Agriculture

September 30, 2014

USDA Webinar - Illustrated Guide to Soil Taxonomy

This webinar, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Central time, highlights the newest online resource for learning about Soil Taxonomy. The “Illustrated Guide to Soil Taxonomy” was developed for use by multiple audiences to gain initial understanding and insight into soil classification. The Guide is a highly illustrated derivative product of the 12th "Keys to Soil Taxonomy" presenting soil classification to the great group level.

"Dead Zones Haunt Green Bay as Manure Fuels Algae Blooms"

"Nearly 400 years after French voyageur Jean Nicolet arrived with a bang on the banks of lower Green Bay — he fired two pistols skyward to announce the white man's arrival in the world's largest freshwater estuary — the same stretch of shoreline was the scene of another fateful landing."

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/16/2014

"Group Pressures Foster Farms To Address Antibiotics"

After an outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella in 2013 was traced to Foster Farms chickens, the Natural Resources Defense Council used the Freedom of Information Act to get records of the firm's food-safety violations. As a result of the pressure, Foster Farms says it has cleaned up its act and is using less antibiotics.

Source: LA Times, 09/12/2014

Canadian Beekeepers Sue Neonic Makers Bayer, Syngenta for C$450 Million

"Canadian beekeepers have filed a class action lawsuit against Bayer CropScience Inc. and Syngenta Canada Inc. claiming C$450 million ($414 million) in damages for negligence related to the use of neonicotinoid insecticides."

Source: Chemical Regulation Reporter, 09/09/2014

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