Corn Patent Improves Process for Bio Based Plastics

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The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) has just been issued a new patent relating to the imporved process used in making bio plastics.  The patent specifically pertains to the compound isosorbide, which allows the use of more bio material in plastics and improves other properties, such as a plastic’s melting temperature. The patent, titled “Dianhydrosugar Production Process,” eliminates the need for an …

Agribusiness, Corn, Research

AGree Report Looks at Local Foods

Kelly Marshall

The demand for local foods continues.  In an attempt to support the farmers, ranchers, retailers, hospitals and schools who are working to meet those demands, AGree has examined local food systems and released six recommendations. The Local Food: Revitalizing Community-based Food Systems report shares the views of stakeholders, provides information about common myths and gives an overall viewpoint of nationwide …

Agribusiness, Local, Research, USDA

Alltech Young Scientist’s Now Hear “You’re Hired”

Jamie Johansen

Beginning in 2016, the annual Alltech Young Scientist program, the world’s largest university-level competition in agriscience, will offer fully-funded Ph.D. and post-doctorate positions to the global undergraduate and graduate winners along with the award and cash prizes. “The Alltech Young Scientist program has uncovered some of the best and brightest emerging research talent in agriscience, and Alltech wants these leaders …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Education, Research

Ding Wins National Potato Council Scholarship

Kelly Marshall

The National Potato Council (NPC) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015-15  $10,000 academic scholarship. Shunping Ding, a PhD. student in Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a graduate student who earned the award for her interest in research benefiting the potato industry. Ding is an enthusiastic researcher and dedicated student, who has proven to be a leader both …

Ag Group, Education, Potato, Research

Visit to @BASFAgProducts Midwest Research Farm

Cindy Zimmerman

Out in the Illinois countryside just a little southwest of Champaign is the BASF Midwest Research Farm (MWRF), which the company has developed into a showcase for the latest in crop development trials and stewardship practices. “Several years ago we were farming about 45 acres worth of plots at this site and not really doing a whole lot of customer …

Agribusiness, Audio, BASF, Corn, Crop Protection, Research, Soybean

AGree Report Calls for Food & Ag Research Reform

John Davis

A new report calls for reforms in food and ag research. AGree, a group that’s supported by leading foundations that fund food and agriculture, international development, and health and well-being, unveiled its comprehensive report on food and ag research, “Research & Innovation: Strengthening Agricultural Research,” which includes nine recommendations to strengthen the impact of public research dollars by reforming the …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Research

Allergen-Free Peanuts Among USDA Innovations in FY 2014

John Davis

Allergen-free peanuts is just one of the many innovations in ag during fiscal year 2014 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) says USDA received 83 patents in FY2014, up from 51 patents in 2013, leading to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and potential economic growth. “USDA has a proven …

Research, USDA

New BASF Research Station in India

Kelly Marshall

A new BASF research station in Pune, India will focus on the areas of herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and other solutions beyond crop protection products.  Experts in biology, farm managements, and workers have been hired for the new facitlity. The center will research ares of global interest for the agriculture community, but it will also investigate issues specific to India, such …

Agribusiness, BASF, Fungicide, Herbicide, pesticides, Research

BASF Sponsors Student Space Research

Kelly Marshall

Three twelfth-grade students will have the scientific and financial sponsorship of BASF as they launch their research project to the International Space Station (ISS).  The students from the ag program at Edith Stein School in Ravensburg, Germany have created an experiment to test the growth of plants in microgravity conditions. Up to this point research being done on crop growth …

Agribusiness, BASF, Research

Cal-Davis Tops in Ag, Veterinary Sciences

John Davis

The University of California, Davis, is rated as the top school in the world for teaching and research in agriculture and forestry as well as veterinary sciences. This news release from the university says the information comes from the QS World University Rankings and is the third consecutive year that UC Davis has been ranked first in ag and forestry. …

Agribusiness, Agriculture Education, Forestry, Research, University, Veterinary