March marked the first anniversary of BioConsortia, Inc., with major U.S. operations. The ag biotech company noted a lot has happened in one short year, and it announced field work that will be occurring in 2015.
Mark Schwarzländer, University of Idaho CALS professor of entomology and biological control of weeds, counts himself among the dwindling number of land-grant university researchers who focus exclusively on weed biocontrol.
Farmland prices in Iowa, the top U.S. corn and soybean state, are down by an average 7.6 percent over the past six months and 11 percent from a year ago, pressured by lower grain prices and firmer interest rates, according to a survey released Tuesday.
Research on climate-resilient agriculture must be turned urgently into initiatives to help farmers adapt to deteriorating land conditions, a conference has heard. Attendees of the UN Climate-Smart Agriculture conference, which took place this month (March 16-18) in Montpellier, France, issued a declaration listing several steps that governments could take to create evidence-based agriculture policies from scientific results.
Even during a good year, soybean farmers nationwide are, in essence, taking a loss. That's because changes in weather patterns have been eating into their profits and taking quite a bite: $11 billion over the past 20 years.
Looking good is great when you go to town but safety and comfort are much more important when dressing for agricultural work. Head injuries are common on the farm and tend to be serious. When doing work that involves head hazards, trade your familiar ball cap or straw hat for a hard hat, for example.