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PHC signs distribution agreement with TH Agri-Chemicals

Plant Health Care, a provider of biological products to global agriculture markets, announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with TH Agri-Chemicals, Inc., for the use of Plant Health Care's (PHC) proprietary Harpin αβ protein technology for foliar application in sSpecialty crops in the central U.S.

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Five sales obstacles and how to overcome them

Veteran salespeople know that while every customer is unique, the obstacles to a sale are predictably the same and occur rather frequently. Once you understand these obstacles and the strategies to overcome them, you will have all of the tools you need to make the sale.

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SDSU biologist uncovering path to drought-tolerant soybeans

Hot, dry conditions can wreak havoc on a field of soybeans. According to the National Center for Soybean Technology, “drought is the greatest threat to profitability.” Work underway at South Dakota State University may change that.

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Global AgInvesting: Ten key trends in U.S. agriculture

Each year, prognosticators put together trend forecasts for stakeholders in almost every industry. But one of the biggest pitfalls to such measurements is that few companies and individuals are altering their budgets and business strategies well into January. For this reason, monitoring trends in the month's first year as they pertain to the concluding months of the previous year can provide a better expectation of the next 11 months on the calendar.

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Freezing weather expected this weekend for Southeast

Early signs for this weekend, Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29, show that another surge of cold air is expected to move into the Southeast, following a pair of cold fronts on Thursday and Friday.

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Ag markets generally diverged Friday

Corn traders may have squared positions before the weekend. After exhibiting considerable strength over the previous week, corn futures declined Thursday and continued sliding today. There was little fresh news, and the financial markets essentially stalled. Thus, today’s corn slippage probably resulted traders and funds squaring positions before the weekend and next Tuesday’s important USDA reports. May corn futures slipped 0.25 cent to $3.91/bushel at Friday’s CBOT settlement, while December stalled at $4.1475.

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USDA extends ARC and PLC deadlines

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.

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