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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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.


“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.

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


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.