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GMO-Free Peanut Butter: A Press Release About Nothing

April 2, 2012
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Peanut Butter & Co., a New York-based specialty and natural foods processor, announced today that it had received the non-GMO certification for 9 of its peanut-based products. Meaning, no genetically altered plants were used in the production of the product. Since, to my knowledge, no GMO peanuts are currently being grown, this is kind...

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Looks Like I Need A Bigger Frydaddy: Cooking Oil To Biodiesel

March 27, 2012
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Louisiana State University continues providing information to people who are interested in converting used vegetable oil into biodiesel. An advanced seminar is planned for April 26 in Baton Rouge. Here are excerpts from a press release… A one-day comprehensive workshop on how to make biodiesel from used vegetable oil will be offered in Baton...

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Pad-Type Computers: How Are You Using Them On The Farm?

January 17, 2012
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Pad-Type Computers: How Are You Using Them On The Farm?

More farmers will likely be carrying pad-type computers into the field in 2012. One indication: the number of people accessing our main web site on pads made a rather dramatic jump during the week after Christmas. A portion of that sudden jump probably can be attributed to folks either received pads as Christmas presents...

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Calling All Nematodes? Research May Offer Ways To Lure Pests To Their Deaths

January 17, 2012
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Calling All Nematodes? Research May Offer Ways To Lure Pests To Their Deaths

Will it someday be possible to lure nematodes to their death? That scenario seems vaguely possible now that researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University have identified, for the first time, the chemical signals that promote aggregations among one species of nematodes. Aggregation means that...

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LSU Biologist Leads Team That Finds World’s Smallest Vertebrate

January 12, 2012
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Researchers have found two new frog species in New Guinea, one of which is the new smallest known vertebrate on Earth, with a body size of less than a third of an inch. The research team was led by Christopher Austin of Louisiana State University. Austin, an associate professor of biology, also is head...

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Diesel Thieves Caught On Game Cam. Recognize ‘Em?

December 14, 2011
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Several farmers I know have kicked around the idea of using infrared trail/game cameras to capture photos of people stealing from them. So far, the only one I know who has followed through on the plan is a friend in Sweden, Matts Pettersson, who posted this photo on my favorite ag forum, NewAgTalk.Com. These...

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Where Mules Plowed – A Time Capsule, Of Sorts, Reappears After The 2011 Delta Flood

December 7, 2011
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Elton Robinson with Delta Farm Press wrote a touching article about a cotton field — silted over by the 1927 flood — becoming visible again after the flood of 2011 receded. It was a bit like a view into the past, temporarily revealed after the flood of this century.    

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Venerable National Cotton Council Building In Memphis Will Become Apartments

December 6, 2011
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The 59-year-old National Cotton Council Building in the Midtown section of Memphis will be converted into an apartment complex, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported this morning. The National Cotton Council (NCC) moved from the 59-year-old building several years ago during a period of staff reductions and took up residence in an outlying part of...

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MANA Poised To Run With The Big Dogs?

December 4, 2011
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With its recent purchase of 60% of the stock in Makhteshim Agan Group (MAI), the Chinese ag chemical industry gained a potential marketing arm in the U.S. where MAI operates through MANA, its stateside subsidiary. If Chinese researchers have new chemicals in the pipeline – a likely situation – MANA provides an established marketing...

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Palm Oil Industry Far From Hitting Sustainability Deadline By 2015

December 4, 2011
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The palm oil industry is having a tough time hitting a sustainability target set for 2015 by multinational food companies. After that, the firms will only buy the oil from verified, sustainable sources. As Sara Schonhardt reports today in the New York Times, palm oil producers will have to push harder in the next...

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