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Ark. Consultants Cope With Drought

Nobody ever said it was easy being a crop consultant in eastern Arkansas – mainly because the weather has been downright volatile during the last two years. In 2011, cotton producers in the region were dealing with the Mississippi River and its tributaries flooding to record levels. Read More »

U.S. Goes To War Against Insects

Outfitting soldiers with clothing that effectively repels or kills insects is one of the strategies U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are using to help protect U.S. military personnel deployed overseas against disease-transmitting mosquitoes and sand flies. As part of the Deployed War-Fighter Protection Research Program, scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomol-ogy ... Read More »

Calif. Farmers Confront Health Care Rule

BY BRYAN LITTLE CALIF. FARM BUREAU One of the cornerstones of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often called “Obamacare”) is its “play-or-pay” mandate that requires certain employers to furnish health insurance meeting certain minimum coverage and cost thresholds. The applicability of the play-or-pay mandate is one of the more complicated and confusing aspects of a complex piece of ... Read More »

River’s Low Level Poses Problem

If something barring an epic flood doesn’t happen soon, the Mississippi River could be too low for navigation. Because of the severe drought in 2012, waterborne commerce on the middle Mississippi River is in real danger. For barges to move through the Mississippi River, there has to be at least nine feet of water throughout the navigation channel. Current projections ... Read More »

Deltapine Adds Three Varieties For 2013

As cotton producers across the Belt prepare to make planting decisions for the 2013 season, Deltapine has added three new seed varieties to its lineup. The announcement was made at the company’s New Product Evaluator (NPE) summit last month at the downtown Hilton Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. More than 200 farmers showed up for the event, which gave attendees a ... Read More »

Farm Bureau Calls For Unity On Ag Issues

Calling on the state’s farmers and ranchers to help shape the future of agriculture through the same “dogged determination” they use in producing crops, California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger has urged unified action to address the numerous issues confronting California agriculture. During his recent address to delegates attending the CFBF Annual Meeting in Pasadena, Wenger urged farmers and ... Read More »

U.S.-EU Talks Could Open Doors For Trade

JOSH ROLPH CALIF. FARM BUREAU I have heard it said many times the last few years that agriculture has been the bright spot in California’s lagging economy. All data suggest that fair and open trade with foreign markets plays a significant role. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture just announced – in its words – “an astonishing trend” for ... Read More »