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Friday Favorites: Top five AGDAILY stories Aug. 11- 17

· August 18, 2017

The top five AGDAILY stories of the week … did you follow the action? This week the Farm Babe examines corn versus grass fed beef, we get into the dicamba debate, and a woman writes a beautiful anthem in response to a dairy closing. Don’t miss a moment at AGDAILY. Sign up and push your […]

Could silicon in the soil be key to fending off insect pests?

· August 18, 2017

To help plants better fend off insect pests, researchers are arming them with silicon. The University of Delaware’s Ivan Hiltpold and researchers from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University in Australia are examining the addition of silicon to the soil to see if it will help strengthen plants against potential predators. […]

Shorter pig exhibits at fairs could cut down flu outbreaks

· August 18, 2017

The pig-to-person spread of the flu at fairs continues to be a concern — just this week a child in North Dakota and a child in Ohio contracted influenza from pig exhibits at the fair. However, a new study shows protective measures, including cutting the length of time pigs and people congregate, makes good sense […]

More U.S. rice to head south after Colombia trade agreement

· August 18, 2017

U.S. rice will have more market access to the fourth largest country in South America now after a new agreement with the government of Colombia. A previous agreement in 2012 between both countries enabled exports of U.S. paddy rice to Colombia, but under strict and costly requirements related to phytosanitary concerns. The new agreement lifts […]

Michigan Amish teen dies after electrocution on farm

· August 17, 2017

Our thoughts go out to this Michigan community after a 19-year-old Amish teen was electrocuted in a fatal farm accident. According to the Clare County Review, Alvin James Yoder was trying clear a 20-foot high grain tank on his farm with a metal pipe when he touched a 5,000 volt power line above. He died […]

American Farm Bureau: Modernize NAFTA, not dismantle it

· August 17, 2017

NAFTA re-negotiations should aim to modernize the agreement, rather than dismantle it. That was the message the American Farm Bureau Federation, The Canadian Federation of Agriculture and Mexico’s Consejo Nacional Agropecuario sent to Canadian, United States and Mexican government officials this week. The AFBF, CFA, and CNA agree that agriculture represents one of NAFTA’s biggest […]

Monsanto gains access to ToolGen CRISPR platform

· August 17, 2017

Monsanto and ToolGen, a biotechnology company specializing in genome editing, have reached a global licensing agreement for the use of ToolGen’s CRISPR technology platform to develop agricultural products. ToolGen is an early pioneer in gene editing research. The license provides Monsanto with access to ToolGen’s comprehensive suite of CRISPR intellectual property for use in plants. […]

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