Wisconsin to run ag trade mission to Colombia

From: AP

Wisconsin agricultural producers have a shot at a growing market with an upcoming trade mission to Colombia.

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is organizing a trip to the South American nation in mid-July.

The agriculture department says Colombia’s livestock industry has a growing demand for U.S. exports like animal feed, feed ingredients, livestock genetics and agricultural equipment.

The U.S. moved more than $1 billion in agricultural exports to Colombia last year.

Besides meeting with buyers, U.S producers can also tour a feed mill. An interpreter will be on the trip.

Bayer CropScience Hosts Third Sustainability in Agriculture: A Bayer Executive Course

From: Press Release

Crop Protection Company Teams with NC State University to Promote Collaboration on Responsible Agricultural Processes


With the global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural sustainability has become a pressing issue for researchers at Bayer CropScience. In order to promote collaboration on responsible agricultural processes, for a third year, the crop science company teamed with NC State University’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Poole College of Management for Sustainability in Agriculture: A Bayer Executive Course. The three-day event, held in January at The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, N.C., focused on developing thought leadership in sustainable agriculture, and featured guest speakers from highly-respected private and academic agricultural institutions.

Precision’s Match Game

From: AgWeb

By: Ben Potter, Farm Journal Technology Editor

New collaborations drive the next wave of advancements

Precision agriculture has officially left its infancy. Companies have layered a full suite of products and services on top in recent years, including remote alerts, geo-tagging functionality, fleet management services and more. Now, data management is the next challenge to conquer.

“Early innovators have upward of 15 years of yield data and soil maps, but not many are doing much with that information,” says Jeff Farrar, vice president of sales for Outback Guidance.

Dairy industry: Cuts could lead to higher prices

From: The Chippewa Herald


LA CROSSE — The dairy industry could suffer devastating effects and consumers could wind up paying more for milk after sequestration cuts led to the elimination of a key federal monthly milk production report used to set dairy prices.

Or, according to some dairy experts, nothing significant could change.

Dairy farmers use the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports to determine production, and milk processors and brokers use the information to judge and set the market. The reports were cut as part of federal sequestration measures.

Farm Leader Jack Murray has plenty to keep him occupied

From: The News Gazette

Don Dodson

CHAMPAIGN — A farmer’s work is never done, if Jack Murray’s schedule is any indication.

Besides farming with his cousin and their sons, he sells seed corn and serves on the board of a grain cooperative and ethanol plant.

Plus, in the past, Murray:

— Helped his daughters set up a catering business.

— Coached baseball and wrestling at Fisher High School.

— Served on school and drainage boards.

— Ran a very successful snowmobile business.

Vineyard drone flies into legal haze

From: Western Farm Press

The YouTube video begins with a soaring journey above century-old magnolia trees that lead from Highway 12 into Kenwood’s Kunde Family Estate.

Winemaker Zach Long describes the estate’s wines as the aerial tour continues over hillside vineyards that produce each varietal.

The images are lovely, the production slick. It’s also likely the video is illegal.

Under current federal aviation rules, using unmanned aircraft — what commonly are referred to as drones — for commercial purposes is prohibited in the United States.

Seed Trade Association, Ag Retailers Concerned About GMO Labeling Bill

From: Farm Futures

Groups call for immediate action on pending Hawaii legislation

The American Seed Trade Association and the Agricultural Retailers Association Wednesday issued an immediate call to action to block a bill calling for labeling of  imported GMO produce to Hawaii.

The text of the bill adds to existing law that:

Legal brief filed in Mississippi River Basin Lawsuit

From: AgProfessional/Agricultural Retailers Association

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), submitted a joint memorandum as interveners in opposition to the Gulf Restoration Network (GRN), et al (plaintiffs) and in support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strategy to deny the GRN petition.

In addition, 13 states also intervened in support of our position. The intervention of these 13 states, which came about through the encouragement of TFI, our members and other stake holders, sends a critical message to EPA that the states will not tolerate federal preemption of their water quality standards.

Smithsonian to share ag technology and innovation stories

Editor’s Note:  For more information about National Agriculture Day, see here.

From: Feedstuffs

In celebration of National Agriculture Day (March 19), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is unveiling a new website where the public can upload stories about technologies and innovation that have changed their work lives in agriculture—stories about precision farming, food-borne illness tracking, environmental concerns, government practices, irrigation, biotechnology and hybrid seeds.

This spring, the museum is launching the Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive, reaching out to farmers, ranchers and American agri-business to preserve America’s agricultural heritage and build a collection that reflects modern agricultural practices. Curators are seeking stories, photographs and ephemera to record and preserve the innovations and experiences of farming and ranching. For details and to participate, the public may visit http://americanenterprise.si.edu.

DHS officials defend CFATS risk tier methodology

From: FierceHomelandSecurity


Homeland Security Department officials defended the risk assessment  methodology used to classify chemical facilities under the Chemical Facility  Anti-Terrorism Standards program during a March 14 House hearing.

The Government Accountability Office released that day a preliminary report  (.pdf) on the program criticizing officials for not considering facility  vulnerability and mostly ignoring threat data when assigning a risk tier to the  4,380 facilities nationwide covered under the CFATS regulation.

The risk methodology is largely based on the consequence to human life that  the release or theft of a chemical would cause or on the consequence to lives by  sabotage, the GAO says.