GRAINNET News and Information for the Grain, Milling, Feed, Seed and BioFuels Industries Dow AgroScience Official: GMO Enlist Corn Can Only Be Growth in U.S. For Domestic Livestock Feed (Western Producer) Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:48:52 EST Illinois Farm Bureau Releases Statement in Response to EPA Announcement of Delay in Finalizing 2014 Volumes For RFS Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:46:52 EST The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) delay in finalizing the 2014 volumes for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) program. “If nothing else, EPA’s decision to further delay its release of the 2014 RFS volumes reflects the strong opposition of Illinois Farm Bureau members critical of a flawed proposal that would have reduced the amount of renewable fuels blended in the nation’s motor fuel supply for the first time since the RFS was enacted. “While this is not the outcome we wanted, IFB acknowledges that the administration Australian Research Shows New Understanding of Wheat Virus Disease Cycle Can Improve Control Options (Phys.Org) Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:40:50 EST Adama Agricultural Solutions Postpones IPO Due to Grain Price Slump (Bloomberg) Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:20:34 EST U.S. Representative Conway Selected as Chairman of House Agriculture Committee (Southwest Farm Press) Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:56:10 EST Cold Temperatures and Snowy Conditions Slow Last Day of Iowa Harvest (Des Moines Register) Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:50:38 EST USDA Opens VIVO Agriculture Research Networking Tool For Use by Public Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:46:25 EST Washington, Nov. 20, 2014 — VIVO, a Web application used internally by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists since 2012 to allow better national networking across disciplines and locations, is now available to the public. USDA VIVO will be a "one-stop shop" for Federal agriculture expertise and research outcomes. "USDA employs over 5,000 researchers to ensure our programs are based on sound public policy and the best available science," said USDA Chief Scientist and Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics Dr. Catherine Woteki. "USDA VIVO provides a powerful Web search tool for connecting interdisciplinary researchers, research projects and outcomes with others NC-213 Awards Committee Invites Nominations For The Andersons Cereals and Oilseeds Award of Excellence and Early-In-Career Award of Excellence Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:15:02 EST The Andersons, Inc. invites you to submit nominations for the 2015 Andersons Cereals and Oilseeds Award of Excellence and for the 2015 Andersons Cereals and Oilseeds Early-in-Career Award of Excellence. The deadline for nominations is Noon, Friday, January 9, 2015. Please use the contacts below if you need assistance with a nomination – don’t hesitate to nominate someone simply because you are not sure you can get all the materials together in time. The Andersons Cereals and Oilseeds Award of Excellence Description- The Andersons Cereals and Oilseeds Award of Excellence, created in 1999, is the opportunity to recognize individuals or teams More Than 50 Lawsuits Filed Nationwide Against Syngenta Over GMO Corn Seed Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:10:01 EST USDA Begins Producer Signup For 2014 Farm Law Crop Coverage Safety Net Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:07:08 EST From the NGFA Newsletter released Nov. 14, 2014 While most producers are expected to wait until much closer to the March 31 deadline, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that sign up for the 2014 farm law's crop coverage safety net program will begin Nov. 17. That is when producers can select which of the two crop-coverage safety-net programs they will elect to rely upon for the 2014-18 crop years covered by the five-year farm law: The Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) Program, a revenue-based program under which producers elect revenue protection on either a county or individual-farm basis. Even though the NGFA and Other U.S. Organizations Ask EPA to Withdraw "Waters of The U.S." Proposal Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:06:52 EST From the NGFA Newsletter released Nov. 14, 2014 By Jess McCluer, NGFA Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs NGFA and more than 340 organizations - from all 50 states - signed onto comments developed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce challenging the proposed rule "Waters of the U.S.," which extends federal jurisdiction over most waters of the states and ditches, ponds and land near water and ephemeral streams - areas that most would describe as land. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' proposed the rule that the organizations believe dramatically expands the scope of federal authority over IA Farmers Deal With Storage Issues Resulting From High Yields (Journal Pilot) Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:40:29 EST Florida State University Research Shows How Plants Adapt and Survive Environmental Swings Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:18:56 EST A groundbreaking paper from a team of Florida State University biologists could lead to a better understanding of how plants could adapt to and survive environmental swings such as droughts or floods. The research, published in the latest issue of the journal The Plant Cell, sheds light on how chromatin (the complex of DNA and proteins) is organized in a cell and how plants regulate genetic material, so that some genes are turned on and others are turned off. “If you understand how plants regulate their genetic material, you can possibly manipulate that in certain circumstances so that plants can withstand environmental Michigan Agri-Business Association President Byrum Addresses Voluntary Curtailment of Consumer Natural Gas Service to Agribusiness Customers Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:48:19 EST Lansing — Consumers Energy on Wednesday evening imposed a voluntary curtailment of natural gas service to some agribusiness customers across Michigan's Thumb and Saginaw Valley, a major disruption in service that will impact the agribusiness sector during peak harvest. The curtailment of service will run from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on a daily basis. Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association made the following statement on this action: "We have heard today from several agribusinesses in Michigan's Thumb and Saginaw Valley that they are now subject to an unprecedented voluntary natural gas GEAPS 520: Grain Quality Management Online Course Available Jan. 5 - Feb. 6, 2015 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:26:29 EST Don’t let the quality of your grain drop like winter temperatures. Take advantage of a GEAPS and K-State distance education course in January to help maintain your grain quality. GEAPS 520: Grain Quality Management teaches the basic principles of managing the quality of value-added grains during post-harvest handling, drying and storage. By the end of this course, you should be familiar with different methods of quality control and management systems. You should also understand the grain-grading standards required to maintain quality and prevent potential problems. The class consists of 10 lectures, and should take roughly 10 hours to complete. Lectures and coursework GEAPS Chapter Leader Webinars: Learn About GEAPS Strategic Plan and Five Ways It Will Impact Chapters Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:02:08 EST From GEAPS: Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about GEAPS strategic plan and the five ways it will impact your chapter. Complete with more details than the In-Grain newsletter will provide, this Chapter Leader Webinar will give you insights to what GEAPS has in store in the next three years. In particular, this presentation will show you that chapters are included in the GEAPS plan and in multiple ways. All that’s needed to participate is a computer with an internet connection, a phone line, and about 30 minutes of your time. Webinars are offered free of charge and North Dakota and South Dakota Both Experience Record-Setting Yields For 2014 Spring Wheat Crop (Ag Week) Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:23:49 EST South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources Proposes General Air Quality Permit For State's Grain Elevators (Watertown Public Opinion) Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:22:39 EST Wheat Farmers Remain Uncertain of Terms For $2 Million Monsanto GMO Settlement (Capital Press) Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:04:45 EST Snowstorm Delays Corn Harvest For Some Minnesota Farmers (Star Tribune) Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:10:18 EST German Study Determines Genetically-Modified Crops Benefit Farmers and The Environment (Food Safety News) Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:02:07 EST NASS Report: Most Kansas Winter Wheat Faring Well So Far (Fox Business) Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:58:05 EST USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:41:30 EST Heartland Coop Constructs New Concrete Storage Tank in Fairfield, IA (Heartland Connection) Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:27:25 EST Kansas Winter Wheat Crop Remains in Good Condition Despite Recent Cold Temperatures (The Kansan) Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:06:27 EST