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SPECIAL REPORT: Need An App For Insecticide Spray?

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have released two mobile phone applications, or “apps,” to make things easier for anyone who needs to adjust insecticide spray equipment. The apps were developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Bradley Fritz and Wesley “Clint” Hoffmann at the agency’s Areawide Pest Management Research Unit in College Station, Texas. The apps are ... Read More »

Researchers’ Objective: Control Lygus Problem

By Brent Murphreee Maricopa, Ariz. The Third International Lygus Symposium was held in Scottsdale, Ariz., in October and brought together the most important players in lygus research, with an impressive showing by Western cotton pest researchers. The objectives of the previous symposiums were to enhance collaboration, exchange current research, find solutions to research issues and determine a management approach for ... Read More »

Congress Urged To Move Fast On Crucial Issues

By Christine Souza Calif. Farm Bureau Federation While Congress reconvenes for a post-election, “lame-duck” session, farmers and ranchers are urging their representatives to work together to address pressing issues facing agriculture. Rayne Pegg, manager of the California Farm Bureau Federation Federal Policy Division, says it is vital for Congress to resolve issues such as the Farm Bill and the combination ... Read More »

Japanese Retailers Like U.S. Cotton

By Tommy Horton Editor When an overseas retail representative sees U.S. cotton in the field for the first time, an important message is reinforced. In essence, it becomes a mutually beneficial situation for all parties. That is precisely what happened last month when a group of Japanese retailers and fiber sourcing companies made a week-long tour of the U.S. Cotton ... Read More »

Farmers Affected By ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Unless Congress acts before the end of the year, come Jan. 1, the U.S. economy will fall off a “fiscal cliff.” That’s when a number of tax breaks and government program spending will be cut in order to try to get the nation’s budget back on track. Because the Joint Select Committee for Deficit Reduction failed to come up with ... Read More »

Calif. Voters Defeat Food Label Initiative

The largest organization representing California family farmers and ranchers thanked voters for rejecting a ballot initiative that would have required foods containing genetically engineered ingredients to carry a special, California-only label. The California Farm Bureau Federation opposed Proposition 37, which voters defeated in the statewide election. “We’re pleased that voters saw the many flaws in Proposition 37 and rejected it,” ... Read More »

USDA Assisting In Hurricane Relief

As part of federal efforts to provide necessary support to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has provided $5.3 million in Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program funds to 11 states affected by the storm. EWP – an emergency recovery program – re-sponds to emergencies created by natural disasters ... Read More »