President Obama Signs Farm Bill

February 07, 2014

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a farm bill he says will ensure children don't go hungry.

The bill will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country while trimming the food stamp program; the cuts inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.

The bulk of its $100 billion per year cost is for the food stamp program that aids 1 in 7 Americans.

Obama says it still protects vulnerable Americans.

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Nine Injured in Chinese Corn Processing Plant Explosion

February 06, 2014

At least nine people were injured Wednesday in an explosion at a corn processing plant in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, local authorities said.

The explosion hit the Heilongjiang Longfeng Corn Development Co., Ltd. in Qinggang county at about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, the county's publicity department said in a statement.

The injured, including three in critical conditions, have been sent to hospitals in the cities of Daqing and Harbin.

Fire fighters were working at the site to eradicate risks of more accidents.

An investigation into the cause of the explosion is under way.

The company, a leading agricultural products processing plant, has an annual corn processing capacity of over 1...

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Construction Progressing at Nevada DuPont Plant

February 06, 2014

Feb. 06--Construction at the site of DuPont's new cellulosic ethanol plant outside Nevada is progressing, with company officials expecting the plant to be operational toward the end of this year.

The $200 million facility is expected to produce 30 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol each year, and is one of the first plants of its kind in the world.

The plant will blend corn stover -- the leftover stocks, leaves and cobs left on the ground after a harvest -- into ethanol.

Operations Manager Terraun Jones said the company has already been using the technology behind cellulosic ethanol production at its pilot plant in Vonore, Tenn., which opened in 2008.

The Nevada plant, however, is a...

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USDA Offers $20 Million in Drought Aid to California

February 06, 2014 | Government

Feb. 05--The federal drought aid announced Tuesday could bring drinking water to some beef cattle, improved irrigation systems for some farmers and soil erosion controls for those who will not grow a crop this year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $20 million to California, a small fraction of the federal aid that could come if the drought does not ease.

Part of the money is aimed at areas that have lost at least 85 percent of their irrigation allotments. They include parts of the western and southern San Joaquin Valley, where many farmers expect zero water from the California State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project this year.

"We in California are...

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House passes GOP California drought bill

February 06, 2014

Feb. 06--WASHINGTON -- House Republicans ratcheted up pressure on California Democrats to defend river and fish restorations in the delta amid a historic statewide drought, passing legislation Wednesday that would ship scarce water from Northern California to parched farms in the San Joaquin Valley.

Dismissed by Bay Area Democrats as a political ploy to boost the fortunes of Central Valley Republicans in the November elections, the legislation by first-term Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford (Kings County), nonetheless draws national attention to tensions over California's dwindling water supplies.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, one of the key backers of the bill, ridiculed San...

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Vilsack Says Climate Change Already Hurting Farmers

February 06, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change is already hurting American farmers and rural residents, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday, warning that the U.S. would regret any failure to adapt and prepare for shifting weather realities.

Unveiling a new effort to coordinate the government's response, Vilsack said extreme weather events have already taken the U.S. by surprise, putting ranchers and others out of business. He pointed to the intensity and frequency of recent storms, long droughts, snowstorms and subzero weather as evidence that climate change is no longer hypothetical or in the future.

"The combination of all those factors convinces me that the climate is changing, and...

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Members of Congress push for aid for ranchers

February 06, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several members of Congress are pressing the U.S. agriculture secretary to expedite a provision in the new farm bill that helps ranchers in the Dakotas and Nebraska recover from an October blizzard.

The nearly $100 billion-a-year federal farm bill, which awaits President Barack Obama's signature, restarts a livestock disaster program that had expired. Members of the South Dakota and North Dakota delegations were among those urging Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a letter to make sure there are no delays getting the relief money to ranchers.

In their letter, the lawmakers said the blizzard killed more than 20,000 cattle, sheep, horses and bison in South Dakota...

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Eco-Energy Inc. Will Build Site in Augusta, GA

February 06, 2014

The Augusta Economic Development Authority announced Monday that a biofuel company will construct a terminal near Augusta Regional Airport.

Eco-Energy Inc., based in Franklin, Tenn., will spend $10 million and hire five people for its ethanol blending center on Dixon Airline Road.

Walter Sprouse, the authority's executive director, said the company picked the location for the railroad access, planning to build a spur on the property across from Bennett Building Systems.

"Eco-Energy is one of those solid companies with more than two dozen facilities in North America with access to over 600 terminals," said Augusta Economic Development Authority Chairman Henry Ingram. "The Augusta facility...

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Syngenta Reports 2013 Fiscal Results

February 06, 2014

BASEL, Switzerland, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On track to meet growth objectives. Sales $14.7 billion, up 3 percent; up 5 percent at constant exchange rates Integrated sales up 6% 1 underlying growth excluding corn rootworm royalty 8 percent1 EBITDA $2.9 billion: 7 percent lower lower royalty income, non-recurring seeds costs Earnings per share2 $19.30: 12 percent lower Proposed dividend increased by 5 percent to CHF 10.00 New program to accelerate operational leverage: ~$1 billion annual savings by 2018

1 Growth at constant exchange rates.
2 Excluding restructuring and impairment; EPS on a fully-diluted basis.
3 2012 stated after effect of accounting policy change for employee...

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Jamesway and USPOULTRY Present Checks to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

February 05, 2014

ATLANTA, GA – Ian MacKinnon, president of Jamesway Incubator Company, presented a check in the amount of $2,000 to Abby Marcinko, foundation program coordinator for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. U.S. Poultry & Egg Association matched Jamesway’s contribution with John Starkey, president, presenting the check. The presentation took place at the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta – the world’s largest annual tradeshow for the poultry, feed and meat industries.

This was Jamesway’s fifth year of donating to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has contributed for the last four years.


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