Insecticide important for many crops

Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from the Review of Bee Health Decline IPD here.

From: Wisconsin State Farmer

By Jan Shepel


Concern about seed treatments like neonicotinoids and their possible damage to pollinators — especially bees — is a subject farmers should be aware of.

Tom Kroll, seed treatment product manager for Nufarm Americas, Inc., spoke to farmers at the recent Corn/Soy Expo in Wisconsin Dells and mentioned that the concern about seed treatments and their possible impact on bees was largely based on laboratory data.


The CAAR Conference 2015

Editor’s Note: The Conference’s agenda and registration information is available here.

From: Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers


Celebrate 20 years of CAAR at The CAAR Conference Feb 18-19, 2015. Hosted at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, BC, this two day event is the agri-retailer gathering of the year. Agriculture finds itself on the cusp of a new era: one where technological advancements, research and development, and industry innovation will have to reach unprecedented levels in order to obtain the goal of feeding a projected 9 billion people by 2050. The theme of The CAAR Conference – Edge of an Era – will explore major forces in the future, emerging technologies in agronomy and crop production, and the impact the agri-retailer will have in this exciting new chapter in agriculture.

Port Disruptions Causing Challenges for South Dakota Ag Producers and Retailers

From: Agri-Pulse

By Senator John Thune

A reliable and efficient supply chain is critical to our nation’s global competitiveness. Our ports are a vital link in that chain, but unfortunately, some of the biggest challenges at our ports are self-imposed and are having major repercussions across the country, including South Dakota. The current delays and disruptions caused by labor disputes in the West Coast ports have directly harmed exports, product availability, and jobs in South Dakota. In particular, South Dakota’s farmers, ranchers, retailers, and households are bearing the costs of these labor slowdowns.

Automation feeds Top 10 at World Ag Expo

From: Visalia Times Delta

Dennis L. Taylor and David Castellon

Sometimes the best and simplest agricultural technologies don’t begin in a lab; they start in the orchard.

Such is the case of the “Nut Crowder,” a triangular scraper that does the work of four or five people in a thin slice of the time it would take a harvesting crew. Invented by an almond grower and manufactured by Shafter-based Nikkel Iron Works, the Nut Crowder gathers nuts from the end of each lane in the orchard and repositions the windrow for the trailing harvester to pick up.

ARA, TFI, EPA, OSHA form alliance on fertilizer

From: AgProfessional

By Agricultural Retailers Association

Agricultural, emergency responder and safety organizations will come together with federal agencies Monday to form an alliance to promote fertilizer safety.

The Agricultural Retailers Association, The Fertilizer Institute, International Association of Fire Fighters, National Volunteer Fire Council and Ammonia Safety and Training Institute will join in the Fertilizer Safety and Health Partners Alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Environmental Protection Agency.

The goal of the alliance is to improve communication between agricultural retailers and first responders regarding workplace hazards and the safe handling of fertilizers. The alliance will leverage trade association networks and the regulatory agencies expertise.