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  • Farm Bureau: Science only basis for resolving trade issues
    The ability to expand trade opportunities is vital to America’s farmers and ranchers, but using scientific standards as the basis to address barriers erected by trade partners also warrants action, according to a cattle rancher from Colorado. 
  • Urgency expressed by trade pact negotiators
    Negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership convened in Vietnam with a focus on resolving technical issues prior to the upcoming TPP Ministerial meeting in Singapore. 
  • TreeHouse branches out with Flagstone purchase
    TreeHouse Foods is buying Flagstone Foods for $860 million as a way to gain access to the growing healthy snacks category. 
  • New bale spear from Worksaver
    Worksaver Inc. introduced the Model JDBS-1480 as an addition to its line of bale spears. It features a bolt-in 52-millimeter spear with a useable length of 52 inches, making it ideal for handling large round bales. 
  • Purdue biometrics research may make them thing of the past
    Some Purdue University researchers are working on technology that could see all those passwords that computer users must punch in replaced with steps such as iris and fingerprint scans. 
  • You can win $12,000 mower
    Through the DuPont Pioneer “In Your Backyard” sweepstakes, one entrant will win an Exmark Lazer Z X-Series commercial zero-turn mower worth more than $12,000. 
  • Farm Financial Standards Council elects leaders
    Jim Kelm, principal at Kelm Management of Red Wing, Minn., was elected to a second term as president of the Farm Financial Standards Council during the organization’s annual conference here. 
  • Grassland Oregon unveils new cover crop
    After a worldwide search for germplasm and a decade of testing and development, potentially game-changing FIXatioN Balansa clover is being commercially released by Salem-based Grassland Oregon , a pioneer in the research, development and promotion of forage and cover crops. 
  • Turning pig manure into gas
    Construction is underway in northern Missouri on an $80 million renewable energy project, developed and constructed by Roeslein Alternative Energy in collaboration with Murphy-Brown of Missouri, the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. 
  • George heads sales for Seed Consultants
    Brian George has been promoted to the position of regional sales manager for Seed Consultants Inc. In his new position, George will lead sales efforts with area seedsmen and grow SCI’s market share in target growth areas.  
  • USDA offers rural grants
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications for grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to help them carry out housing, community facilities and economic development projects, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced. 
  • $328 million to conserve farmlands, wetlands
    Indiana farmers will be eligible for $3.4 million of funding that was created to help private landowners protect and restore farmlands, grasslands and wetlands. 
  • Learning latest in swine nutrition
    What started as a need for information on swine health grew into an annual conference. Now in its 14th year, the Midwest Swine Nutrition Conference targets leaders in the feed industry, swine veterinarians, producers and nutritionists interested in the latest research in swine nutrition and feeding. 
  • More parents choosing organic food for kids
    A growing number of parents nationwide agree that organic food is the healthiest choice for the meals they serve their children, according to a new study by the Organic Trade Association. 
  • Genetically modified foods confuse consumers
    Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most people in the U.S. have no idea if they are eating them. The Food and Drug Administration says such foods don’t need to be labeled, so some states are moving forward on their own. 

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