How 3-D Printers Could Help Reshape the Ag Industry

From: AgWeb

By: Farm Journal Editors

By Ben Potter and Nate Birt

The media loves to report about the weird, wonderful ways 3-D printing is being used. From printed meat (which reportedly tastes OK but “needs salt”) to guns, if you can dream it, you can print it. But for all the hype, 3-D printing is used in every industry—including agriculture—in highly practical ways. Some day, farmers might even be able to print tractor parts, tools and more on-demand from their own shops.

The Terteling Company Announces Intent to Purchase Agri-Service, Inc.

From: Ag Weekly

Boise, Idaho – The Terteling Company announced its intent to acquire Agri-Services, Inc.; one of the largest agricultural equipment dealerships in the Western United States with headquarters in Twin Falls, Idaho and locations across Idaho, Northern Utah and Eastern Oregon. The proposed transaction was submitted to Agri-Service, Inc. shareholder for approval on October 3. If approved by the majority of participants in its employee stock ownership plan, the transaction will be effective Nov. 1, 2013.

CFATS Program Called ‘Effectively Dead’ Due to Shutdown; Entire Staff Furloughed

From: Bloomberg

By Anthony Adragna

The chemical facility anti-terrorism program is “effectively dead” during the government shutdown because its authorization and funding have expired, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told Bloomberg BNA in an Oct. 9 statement.

Both the authorization and appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program lapsed Oct. 4 during the shutdown.

The department told Bloomberg BNA in a statement that all staff members related to the CFATS program have been furloughed.

The People Side Of GMO Crops: Part I

From: Science 2.0

By Steve Savage

As with any new technology, the development and commercialization of biotech crops is a story about people.  Its a story about people with ideas and vision; people who did hard and creative work; people who took career or business risks, and people who integrated this new technology into the complex business of farming.  By various artifacts of my educational and career path, I’ve been in a position to know many of these people as friends and colleagues over the last 36 years.  Their story is important, but it tends to get lost in much of the conversation about biotech crops.

New St. Marys Fertilizer Building Is Built For Speed, Efficiency

From: CropLife

With its precision blending facility, J.B. Pearl embraces the company’s past while setting the stage for its present and the future.
By Eric Sfiligoj

Driving on Highway 24 through St. Marys in Northeastern Kansas, one structure stands out from the rest. On the west side of town, a multi-storied fertilizer tower gleams in the sunlight — part of the headquarters site for J.B. Pearl Sales & Service Inc.

Upon closer inspection, it’s obvious that the ag retail outlet has been on this ground for several decades (in fact, it dates back to the company’s founding in 1961). And while it blends seamlessly into its surroundings, the fertilizer building and tower aren’t even one year old yet.