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Posted by Brian Allmer on January 9, 2013

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“Peterson Has No Plans to Work on Farm Bill Without Commitment from Leadership”

House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson doesn’t intend to markup a new farm bill until the House leadership guarantees farm policy legislation will be debated on the floor this year. Without that commitment – Peterson said Democrats won’t work on a bill. House Ag Chair Frank Lucas has said he would also like a commitment from the leaders in both chambers that a farm bill will come to a vote this year. But he added that he doesn’t see how a farm bill markup can take place at the same time as the next swarm is swirling over the debt ceiling and everything else. Peterson has suggested additional extensions of current law may be needed until the impasse with leadership is resolved.


“Meteorologists See Possibility for Modest Drought Relief”

An agricultural meteorologist says heavy rainfall is headed for the U.S. Delta – extending into central Texas. Commodity Weather Group meteorologist Joel Widenor says the rain should bring improve soil moisture for the Southern Plains slightly – but says only very light showers are expected in the drought areas of the Midwest and Central Plains. The strong storm system was to begin late Tuesday and push into Missouri and Illinois by Thursday. According to meteorologist Don Keeney – Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas can expect two to four-inches of rain. Oklahoma will likely see an inch or less. Keeney is also concerned about threats of winterkill in the Plains winter wheat region. He says warmer weather in the U.S. Plains this week will melt snowcover and leave the hard red winter crop unprotected against a cold snap. He said western Nebraska and northern Colorado could see temperature readings of zero degrees to below zero – which is on the winterkill threshold. Meteorologists at the Commodity Weather Group do not share the same concern.

According to last week’s drought monitor – snowfall in parts of the Plains had little impact on the historic drought. Parts of Illinois, Wisconsin and the Southeast did show slight improvement however. As of January 1 – the report issued last Thursday said 42.05-percent of the contiguous U.S. was in severe to exceptional drought. That was down from 42.45 the previous week.


“Soy Checkoff Now Accepting Applications for See for Yourself Program”

The national soy checkoff is accepting applications for the sixth annual See for Yourself program. The program will give 10 U.S. soybean farmers the opportunity to see how the United Soybean Board puts their checkoff investment to use. The 2013 See for Yourself session will begin July 21st and continue through July 27th. Farmers will have a chance to see their checkoff in action and evaluate a wide range of checkoff activities. Soybean farmers from around the country can visit the USB website at unitedsoybean dot org ( to apply. The deadline is April 1st.

Those selected to participate will visit several sites that demonstrate the soy checkoff’s efforts to improve the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, ensure soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate and meet the needs of U.S. soy customers. Participants first meet in St. Louis for an overview of USB and to see how the checkoff works on behalf of soybean farmers domestically. The group will then travel abroad to learn about international demand for U.S. soy and to see some of the many uses of soy.

USB Audit and Evaluation Committee Chair David Hartke says See for Yourself is truly exceptional – giving farmer-participants the chance to see the activities of their checkoff up close and draw their own conclusions at the same time. He says it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Kentucky soybean farmer Jonathan Miller participated last year and says the See for Yourself program was one of the greatest experiences of his life. He encourages farmers to learn more about what the checkoff is doing on their behalf to improve their profit potential.


“Monsanto Announces 2013 Project Advancements”

Monsanto is advancing a record 18 projects across multiple research areas in 2013. The company notes each one is aimed at sustainably maximizing farmer productivity while conserving resources like water and land. Dr. Robb Fraley – Monsanto Chief Technology Officer – says the company added next-generation agronomic trait solutions, advanced work in the unique space of yield and stress with the launch of Genuity® DroughtGard™ Hybrids, advanced breeding projects that combat yield-reducing pests and diseases and added projects in the area of agricultural biologicals. Monsanto also has three projects in its Ground Breakers® on-farm testing program – including the continuation of Intacta RR2 PRO™ in Brazil.

Monsanto is advancing several projects under its biotechnology platform to Phase 1 – including Next-Generation Corn Rootworm and Next-Generation Insect-Protected Soybeans. Herbicide-Tolerant Wheat and Insect Protected + Roundup Ready® Sugarcane advanced to Phase 2 – while Dicamba, Glufosinate and Glyphosate-Tolerant Corn advanced to Phase 3. Dicamba and Glufosinate-Tolerant Cotton advanced to Phase 4. Monsanto is also launching Drought-Tolerant Corn in collaboration with BASF.

Under its breeding platform – Monsanto is launching Phytophthora Root Rot Resistance in Soybeans and Performance Series™ Broccoli. Goss’s Wilt Resistance in Corn and Root Know Nematode Resistance in Cotton advanced to Phase 3 and Phase 4 respectively.

For more on Monsanto’s integrated yield pipeline – visit www dot Monsanto dot com (

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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