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Commodity Communicator Weekly

February 15, 2013

MAGNESIUM WEBINAR. . . . . Tuesday, February 26 at 1 p.m CT.  Need Magnesium?  Deliver magnesium to your crop earlier for optimal yield.  If you farm in the Southeast, your crops may be suffering from a magnesium deficiency.   Learn why magnesium is so important and how early nutrition can help you maximize yields. To join this free webinar, click here.

SPCC COMPLIANCE DEADLINE REMINDER . . . The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance deadline for the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) rule is May 10, 2013. The SPCC rule applies to farms that began operating after August 16, 2002. Farms operating prior to August 16, 2002, should have already had an SPCC plan in place according to EPA.  

For more information, go to:  EPA - SPCC for Ag.

ADEQ SEEKS PROPOSALS TO CONDUCT CROP RESIDUE STUDY . . . The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking submissions from Arkansas colleges and universities to evaluate the various post-harvest crop residue techniques utilized in the state and determine their impact on the environment, including particulate air pollution levels in the state. The ADEQ will accept proposals to conduct the study until 1 p.m., March 26, 2013.

For more information, go to:  ADEQ - Crop Residual Study RFP.

WHO OWNS SEEDS? MONSANTO SAYS NOT YOU . . . The United States Supreme Court will decide that in a case involving a 75-year-old farmer from Indiana named Vernon Bowman. Monsanto sued Bowman in 2007, claiming the farmer has for years used seeds reaped from a first crop of Monsanto Roundup Ready soybean seeds to grow another crop.

To read the article, click on the following link: CNBC - Monsanto.

INDUSTRY: GOVERNMENT IS OBLIGATED TO PROVIDE MEAT INSPECTION, EVEN WITH SEQUESTER. . . . .After the White House and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack suggested that the automatic budget cuts, known as the sequester, could force the government to furlough all federal meat inspectors, the food industry is arguing that such a move would violate the government's legal obligation to keep inspectors at work. Furloughing more than 6,000 meat safety inspectors housed at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service would effectively shut down American meat and poultry production because plants must have FSIS inspectors present to operate.  

. . . . .The meat industry will face some trouble if sequestration takes effect.  Department of Agriculture inspectors could be furloughed for up to 15 days, meaning meatpacking plants would have to intermittently shut down and there could be less meat in grocery stores. A White House memo released late last week also said that one consequence of the federal budget cuts set to take place on March 1 would be 2,100 fewer food facility inspections by the Food and Drug Administration, "putting families at risk and costing billions in lost food production."   Food Safety News

. . . . .It aired in some markets for Superbowl. HSUS shared less than 1 % of its $127 million budget with pet sheltering organizations in 2011. In the same year, the animal liberation group spent nearly $50 million on fundraising-related expenses, which is 100 times more than it did on grants to support shelter aid, and socked $2.4 million away into its pension plan.   YouTube

. . . . .The launch of comprehensive trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union holds the promise of expanded market access and an improved, science-based regulatory approach for agriculture and food. Also encouraging is the fact that some long-standing issues hindering trade between the U.S. and the EU, such as sanitary standards for beef, have lately been addressed. However, a constant commitment to removing barriers to agricultural trade is necessary in order to achieve a worthwhile agreement for U.S. agriculture.

. . . . .Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talked with veterans, young, beginning and socially-disadvantaged farmers Thursday at an event in San Antonio, Texas, about USDA's work to expand credit for their farming operations. USDA is hearing from excited producers all across the country about USDA's new microloan program, designed to help small and family operations secure loans under $35,000. Since 2009, said Vilsack, USDA has continued to expand the overall number of loans to beginning farmers and ranchers as well as its lending to socially-disadvantaged producers by significant margins.

FORMER ANTI-GMO ACTIVIST SAYS SCIENCE CHANGED HIS MIND. . . . .For years, British environmental activist Mark Lynas destroyed genetically modified food (GMO) crops in what he calls a successful campaign to force the business of agriculture to be more holistic and ecological in its practices.  His targets were companies like Monsanto and Syngenta — leaders in developing genetically modified crops.   Earlier this month he went in front of the world to reverse his position on GMOs. At the Oxford Farming Conference in Britain, Lynas apologized for helping "to start the anti-GMO movement" and told his former allies to "get out of the way, and let the rest of us get on with feeding the world sustainably."

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