Agriculture News October 2 2012
Colorado Sunflower Field. Photo by Brittany Seydel.
Here are my chosen news links for this week….
● Why is Brazil the new America? Hint: water. While the US farm belt is mining its groundwater, Brazil is expanding production and lowering the cost of raising food. (CSM)
● US farmers using more pesticides on ‘superweeds’ …the annual increase in the herbicides required to deal with tougher-to-control weeds on cropland planted to genetically modified crops has grown from 1.5 million pounds in 1999 to about 90 million pounds in 2011. (Reuters) K.M. Note: 1.5 to 90 ??
● How do we solve our agricultural problems? (Minnesota Daily) K.M. Note: Yes, Brittney, I hate to break it to ya but you need to change your major to political science.
● This year’s Prairie Festival in Salina, Kansas (Salina.com) AND As the annual Prairie Festival in Salina, Kansas takes place this weekend, NYTs Green interviews Wes Jackson. K.M. Note: I went to the Prairie Festival the last two years, but skipped this one.
● Growing farm industry needs high-tech workers (The Detroit News)
● Useful facts and scuttlebutt from the Algae Biomass Summit (Biofuelsdigest)
● Algae Biomass Summit: producers say commercialization is close (Biodiesel Mag)
● Dennis Gartman on oil and agricultural commodities (Credit Writedowns)
● As water levels drop in Kansas lakes, tempers rise – Some question why reservoirs were drained to help barge traffic that has been disappearing from the Missouri River. (Kansascity) K.M. Note: Trying to uphold barge traffic on the Missouri River in a drought year is crazy. Instead, the Mighty Mo should be allowed to return to a more natural state.
● Syngenta’s Enogen hybrid corn receives 40 cents/bushel premium as ethanol hybrid (Farmindustrynews)
● IDB eyes investment in Kazakh, Central Asia energy, farming – Al-Aboodi said the ICD’s agribusiness fund was considering grain, meat and dairy projects in Kazakhstan, one of the world’s top 10 wheat exporters, for sharia-compliant investment. (Reuters)
● US farmers scramble to buy Brazil’s farmland (AlJazeera)
● How to improve India’s Agriculture Economy (The Atlantic)
● U.S. Research Advances Sustainable Water Use in Agriculture – Nebraska is expected to end its 2012 summer growing season with its eighth-largest grain yield in history while drawing down its aquifer just 1 percent. (AllAfrica) K.M. Note: Sigh.
● Early harvest overflowing North Dakota grain elevators with soybeans (The Republic)
● EIA releases ethanol stats for first half of 2012 (Ethanol Producer Mag) K.M. Note: And, yes, ethanol exports are still going strong, or they were through the end of June.
● Sheep reportedly buried alive in Pakistan (New Zealand Herald)
● The process of urbanization in India (The economist)
● Agriculture causes 80% of tropical deforestation (mongabay.com)
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