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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Stevia – What is it and can you grow it?

March 25, 2012
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I fell off the Google Cliff this morning.  That’s what I call it when I start searching for one item and fall into 10 more that interests me. Subject today: Stevia, a wild plant from Paraguay Stevia is a natural sweetener. FDA approved it for consumers in 2008. Stevia has zero calories, is green...

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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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Wild Hogs Have No Shame

January 16, 2012
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When I opened the newspaper this morning (yes, we still get one) and saw yet another story about how destructive wild hogs can be, I just assumed I was going to read a crops story.  But not so, apparently wild hogs, in the off-crop season near Vicksburg, take field trips to the National Military...

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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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The Beltwide: A Little Bit Cotton, A Little Bit Family Reunion

January 8, 2012
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Owen and I spent last week at the annual Beltwide Cotton Conference in Orlando. Since our crop newsletters, agfax.com, and agcom.101  tie us closely to our jobs most of the year, it’s one of several meetings that we always look forward to attending. The workshops, seminars and press conferences give us the opportunity to...

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Glyphosate Resistant Pigweed: Start With Plan, Add Hoes and Hoods

January 3, 2012
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This week, I attended the annual Cotton Consultants meeting at the Beltwide Cotton Conference in Orlando. And, by the way, was too cold in sunny Florida to even consider sneaking off to Disney World or other Orlando escapes. With a high of 45 degrees outside, I wasn’t even tempted to visit Mickey Mouse. No...

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MF Global CEO Forgot His Farm Roots

December 17, 2011
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There are plenty of stories about MF Global and the $1.2 billion dollars that has disappeared and left many rural families devastated. As if things weren’t hard enough these days! The more I read, the more I kept wondering – what’s the story behind Jon Corzine, the  MF Global CEO?  Is he just another...

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