CRE Files a Data Quality Alert

CRE has filed a  Data Quality Alert as a precursor to filing a Data Quality Act petition.  A Data Quality Alert is a mechanism for informing an agency of the deficiencies in a report which provides a basis for filing a Data Quality petition.

CRE has taken this action in response to the following report issued by EPA:

Environmental Protection Agency, “Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production,” (“Soybean Report”) October 15, 2014.

The aforementioned report indicts the entire FIFRA based  regulatory process and if left unchallenged will undermine science based regulation of pesticides.

Precision ag outlook 2015

From: CattleNetwork

By Elliott Nowels

It took the telephone and electricity industries more than 25 years to achieve 10 percent market penetration in the United States. Smart phones took about four years to go from five percent to 40 percent market penetration of U.S. households.

Although it’s difficult to assess adoption of precision agriculture tools and technology, there is evidence we’ve finally entered the “late majority” stage of adoption.

As 2015 appears through our windshield, let’s take a wide-angle look at other facts and facets of precision ag progress.

1. ROI is Clear

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NEW Cooperative named ARA Retailer of the Year

From: AgProfessional

By Agricultural Retailers Association

NEW Cooperative was named the Agricultural Retailers Association Retailer of the Year for 2014. The award was presented to NEW Cooperative Director of Operations Frank Huseman on Wednesday, Dec. 3, during the ARA Annual Conference.

“We’re honored, humbled and excited to be named ARA’s Retailer of the Year,” said Huseman, who accepted the award along with four of NEW Cooperative’s Regional Operations Directors. “It’s an exciting time to be involved in agriculture.”

Highlights from ARA’s 2014 annual conference

From: AgProfessional

By Colleen Scherer, managing editor

The Agricultural Retailers Association’s annual conference and expo kicked off a full day of sessions on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in New Orleans, La. This year’s theme is “Navigating the Path Forward.”

Daren Coppock, president and CEO of ARA, welcomed attendees to the annual event that draws ag retailers from across the country.

Coppock introduced the day’s keynote speaker, Mike Vande Logt with WinField. Vande Logt’s presentation, “Trends and Developments in Ag Retail,” looked at the ag retail industry from a plant breeder’s perspective. He highlighted how global demand for more animal protein as populations reach middle class status is the key driver for increased corn and soybean production in the near future.