON — The USDA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan program has been amended to allow producers to build cold storage facilities to store their fresh fruits and vegetables.

Can wheat producers keep pace with growing global demand?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Farmers around the world have responded to growing demand by producing record crops recently. As a result, USDA forecasts that global ending stocks for 2009/10 (June-May) will be 196.8 million metric tons, up 60 percent from a recent low of 123.3 million metric tons in 2007/08.

U.S. and China agree on reopening Chinese pork market to U.S.

Friday, March 19, 2010

WASHINGTON — The United States and China have reached an agreement to reopen the Chinese market to U.S. pork and pork products.

32 Ohio counties given disaster designation; Pa., W.Va. and Ky. counties also named

Friday, March 12, 2010

COLUMBUS — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack has designated 10 counties in Ohio as primary agricultural natural disaster areas, due to multiple disasters including excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, high winds, hail, freeze, and frost that occurred April 1, 2009 through July 1, 2009. Twenty-two counties were designated as contiguous counties. In addition two […]

We need agricultural technology to feed the world

Friday, March 12, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. — To feed a world population projected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050, technology that can enhance food production will be a significant asset.

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