Renewable Farming

Month: January 2017

Lignition could help improve seed vigor, making “seed saving” profitable

Canadian farmers are finding they can increase wheat yields — and reduce seed costs — by improving their grain quality and planting their own seed after cleaning. Dave Sutherland, who is developing a biostimulant called Lignition, tells us that treating wheat with Lignition improves seed vigor, leading to yield gains of 10% to 20% over certified seed of the …

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Monsanto president deflects mother’s health concerns on Roundup at stockholders’ meeting

A detailed report by Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt (visit this link) reveals the sharp contrast between mothers’ health concerns on glyphosate and the continued assurance by Monsanto president Hugh Grant that Roundup has been, and continues to be, a safe and carefully approved product. Jan 28,2017 By Jerry Carlson — Zen questioned Hugh Grant …

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Practical Farmers of Iowa receives a gift: A farm from longtime members

Practical Farmers of Iowa members Angela and John Tedesco of Johnston IA, have donated 13 acres of their 20-acre certified organic farm in Granger to Practical Farmers. It’s the first  land gift PFI has ever received. January 27, 2017 —  The Tedescos intend to ensure the land’s agricultural legacy, rich soils and reservoir of wildlife don’t succumb …

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European Union parliament raises another barrier to new GMO crops in Europe

Twelve of the 28 European Union member nations  voted Jan. 27 to reject the release approval of a proposed GMO corn trait, Mon810 from Monsanto.  Ten voted in favor, and six abstained from voting.  This vote is a strong signal that the majority of voting states oppose further introductions of GMO crops in the European Union. …

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Avoiding TTP can create alternate opportunities for quality ag products

Biodiversity advocates cheer Trump’s opt-out of the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership. TTP purports to open up ag markets but in reality is a cover for corporate governance of multinationals,  by multinationals and for  multinationals. The TTP would be a return to the era of trading powerhouses on the pattern of the East India Company, England’s corporate base for the century-long takeover …

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Highlights and insights from the Practical Farmers of Iowa conference

One of the most enthusiastic annual gathering of farmers each winter is the Practical Farmers of Iowa Conference. It’s starting to outgrow the big Scheman Center at Iowa State University. Jan 24, 2016  Introduction by Jerry Carlson — I’ve been a PFI member and research participant many years. Our often-repeated byword here originated with PFI …

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In agriculture, there are few new ideas… just new agricultural editors

In 1875, nearly 60% of America’s 38 million citizens worked on farms. Wounds from the Civil War were still fresh as the nation planned its first Centennial celebration. America’s premier farm publication — The Country Gentleman — was growing circulation rapidly and covered everything from global politics to recipes for molasses pie. And they did it in …

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Another reason to hesitate before you junk that row-crop cultivator

Almost 75% of the Iowa fields which the University of Illinois tested for weed resistance in 2016 showed resistance to glyphosate and PPO inhibitors among the waterhemp or palmer amaranth weeds tested. January 19, 2016 By Jerry Carlson — Almost half the fields in Illinois and over 80% of the fields in Missouri checked by the weed …

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Ag Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue brings veterinary training, Georgia governor’s experience to USDA

Reactions have been mostly positive to Sonny Perdue’s nomination as new Secretary of Agriculture — except for mainstream media critics noting that the new U.S. cabinet contains no ethnic Hispanics.  Perdue’s selection means USDA will again be administered by a former governor, as it was under outgoing ag secretary Vilsack. Purdue focused on simplifying and …

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How Russia’s non-GMO strategy is already earning export dividends… from China

Russia’s strategy of barring transgenic crops is bearing fruit: Soaring export growth in food sales to China. Today’s Wall Street Journal features a report indicating that Russia’s goal is to crowd out much of America’s $26 billion of annual food sales to China. China’s top government officials are pushing hard to make China a biotech leader. …

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