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Confusion over GMOs must stop, farmers tell a listening FDA

Southeast Farm Press | Posted onNovember 16, 2017 in Agriculture News

Two farmers told a public hearing sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration that biotechnology allows farmers to increase yields while using less fuel, less chemicals and with less impact on the environment. Bryant Chapman, a dairy, beef, poultry and grain farmer in Alexander County, N.C., and Don Duvall, a grain farmer from Carmi, Ill., both emphasized that biotechnology allows farmers to produce abundant and affordable food with less inputs.

Missouri Dept of Energy to award approximately $5.1 million in energy loans

St Louis News | Posted onNovember 16, 2017 in Energy News

The Missouri Division of Energy announced today approximately $5.1 million has been awarded for low-interest loans to assist four public schools, three city/county governments, and one fire protection district with energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects. The funded projects, which are expected to support 65 jobs and benefit more than 439,062 Missourians, are expected to result in annual energy savings of approximately $720,484. The loans will be repaid with money saved on energy costs as a result of implementing these upgrades and improvements.

Wisconsin Businessman Creates Fund To Help Nonprofits Go Solar

WUWM | Posted onNovember 16, 2017 in Energy News

Cal Couillard has been intrigued with solar energy since the 1970s. But, it wasn't until this year that he took the plunge, and had solar panels installed at his Edgerton-based business.  He also created a fund to help others "go solar." Solar energy used to be expensive, Coulliard explains, and therefore, only people who wanted to be green jumped aboard. Now, he says, prices have dropped dramatically and it makes sense financially.

Long-term Study Finds That the Pesticide Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer

The Scientist | Posted onNovember 16, 2017 in Agriculture News

A new study has found no conclusive link between exposure to glyphosate—the main ingredient in a popular weedkiller—and cancer. The new study, which was seen by Reuters, draws on long-term data collected through the Agricultural Health Study. This has monitored the health of nearly 90,000 people in Iowa and North Carolina from 1993 to 2010, including farmers licensed to apply pesticides to their crops, and their spouses. The researchers tell Reuters that among more than 54,000 pesticide applications taken into account in the study, 83 percent contained glyphosate.

Are there antibiotics in my meat? Let’s clear the confusion

Huffington Post | Posted onNovember 16, 2017 in Agriculture, Food News

I was stunned to hear a mother express guilt about being “unable to afford meat that doesn’t have antibiotics in it.”I wondered how many parents who are trying to provide the best for their children have the misconception that their kids are consuming large doses of antibiotics because they can’t afford meat labeled “antibiotic free.”One look at common questions being asked on Internet search engines tells us this misconception is distressingly common: “Are there antibiotics in my meat?” “Why is it bad to eat meat with antibiotics?”There is one undeniable fact that should bring comfort to p

NC:Suit seeks to stop new union limits around farm operations | Posted onNovember 16, 2017 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

North Carolina's only farmworker union is challenging a law limiting organized labor's activities in and around the state's vegetable and tobacco fields and other agricultural operations. Their lawsuit filed Wednesday called the restrictions unconstitutional and discriminatory.A last-minute House amendment inserted into the General Assembly's annual farm law last summer prohibits farming operations from collecting union dues from workers. It also blocks any future legal settlements requiring a farm to enter into a collective bargaining agreement.

Monsanto, U.S. farm groups sue California over glyphosate warnings

Reuters | Posted onNovember 16, 2017 in Agriculture News

Monsanto Co and U.S. farm groups sued California on Wednesday to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing the widely used weed killer glyphosate, which the company sells to farmers to apply to its genetically engineered crops.

Ten Percent Expect Farm Foreclosures to Pose Greatest Banking Threat

Creighton University Economic Outlook | Posted onNovember 16, 2017 in Agriculture News

Survey Results at a Glance: The overall index improved from September’s reading, but remained below growth neutral.  For the 47th straight month, average farmland prices declined across the 10-state region. For the 50th straight month, the agriculture equipment sales index fell below growth neutral.Almost one in 10 bankers expect farm foreclosuresto be the greatest challenge to banking operations over the next five years. Almost one-half of bankers report that current corn prices are below break-even for cash renting farmers in their area.

Toxic algae: Once a nuisance, now a severe nationwide threat

The Spokesman Review | Posted onNovember 16, 2017 in News

Algae are essential to food chains, but these tiny plants and bacteria sometimes multiply out of control. Within the past decade, outbreaks have been reported in every state, a trend likely to accelerate as climate change boosts water temperatures. “It’s a big, pervasive threat that we as a society are not doing nearly enough to solve,” said Don Scavia, a University of Michigan environmental scientist. “If we increase the amount of toxic algae in our drinking water supply, it’s going to put people’s health at risk. Even if it’s not toxic, people don’t want to go near it.

MI Soybean Farmers Partner with Midland County to Promote Better Rural Bridge Evaluation and Management | Posted onNovember 16, 2017 in Agriculture, Rural News

 Michigan farmers depend upon rural bridges to efficiently deliver their commodities to the local elevator or processing facility. The structural integrity of this infrastructure is essential to farmer profitability. Unfortunately, an increasing number of rural bridges in the state are load limited, requiring vehicles transporting agricultural commodities to detour - often at significant distances. This results in additional costs being inserted in the nation's food delivery system and diminished profitability for Michigan farmers.