Renewable Farming

Month: January 2016

“Power Grower Seminar” featuring John Kempf set for Feb. 24 in Nevada, IA

“The greatest crop response possible with the least input cost” is the focus of a Feb. 24 seminar at Nevada, Iowa, featuring John Kempf of Advancing Eco Agriculture. The seminar host is Central Iowa Agronomy and Supply, a partnership involving Boone, Iowa crop consultant Bob Streit — one of the Midwest’s most respected crop consultants. Bob’s associate, Marv Mortensen, …

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Successful organic farmers full of enthusiasm for 2016 and beyond

More than 300 farmers packed into the convention center at the AgriEnergy Resources conference in Illinois Jan. 26. Many of them are highly profitable organic growers. Others are “transitioning” toward organic.  The financial attraction is clear: Organic feed grade corn ranges from $9 to $11 per bushel. Soybeans, $19 to $23.  (Here’s a link to a Jan. 20 …

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“Poisoned Fields” documentary offered in full High Definition by producer

Volker Barth, producer of the documentary film, “Poisoned Fields: Glyphosate, an underrated risk” sent an e-mail detailing several links you can use to view and buy this nearly hour-long, professional video which challenges regulatory authorities to focus more sharply on the risks of renewing approvals for glyphosate-containing herbicides. Earlier, we published a brief description of …

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Monsanto sues California environmental regulators to block glyphosate listing as carcinogen

Monsanto Co filed a lawsuit this week against California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment in attempt to block the agency’s stated intent to list glyphosate as a possible human carcinogen. The initial Reuters report is at this link.   The website EcoWatch has another update on the case at this link.   Monsanto’s website has a PDF of …

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Middle eastern food production hampered by water shortages, too

Part of the roots of Middle East turmoil is that many of those regions are losing their ag productive capacity, often because of water shortages. Centuries-old irrigation systems have deteriorated, conflict has imposed massive waste of water, and focus on monocultures has raised water needs. Saudi Arabian investors are buying farmland in the American Southwest …

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On-line eco-seminar Jan. 18-21 has a rich array of presenters

You can join an online seminar organized by Soil Regeneration Unlimited Jan. 18-21 which will bring you the latest, greatest information from leaders like Don Huber, Mary Lucero, Anthony Samsel, John Kempf, Monika Kruger, Bob Streit and many others including Jerry Carlson.  We’ll be focusing on foliar feeding technologies — ways to apply the nutrients …

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Syngenta’s board votes “advanced takeover talks” with China National Chemical

Swiss seed and pesticide maker Syngenta is formally negotiating a company sale to China National Chemical Corp, reports Bloomberg Business. It would give China National Chemical Corp. a new reach into the multinational GMO seed and herbicide market. It would also create a stronger corporate interest, within China, to pursue transgenic traits and related herbicides in …

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Ecologically focused farmers convene with confidence while global markets tremble

Much of our daily media is focused on threats of multinational stock markets and shaky debt worldwide. Ag forecasters fear that weakening economies overseas will cripple exports. But a subset of U.S. farmers are planning for 2016 with confidence — and undimmed enthusiasm.  Here are some examples of what they’re looking forward to. Today is …

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It’s 8 degrees below zero, and WakeUP in your machine shed is just fine

We haven’t found the freezing point for WakeUP — because we haven’t found anyplace cold enough to solidify it. Last night, January 9, the low here in northeast Iowa was 8 degrees below zero, and we left a couple of WakeUP formulations outside on a snowbank to see if the liquid concentrate would stiffen up.  …

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