Southern Crop

Southern Crop

Agricultural

Lessons Learned from Dicamba

Next year, things have to be different, says Forest City, Iowa, farmer Doug Tweeten. This past summer he, and thousands of U.S. farmers, walked into cupped, crinkled soybean fields with suspected dicamba damage. “I don’t think anyone wants to go through this again—in a perfect world the [dicamba] formulation won’t[…]

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Biotechnology

Biohackers Encoded Malware in a Strand of DNA

When biologists synthesize DNA, they take pains not to create or spread a dangerous stretch of genetic code that could be used to create a toxin or, worse, an infectious disease. But one group of biohackers has demonstrated how DNA can carry a less expected threat—one designed to infect not humans[…]

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Precision Agriculture

Hackers Access Hotel Networks, Targeting Travelers

Hackers matching the profile of a pro-Kremlin group managed to wrest at least partial control of wireless networks at several hotels across Europe last month, a cybersecurity firm said Friday, exposing what it said appears to be a widespread intelligence-gathering effort aimed at government and business travelers.   Read more

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Ag Legislation and Regulation

Worldwide Agriculture and Trade

Food Trends

Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Bust

The best laid plans of politicians often go awry, and then there’s Philadelphia’s soda tax. A new Tax Foundation report finds that the 1.5-cent-an-ounce levy that took effect in January is hurting low-income workers and producing less revenue than promised, but at least it’s helping beer sales.   Read more

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