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The atmosphere on Capitol Hill for the farm bill suddenly seems to be full speed ahead.
The Senate Agriculture Committee will mark up its bill on Tuesday, and the House Agriculture Committee will follow suit on Wednesday.
â€śIn the face of continuing budgetary constraints, the 2013 Farm Bill is an opportunity to address our nationâ€™s broken and outdated agricultural policies,â€ť they said.
To many investors, Monsanto is everything that is evil to farmers and crops, given that the company sells genetically enhanced seeds, which are seen as "unnatural." To the rest of the world, however, this company is a wealth-building operation.
It will be a while before we fully understand the role that drone technology will play in both agriculture and activistâ€™s efforts against agriculture. If they do play a substantial role, I imagine the law related to drones will evolve.
A federal court in Indiana ruled in favor of Monsanto and awarded damages to Monsanto of $84,456. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the case, before the Supreme Court agreed to hear the matter. (Read the Supreme Courtâ€™s opinion in Bowman v. Monsanto.)
More than 1 billion people are classified as overweight and obese around the world, while an estimated 868 million are undernourished. This paradox is examined in a new book, â€śDiversifying Food and Diets," which explores the concept of agricultural biodiversity, in the context of the challenge of under-nutrition in many parts of the developing world and unhealthy diets in developed countries.
Youâ€™ve only got until June 3 to enroll in Acre for this year. You catch a break with DCP and have until Aug. 2 to enroll in DCP (and yes, thatâ€™s after the deadline for reporting your crops).
The Muskingum and Guernsey conservation districts will have a cover crop informational meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 30. The meeting will be at the Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Co-Op meeting room, 17 S. Liberty St., New Concord.
Vilsack announced a number of changes and new initiatives to support the continued growth of organic agriculture, including that the USDA's Risk Management Agency's (RMA) federal crop insurance program will increase coverage options for organic producers this year and provide even more options in 2014, including a contract price addendum as well as new premium price elections for organic crops.
Why are we getting so stuck on terminology, and who is â€śbetterâ€ť than the â€śotherâ€ť. And, why are we so worried about everyone who does things differently? If we look at differences under the same narrow focus, does that mean that corn farmers cannot get along with peanut farmers? What about fruit and vegetable farmers? They are differentâ€¦why are they not arguing over methods of raising produce?
Overall, this report indicates an optimistic future that includes some bumps along the way. A couple of these bumps include the short-term softening of commodity prices which are affected by increased production encouraged by high prices from the drought induced short crops of 2012 and increasing crude oil prices.
The proposed database would help the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and its state-level partners make smarter decisions about where to invest time and money,
The key is precision farming: the convergence of digital technology that allows farmers to apply just the right amount of fertilizer and water on their fields. Humans have practiced a rather crude form of agriculture for millennia: we douse fields to give them as much water and fertilizer as we think they need. Yet field conditions may differ drastically within a few feet.