Industry News | 11-23-2020

Bayer Announces Updates to 2021 Bayer Plus Rewards Program and Grower Financing

Bayer is updating the 2021 Bayer Plus Rewards program to include recently launched products that include: XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology, Delaro Complete fungicide, and Huskie FX herbicide. Bayer is also adjusting rewards levels to ensure the longevity of this critical program for grower customers, say Bayer officials. These three products, along with Roundup brand agricultural herbicides, have been added to the 2021 Bayer Crop Protection Grower Finance Program.
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U.S. DOT Clarifies Agricultural Commodity Definition

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it is has published a final rule clarifying agricultural commodity and livestock definitions in hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. The Agency worked closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on this effort to provide clarity for the nation’s farmers and commercial drivers. “The agriculture industry is vital to our nation, and this new rule will provide clarity and offer additional flexibility to farmers and commercial drivers, while maintaining the highest level of safety.” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
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U.S. Cattle Groups Call for Clear Labels

Eric Nelson says he believes consumers would pay a premium for a beef product they knew was bred, born, raised and processed in the U.S. Nelson, who farms and feeds cattle in northwest Iowa, serves as Region 7 director for R-CALF USA. He says restoring the Mandatory Country of Origin Label (MCOOL) will assure consumers they are eating U.S. beef. Nelson says a growing percentage of beef consumed in the U.S. is imported. “We have displaced a big chunk of the cattle industry, which is the single biggest sector in agriculture,” he says.
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A Look at Agriculture from Space

The Canadian Space Agency wants to step up to the plate to provide farmers with more data to support their management decisions. Eric Laliberté is the director-general, space utilization at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). His presentation at the 2020 Farms.com Virtual Precision Agriculture Conference & Ag Technology Showcase on Nov. 17 highlighted how the CSA can help farmers. “The whole purpose of looking at agriculture from space is basically to help with on-the-ground decisions,” he said.
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Texas Plant Protection Association Conference to be Held Virtually December 8-10, 2020

The 32nd annual Texas Plant Protection Association Conference will be held virtual Dec. 8-10. The TPPA Officers and Program Committee reached this very difficult decision after monitoring the COVID-19 situation. “The virtual conference will continue to offer a quality program that will be useful to all involved in Texas agriculture,” said Adam Hixson, TPPA president.  “Resilient Agriculture: Healthy Farms for a Healthy Future is our conference theme.” The first day of the conference begins with a General Session including a “Welcome” by Dr. Jeff Hyde, director of the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service. There will also be a special section, sponsored by agricultural consultants. This section of the conference should be on interest to all cotton farmers and consultants in Texas, since it is concerning weed control and herbicide weed resistance.
Addressing this issue will be:

•   Dr. Larry Steckel, with University of Tennessee. His talk is titled “Weed Management in Xtend and Enlist crops: Resistance Management More Important than ever.

•   “A Program Approach to Delaying the Onset of Resistant Weeds” is the State Weed Specialist with Texas A & M Extension Service, Dr. Scott Nolte.

•   Dr. Greg Steele with Bayer Crop Science will be making a presentation on “Weed Resistance Management with Xtendflex system in Texas.”

•   Closing out this section will be Mark Nemec a crop consultant in Texas giving his perspective on “Out with the New and in with the Old Weed Control Programs”. 
The non-profit professional Texas Plant Protection Association (TPPA) sponsors educational conferences for those involved in production agriculture. Ray Smith, TPPA Board Chairman, reminds everyone of the evolution of the conference that began over 31 years ago with a theme of “Getting Down to Earth”.  “These conferences have been successful due to the broad support of many leaders in Texas agriculture that represent academia, extension, research, consulting, agribusiness, farmers, ranchers and regulatory,” Smith said. 
To review the complete virtual agenda and to register for the conference, check out the TPPA website: www.texasplantprotection.com
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