UC Davis Study to Protect US from Foot and Mouth Disease

DAVIS, CA- The Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance (CADMS) in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, has launched a nationwide research study aimed at protecting the livestock industry from the devastating consequences of foot-and-mouth disease. Livestock producers throughout the nation are asked to participate in an online survey to gather data on animal movements and husbandry …

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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Argo Tractors to Restructure UK Operations

Norcross, Ga — December 19, 2006 – (AgNewsWire) ARGO Tractors — part of ARGO S.p.A, — has announced plans to restructure business operations in the United Kingdom in order to strengthen the McCormick product line and global business operations. Specifically, ARGO plans to phase out the assembly of McCormick tractors at its plant in Doncaster, U.K. and transfer these functions …

Becker Underwood Creates Inoculants and Seed Enhancement Business Units

Ames, Iowa — December 18, 2006 (AgNewsWire) As a result of its rapidly expanding businesses in seed colorants and polymers, seed coating services and inoculants, Becker Underwood has announced major changes to its North American Seed Enhancement Business Unit. Becker Underwood will expand the current business to form two new units, an Inoculants Business Unit and Seed Enhancements Business Unit. …

MachineryLink Completes Equity Capital Investment

Kansas City, MO (December 8, 2006) (AgNewsWire) MachineryLink, Inc. announced the closing of a $17.4 million equity raise to support its investment in future growth. The investment was made by several institutional investors, including October Capital, Adams Street Partners, River Cities Capital Funds, Alpha Capital Partners and a syndicate of private investors. MachineryLink is a specialty finance and asset management …

Bio-PDO™ Production Represents New Market for Agriculture

PioneerDES MOINES, IA., November 27, 2006 – (AgNewsWire) Commercial production of Bio-PDO™ from corn sugar is a significant milestone for agriculture and for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, according to company officials. Pioneer is a subsidiary of DuPont which today announced DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, LLC, an equally-owned joint venture of DuPont and Tate & Lyle, the first commercial shipments of Bio-PDO™, from its $100 million facility here in Eastern Tennessee.
According to Pioneer President Dean Oestreich (oos-trick), Bio-PDO™ is a totally new corn-based product that can be used to make a variety of consumer products replacing petroleum-based propanediol.

“Bio-PDO™ is a new product made from corn in a fermentation process and that product is used to make new consumer goods and in many cases we are replacing the use of petroleum products,” said Oestrich. “So, this is pretty exciting news to both farmers who are growing corn and consumers who are taking advantage of these new products made from the renewable resources of agriculture.”

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New Study Finds Biotech Plays Role in Meeting Food and Fuel Demand

WASHINGTON (Nov. 20, 2006) — (AgNewsWire) With ethanol demand at record highs and existing strong food use of corn, some experts are wondering where the extra corn will come from. A new study released today by the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy (National Center) suggests that biotechnology plays an important role in meeting this increased demand for corn …

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.

Merial Unveils Convenient Coccidiosis Prevention and Treatment

DULUTH, Ga. — Nov. 14, 2006 — (AgNewsWire) Merial, the maker of CORID® (kor’ id) (amprolium), today announced that the product will soon be available as an in-feed formulation, making prevention and treatment of coccidiosis (kok sid ee oh’ sis) even easier for beef and dairy producers. The new in-feed formulations can be blended with feed or used as a …

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Ethanol Message Lights up Times Square

New York, NY (November 13, 2006) (AgNewsWire) Ethanol is taking center stage in New York City during Farm-City Week this year. A 30-second video featuring the benefits of farm-based ethanol will be displayed on the new NBC Universal High Definition screen in Times Square November 13-26. The campaign includes the week prior to Thanksgiving, which is national Farm-City week, and …

Turning Pink for a Good Cause

DULUTH, GA – October 2006 — As Breast Cancer Awareness month comes to a close, AGCO Corporation, (NYSE: AG), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has partnered with NBC’s hit show, “Deal or No Deal”, to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation* by auctioning off a special edition, pink Massey Ferguson tractor. In an …

MBIC Chairman Honored by National FFA

(Columbia, MO) – The new chairman of the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) was honored at the recent National FFA Convention as a 2006 Honorary FFA American Degree recipient. Andrew McCrea of Maysville, a former national FFA officer, was one of nine Missourians who received the award, more than any other state except Indiana. Full Release

On-Line Course Teaches the Mechanics of Ethanol

Omaha, Neb. (Oct. 31, 2006) (AgNewsWire) A new on-line training course for ethanol provides an understanding of ethanol fuel and how it affects engine performance and the environment. The Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) developed the Ethanol Fuel Performance Training module for anyone who wants to get to know the technical side of the fuel, according to Reece Nanfito, …

New Leadership Team for MBIC

Missouri Beef Industry CouncilColumbia, MO (AgNewsWire) A cattle producer and radio broadcaster from northwest Missouri is the new chairman of the Missouri Beef Industry Council, which administers the $1 per head beef checkoff in the state. Andrew McCrea of Maysville has served on the board for five years and was elected to serve as the chairman at the October 19 board meeting in Kansas City.