Technologies such as Headline key as corn demand accelerates

BASF RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (December 21, 2006) – In 2006, thousands of growers across the country made the decision to protect their crops from disease and enhance overall production with Headline® fungicide. In more than 1000 on-farm corn trials and 750 on-farm soybean trials, Headline produced consistently higher yields, positive returns on investment and even shattered world records.

“The 2006 results are in and they show how Headline helps growers maximize their output per acre,” said Gary Fellows, Technical Marketing Manager for corn and soybean fungicides and herbicides at BASF. “The average yield advantage of Headline treated corn ranged from 12 to 15 bu/A, while Headline treated soybeans trials showed a 4 to 8 bu/A advantage in 2006.” Fellows and his team have been crunching the comparative yield numbers for the 1750 on-farm trials since harvest results started coming in.

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When Clearing the Air about Ethanol, Consumers Respond

Ethanol Promotion and Information CouncilOmaha, Neb. (November 17, 2006) – (AgNewsWire) An informed consumer is the ethanol industry’s most effective tool for increasing awareness of the cleaner, renewable fuel. A national survey, released today, found that when respondents are provided with relevant information about ethanol, their interest to purchase increased by nearly 20 percent.

GLOBAL ANIMAL MANAGEMENT NAMED FIRST INTERIM ANIMAL TRACKING DATABASE PROVIDER FOR NAIS

Schering-PloughKENILWORTH, N.J., August 4, 2006 – (AgNewsWire) Global Animal Management, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schering-Plough Animal Health, announced today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has named the company as an interim animal tracking database participant for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). USDA administered an independent review of Global Animal Management’s Animal Tracker program, and has reported the system meets all requirements for participation in the interim/development phase.
Global Animal Management will utilize its Animal Tracker program to feed data into the USDA’s information system when animal health officials are responding to an animal disease. This will allow those beef and dairy producers already using the company’s TRI-MERIT™ age, process and source verification program to easily become participants in the animal tracking component of the NAIS when they choose to do so. Since the NAIS is a voluntary program, TRI-MERIT users will decide if they want their animals’ movement records considered for inclusion on a disease traceback investigation. USDA will only request movement records from participating ATDs when an animal disease of concern has been confirmed. (Full Release)

Pioneer Forage Forum Offers Nutrition Expertise to Dairy Industry

Forage Forum PodcastDES MOINES, Iowa, July 17, 2006 – Dairy producers, forage growers and those with interests in dairy animal nutrition now can tap into the expertise of dairy nutrition specialists at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., through the Pioneer Forage Forum, a new series of blogs and podcasts available online. Topics available from this resource will range from crop harvesting techniques to forage marketing tips to silage analysis and more.

Crop Insurance Discount Moratorium Eliminates Opportunity For up to $120 Million Annual Savings for America’s Farmers

West Des Moines, Iowa – (AgNewsWire) On May 23 the House of Representatives voted to extend the 2007 moratorium on the USDA’s Premium Reduction Program through the 2008 crop season. The Premium Reduction Program (PRP) was authorized in the Federal Crop Insurance Act of 1994 in order to allow farmers the opportunity to benefit when insurance companies are able to …

May Is Beef Month In Missouri

Missouri Beef Industry Council(Columbia, MO – AgNewsWire) Beef Month in Missouri officially kicked off Tuesday, May 2, at the state capitol front lawn in Jefferson City under sunny skies filled with the aroma of hamburgers on the grill. The Missouri Beef Industry Council joined with the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association to provide a variety of activities for the third annual “Beef Day,” including a live cattle display and pictures with “Molly Moo.”

Merial Stands Behind Cattle Gain with IVOMEC Plus Challenge

MerialDULUTH, Ga., April 18, 2006 (AgNewsWire) – Merial announces the return of a program that encourages producers to put a spring deworming program to the test. The IVOMEC Plus (ivermectin/clorsulon) Challenge gives producers in eight states a firsthand look at the benefits of treating cattle for parasites in the spring, including liver flukes, this spring.

JEFF SIMMONS NAMED RAHAL LETTERMAN TEAM ETHANOL DRIVER

Ethanol Promotion and Information CouncilOmaha, Neb. (April 4, 2006-AgNewsWire) – Rahal Letterman Racing (RLR), one of the leading open-wheel race teams in North America, along with Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) today announced the selection of Jeff Simmons as the driver for No. 17 Team Ethanol Honda/Panoz/Firestone.

Monsanto Launches Roundup Ready® Alfalfa

MonsantoST. LOUIS (February 28, 2006) – Monsanto recently announced the launch of new Roundup Ready® Alfalfa during the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. Monsanto Marketing Manager for Roundup Ready Alfalfa Chris Peterson says benefits of the new system can help create greater profit opportunities for growers.

Youth Leader Addresses National Co-op Meeting

NRECAORLANDO, February 21, 2006 (AgNewsWire) – A high school senior from Hattiesburg, Mississippi addressed more than 10,000 members of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Tuesday in Orlando, Florida. Kent Ford was chosen as national spokesperson of the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) for the NRECA 64th Annual Meeting. Representing Mississippi and sponsored by Pearl River Valley Electric Association, Ford was one of the young representatives from 44 states chosen to assist the national trade association in conducting its Annual Meeting this year.

English Praises Co-op “Select Few” Who Make a Difference

NRECAORLANDO, February 21, 2006 (AgNewsWire) – At the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association 64th annual meeting this week, CEO Glenn English praised a “select few” Americans –the leaders and grass-roots activists of the nation’s electric cooperative network. He compared co-op support for balanced, effective energy legislation to the steady and reasoned leadership of great military and political leaders.

Team Ethanol Driver Makes Switch To Rahal Letterman

Ethanol Promotion and Information CouncilOmaha, Neb. (Jan. 23, 2006 – AgNewsWire) —Paul Dana, driver for Team Ethanol, will be jumping into a Rahal Letterman IndyCar® Series car this year. Dana announced the switch today during an Indy Racing League (IRL) press conference.

Strong Plants, High Yields for Soybeans Treated with CruiserMaxx

SyngentaGREENSBORO, N.C. December 15, 2005 ― (AgNewsWire) Cruiser®Maxx® Pak proved its strength and value during its first year of commercial use. CruiserMaxx Pak-treated soybeans showed stronger stands, better plant vigor and quicker canopy, ultimately flourishing into a high-yielding crop. Planted on two million acres in 2005, CruiserMaxx Pak protected soybeans against a broad spectrum of early-season insects and diseases to maximize crop potential and boost yields.

Missouri Beef Producers Stand To Benefit From Reopening of Japanese Market

Missouri Beef Industry CouncilColumbia, MO December 12, 2005 – (AgNewsWire) – News that Japan is reopening its market for U.S. beef products is good for Missouri beef producers, according to Missouri Beef Industry Council Executive Director Steve Taylor. “With the full export market available to us, there’s an additional 50 to 75 dollars per head added to the value of a carcass, so that translates back to Missouri producers. It does put money on to the value of the cattle that they sell here.” (Full Release)