Pest Control with Propane

Laura McNamara

Several experts in the propane industry mentioned the innovative use of propane as an insecticide at the 2007 Propane Technology Forum, but Robert McGee with Texas A&M Agriculture Research is the expert whose presentation focused solely on propane’s capability to eliminate pests. In a brief interview, Robert and I reviewed the main idea of his presentation. You can listen to …

Agribusiness, Audio, Environment, Farming, Propane, Research, Technology

Propane Heat Sanitizes

Laura McNamara

Raj Hulasare with Temp-Air introduced the application of propane heat remediation at the 2007 Propane Technology Forum and Scientist Terry Smith with Mississippi State University has applied that concept to his research in dairy sanitation. Terry and I discussed how propane heat sanitation offers dairy producers a chemical-free option when maintaining the health of their dairy cows. You can listen …

Agribusiness, Audio, Dairy, Environment, Farming, Propane, Research, Technology

Monsanto World Headquarters Expansion Complete

Laura McNamara

The Monsanto World Headquarters is now 40,000 square feet bigger. The global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products has completed construction of a new data center in Missouri. Monsanto Company has announced it has completed construction of a new data center on the west side of its World Headquarters campus in Creve Coeur, Mo. The $21 million, 40,000 square-foot …

Agribusiness, Biotech, Monsanto, Research

Dow, Hexima Team Up To Improve Cotton

Laura McNamara

Dow AgrogSciences and the Australian company Hexima Limited are teaming up to research ways to offer cotton growers a greater command over their crop. The joint effort wants to improve technology in the cotton industry in as little as two years. Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, is collaborating with Hexima Limited to test …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Cotton, Dow AgroScience, Research

Boehringer Ingelheim Funds PRRS Research

Laura McNamara

As the swine industry continues raising awareness for the need of porcine reproductive and respitory syndrome, or PRRS, Boehringer Ingelheim continues its annual PRRS research award program. The year marks the sixth year of Boehringer Ingelheim’s funding of PRRS research. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., (BIVI) is again seeking research study proposals on the topic of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome …

Agency, Animal Health, Livestock, Research, Swine

NovaSource: New Frontier for Pesticides

Laura McNamara

Farmers can now access for the latest information on crop protection. NovaSource is Tessenderlo Kerley Inc.’s business unit for developing and marketing EPA registered pesticides for niche crop protection and specialty markets. In 2005, TKI announced an initiative to expand its product line of EPA-regulated products beyond its Sectagon® business. In an effort to better focus this effort, TKI …

Agribusiness, Research

The AgSpeakerers

Chuck Zimmerman

ZimmCast96 - The AgSpeakersAs I promised last week I’ve got an interview with Steve Hawkins, President of AgSpeak. This new company has been formed as the “first online agricultural market research cooperative.” They plan to attract farmer members who will agree to participate in online surveys and receive a portion of the profits at the end of the year.

Steve says that having farmers fill out surveys online saves them a lot of time and makes the survey process much quicker. They’re seeking farmer members and companies that want to have market research done. The company is based in Des Moines because that’s where other partners in the business are located. They all are involved with The Context Network.

Audio, Research, ZimmCast