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Diverse insect population means fewer pests in cornfields

Cornfields with a more diverse insect population have fewer problems with pests, according to a study done by U.S. Department of Agriculture agroecologist Jonathan Lundgren and South Dakota State University economics professor Scott Fausti.


National soy checkoff targets soybean innovation for farmer profit opportunities

Maximizing the profit potential of every U.S. soybean farmer means seeing beyond today; it means driving soybean innovation in products and services to meet customers’ needs tomorrow. That’s why the farmer-leaders of the national soy checkoff made driving innovation the center of their new, groundbreaking 5-year strategic plan, which will guide all national soy checkoff investments from fiscal years 2017 to 2022.


OMB approves DHS information collection request for CFATS personnel surety program

The Office of Management and Budget approved the Department of Homeland Security's Information Collection Request for the Chemical Facility Anit-Terrorism Standards Personnel Surety Program. Personnel surety, vetting facility personnel and unescorted visitors who have access to chemicals of interest, such as ammonium nitrate, is a key aspect of facility security.


CHS is now sole owner of McPherson, Kan., refinery

CHS, a leading energy, grains and foods company and the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative, said it has completed its purchase of the National Cooperative Refinery Association (NCRA) petroleum refinery and related operations based at McPherson Kan., and is now its sole owner.


How to fine-tune wheat to diverse environments

A Kansas State University wheat geneticist is part of a breakthrough study that identifies one of the wheat genes that controls response to low temperature exposure, a process called vernalization. Natural variation in vernalization genes defines when the plant begins to flower and is critical for adaptation to different environments.


Research finds soil microbes behave similarly to fertilizer additions

Even though ecosystems may be located half a world away from each other, sometimes they really aren’t all that different. That’s what an international group of grassland scientists, including one from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, have found to be true about soil microbes living in grasslands and their response to fertilizers.


Land values across Illinois following commodity price trends—down

Prices being paid for farmland across Illinois are continuing a softening trend that is following prices being paid for commodities with decreases of between 2 and 7 percent depending on the quality of farmland and location. This is according to the midsummer “Snapshot Survey” done by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers that was released.


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