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Are businesses too timid with their growth plans?

Variety in business is generally good, but when it comes to profit and revenue, an entrepreneur’s expectations should be fairly singular – go big. That’s according to business development expert Cameron Herold, who drove 1-800-GOT-JUNK’s growth from $2 million to $106 million in a handful of years. Otherwise, he says, you’re probably selling yourself short.

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Scientists stopping insects from becoming big problem for corn

Funded partially by a grant from the USDA in collaboration with N.C. State’s Dominic Reisig and other colleagues, as well as a five-year Hatch project (SC01700519) titled “Ecology and Management of Arthropods in Corn,” Reay-Jones is conducting ongoing research involving genetically modified corn containing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxins.

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Four retailer distributors gain access to aligned ag distributors

Aligned Ag Distributors LLC announced the addition of four new customer/owners to Franklin Holding Company LLC. They are: The Lyman Group, Inc. of Woodland, Calif.; Willard Agri Service, Inc. of Frederick, Md.; Colusa Country Farm Supply, Inc., of Williams, Calif.; and Centennial Ag Supply, Co. of Kersey, Colo.

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Nature Biotechnology publishes research from Syngenta, Rothamsted Research

A collaborative project between Syngenta and Rothamsted Research has shown that genetically altering the amounts of a naturally occurring sugar can substantially improve the yield of drought affected corn. The research is published in the journal of Nature Biotechnology.

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Ways to cut cost, save water and help the environment by changing one thing

Sanjay Shukla looked out over row upon row of tomato and pepper plants and had an idea: What would happen if he made the compacted soil rows taller and more narrow? Would the plants need less water, fertilizer and fumigation? Would the plants grow as tall? Would the plants produce as many vegetables?

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Water for Food Institute, Jain Irrigation launch joint research program

Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. of India and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska have announced a joint international research and education partnership. The cooperation will provide new funding for University of Nebraska faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral research scholars to collaborate closely with Jain Irrigation scientists on critical water and food security issues.

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Vilmorin would consider Syngenta seed assets bid

French seeds group Vilmorin would consider taking over part of Syngenta's seed activities if these were put up for sale as part of the proposed takeover by U.S. rival Monsanto, the company said on Wednesday.

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Potash Corp keeps sights on buying K+S, vows to protect jobs

Canada's Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc. remains focused on acquiring German salt and fertilizer company K+S, the company said on Thursday, and is prepared to make "binding commitments" to maintain jobs and keep mines running in Germany to get a deal.

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