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Southern Crop

Agricultural

Insects

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EPA Finalizes Steps to Better Protect Bees from Pesticides

Update – Bee Health – EPA has released its “… final policy which describes methods for addressing acute risks to bees from pesticides [which] is more flexible and practical than the proposed policy. For example, a product that retains its toxicity to bees for a shorter time might be allowed[…]

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Precision Agriculture

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‘Gene-Silencing’ Technique is a Game-Changer for Crop Protection

by the Texas Seed Trade Association ‘Gene-Silencing’ Technique is a Game-Changer for Crop Protection Researchers at the University of Surrey and University of Queensland have developed a revolutionary new crop protection technique which offers an environmentally-friendly alternative to genetically-modified crops and chemical pesticides. Ground-breaking research based on nanotechnology promises to[…]

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UAS technology meshing data with cotton crop models

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are proving beneficial in evaluating crop potential in season and are becoming useful tools for evaluating cultivars in variety trials, according to reports from the Beltwide Cotton Conferences held recently in Dallas. Read more

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Robots: The Future of Weed Control

Automation is coming to nearly every imaginable industry, and agriculture is not immune. The latest proof? A new research project is trying to prove that robots could destroy weeds better than a farmer driving a sprayer full of herbicide. Read more

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Production Reports

Certification of Pesticide Applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides

Update – Certification of Pesticide Applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) – EPA has published in the January 4, 2017 Federal Register its previously announced Final Rule “… updating the existing regulation concerning the certification … The final revised regulation [is intended to] ensure Federal certification program standards adequately protect[…]

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Worldwide Agriculture

Food Trends

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Americans Want Better Food Labeling. Does Trump’s Cabinet Pick?

Agriculture secretary may have been Donald Trump’s last Cabinet appointment, but his pick for it, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, will, if confirmed, be in a position to influence everything from the price of a jug of milk to how an organic chicken is raised and labeled. Read more

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The Praxis Project vs Coca-Cola

[SFM] Lawsuit Accusing Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association of engaging in “… false and misleading marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages …” has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by The Praxis Project, a “… national organization that works in partnership with national, tribal,[…]

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