On Nov. 21, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would further delay finalizing the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumetric blending requirements until 2015. This announcement put the controversial program back in the spotlight with federal legislators, increasing the likelihood of legislative activity when Congress reconvenes in January. Meanwhile, supporters and detractors of the program were left trying to understand what this latest action means for the future of the program.
Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) has signed a multiple-year distribution agreement with BlackBridge for its RapidEye multispectral imagery. Imagery sales will be primarily focused on the state of Alaska.
Corn futures continued to creep up with a few cents higher or so Wednesday morning. Slow farmer selling was resulting in firmer basis as the cold weather spurs domestic feed demand. At the same time demand from ethanol plants is rising as well. But export demand is still sluggish. News out of China said the country is planning to build more containers to reduce storage pressure due to increasing stockpiles of grains. December corn futures advanced 2.75 cent to close at $3.77/bushel Wednesday, while May was up 2.75 cents to $3.985.
Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM) announced that the research and development department of ABM has filed a patent on Focused Microbial Diversity. Focused Microbial Diversity (FMD) is the technique employed by ABM to research and develop microbials that will be used in ABM products.
In efforts to improve Africa’s agricultural development and bridge the continent’s productivity gap, the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the 2014 IFA Strategic Forum held in Marrakech, Morocco.
J. Craig Williams, a Penn State Extension dairy and crop educator, is experimenting with soybean plots and drones in rural, northern Pennsylvania as part of a $9,200 grant provided by the Pennsylvania Soybean Board.
If we want agriculture to continue producing food, then replacement nutrients must be physically hauled to the field. Although this is clear to see, confusion on this point is widespread and often surfaces in statements declaring that modern agriculture is overly dependent on “expensive external inputs.”