April 25
Perdue confirmed as secretary of agriculture

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has been confirmed as the 31st secretary of agriculture. The U.S. Senate held a vote, 87 to 11, on April 24. Perdue will be sworn into the position on April 25. Perdue was a member of the Georgie State Senate for 1... more

April 24
Crop Shuttle 3600 series increases field versatility

Safe-T-Pull, the manufacturers of the hitch system and towing accessory to pull stuck vehicles and equipment in tough field conditions, and Crop Shuttle now offers additional field versatility with its Crop Shuttle 3600 cart. It features a self-l... more

April 21
April potato report: Stocks up 6 percent from 2016

The USDA-National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) released its April 1 potato stocks report. The 13 major potato states held 133 million cwt. of potatoes in storage April 1, up 6 percent from April 1, 2016. Potatoes in storage accounted for 33 ... more

April 20
Food, conservation groups collaborate on soil health

General Mills has made a three-year, $2 million commitment to The Nature Conservancy, Soil Health Institute and Soil Health Partnership to support the development of tools and resources for farmers, landowners, and supply chain leaders to achieve wid... more

April 19
Obtaining crop emergence data with Sentera

Sentera has launched its Plant Population Analysis program, available through its AgVault software platform. Plant Population Analytics assess where plants are and are not growing, calculates an emergence measurement and visually represents results ... more

April 19
$9.6M available from USDA to grow bioeconomy

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $9.6 million in available funding for projects to support the development of new biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources such as crops, trees, and waste materials ... more

April 18
Trimble’s variable rate technology for pivots

Trimble introduced its Irrigate-IQ optimal flow variable rate irrigation (VRI) solution. This pressure regulating technology allows farmers to perform VRI on center pivot irrigation systems with standard pumping equipment or limited well capacity. As... more

April 17
USDA to update GAP Harmonized Food Safety Standards

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is updating the Produce Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Harmonized Food Safety Standards for field operations, harvesting and post-harvest operations. The changes will align the USDA food safety audit ... more

April 16
Bio Huma Netics, Mesa Verde Resources form partnership

Arizona-based Bio Huma Netics (BHN) has recently formed a partnership with Reid Enterprises, which does business as Mesa Verde Resources (MVR) in New Mexico. Mesa Verde Resources is a humic substance mining company that produces, manufactures and sel... more

April 16
UPI introduces two new herbicide products

UPI has launched two new herbicides in the U.S. MOCCASIN is a post-patent herbicide containing the active ingredient S-metolachlor (the same active ingredient found in Dual Magnum). The herbicide is labeled for use on a wide spectrum of crops, inc... more

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