STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Do you get excited about National Ag Week?
I pay little attention to "special" days, weeks and months that promote awareness of a particular product, cause or issue. No doubt they have their uses, but to me they've always seemed artificial and... Posted on 3/28/14 at 11:09 AM
WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are “seriously considering” restrictions in the wheat futures market being urged by lawmakers concerned over speculation they say has artificially inflated prices, hampering risk management by farmers and grain processors.
By Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press
July 22, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Emergency tapes released Monday show workers dialed 911 in a frenzy after escaping an explosion that killed three workers at a Slim Jim processing plant, with one panicked woman telling dispatchers: "ConAgra just blew up!"
The phone calls usually come in the evening after the machinery goes silent on farms across the country. The callers speak of dwindling cash flows, crumbling marriages. Some admit they’re holding a loaded gun.
Across a wide swath of rural America, increasing numbers of farmers are considering taking their lives.
By Miles Moffeit, The Denver Post
June 08, 2009
When it comes to new sources of electricity, few things have moved faster over the past decade than wind.
But the wind-power industry is looking for a bit of stability: a commitment from the federal government that could help pull it out of the doldrums of the past six months by guaranteeing it a place in the country’s long-term energy mix. And industry officials are cautiously optimistic that they’ll get their wish.
By David Mercer, The Associated Press
May 25, 2009
The decline of honeybee colonies has slowed slightly since last fall, but a mysterious combination of ailments is still decimating the insect’s population, federal researchers say.
U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers found that honeybee colonies declined by 29 percent between September 2008 and early April. That’s an improvement over the last two years, when researchers found that 32 percent and 36 percent of all beekeepers surveyed lost hives.
By Garance Burke, The Associated Press
May 20, 2009
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe has created a new company called Sioux Wind to generate electricity from wind turbines that would be built on or near the tribe’s reservation in central South Dakota.
The tribe will own 80 percent of the new company. The other 20 percent will be owned by Dalton Creations of Houston, which will lead the effort to raise $15 million from investors to launch the wind farm.
By Chet Brokaw, The Associated Press
May 19, 2009
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule Monday banning the use of the pesticide carbofuran on food crops, saying it poses an unacceptable health risk, especially to children.
The insecticide, sold under the brand name Furadan, has been under EPA review for years. Its granular form was banned in the mid-1990s because it was blamed for killing millions of migratory birds. The agency began its effort to remove the pesticide completely from the market in 2006.
By H. Josef Hebert, The Associated Press
May 12, 2009
BISMARCK — Roger Johnson, North Dakota’s agriculture commissioner since 1996, said today he’s a candidate for National Farmers Union president and, if elected next Tuesday, will resign his state office.
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