Precision Ag News 4/10

Carrie Muehling

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture published the second edition of Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity Scale Inventory. The report provides farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners with the methods and tools needed to assess the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of their operations. The 2024 report improves upon the methods outlined in the original 2014 report to increase their accuracy, provides new methods that allow users to better quantify the GHG benefits of additional management practices, and introduces several improvements to make the report more user-friendly.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing its next steps to protect people from the herbicide dimethyl tetrachloroterephthalate (DCPA, or Dacthal). EPA is warning people of the significant health risks to pregnant individuals and their developing babies exposed to DCPA and will be pursuing action to address the serious, permanent, and irreversible health risks associated with the pesticide as quickly as possible. EPA has also issued a letter to AMVAC, the sole manufacturer of DCPA, restating the risks the agency found and stating that due to the serious risks posed by DCPA, the agency is pursuing further action to protect workers and others who could be exposed. EPA is taking this rare step of warning farmworkers about these concerns while it works on action to protect workers because of the significant risks the agency has identified.
  • Scientists at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) developed an edible antiviral treatment that can be used to protect honey bees against Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) and other viruses, according to a recent study published in Sustainable Agriculture.
  • The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) hosted a successful rollout event for its latest issue paper, “Applications, Benefits, and Challenges of Genome Edited Crops,” at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO. The event attracted a diverse audience interested in the future of agriculture and the potential of genome editing technologies.
  • The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, is seeking entrepreneurs to apply online by June 15 for the 2025 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Now in its 11th year, this national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies developing innovative solutions to challenges faced by America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
  • The University of Missouri recently held a groundbreaking for the new Roy Blunt Soil Testing and Research Laboratory — the latest core facility in Portageville, Missouri, dedicated to strengthening research support for southeast Missouri producers. This $4.6 million facility will enhance agriculture research programs housed at the center, offering advanced resources for soil, water and plant-tissue testing.
  • AgroLiquid, a leading provider of agricultural crop nutrition products, proudly announces that its biostimulant product, PrimAgro C-Tech, has been awarded a prestigious certification, affirming its adherence to industry-recognized standards for efficacy, safety, and composition. This recognition from The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) marks a significant milestone as PrimAgro C-Tech becomes the inaugural product to receive such acclaim.
  • OPI, the global leader in grain storage management, has debuted a brand-new website customer experience wrapped around the revolutionary OPI Value Escalator.
  • AGCO Corporation, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery and precision ag technology, announced the launch of PTx, a new brand representing its precision ag portfolio. PTx combines precision ag technologies from the cornerstones of AGCO’s tech stack: Precision Planting and its newest joint venture, PTx Trimble.
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