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HyMark High Spots: WalMart And Nitrogen

HyMark High Spots: WalMart And Nitrogen | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it

Food companies like Walmart have become more active in the environmental impact of agricultural practices.  "On  Monday, Walmart held its Global Sustainability Event at its Home Office in  Bentonville, Arkansas. The webcast of this event was held online.

This  seminal event focused on food sustainability, and Walmart’s extensive efforts to  manage its supply chain. Many regard this as a promising approach to attaining  sustainability, through corporate initiatives rather than government policies.  Walmart, the world’s largest employer with revenues equivalent to the GDP of  Belgium, is taking advantage of its unique place in the global economy to  achieve sustainability goals.  Walmart estimates that about 45% of its  supply-chain greenhouse gas impact is associated with nitrous oxide emissions  from nitrogen fertilizer use.
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Will Recycling Phosphorus Help Stop Algae Blooms?

Will Recycling Phosphorus Help Stop Algae Blooms? | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it
A new Wisconsin facility aims to clean up algae-plagued lakes by stripping phosphorus out of wastewater.
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The future of plant research: Robotics paves the way for plants

Enviratron may sound like a villain from the latest "Transformers" movie, but ISU researchers are actually using the robot technology to measure plant growth Within three years, a team of ISU faculty members hope to control several different growing environments and collect plant growth data with a robotic arm on a rover.

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HyMark High Spots: WalMart And Nitrogen

HyMark High Spots: WalMart And Nitrogen | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it

Food companies like Walmart have become more active in the environmental impact of agricultural practices.  "On  Monday, Walmart held its Global Sustainability Event at its Home Office in  Bentonville, Arkansas. The webcast of this event was held online.

This  seminal event focused on food sustainability, and Walmart’s extensive efforts to  manage its supply chain. Many regard this as a promising approach to attaining  sustainability, through corporate initiatives rather than government policies.  Walmart, the world’s largest employer with revenues equivalent to the GDP of  Belgium, is taking advantage of its unique place in the global economy to  achieve sustainability goals.  Walmart estimates that about 45% of its  supply-chain greenhouse gas impact is associated with nitrous oxide emissions  from nitrogen fertilizer use.
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FreshFruitPortal.com » Mexico and California agree to improve agricultural collaboration

FreshFruitPortal.com » Mexico and California agree to improve agricultural collaboration | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it
Mexican officials say they will work toward improving product traceability and creating a single-window system.
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Crop breakthrough! No GMOs! Let’s celebrate!–Why advanced farm technology scares us | Genetic Literacy Project

Crop breakthrough! No GMOs! Let’s celebrate!–Why advanced farm technology scares us | Genetic Literacy Project | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it
Are journalists so gun shy about reporting the 'good news' of genetic engineering that they seek false balance in hyping breeding breakthroughs that avoid
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Poor little rich countries

Poor little rich countries | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it
The wealthy economies are in for a tough yearTHE outlook for economic growth in the West is bleak, according to the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook, released...
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April Report Forecasts Tight Corn and Soybean Supply - The Voice of Agriculture - American Farm Bureau

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2013 Prospective Plantings Report: Corn Acreage up Slightly from 2012, Soybean Acreage Down Slightly | Soybeans content from Corn and Soybean Digest

2013 Prospective Plantings Report: Corn Acreage up Slightly from 2012, Soybean Acreage Down Slightly | Soybeans content from Corn and Soybean Digest | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it
The USDA's 2013 Prospective Plantings report released March 28 shows corn acreage is intended to be up slightly from 2012, while soybean acreage will be down slightly.
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Crop prices, input prices: Which one has increased more?

Crop prices, input prices: Which one has increased more? | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it
Crop production is a balancing act between prices paid for inputs and those received from the marketplace.
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Economic Forecast March 2013: Improves But Not Great Yet | Global Economic Intersection

Economic Forecast March 2013: Improves But Not Great Yet | Global Economic Intersection | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it
Last month, our economic forecast was degraded by supply chain shortcomings - and this has now been alleviated in the last 30 days causing the March 2013 Economic Index to improve relative to the previous month.
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S. American crop harvest concerns boosted grain markets Tuesday

After beginning the week strongly, corn futures slipped lower as the  Tuesday trading session passed.  Weather concerns are probably providing  considerable support at this juncture, since forecasts imply the  central U.S. will remain dry during the weeks just ahead.  Moreover,  growing dryness in Brazil and Argentina are raising questions about the  forthcoming South American harvest.  However, one other fact of life in  recent weeks has been the poor rate of American corn exports as well as  talk of slowing demand from the domestic ethanol industry.  Thus, having  the weekly Export Inspections report show only a modest improvement  from the low figure posted last week seemed to undercut CBOT futures.   March corn ended the Chicago session having risen 1 cent to $7.28 1/2;  December posted a similar advance, to $5.90/bushel.

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Plunging oil market is good news and bad news for farmers | Ohio Ag Net | Ohio's Country Journal

Global oil prices have been in a bit of a free fall lately thanks to a supply glut fueled by American shale gas production and a difference of opinion between oil producing countries about cutting production to put an end to the downward trend.

There is both good and bad news for agriculture with plunging oil prices. The good news, after years of higher oil prices, is lower input cost.

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Fertilizer Prices Sliding; Will Soybeans Still Lead Profits In 2015?

Fertilizer Prices Sliding; Will Soybeans Still Lead Profits In 2015? | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it
Corn and soybeans are cheap right now, and barring any drastic change in supply or weather in the next few months, it looks like that may still be the case once spring rolls around. Recent data showed soybeans are heading into winter as the profitability leader for 2015. But, though the difference in profit potential right now tilts toward soybeans "by a relatively large margin," a few variables could tilt things back toward better balance.
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EDF launches initiative to reduce fertilizer use for commodity grain crops | Ohio Ag Net | Ohio's Country Journal

EDF launches initiative to reduce fertilizer use for commodity grain crops | Ohio Ag Net | Ohio's Country Journal | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has launched a new, collaborative initiative to eliminate fertilizer pollution as a major environmental concern in the United States. The effort will engage farmers and businesses throughout the supply chain to transform the way fertilizer-dependent grain crops are grown and sourced.

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Soil sampling to help plan your spring fertilizer needs

As if there wasn’t enough on the fall “to do NOW” list, experts advise adding soil sampling to the fall work load as part of your farm management plan.
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USAgNet.com - National/World News - USDA Invests Nearly $118 Million to Support Specialty Crop Producers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced nearly $118 million in grants to strengthen markets for specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. The grants were authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill as part of an effort to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops and  provide resources to strengthen American agriculture.
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Corporations Investing More In Emerging Markets Than U.S., Europe

Corporations Investing More In Emerging Markets Than U.S., Europe | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, corporations investing more in developing economies like China and Mexico than they are investing in the United States and Europe.
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March 2013 Leading Economic Index Forecasts Slowing Economic Growth | Global Economic Intersection

March 2013 Leading Economic Index Forecasts Slowing Economic Growth | Global Economic Intersection | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. declined 0.1% in March to 94.7 (2004 = 100). Overall, the index value has been slowly trending up, and one month is not a trend.
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Top Economic Advisers Forecast War and Unrest

Top Economic Advisers Forecast War and Unrest | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it
Kyle Bass, Martin Armstrong, Larry Edelson, Charles Nenner, James Dines, Nouriel Roubini, Jim Rogers, Marc Faber and Jim Rickards Warn of War. We’re already at war in numerous countries all over th...
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WTO cuts 2013 global trade growth forecast to 3.3%

WTO cuts 2013 global trade growth forecast to 3.3% | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it
GENEVA: Global commerce is set to grow by 3.3 per cent this year, the World Trade Organisation said on Wednesday, as persistent gloom in Europe led it to cut a previous forecast of 4.5 per cent. ...
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CROP REPORT: USDA Predicts Record Corn Acreage

CROP REPORT: USDA Predicts Record Corn Acreage | New agricultural trends | Scoop.it
No one was really very happy to see snow in March, but it did have a positive impact on the soil Iowa farmers will soon be planting. The USDA’s first 2013 crop report predicts farmers will plant 97...
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