March 29, 2015

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FSA Extends Farm Bill Enrollment Deadline to April 7th

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015. […]

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Graduate student Aayudh Das checks the soil moisture in soybeans that are subjected to heat and drought stress, as part of South Dakota State University research to increase the plants’ ability to withstand these environmental conditions.

SDSU Working on Drought Tolerant Soybeans

According to the National Center for Soybean Technology, drought is the greatest threat to profitability when growing soybeans.  Work underway at South Dakota State University may change that. Assistant professor Jai Rohila of the biology and microbiology department is uncovering the molecular mechanisms that lead to drought and heat tolerance. This will help breeders develop soybean varieties […]

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Voluntary GMO Food Labeling Legislation Hits House Floor

Representatives Mike Pompeo of Kansas and G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina have introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act – which would create a national, science-based standard for the safety and labeling of food products containing genetically modified ingredients. The legislation is supported by a number of ag organizations – including the National Corn […]

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Ag Industry Continues To Contemplate Legal Issues With Drone Use

Drones are becoming more common and their use in agriculture is expected to increase. But with that increased use – there are increased legal issues to be sorted out. One of the first issues is who owns the airspace over your farm? Ohio State University Associate Professor Peggy Kirk-Hall says that’s not very clear and […]

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