Growmark, John Deere collaborate to improve decision-making

Fromn: AgProfessional

Growmark via AgPR.com

In an effort to facilitate better decision-making, Growmark and John Deere are collaborating to deliver near real-time field level data to producers and FS crop specialists. The companies are linking FS Advanced Information Services (FS AIS), a suite of precision agronomy software, with John Deere Wireless Data Transfer, JDLink and MyJohnDeere.

Growmark is among the first agricultural retailers to leverage the wireless data transfer Application Programming Interface (API) for its precision agronomy decision support software, making data exchange faster and more useful for growers and its FS company staff. This enables the crop specialists to work closely with their customers to make important management decisions, incorporating the latest field data.

Agricultural Technologies Could Increase Global Crop Yields as Much as 67 Percent and Cut Food Prices Nearly in Half by 2050

From: International Food Policy Research Institute

New study identifies most promising agricultural tools for feeding the world’s poorest

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 — /PRNewswire/ — Increased demand for food due to population and income growth, and the impacts of climate change on agriculture will ratchet up the pressure for increased and more sustainable agricultural production to feed the planet. A new report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) measures the impacts of agricultural innovation on farm productivity, prices, hunger, and trade flows as we approach 2050 and identifies practices that could significantly benefit developing nations.

OSHA Partners with Fertilizer Industry to get Message out on Chemical Safety

From: Fire Engineering

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is partnering with the Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute to reach more than 7,000 agricultural retailers, distributers, producers and other facilities in the fertilizer industry to remind employers of the importance of safely storing and handling ammonium nitrate.

This effort follows the devastating April 2013 ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas, which killed 15 including 12 emergency response personnel. OSHA cited the owners of the West Fertilizer Company with 24 serious safety violations for exposing workers to fire/explosion hazards of ammonium nitrate and chemical burn and inhalation hazards from anhydrous ammonia storage.

ARA, other groups opposing expansion of Clean Water Act

Editor’s Note: Also posted on CRE’s OIRA Watch IPD.

From: AgProfessional

The Agricultural Retailers Association, in conjunction with the Water Advocacy Coalition, submitted a letter to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) opposing a proposed rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The rule would dramatically expand the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Could latest West investigation lead to safety inspections?

From: Statesman.com

By Jeremy  Schwartz, American-Statesman Staff

The chair of a key Texas House committee said Friday that he would like lawmakers to look at giving the state Fire Marshal’s office the authority to conduct safety inspections at facilities that store potentially dangerous chemicals such as ammonium nitrate.

State Rep. Joe Pickett made his comments hours after Speaker Joe Straus ordered Pickett’s House Committee on Homeland and Security and Public Safety to “investigate” the deadly explosion at the West Fertilizer plant in April that killed 15. Officials have said the blast occurred after a fire caused about 30 tons of ammonium nitrate to catch fire.