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Bee health a focus of Pollinator Week

Farmers and other landowners can make a big contribution in solving a major crisis in agriculture by participating in Pollinator Week, June 17-23, 2013. 

The global event was established in 2007, and has drawn support from governors, mayors, and other leaders across the U.S. This year's Pollinator Week proclamation was signed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell.

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Derecho a threat to new crops?

The threat of a derecho type of storm system could further hamper field operations and crop development this week, as well as endanger lives and property in large parts of the U.S. Midwest, observers say.  On Wednesday the National Weather Service Storm Prediction center warned of “widespread damaging winds and a few strong tornadoes” from the middle Mississippi Valley to the Upper Ohio Valley and lower Great Lakes area this afternoon and tonight.

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No Smoking Gun in Bee Health Crisis

No single source, or “smoking gun,” can be blamed for the major decline in honey bee health, according to a new comprehensive report on the pollinators released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Experts instead cited multiple factors for the decline in honey bee colony numbers, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition, and pesticide exposure.

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Field data is the farmer's, says Deere

John Deere’s stance on the ownership of field data was reaffirmed today during a press conference at the Commodity Classic in Florida.

During a briefing on additions to the company’s FarmSight precision agriculture solutions, Deere representative Nicholas Shafter stated, “We have a really clear message. Our customers are in control of their data. It's their information. And Deere is going to be transparent with what we are going to do with that information.”

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Secure the farm

More and more often, farmers are finding their own ways to fend off intruders.

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Livestock profits could tilt higher vs. crops in '13

In 2013, livestock producers could see a boost in their fortunes, tilting the pendulum of profitability upward relative to the crop sector, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Soaring crop income has created an "income disparity" between the two sectors, said Nathan Kauffman, KC bank economist.

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Agriculture.com launches new product ‘decision engine’

A new agricultural product buyer’s guide was launched Friday by Successful Farming magazine’s website, Agriculture.com.

The Agriculture.com Buyer’s Guide is a decision engine that enables farmers to quickly compare complex information on a variety of key products, including row crop and utility tractors, ATVs and UTVs, pickup trucks, and tires.

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