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Minnesota Crop Improvement Association Announces New President/CEO

(May 20, 2015) — Paul Adams, Chair, Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Fawad Shahas the new President/CEO of the association effective June 1, 2015. Dr. Shah will take over as President/CEO upon the retirement of Ben Lang, who has served as the association’s President/CEO since June 1, […]

Abby Wambach says FIFA’s stubbornness led it to turn down free offers to install grass in World Cup stadiums

In 2014 FIFA, the international governing body of soccer announced they would use artificial turf during the 2015 Woman’s World Cup. Scotts immediately recognized this decision tarnished not only the purity of soccer, but all outdoor activities and brings player safety into question. As a result of FIFA’s decision Scotts joined forces with Abby Wambach, […]

Anti-GMO measure goes down

Measure 2-89 supporters, from left, Vernon Huffman, Stephanie Hampton, Martha Perkins, Bret Diamond and George Hutchinson look over the early election results at the Old World Deli on Tuesday night. Voters soundly rejected the proposal to ban GMOs in Benton County. After a hard-fought campaign marked by contentious public forums, dueling yard signs and vitriolic […]

NEWS RELEASE: One of the Best Fields for New College Graduates? Agriculture.

One of the Best Fields for New College Graduates? Agriculture. Nearly 60,000 High-Skilled Agriculture Job Openings Expected Annually in U.S., Yet Only 35,000 Graduates Available to Fill Them WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report showing tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs […]

Oregon GMO critics, proponents agree on mediation system

A bill that would encourage mediation between farmers engaged in disputes over biotech, conventional and organic crops in Oregon is headed for a vote on the House floor. Disputes over genetically modified crops would be mediated by Oregon farm regulators under legislation that has won support from biotech critics and proponents. Mediators from the Oregon […]

Wilbur-Ellis given OK to fly Oregon-made ag drone

  The AgDrone, shown in flight, is manufactured by a Wilsonville, Ore., company. It uses dual cameras to collect field data and map crop problems. Wilbur-Ellis, an ag services company, won permission from the FAA to use the drone commercially. HoneyComb, the drone manufacturing company based in Wilsonville, was started by three young entrepreneurs from […]

Feds promote artificial turf as safe despite health concerns

(Photo: Mike Derer, AP) Lead levels high enough to potentially harm children have been found in artificial turf used at thousands of schools, playgrounds and day-care centers across the country, yet two federal agencies continue to promote the surfacing as safe, a USA TODAY analysis shows. Lead levels high enough to potentially harm children have […]

Grass seed acreage stabilizes in Oregon

  Photo: Grass seed is harvested in a Willamette Valley field. After recovering from the recession, Oregon grass seed production is holding steady. Oregon grass seed acreage available for harvest this summer is about the same as last year, indicating the industry has stabilized after some rough years during the recession. The National Agricultural Statistics […]