Author Archives: Keith Good

Dicamba: EPA Aiming to Allow Use in 2018, With Additional Rules

Reuters writer Tom Polansek reported yesterday that, “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to allow farmers to spray the controversial weed-killer dicamba next year, but with additional rules for its use, an official with the agency said on Tuesday. “Reuben Baris, acting chief of the herbicide branch of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office… Continue Reading

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Lack of Enforcement at Ports Contributing to “Bogus Organics” Reaching the U.S.

Peter Whoriskey reported in today’s Washington Post that, “Bogus ‘organic’ products may be reaching the United States because of lax enforcement at U.S. ports, according to a new audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General, a finding that helps explain previous reports that millions of pounds of fraudulent ‘organic’ corn and… Continue Reading

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Iowa Petition to Tighten Livestock Facility Rules Fails

Donnelle Eller reported yesterday at The Des Moines Register Online that, “The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission denied a petition Monday that would have made it tougher for animal feeding operations to be built in Iowa. “Petition supporters sought to strengthen the state’s master matrix — a scoring system designed to give local residents input on proposed… Continue Reading

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Farmers and Ranchers Affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma Granted Extra Time, Procedures, to Document and Claim Disaster Losses

A news release on Wednesday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) indicated that, “Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced special procedures to assist producers who lost crops or livestock or had other damage to their farms or ranches as a result of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Also, because of the severe and widespread damage caused by… Continue Reading

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As Hog Production Expands in Minnesota, Disputes Arise Over Air Quality

Josephine Marcotty reported on Friday at the Minneapolis Star Tribune Online that, “Neighbors engaged in a pitched battle against a big hog feedlot in Goodhue County say that four other facilities owned by the same company may have routinely violating state air standards over a five-week period this summer. “Using a hand-held air quality monitor,… Continue Reading

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Dicamba Issues in Arkansas, 2018 Considerations

Pam Smith reported yesterday at DTN that, “Arkansas farmers could see a narrow window for using dicamba herbicides in soybean and cotton crops next year. The Pesticide Committee of the Arkansas State Plant Board (ASPB) voted on Tuesday to restrict dicamba use in row crops, allowing it only from Jan. 1 to April 15 during… Continue Reading

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Manufacturing Start-ups in India Garner Attention

Simon Mundy reported yesterday at The Financial Times Online that, “Start-ups in ecommerce, apps and IT services have swept India over the past decade — producing a cohort of young tech multimillionaires. Their peers in hardware have received less attention, and their expansion has been more modest. Between 2014 and 2016, hardware-focused Indian start-ups raised… Continue Reading

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California Initiative Seeks Cage Free Requirement for Egg Production

Patrick McGreevy reported recently at the Los Angeles Times Online that, “Nine years after California voters decided that egg-laying hens must be given more space, animal-rights activists on Tuesday filed papers for a new initiative requiring the birds to be kept cage-free. “The initiative’s language, submitted to the state by the Humane Society of the… Continue Reading

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Organic Trade Association 2018 Farm Bill Priorities

A recent update from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) included an outline of the organization’s priorities for the next Farm Bill. Some of the items from the OTA outline included the following: * “The next farm bill must include support and adequate funding for the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) to keep pace with industry… Continue Reading

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Dicamba Issues in Iowa

Donnelle Eller reported earlier this week at The Des Moines Register Online that, “About three-fourths of Shane Susie’s 80-acre soybean field was damaged after getting hit with dicamba that drifted over his crops from neighboring fields. “The herbicide also savaged his family’s trees, flowers and vegetable patch. “‘We’re not eating anything out of it this year,’… Continue Reading

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