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Corn futures begin week on soft note

Corn futures are beginning the week on a soft note in overnight trading. Friday appeared to be a fairly firm day through most of the session on concerns about delayed planting in Argentina with excessive rains and an unusually large export sale to “unknown destinations” under USDA’s daily export reporting requirements.


EPA further delays its RFS rule

The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would not finalize the 2014 Required Volume Obligations (RVO) before the end of the year. American Soybean Association President Ray Gaesser highlighted soybean farmer concerns with EPA's inaction on the issue.


Federal judge blocks Maui GMO ban

Last week a federal judge said Maui County cannot implement a new law that would ban the use of genetically modified crops. Voters approved the ballot initiative in early November and it was expected to go into effect after election results were verified.


How to fully engage staff in 5 easy conversations

Did you know that only a fraction of your staff bring their ‘A Game’ to work every day? According to companies like Aon Hewitt and the Gallup Organization, this number is about one in five. The rest? At best they are bringing their B or C games to work—at worst, their main goal is to keep from getting fired. This is the employee engagement crisis we now find ourselves in.


First HPPD herbicide for fruit, nut trees introduced

Syngenta will introduce a new herbicide to aid in resistance management, which will be marketed as Broadworks herbicide upon registration. The active ingredient (a.i.), mesotrione, will be the first HPPD-inhibitor for tree nuts, stone fruit and citrus.


EPA requires Calif. wholesaler to protect wetlands

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with Edward Lynn Brown, a canned food and nut wholesaler in Modesto, Calif., for destroying nearly 33 acres of wetlands, known as vernal pools, north of Merced, Calif. The settlement requires Brown to pay a $160,000 penalty and purchase and endow a conservation easement valued at $1 million.


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