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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Organic News - Agriculture’s role in climate change

Organic News - Agriculture’s role in climate change: Emma Hockridge, head of policy at the Soil Association, appeared on Farming Today last weekend to discuss the role that agriculture has to play in mitigating climate change. She discussed the fact that soil is quickly becoming recognised as vital for its ability to store carbon, as well as the impact of current animal agriculture systems on climate change.

What can California, Israel and Australia learn from each other about drought?

UC Cooperative Extension | Agricultural Experiment Station - Agriculture and Natural Resources - University of California: Drought management experts from Israel and Australia will join U.S. scientists in California for a workshop in Modesto on Jan. 12 and 13. Growers, crop consultants, irrigation practitioners, state agency members and others are invited to participate.

The two-day event, “Proven Solutions to Drought Stress:�Water Management Strategies for Perennial Crops with�Limited and Impaired Water Supplies,” is designed to foster conversation on�a variety of drought management aspects and strategies. The drought workshop will be held at the Modesto Centre Plaza�at 1150 9th Street�in Modesto.�

Blow to Monsanto as agriculture ministry set to control cotton seed prices - The Economic Times

Blow to Monsanto as agriculture ministry set to control cotton seed prices - The Economic Times: In what could prove a major setback to the global hybrid seed giant Monsanto, India's agriculture ministry has decided to control the prices of cotton seed, including the genetically modified versions and their trait value.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare on 7 December has firmed up the Cotton Seeds Price (Control) Order 2015, terming it as aimed at ensuring availability of cotton seeds to farmers at "fair, reasonable and affordable prices".

Louisiana and Mississippi oyster beds and beaches closed

Louisiana and Mississippi oyster beds and beaches closed: Four million oysters.�That's about how many oysters Tommy Cvitanovich moves through his several Dragos restaurants each year. Friday,�he got news that no shellfish shucker ever wants hear:�Health officials have closed several oyster beds along the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts.

Cvitanovich explained, "Oh my God, you're just like holding your breath for a second and then you get why, what's up."

A "red tide" algae bloom in the Gulf of Mexico put a halt to oyster harvesting. It stretches from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, south to Buras.

Dr. Fred Lopez explained the algae bloom makes a toxin that harmful to fish, shellfish, and even birds.�"It's typically deadly for fish. You'll have large fish kills associated with these particularly large blooms," said Lopez.

Modified Net Metering To Take Place In Mississippi

Modified Net Metering To Take Place In Mississippi: Mississippi will become the 46th state to implement net metering for owners generating renewable electricity with solar panels or wind. However, the new policy comes with rate limitations that favor utilities.

Is This The Year You Create a Farm Advisory Board? | Agweb.com

Is This The Year You Create a Farm Advisory Board? | Agweb.com: It might be the last thing you want to stomach this holiday season. However, presumably you’re seeking efficiency over the next couple of years and maybe even the opportunity to grow strategically. Do you have the expertise on board right now to help you consider and critically evaluate new opportunities as they cross your farm gate? Or, could you simply use someone objective (re: not related to you!) to sit down and talk with about your ideas? Finally, are you curious about how other industries manage�their strategic goals? If any of these�sound�appealing, it may be time to consider building a farm advisory board.�

Sick of Sideways Markets? Time to Talk about 2016 | Agweb.com

Sick of Sideways Markets? Time to Talk about 2016 | Agweb.com: “It’s pretty dead market out there,” says Gulke, a farmer in Illinois and the president of the Gulke Group in Chicago. “There’s a lot of apathy and a lot of disgust and a lot of uncertainty out there, so we go sideways until the first part of the year, probably.”

He—like countless other growers—is ready to move on. Here’s what he’s hearing about 2016.

Commodity Faithful See Some Hope Next Year After 2015 Heartbreak | Agweb.com

Commodity Faithful See Some Hope Next Year After 2015 Heartbreak | Agweb.com: Gold, wheat and natural gas probably will climb in 2016, according to a Bloomberg survey of 108 traders, analysts, economists and strategists across Asia, Europe and the Americas. It won’t all be positive. For oil, mired in the longest slump since 1998, bearish respondents said prices may drop below this week’s six-year low, while the survey showed overwhelming pessimism for copper.

Inflation-Indexed Child Tax Credit Stymies Extender Bill | Agweb.com

Inflation-Indexed Child Tax Credit Stymies Extender Bill | Agweb.com: The tax extenders bill working its way through Congress continues to be stymied by a fight over indexing the child tax credit to inflation.� Republicans in both chambers oppose this, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is driving this position and does not appear to want to back down.� Pelosi believes that�the Democrats have leverage since tax extender talks are running in parallel with negotiations on a bill to fund the federal government and since many House Republicans will not� vote for the omnibus spending bill, she know the Democrats have more control than on a stand-alone tax extender bill.