Friday, November 16, 2018

National News

Senate Approves Ag Appropriations Bill

The Senate earlier this week approved a number of appropriation bills, including the 2019 Agriculture appropriations bill, before heading off to a two-week long recess. The Senate voted 92-6 to pass a bill that...

Northey Sworn in as USDA Undersecretary

Former Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey now has the title of undersecretary for the USDA. Northey stepped down earlier this week from what he called a “job of a lifetime” to join the U.S. Department...

Soybean Farmers Experience ‘Land of #Cropportunity’ at Commodity Classic

What do animal feed, biodiesel, frying oil, adhesives and tires all have in common? They include U.S. soy, thanks to innovative investments made by U.S. soybean farmers and their soy checkoff.  At Commodity Classic, farmers...

DowDupont Ag Division to become Corteva Agriscience

The Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ (NYSE: DWDP) today announced the name of the intended company once it is spun-off, which is expected to happen by June 1, 2019. The intended Agriculture company will become...

Farm Groups Caution Against a Weaker RFS

A day ahead of a Tuesday meeting in the White House regarding the Renewable Fuels Standard, the National Farmers Union and five other prominent groups are urging President Trump to avoid changes that would...

Pruitt and Perdue Present RFS Proposal to Trump

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruit and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue met with President Trump on Monday and presented a package of potential changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard. Politico reports the proposal is...

Plant-based Protein Eaters: It’s About Taste

New results from a research firm shows U.S. adults who eat plant-based proteins do so for taste above all other factors. Research firm Mintel reports 52 percent of adults surveyed say taste is the...

FTC Nominee Pledges to Look Closely at Ag Mergers

The Federal Trade Commission would take a look at past merger deals to see if regulators were too easy on the companies involved. That’s the promise of Joseph Simons, the White House nominee for...

MN Students Want GMO Approval Process Streamlined

A group of graduate students at the University of Minnesota is asking Congress to streamline the approval process for GMO crops that produce food and fiber. A DTN article says the seven students are...

Syngenta Acquires Satellite Imagery Innovator

Syngenta has acquired FarmShots, Inc., a North Carolina-based innovator of high-resolution satellite imagery that detects plant health by analyzing absorbed light from field images. In a company news release, Syngenta says FarmShots was developed...

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