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The importance of soil-dwelling animals

According to Mary Stromberger, “none of the services that soils provide could be done without the animals that live in them.” Stromberger is a soil scientist with Colorado State University.

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Grain markets mostly lower early Thursday morning

The grain markets are mostly lower early Thursday morning ahead of the 4th of July holiday weekend. The agricultural markets will be closed on Friday July 3rd. Corn futures are softer after an eventful week capping off a quarter where nearby corn hit a high of $4.15 on Tuesday and a low of $3.48 on June 15th. The last time corn got that low was October 2014. In May 2014 nearby corn was trading in the 530 range. Volatility has remained a constant as supply and demand factors are ever changing. The US Dollar Index is down .05 to 96.26.

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Fossil fuel energy costs spell trouble for global food security

Ongoing efforts to feed a growing global population are threatened by rising fossil-fuel energy costs and breakdowns in transportation infrastructure. Without new ways to preserve, store, and transport food products, the likelihood of shortages looms in the future.

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2015 World Food Prize Laureate announced

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh was announced Wednesday as the 2015 winner of the World Food Prize, the most prominent global award for individuals whose breakthrough achievements alleviate hunger and promote global food security.

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Paine & Partners invests in Spearhead farming operations

Paine & Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm focused on investing globally in food and agribusiness, announced that investment funds managed by Paine & Partners have acquired Spearhead International Limited, one of the largest agricultural producers in the European Union. This is yet another addition to Paine & Partners agribusiness portfolio that includes Verdesian Life Sciences.

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Speaker and panel say public ag research is a priority

University leaders, researchers, farmers, agriculture organizations, and the public will need to speak with one voice to advocate for increased federal funding of agriculture, Steven Leath told an audience during the AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. during June.

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