By Jim Melvin, Public Service Activities, Clemson University
Three Clemson University scientists have been awarded a $1.8 million grant to study gene expression in roots that eventually could pave the way for increased crop production, save the world billions of dollars in fertilizer usage and help rid the planet of a damaging pollutant.
Speculation about the future of agricultural jobs has been pervasive with the recent announcements of mergers and acquisitions. As the parent companies of the big companies in the crop protection and seed businesses cut jobs by the thousands (Dow, DuPont, Monsanto), the questions is how will this impact the job availability for new college grads planning to enter the agricultural field.
FarmNext recently conducted its national summit to announce results from its 2015 Listening Tour. FarmNext was launched in 2015 “to help elevate the voice of young farmers on a national scale at a time when farming, technology and source of our food is increasingly in the spotlight.”
The Agricultural Retailers Association is strongly urging it membership to contact their local members of Congress regarding Fiscal Year 2017 budgeting about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration attempt to remove the “retail exemption” from the Process Safety Management (PSM) regulation.
Auburn University precision agriculture researchers are using unmanned aircraft systems to monitor crop health over large acreages; it's a method that lets farmers quickly address potential trouble spots.
University of Wisconsin-Extension officials want to absorb Gov. Scott Walker's budget cuts by reducing the number of agents and researchers helping people with everything from growing crops to family finances.
The Agrifac Condor self-propelled sprayer was minimally introduced to the U.S. market in 2015. Agrifac field equipment is extensively marketed in Europe and now its sprayer line-up has been introduced in Australia, Canada and the U.S.
U.S. cotton farmers are expected to boost acreage by 6.2 percent this year as weak market prices for competing crops including corn and soybeans lead them to devote more area to the fiber, an industry group concluded after a survey.