Agricultural retail group says IARC pesticide findings needlessly alarm public

From: Crop Protection News

by Barry Cohen

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) said that the recent labeling of a popular herbicide as a possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) causes confusion and should not be the basis for banning useful crop-protection tools.

In its second report this year, the IARC labeled a safe and effective pesticide, dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), as a “possible carcinogen,” giving it the same designation it assigned to glyphosate in March.

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BEYOND BIG DATA: ACTIONABLE PRECISION DATA WILL DRIVE NEXT AG REVOLUTION

From: Corn + Soybean Digest

San Francisco, CA — June 23, 2015 —Advances in data science and technology will be transformational and can alter the outcome for the nine billion people expected by 2050 if advances are adopted at a necessary speed across the food system, according to FarmLink leaders speaking at GAI AgTech Week Conference.

“We believe it’s a transformational time for this industry — Ag 3.0 — when the combination of human know-how and insight, coupled with robust data science and analytics will change the productivity, profitability and sustainability of agriculture,” said Ron LeMay, Chairman and CEO of FarmLink. “But for data science to truly unlock the potential of precision agriculture, we must hold the rigor of data collection, management and sharing to the highest standard.”

Google didn’t lead the self-driving vehicle revolution. John Deere did.

From: The Washington Post | The Switch

Google has received tons of gushy press for its bubble-shaped self-driving car, though it’s still years from the showroom floor. But for years John Deere has been selling tractors that practically drive themselves for use on farms in America’s heartland, where there are few pesky pedestrians or federal rules to get in the way.

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“We kind of laugh when we see news stories about self-driving cars, because we’ve had that for years,” Poole said.

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High-tech agriculture allows GPS control

From: Tribune Star

Ivy Tech’s new precision ag studies seen improving crop production

By Howard Greninger

Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley will serve as a state “center of excellence” offering a new associate of applied science degree in precision agriculture equipment technology.

In addition, students can receive certificates for work as an agriculture equipment service technician, precision agriculture specialist and precision agriculture technician.

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New rail study: “Policy must tolerate market power”

From: Railway Age

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For more than three decades, railroad regulators have used the same method to determine which shippers are captive; and, if so, to determine a remedy to limit railroad market power and assure rates charged captive shippers are reasonable.

The process—part established by Congress and part by the Interstate Commerce Commission and its successor, the Surface Transportation Board (STB)—is complex, lengthy, expensive and rarely understood outside the small army of attorneys, accountants, economists, financial experts, specialists in railroad operations, statisticians and other technicians who collectively pocket millions of dollars to represent shippers and railroads through a process so convoluted that only the prince of convolution, engineer Rube Goldberg, could love it.

Moving Forward our Regulatory Partnerships with Canada

Editor’s Note: CRE emphasizes the importance of the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council’s Joint Forward Plan is our Data Quality Alert on EPA’s analysis of the economic benefits of neonicotinoid-treated soybean seeds. See pp. 12-13 here.

From: The Office of Management and Budget

Posted by Howard Shelanski

U.S. Federal Departments and Agencies together with Canadian Ministries have been working to develop new frameworks for cooperation since the release of the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Joint Forward Plan last August. Collectively, these documents outline major objectives for bilateral cooperation over the next three to five years in specific areas of regulatory activity.