U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced bi-partisan and bi-cameral legislation eliminating a burdensome regulation that requires agriculture industry professionals to obtain a hazardous material endorsement before transporting diesel fuel critical for a number of agricultural operations.
It finally looks like this long winter is coming to a close! I hope we can start putting out burndown applications in the next week to 10 days. We are well behind the burndown pace of most Tennessee springs where at least some would have burndown applications applied by this time.
After five years of increases in Nebraska farmland values, the state average dropped 3%, according to preliminary findings from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Development survey. The state average farmland value as of Feb. 1, 2015 was $3,210, down 3% from the 2014 average of $3,416 per acre (see figure). Survey results were released today by the UNL Department of Agricultural Economics.
From healthier cattle to corn that is better adapted to climate change, the Synbreed project has made major breakthroughs in animal and plant breeding. The methods used are based on DNA analysis, which allows scientists to identify characteristics in animals and plants that are particularly advantageous for breeding.
A delegation of about 90 representatives of U.S. agriculture concluded three days of meetings in Cuba with government officials and farmers on Wednesday. The U.S. ag representatives were trying to establish the possibility of expanded trade with the island nation.
Rigorous analysis of the structures of thousands of plant proteins by Tetsuya Sakurai and colleagues from the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science has led to the construction of a database that will help scientists identify the functions of more plant genes*.
A recent study simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn residue. The fast-growing energy grass miscanthus was the clear winner.