United Fresh Produce Rebrands

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The United Fresh Produce Association has a fresh, new look and website. The organization formally announced a new Association logo and redesigned website with the new year. “January is symbolically a time of fresh starts,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel. “As we move into the New Year, this transition comes with a new look for our association …

Ag Group, Produce

US Custom Harvesters Pick Planning Partner

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U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc., (USCHI) has named Lamp Public Relations & Marketing as its strategic planning development partner through June 2016 to help the organization continue strategic discussions towards implementing a Strategic Plan for 2016-2020. “We’re excited to work with Lamp Public Relations & Marketing as we cultivate outside resources to promote partnerships and collaborations to create our capacity and …

Agency, Custom harvesters, Harvest

New Propane Irrigation Engine Introduced

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The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and Origin Engines have released a new, emissions-certified, 9.1-liter propane irrigation engine as an alternative for producers to Tier 4 diesel models. PERC invested in the development and commercialization of the engine and provided industry expertise to Origin, which has over three decades of experience designing and manufacturing engines for industrial, on-road, and …

Irrigation, PERC, Propane, Water

Bayer Seeking Bee Leader Nominations

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Bayer CropScience is seeking nominations for its third annual Bee Care Community Leadership Award. The award recognizes beekeepers and others who use their commitment and interest in honey bees for the benefit of their communities. “Honey bees play an important role in supporting our food supply, pollinating as much as a quarter of all plants consumed in the U.S. and …

Bayer, Bees

Water Availability is Growing Concern

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A growing population, increasing environmental demands and climate change are combining to pose long-term questions for water availability, especially in the western part of the United States, and California in particular. “I’m not an engineer, I don’t have a PhD, I’m just a farmer,” said California Farm Bureau president Paul Wenger during a workshop on water availability at the American …

AFBF, Audio, Water

Ag Reacts to SOTU

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A freshman Senator from Red Oak, Iowa brought the Republican response to the president’s State of the Union address last night home to the farm. “As a young girl, I plowed the fields of our family farm,” said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) during her moment to represent the new Republican majority in the Senate. “We were raised to live simply, …

AFBF, ASA, Government, NCGA, NFU

Trait Deregulation Clears Way for BASF Engenia™

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We’ve been talking with BASF about Engenia™ herbicide since 2012 and now that USDA has deregulated a dicamba-tolerant trait for cotton and soybeans the path has been cleared for the exciting new product to be offered for growers this year. According to our friends with BASF, a registration decision for Engenia herbicide to control broadleaf weeds post-emergence in dicamba-tolerant cotton …

Agribusiness, BASF, Crop Protection, weeds

Next AFBF Convention in Orlando

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As the 96th annual American Farm Bureau Federation Convention wrapped up this week, Florida Farm Bureau president John Hoblick was welcoming members to head for the 97th in the Sunshine State. “We’re really excited about convention coming to Florida, it’s been about 12 years since we’ve been to Florida,” Hoblick said about next year’s convention in Orlando. During the business …

AFBF, Audio

USDA Deregulates Dicamba-Tolerant Traits

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USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced “determinations of nonregulated status for Monsanto Company’s (Monsanto) soybeans and cotton that are resistant to certain herbicides, including one known as dicamba.” Monsanto officials say the decision to deregulate Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans and Bollgard II® XtendFlex™ cotton “will provide farmers with more consistent, flexible control of tough-to-manage broadleaf weeds.” …

Monsanto, USDA, weeds