Perdue: Omnibus spending bill should fix ‘grain glitch’

· March 22, 2018

The grains playing field should now be level after a fix to Tax Cuts and Job Act 199A  was introduced in an omnibus spending bill released by Congressional leaders last night. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement: “The omnibus spending plan released last night contains a number of our priorities […]

Monsanto joins forces with AgriMetis for insect control

· March 22, 2018

Monsanto and AgriMetis have announced an exclusive collaboration for Monsanto’s continued research with AgriMetis’ SpinoMetis platform, which includes novel insect protection compounds derived from a naturally-occurring bacterium. The SpinoMetis platform builds on the established safety and efficacy profiles of other products of the same origin to provide a semi-synthetic, broad-spectrum approach to controlling key insect […]

Bayer gets EU green light for Monsanto deal with sale to BASF

· March 21, 2018

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties’ overlaps in seeds, pesticides, and digital agriculture. “We have approved Bayer’s plans to take over Monsanto because the parties’ remedies, worth well over […]

McDonald’s to focus on beef production in greenhouse gas plan

· March 21, 2018

On Tuesday, McDonald’s announced it will be partnering with franchisees and suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to McDonald’s restaurants and offices by 36 percent by 2030 from a 2015 base year. Additionally, McDonald’s has committed to a 31 percent reduction in emissions intensity (per metric ton of food and packaging) across its supply […]

Six finalists chosen in Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics

· March 21, 2018

Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS have announced the finalists for the 2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. Now in its third year, the competition—which is hosted by the Analytics Society of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), aims to address the challenge of achieving global food security by fostering […]

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Oklahoma goat farmer’s ‘raw’ audition wins over American Idol

· March 20, 2018

An Oklahoma goat farmer left Luke Bryan speechless this week with his take on the Zac Brown Band’s song, “Colder Weather.” As the American Idol judges point out, it was Trevor McBane’s “raw” and “real” rendition of the song that captured their attention and earned McBane a Golden Ticket. Last week 2017 National FFA Talent […]

Survey shows only 22% of high schools teaching ag science

· March 20, 2018

A new study has found that more than 80 percent of high school science teachers surveyed think agricultural science is important, but only 22 percent say it makes up at least some of their lesson plans. Sponsored by Bayer in collaboration with National 4-H Council, the survey found that fewer than half of the teachers […]

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