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Biological safety lock for genetically modified organisms

Two research studies are the first to use synthetic nutrient dependency as a biocontainment strategy, and suggest that it might be useful for making genetically modified organisms safer in an open environment.


Kansas to host Central Plains Irrigation Conference

The 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will take place Feb. 17-18 at the City Limits Convention Center, Colby, Kansas. The popular annual event focused solely on irrigation-related topics is hosted in Kansas every third year.


Decisive Farming receives variable rate technology patent

Decisive Farming, provider of a data management platform with integrated services for crop farmers, announced that on Dec. 30, 2014, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) issued Canadian Patent No. 2,663,917 for its Variable Rate Technology process.


EPA releases clean water connectivity report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) Office of Research and Development has finalized the report Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence.


Ag markets struggled again Friday morning

Big export sales boosted the corn market. Despite the negative export implications of the ongoing U.S. dollar surge, corn futures rallied in response to today’s weekly USDA Export Sales report. The 2.185 million tonne total was the largest result since early January 2008, which highlights its sheer size and says good things about export demand. March corn bounced 1.25 cents to $3.85/bushel late Friday morning, while July rose 1.5 to $4.0075.


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