U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona says comprehensive immigration reform is necessary to meet the country’s labor needs for agriculture - but only after the U.S.-Mexico border is 90 percent sealed....More
The USDA encourages farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the current Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. Completed ballots must be mailed to FSA by Dec. 1....More
Valent U.S.A. Corporation (Valent) and Minneapolis-based MGK have a new agreement to manage the marketing and sales of MGK’s crop protection line of insect control products in the U.S. effective April 1, 2015.
The addition of the organic and sustainable product line from MGK into the Valent portfolio will create a mix of unique and valuable chemistries for managing organic and sustainable agriculture.
MGK products control a broad spectrum of insects on many agricultural crops....More
Terry Stark, who has guided the California Association of Pest Control Advisors over the last decade, plans to retire Dec. 31 and return to his home state of Texas with his wife Sylvia.
Stark's lessons learned in the Marines and politics primed him to lead CAPCA at the right time. He leaves CAPCA as a stronger and more influential organization, according to those who have worked with him.
Compass Minerals, a leading producer of specialty potash fertilizer in North America, introduces Protassium+, the company’s newly branded sulfate of potash, also known as K2SO4.
Protassium+ is a premium, high-quality source of potassium with sulfate sulfur which provides good superior plant and crop nutrition which top growers demand. ...More
Westside growers Bill Jones and his nephew Darcy Villere of Firebaugh, Calif. focus on survival tactics through new permanent crop plantings to improve the family farm and offset the effects of zero percent surface water allocations this drought year in the Westlands Water District....More
DuPont announces the construction on two state-of-the-art centers dedicated to developing and testing seed treatment formulations, applications, and seed handling techniques in an important step toward bringing new solutions to growers.
The two centers of the new DuPont Integrated Seed Science Network will be located in Wilmington, Del., and Johnston, Iowa, and will play an integral role in the expansion of the DuPont seed treatment portfolio....More
While unpredictable weather may delay application timing of spring herbicides, more growers are adding a burn down application in the fall to their weed management program.
Though the focus when applying a fall burn down is to control of winter annual weeds, a fall burn down provides numerous benefits for soil health and pest management....More
Evogene Ltd. and Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. (MBI) have signed a multi-year collaborative agreement targeting the joint discovery of novel modes of biological action for insect control, followed by the development and commercialization of new pest control products by each company.
The target insects for the collaboration will be Lygus Hesperus, a sucking insect also known as the western tarnished plant bug; and Spodoptera exigua, a chewing insect commonly known as beet armyworm.
Both insects cause significant damage to a variety of major crops....More
Gowan Company, LLC has announced that its product Captiva, a natural repellent bio-insecticide, has received federal registration from the EPA.
Captiva controls thrips and spider mites and will be sold into a wide variety of specialty crop segments.
The registration represents a significant milestone as Captiva is the first product from Gowan’s distribution partnership pipeline with Ecoflora Agro to receive EPA registration....More