India and the US closer to Agri-Pharma trade deal

After 2 years of negotiations, India and the United States are close to inking a trade deal, according to reports from Reuters. Both sides are looking for reduced tariffs on farm goods in order to close the deal. India is also hoping to secure concessions for generic pharmaceutical exports to the US and increased...Read more


Elanco Receives USFT Commission Approval for Acquisition of Bayer Animal Health

This approval marks the near-final step in fulfilling our vision of bringing together two dedicated animal health companies focused on delivering innovation and an expanded portfolio of solutions to farmers, veterinarians and pet owners around the globe,” said Jeff Simmons, president and CEO of Elanco. &ldqu...Read more


American red meat demand boosts corn, soybean exports: USMEF 

The United States Meat Export Federation, (USMEF) has released an updated version of the independent study aimed at quantifying the value red meat exports provide to U.S. corn and soybean producers. Since 2015, indirect exports of corn and soybeans through beef and pork exports have been the fastest-growing categ...Read more


Wheeled Robots: Emerging technology in agriculture

There have been a lot of technological innovations in agri-tech in the past decade. Robotics is becoming more advanced as a result of autonomous sensor platforms, computer vision, and the integration of biomechanics. A wheeled robot is one that is capable of movement and is being used within the agricultural indu...Read more


Mahindra & John Deere leads in farm equipment rental space

There has been an increase in the adoption of renting farm equipment across the world because of crucial aspects of upsurge in global population and a simultaneous shortage of skilled labor. An increased reliance on technological advancements made in mechanization and massive increase in demand for food grain pro...Read more


FMC Corp. tiesup with Nutrien Ag Solutions for ‘Farm Intelligence Platform’

FMC Corporation has partnered with Nutrien Ag Solutions on a pilot program to use the new FMC Arc™ farm intelligence platform. This platform delivers real-time pest mapping and predictive forecasts of diamondback moth populations in brassica crops to Nutrien Ag Solutions pest control advisors (PCAs) in the S...Read more


USDA -NIFA appoints Dr Parag Chitnis as acting Director       

       Prominent Indian-American scientist Dr Parag Chitnis has been appointed as the Acting Director of the prestigious National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which drives all federally funded agricultural research in the US.  Chitnis was named Associate Director for Progra...Read more


UC grants anti-pathogen technology license to Invaio Sciences

Invaio Sciences, Inc announced a new and exclusive world-wide license agreement with the University of California (UC-Riverside) for a novel technology developed by Professor Hailing Jin at the University of California Riverside. The technology could help control the pathogen that causes HLB/Citrus Greening - a s...Read more


Over 90% of major crops utilizing the technology: USDA survey

Herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops, which tolerate potent herbicides (such as glyphosate, glufosinate, and dicamba), provide farmers with a broad variety of options for effective weed control. Based on USDA survey data, the percent of domestic soybean acres planted with HT seeds rose from 17 percent in 1997 to 68 perce...Read more


University of Minnesota receives funding to study resistance genes in wild wheat

 The 2Blades Foundation and collaborators at the John Innes Centre, University of Minnesota, and Kansas State University, have received funding to study wild emmer wheat to discover genes that can help farmers combat devastating wheat rust diseases.  The United States Department of Agriculture’s (...Read more


Bayer receives US EPA approval for Rejuvra™ herbicide  

    The Vegetation Management business within Bayer CropScience LP, announces that Rejuvra™ herbicide was approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The herbicide is federally registered for controlling invasive weed species on rangeland, CRP land and natural areas, including gra...Read more


Syngenta announces plans for new seeds R&D innovation

Syngenta announced plans to build a new R&D Innovation and Customer Experience Center in the heart of the U.S. Corn Belt. The 90-acre site will be located in Malta, Ill., DeKalb County, about one hour west of Syngenta’s global and North America Seeds offices in Downers Grove. The site was selected for it...Read more