agriculture

Agricultural Biotechnology
10:40 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Emerging Ag Tech Companies Compete For Funding, Partnerships At Danforth Center Conference

The Danforth Center's Ag Innovation Showcase brings together hundreds of agriculture industry representatives from all over the world.
Credit Melanie Bernds, Danforth Plant Science Center

"Precision agriculture" is the trend to watch at this year's Ag Innovation Showcase at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

The Danforth Center’s Chief Operator Officer, Sam Fiorello, said that's a change for the international gathering.

When the Showcase started in 2009, most of the participating start-ups were using genetic engineering to develop crops that could resist pests, drought or other agricultural stresses.

This year, none of the products presented involve GMOs.    

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KWS St. Louis
10:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

European Big Ag Company Chooses St. Louis

Credit Courtesy Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

KWS, a German agricultural company, is opening a research center at BRDG Park in the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s campus.

The company, which specializes in plant breeding, has 4,800 employees in 70 countries. The new facility will be its first molecular plant research space in North America, hiring 25 positions in the first year and another 75 in following years.

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Agriculture
10:30 am
Sun May 25, 2014

GMO Critics Protest At Monsanto Headquarters

Protesters demonstrate outside Monsanto headquarters on May 24, 2014.
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

Hundreds of demonstrators protested outside Monsanto’s corporate headquarters in Creve Coeur Saturday.

They called for the agriculture biotech company to end practices they say are harmful to the environment and abusive of the rights of farmers. That includes Monsanto’s development and control of genetically modified, or GMO, crops.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:05 am
Tue May 6, 2014

More Illinois Farmers Are Embracing High Tech Ag ― But Is 'Big Data' Too Much Like 'Big Brother?'

A farmer uses Monsanto's FieldScripts program to plant his field.
Credit Via Monsanto

Farmers have been collecting data about their farms for decades.

Now all those data are going high tech. Major agricultural companies like Monsanto, John Deere and DuPont have been developing more ways to mine that than ever before – all in the name of helping farmers make better decisions about when to plant, what to plant and how much.

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Politics & Issues
4:09 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Koster's Egg Suit Against California Gets Cracking, Now Has Five Allied States

Credit Wikipedia

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s effort to protect Missouri's egg producers from stiffer California mandates is getting support from five states that have joined Missouri’s suit.

The five states are Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Iowa. Combined with Missouri, the six states “produce more than 20 billion eggs per year, 10 percent of which are sold to California consumers,” Koster’s staff said.

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Data Farming
10:52 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Innovation Rundown: Agriculture Meets IT In A Big Data Way

Credit (via Flickr/jasonippolito)

Is there any aspect of life that technology hasn’t touched?

While I’m sure people can cite examples in the non-digital sphere, agriculture is not one of them. It hasn’t been for some time – farmers are adept at using all kinds of technology to monitor weather, pricing, soil content. But a new development is taking the idea to a new level. And St. Louis's own Monsanto seems to be leading the way.

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Pesticides
3:41 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Missouri Department Of Agriculture Warns Of Pesticide Telemarketing Scam

Flickr/Nate Steiner

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is warning consumers about a pesticide telemarketing scam.

Farmers, gardeners and others have received phone calls from salespeople claiming to offer high quality herbicides at below market prices.

The products have turned out not to be properly registered or labeled.

An agriculture department spokesperson declined to say what exactly was in the purchased products, what company ― or companies ― are involved in the scam, or whether the fraud extends to other states.

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Farming
12:59 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Report: 'Significant Portion' Of Extreme Weather Crop Losses Avoidable, But Some Farmers Aren't Sold

(via Flickr/Dodo-Bird)

Reporting from Harvest Public Media’s Bill Wheelhouse.

Farmers across the country received more than $17 billion in federal crop insurance payouts after last year’s drought. A report released Tuesday by an environmental group blames farmers for not doing enough to shield the soil against the heat.

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Immigration
2:54 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Vilsack Says Immigration Reform Critical For Agriculture

Credit (Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Comprehensive immigration reform is critical to sustaining the Midwest’s role as a global leader in agriculture.

That’s the message from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Vilsack told St. Louis Public Radio today that moving forward with the immigration reform plan recently passed by the U.S. Senate is key to retaining international talent that comes to this country to study in the plant sciences.

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Politics/Agriculture
2:18 am
Tue June 11, 2013

How The Senate Farm Bill Would Change Subsidies

Third-generation Oklahoma farmer Scott Neufeld says crop insurance is important to his family's business.
Tamara Keith NPR

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 2:40 pm

The Senate voted Monday to approve its version of the farm bill, a massive spending measure that covers everything from food stamps to crop insurance and sets the nation's farm policy for the next five years.

The centerpiece of that policy is an expanded crop insurance program, designed to protect farmers from losses, that some say amounts to a highly subsidized gift to agribusiness. That debate is set to continue as the House plans to take up its version of the bill this month.

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