COLUMBIA, S.C. — Months of heavy rains throughout the South are forcing International Paper Co. to look beyond its usual suppliers for wood for its central South Carolina mill and turn to places that are known to have tree-destroying gypsy moths.
LEMOORE, Calif. — Cash-strapped farmers in California’s agricultural heartland and environmentalists at odds over water rights and wildlife protections finally agree on something: that thousands of acres of cracked, salty farmland is the perfect site for a sprawling utility-scale solar farm.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Jerry Derby purchased his 1997 John Deere tractor with the idea he would use it most of the time to plow his field, dig ditches and spray noxious weeds on his 7-acre Redlands, Colo., property.
MINOT, N.D. — There are a number of evolving issues in crop insurance these days, especially as farmers deal with prevent-plant cropping situations that involve the unplanted acreage from the previous year.
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told state agriculture commissioners Feb. 5 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will ask the states and tribal nations to administer a new system of animal identification to trace disease back to its source rather than continue development of the unpopular national animal identification system begun by the Bush administration after the discovery of mad cow disease in the United States in late 2003.
FARGO, N.D. — “When can you get out?”
That was the first audience question for ag economist Dwight Aakre, who was offering perspective and projections on the Average Crop Revenue Election program, Feb 3 at the Northwest Farm Managers annual meeting in Fargo, N.D.
WASHINGTON — In what appears to be a boost for the renewable fuels industry and the campaign for green jobs, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson Feb. 3 finalized the rule for the National Renewable Fuel Standard program, saying that the agency has concluded corn-based ethanol is a low-carbon fuel that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 21 percent compared with the gasoline it will displace.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government plans to help the Afghan government develop an agricultural credit facility, Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Feb. 3.
WASHINGTON — In his fiscal year 2011 budget, President Obama has proposed $149 billion in budget authority for the Agriculture Department, up from $135 billion in fiscal year 2010, with $146 billion in outlays, up from $142 billion in fiscal year 2010.
WASHINGTON — Three Cabinet secretaries and a bipartisan congressional delegation met with first lady Michelle Obama at the White House Feb. 2 to discuss her anti-obesity campaign and reauthorization of the child nutrition programs that Congress is scheduled to undertake this year.
The wheat markets for the week ending Feb. 4 were posting 1- to 2-cent gains. The week’s trading range was 20 to 25 cents. It appears that the recent downtrend has slowed as wheat prices approach the October lows.
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