Committee members are busy at our funding meeting and wish you a Happy New Year!
Below are a few updates we would like to share in place of our bi-weekly newsletter.
EPA Takes Reasonable Approach In Atrazine Decision
The Altrazine Preliminary Interim Decision (PID) document published
January 2nd in the federal register supports EPA's commitment the use credible scientific research in setting a reasonable aquatic ecosystem Level of Concern (LOC) for atrazine. The interim decision is positive for growers who rely on the atrazine for weed control according to the Triazine Network, a coalition of agriculture organizations that advances for science-based regulatory decision regarding the triazine herbicides including atrazine.
With great sadness, three members of the agriculture community passed away in a silo accident before Christmas. A 49-year old man, his brother who was 47 with his 12-year old son were tragically lost. The gases created from silage fermentation is very toxic. With this tragedy in mind, as you work on your farm this season please keep in mind grain bin and silo safety.
United States President, Donald Trump said Phase 1 of the trade deal with China would be signed on January 15th at the White House. Phase 1 includes a commitment by Beijing to buy more American agricultural products although details have not been announced.
China's agriculture ministry said on Monday it plans to issue biosafety certificates to a domestically grown, genetically modified soybean crop and two corn crops. Beijing has spent billions of dollars researching GM crops, but has held back from commercial production of any food grains because of consumer concerns about their safety.
At the 104th annual Farm Bureau meeting policy was adopted. Policy discussed and passed touched on local food procurement, pesticide stewardship, rural broadband, commercial solar, and agriculture education.
In the interseeding system, corn and alfalfa are planted at about the same time. Once the corn is harvested, the aim is to have a good stand of alfalfa to provide ground cover in the fall and winter, and to quickly bring alfalfa into full production the following spring.
When used properly, harvest corn fields can work effectively to decrease the amount of hay needed to feed throughout winter months. The grain available, would have the highest protein content with the cob having the lowest protein and energy value. Cattle will readily remove approximately 15% of the residue.