Growing First State agricultural opportunity celebrated at Delaware State Fair

From: State of Delaware

HARRINGTON – Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Perdue Farms Chairman & CEO Jim Perdue, and DuPont Pioneer representatives celebrated a venture today that is increasing economic opportunity for Delaware farmers and creating healthier foods for consumers.

In remarks at the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Education Building at the Delaware State Fair, officials and company executives shared the successes and plans for future growth of DuPont Pioneer’s Plenish brand high-oleic soybean oil, a soy-based trans fat-free alternative for food companies and for foodservice operators. Plans call for Perdue AgriBusiness to grow more beans for DuPont’s oil, partly by contracting with Delaware growers to produce 40,000 acres of high-oleic soybeans within five years, up from 6,000 acres today.

Release of new Security Vulnerability Assessment

From: AgProfessional

From: Agricultural Retailers Association, Asmark Institute  

With more than 230 changes and 25 new questions, many focused on transportation issues, the Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) Version 2.0 is an overhaul to the original to better serve ag retailers. The revised assessment, developed by the Asmark Institute in conjunction with the Agricultural Retailers Association, was recently released for use by the agricultural retail sector.

The SVA is a web-based tool developed specifically for facilities to identify and assess potential security threats, risks and vulnerabilities. Given the heightened awareness of terrorism since 2001, hardening security at agricultural facilities continues to be a priority.

OECD and FAO see lower farm prices; livestock and biofuels outpacing crop production

From: OECD 

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11/07/2014 – The recent fall in prices of major crops is expected to continue over the next two years before stabilising at levels above the pre-2008 period, but markedly below recent peaks, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook produced by the OECD and FAO. 

Demand for agricultural products is expected to remain firm while expanding at lower rates than in the past decade. Cereals are still at the core of what people eat, but diets are becoming higher in protein, fats and sugar in many parts of the world, as incomes rise and urbanisation increases. 

New agricultural technology simplifies local farmers’ workload

From: The Exponent

By REED SELLERS Summer Reporter

Unmanned aerial vehicles have increased in popularity and Purdue is at the forefront of the technology.

Katy Rainey, an assistant professor of agronomy at Purdue, said the engineering department has been flying unmanned aerial vehicles at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education for several years. Just recently, the engineering department has partnered with the agronomy department to research the use of drones for farm surveillance.

Rainey outlined one method for how drones can be used on a farm.

U.S. Arrests Second Chinese Citizen in Seed-Theft Case

From: Wall Street Journal

Woman Allegedly Part of Scheme to Steal Corn Seed Developed by Monsanto, DuPont, LG Seeds

By Jacob Bunge

U.S. authorities arrested a second Chinese citizen in connection with an alleged conspiracy to steal high-tech corn seed developed by U.S. agricultural companies.

Mo Yun was arrested in Los Angeles on Tuesday and charged in an indictment Wednesday with participating in a five-year scheme to dig up seeds and steal ears of corn developed by Monsanto Co., DuPont Co. and LG Seeds and ship them back to Beijing for the benefit of a Chinese seed company, according to U.S. officials. 

NCSU alum cultivates new brand of technology-based agriculture

From: Triangle BizBlog

He graduated from North Carolina State University with a master’s degree in agriculture when computers were chunky boxes and cell phones were considered advanced technology.

But now at 43 years old, Bo Stone is using GPS technology to improve the way he manages crops on his farm in the town of Rowland, North Carolina.

Through the use of GPS technology, Stone and his family take aerial photographs and download those maps onto computers to create management zones based on the different soil types.

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