FBI workshop and outreach programs

From: AGprofessional

FBI workshop and outreach programs,” please change the whole description to “A Chemical Facility Outreach Exchange and a Chemical Retailer Awareness Workshop will be conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Indianapolis. The June 16 and 17 exchange and workshop are  the last of three such information sessions being held in the nation this spring. One is specific for chemical facilities management and the other for chemical retailers.

The exchange program will be held June 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the IUPUI Innovation Center, 351 West 10th Street, Suite 100 (Ice Miller Room), Indianapolis, Ind.

Cuomo forms agricultural task force, calls on DEC to streamline pesticide regulations

From: Auburn Citizen

In the coming year, area farmers will spend less time poring over administrative details and more time in the field growing crops and raising livestock.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that New York farmers will operate under streamlined pesticide registration process and certification regulations.

In assembling the “first ever” Strategic Interagency Task Force on Lessening Obstacles to Agriculture, comprised of state government and agriculture industry leadership, Cuomo aimed to refine “regulatory burdens” placed on farmers, he said in a news releas

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Ag groups respond favorably to National Pollinator Strategy

From: AgProfessional

By Colleen Scherer, managing editor

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Agricultural Retailers Association

The Agricultural Retailers Association applauded the announcement of the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and other Pollinators and the companion Pollinator Research Action Plan, released Tuesday by President Barack Obama’s Pollinator Health Task Force.

“ARA and our members understand the importance of pollinators in growing crops and sustaining plant life,” said Richard Gupton, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for ARA. “We applaud President Obama and members of the Pollinator Health Task Force for also recognizing that pesticides play a critical part in agricultural production and the health of our society.”

Local students win OSU scholarships

Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Craig Berning, Jordan Fledderjohann and Summer McCracken.

From: Sydney Daily News

COLUMBUS — The Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at the Ohio State University has announced that three local students have been awarded scholarships.

Craig Berning of Anna, has been awarded the Ohio Farm Bureau Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Berning, son of Pam and Doug Berning, is a sophomore majoring in Agribusiness and Applied Economics. He is a member of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Ambassadors, Undergraduate Student Government, CFAES Student Council, FarmHouse Fraternity and Alpha Zeta Partners Agricultural Honorary. A 2013 graduate of Anna High School, Berning plans to spend his summer interning with the Agricultural Retailers Association in Washington, D.C., doing legislative relations work, communications and marketing tasks, as well as working with programming efforts with their members.

Regulation by Retailers

From: National Review

Stupid-Strategy Sweepstakes: Home Depot vs. Lowe’s

by Jeff Stier & Henry I. Miller

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Determined not to lag in the Stupid-Strategy Sweepstakes, Lowe’s announced not only that it will follow Home Depot’s lead on phthalates, but also that it will phase out the sale of products that contain neonicotinoid pesticides — which are widely used on turf and ornamental products as well as on corn and soybean seeds — supposedly because of their adverse effects on pollinators. “Lowe’s will include greater organic and non-neonic product selections, work with growers to eliminate the use of neonic pesticides on bee-attractive plants it sells and educate customers and employees through in-store and online resources,” the company said.

Monsanto exec: Benefits of GM crops large, significant

From: Midwest Producer

By Barb Bierman Batie, Midwest Producer

LINCOLN, Neb. – Agriculture is at the center of a number of global trends and there are some key conversations going on in water, food security and energy, noted a World Food Prize winter April 21 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Innovation Campus.

Robert Fraley, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Monsanto, was the final speaker for the 2014-15 Heuermann Lecture series. “I can’t remember when there’s been a more interesting and challenging time regarding conversations about agriculture,” Fraley told his audience.

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