U.S. targeted, bombed Afghan hospital

first_imgOct. 5 — Two days after a U.S. airstrike targeted and destroyed a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, 10 patients and 12 health care providers are reported killed. Doctors Without Borders (MSF), who ran the hospital, has decided to leave Kunduz. Afghan children bombed by the Pentagon.U.S. military authorities keep changing their story of why they hit the hospital, leaving little doubt that the building was hit on purpose, probably in order to close the hospital and drive out the MSF. They also conveyed that purpose by using the term, “collateral damage,” to refer to the civilians killed in the strike. That term was first used extensively by NATO press officer Jamie Shea in the spring of 1999 as a euphemism to describe the civilian targets of NATO’s 78-day bombing campaign against Yugoslavia.The U.S. command first claimed that a firefight was going on with Taliban fighters and the U.S. forces called in airstrikes for support. This lie was later abandoned. Afghan puppet forces claimed the Taliban used the hospital as a staging area. Doctors Without Borders denied this latter claim and called the bombing “a war crime.”“MSF is disgusted by the recent statements coming from some Afghanistan government authorities justifying the attack on its hospital in Kunduz. These statements imply that Afghan and U.S. forces working together decided to raze to the ground a fully functioning hospital with more than 180 staff and patients inside because they claim that members of the Taliban were present. “This amounts to an admission of a war crime. This utterly contradicts the initial attempts of the U.S. government to minimize the attack as ‘collateral damage.’” (doctorswithoutborders.org, Oct. 4)It wouldn’t be the first U.S. war crime in Afghanistan. Since 1979, the U.S. has carried out multiple war crimes in that Central Asian country, atrocities that created the disastrous situation the Afghan people face today.U.S. war crimes in AfghanistanIn 1979, the U.S. intervened against a progressive secular Afghan government that had overthrown the Afghan monarchy and which had friendly relations with the Soviet Union. The U.S., Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates financed reactionary religious forces — including al-Qaida and the Taliban — that finally wore down the Soviet forces friendly to the government after nearly a decade and, in 1992, drove out the secular government.After a few years of fighting among the various reactionary forces in Afghanistan, the Taliban, with heavy support from the Pakistani military intelligence known as the ISI, seized power in Kabul.The U.S. used the events of Sept. 11, 2001, to justify an invasion of Afghanistan. The invasion deposed the Taliban quickly.  In the last 14 years, other NATO countries joined the U.S.-led “coalition” that is currently occupying Afghanistan. Nevertheless, none of this intervention has been able to support a stable regime in Afghanistan. According to the Watson Institute at Brown University, there have been 92,000 deaths due to war in Afghanistan since 2001, of which 26,000 were civilians. Another hundred thousand have been wounded or injured. These are minimum numbers. Only a few of the atrocities creating “collateral damage” — rocketing of weddings, hitting schools and homes where someone reports a Taliban presence — make it to the corporate media.The Taliban has over the last 14 years led the resistance to the occupation. In the past year, since the U.S. announced its plans to leave Afghanistan — something that seems unlikely now — the Afghan resistance forces have made gains around the country. The latest gain was the seizure of Kunduz.Now, the U.S. bombing of the hospital has removed Westerners from the city who could witness any atrocities that U.S. and other coalition forces may carry out in order to secure the city for the occupation. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Big Pharma prices soar, Part 2

first_imgLifesaving medications, including Harvoni which can cure hepatitis C, are often developed through taxpayer-funded research. But they are priced out of reach for most of the people who need them. There are no laws or other restrictions to stop pharmaceutical companies from charging whatever they can get away with. And they count on Medicaid and Medicare to pick up the bill.While the December 2016 findings of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging should clearly be grounds to indict the CEOs of pharmaceutical companies responsible for price gouging, the odds are against this ever happening. (For names of offending companies, see Part 1 in Jan. 5 WW.)Since 1959 the U.S. Congress has held over 50 separate hearings to investigate the pharmaceutical industry. All have reached pretty much the same conclusion: Pharmaceutical companies are maximizing their profits at the expense of the public.Despite all these hearings, at who knows what cost, Congress has yet to pass any legislation that would restrict pharmaceutical companies from charging whatever they want. Nonetheless, the hearings go on and on.In 2014 the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging held a hearing to investigate steep and unexpected price hikes on some generic drugs. But the cost of many generic drugs has continued to skyrocket.In 2015 the U.S. Congress held hearings to investigate Gilead Sciences for raising the cost of drugs, including Harvoni. The investigation concluded that the only explanation for the high costs was the company’s greed: Gilead was charging as much as it could get away with for the drug because it could.Early in 2016 the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform called Mylan CEO Heather Bresch to testify after the outrageous rise in the price of the lifesaving EpiPen. While Mylan has now lowered the cost, it still remains significantly higher than what is charged outside the U.S.In December 2016, the U.S. Justice Department brought criminal charges against two pharmaceutical executives for conspiring with other drug makers to fix generic drug prices. The DOJ charged former pharmaceutical executives Jeffrey A. Glazer and Jason T. Malek with colluding over the course of seven years with “unnamed brand-name corporations and individuals” to fix prices and rig bids on drugs used to treat bacterial infections, acne and diabetes.Six pharmaceutical companies are currently under investigation for conspiring to fix prices of generic medicines under a civil action filed by 20 states. News of these investigations sent pharmaceutical stocks tumbling, but odds are it’s a temporary setback.U.S. gov’t policies promote higher drug pricesWhen the House Committee on Oversight and Government attempted to question Martin Shkreli in 2015 over the dramatic price increase of Daraprim, he refused to answer any questions other than explaining how to pronounce his name. After repeatedly taking the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination, Shkreli later expressed his disdain for the process in a Twitter post: “Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government.”While his contempt of Congress comes from the point of view of people in the billionaire class that Congress actually protects, in a way Shkreli underscored an important problem: The U.S. remains the only developed country with no real oversight to restrict what drug companies can charge the public.Prescription drugs can be found at lower prices — outside the U.S. In Egypt Harvoni costs $10 per pill. Daraprim can still be purchased in Britain for 66 cents a pill and costs even less in India. An EpiPen two-pack can be purchased at a pharmacy in Canada for $145 and in Britain for $69. If you didn’t live in the U.S., you could buy all these drugs and more from other countries for far less.However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration makes it very difficult for individuals to import prescription drugs for personal use unless the drug is for a serious condition and not available in the U.S. Even then, no more than a three-month supply can be imported.Congress passed the Prescription Drug Marketing Act (PDMA) in 1987 prohibiting anyone other than U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers from importing prescription drugs. Some states have recently required doctors to electronically send prescriptions to pharmacies instead of giving written prescriptions to patients, making it harder for them to seek lower prices.Profits before people remains the governing principle that dictates U.S. policies. The U.S. is the only country that allows pharmaceutical manufacturers to set drug prices with no limitations.As of this writing, one of two people being vetted as the next Food and Drug Administration commissioner is Jim O’Neill, a managing director at Mithril Capital Management, run by one of Donald Trump’s billionaire donors and advisors. O’Neill has suggested that the FDA let drug companies put products on the market before proving they work. They just have to be “safe” before being sold. O’Neill’s take on new drugs: “Let’s prove efficacy after they’ve been legalized.”This is after passage of the 21st Century Cures Act under the Obama administration, which has already undermined patient safety by requiring less restrictive testing before drugs are marketed.Whether Trump appoints O’Neill or another billionaire, it’s clear that the end game won’t be to improve conditions for working and poor people. Untested and potentially unsafe new drugs are not the solution to the health crisis caused by exorbitant prices. The prescription called for is to eliminate the capitalist profit drive behind this crucial industry.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Lenín versus Lenin in Ecuador

first_imgAznárez, based in Buenos Aires, is the director of Resumen Latinoamericano (resumenlatinoamericano.org), which published this article on Oct. 8. Translation by Michael Otto.As the revolutionary Franz Fanon wrote, insurrection has always been a weapon of the humble people — of the “wretched of the earth.”  It is a necessary alternative and a mirror through which one must reflect — when the moment comes, when the possibilities of dialogue with those who rule are exhausted and when those from below move to the left. One fine day, the humiliated and dispossessed do stand up and shout a forceful “¡basta ya!” (Enough is enough!).  From that moment on, everything becomes possible, including the seizure of state power.Class struggle takes priorityIn terms of political practice, it also means that the class struggle takes priority.  No matter how much anyone wants to keep it under wraps, it explodes with all its strength and moves the foundations of the “winter palaces.” That is precisely what is happening in Ecuador today. Lenín Moreno’s government has no more bandaids, excuses and lies with which to “buy time” as it prepared the “paquetazo,” the bundle of measures the International Monetary Fund imposed on the country. This means that a time will come when those who sold their souls to the devil will have to pay up their part of the deal — and thus they will not hesitate to enforce the deal. Bending, submissive and shamefully distant from whatever principles he might have had, Moreno executes what Washington orders him to. If he has to kill, he kills with total impunity. Sometimes this is done with bullets (Haiti is a similar example).  In other countries, such as Argentina and Brazil, it includes the agony caused by unemployment, extreme poverty and loss of sovereignty.However, the Ecuadorian people are tough nuts to crack. In historic situations like the events happening today, they have overthrown several governments just as corrupt and criminal as the aforementioned Moreno’s. The last of them was headed by Lucio Gutiérrez, who lost the possibility of leading a revolution of workers, Indigenous peoples and peasants by submitting to the Empire and its dictates.Like a lackey of the bourgeoisie, Gutiérrez abruptly ended his administration in the middle of a great popular uprising which provoked his flight through the courtyard roofs of the government palace, climbing on a helicopter, to leave Ecuador forever. It’s something that Moreno must surely have had on his mind when he abruptly decided to move the government house from Quito to Guayaquil in the heat of the early demonstrations which began to surround the Carondelet Presidential Palace.Masses demand Moreno’s ousterNow, the die has been cast for this miserable government, since tens of thousands of Indigenous people, workers and students are going to occupy Quito and Guayaquil.  They are demanding not only the repeal of the IMF package, but also the departure of the despised one who ordered the shooting down of the people and who ensured the impunity of police who threw three young demonstrators from the San Roque bridge in Quito’s historic center.  [One of the youth, Marco Oto, died on Oct. 8 while the other two are in critical condition.] That man [Moreno] who came to head the government thanks to the naiveté of Rafael Correa, then betrayed him like a vulgar Judas.On the other hand, the popular uprising and the consequent Indigenous-peasant march has generated a current of sympathy in all the towns through which it passes. So much so that even the most timid or uncompromising people take to the streets to demonstrate that they are willing to be the protagonists in this historic moment. They do so with the joy that comes from joining their peers, chanting the slogans of the moment and demonstrating to each other that “The people united will never be defeated.” But also, they have enough anger to allow themselves to be convinced that now is the time to put an end to those phony politicians who deceive them every four or five years to support bourgeois democracy. ‘Out with all of them!’That’s why it’s not surprising that at least the Indigenous people represented by the CONAIE (Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador) and the United Front of Workers (FUT) chant the well-known slogan:  “Out with all of them!” For this to really happen, there must be alternatives that do not lead an eventual victory into a blind alley — where others who don’t represent the masses’ interests wind up grabbing the spoils of our many struggles and sacrifices, as has already happened so many times. Neither can we put on the table the loss of freedom and the deaths due to repression. That and similar issues will most likely be discussed now — in the midst of this immense community effort. The legacies of the authentic [Russian revolutionary] Lenin, the brilliant sun of so many battles of the universal proletariat, and Comandante Che Guevara can help defeat this caricature of a puppet ruler, who wasn’t merely unfaithful to his name. Because of his greed and submission to the Empire, Moreno aims to condemn his people to misery, causing them the greatest possible pain.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

PORK Academy Coming Up June 6 and 7

first_img Facebook Twitter PORK Academy Coming Up June 6 and 7 SHARE Previous articleStates Putting Ag Protection Bills In PlaceNext articleMonsanto Declare the Decade of the Soybean Andy Eubank SHARE The Pork Checkoff will again sponsor Producers Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge – PORK – Academy at World Pork Expo. PORK Academy is a series of seminars designed to provide information for pork producers about current industry challenges in a way that can be applied to their own operations. The seminars cover a variety of topics including herd health, exports, economic outlooks and the We Care initiative. Pork Checkoff Producer and State Services Committee Chair Mary Langhorst says every producer attending Expo in Des Moines, Iowa is invited to participate in the PORK Academy seminars. She says they are a wonderful way to get timely and accurate information on topics that are vital to producer’s operations.Some of the titles on the PORK Academy agenda include Doing What’s Right versus Looking for the Camera; PRRS Regional Elimination; Procedures for Taking PRRS Out of the Breeding Herd; Ingredient Availability and Cost; the Threat of Foot and Mouth Disease to the Swine Industry; and Export Issues and World Markets. All sessions will take place in the Varied Industries Building, Room C.For a full look at the schedule as well as other activities at World Pork Expo sponsored by the Pork Checkoff visit www.pork.org/wpx.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News PORK Academy Coming Up June 6 and 7 By Andy Eubank – May 22, 2012 last_img read more

Seed Consultants Market Wrap Up 7/5/12 with Gary Wilhemi

first_img By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 5, 2012 Facebook Twitter Previous articleNPPC, NCBA Pleased with Decision on RactopamineNext articleHouse Farm Bill Released by Ag Committee Leaders Hoosier Ag Today Home Market Market Watch Seed Consultants Market Wrap Up 7/5/12 with Gary Wilhemi SHARE FinancialEmployment report Friday AM with an expectation of 100,000 new jobs, but some see it as high as 160,000The strong dollar may be a hint as we do better than our European ancestorsCrude oil holding steady was another positive indicatorDow closed off 47 as the service sector measure was disappointingReduced Chinese, ECB and UK rates had little impact on their marketsIf the Fed is to be motivated to stimulate the economy it will take a better jobs report.Remember, the report is just one month so don’t get carried awayIMF warns the US to take proactive steps to guard against the first of the year fiscal cliff as tax cuts expire and debt deepensLivestockCattle producers have $170 per head losses in their lotsSpiraling feed costs and dried cup pastures are a deadly comboHeat beats up on meat demand as the dog days have come a month earlyFeeder cattle remain squarely in the sights of the runaway feed marketsCash hogs off $2Pork cutout toppy off $2.29 with loins down $5Super heat literarily trims the fat off animalsGrain and soybeansDecember corn ran up to $7.08, November soybeans $15.27 and September wheat $8.38Rationing will mean reduced feed usage, lower ethanol production that is currently off 5.2% from last year and exports in lesser amounts due the strong dollar.How high is high? There is no telling as the drought with 76% agricultural coverage, shows no sign of relentingThis could reach national disaster proportionsEurope is struggling to stimulate their economies and they are our best customersChina is slowing and Japan has been in the soup for yearsS American crop potential is good at the moment after having a punishing year last season.The solar conditions now look disturbingly similar to the dust bowl and that’s statistically verifiableIt is already too late to help much of our corn as it is over 50% pollinating and that’s why we are over $7 on December and stampeding higher as we had August weather in June and now its worse.Any sign of relief, and it may be cooler next week and look out, rain well that’s a different story.But, what goes up 34 in corn and 52 cents in beans one day can go down even quicker12:58pm ETDollar index up 1%Cattle feeders losing $170 per headBeef demand burnt by heatCash hogs off $2 and futures the sameRussian spring crops hit by dryness cutting exports and rising pricesDec corn has been over $7, Nov. beans above $15 and Sept wheat beyond $810:43am ETCorn and soybean usage contraction to match up with falling yields will come from reduced ethanol production, decreased feed utilization and lower exportsUkraine grain cut to 20-21 MT by weather (Most important growth area)Bulgaria has a wetter spring and production will be around 4 MTRound numbers objectives at $7 in corn, $15 beans and $8 wheatCattle lack direction and open near unchangedHeavy hog kill presses futuresDow off 77Crude oil up $ .12 at $87.17Market OutlookFinancialChina, the UK and ECB lower interest rates but markets are not motivatedDow off 55DAX down .6%Jobs report Friday with about 100,000 new additions which may be enough to bar the Fed from further easingCostco and other chain retailers post slumping JuneDollar up sharply at 82.78 with a 52 week high at 83 .54Gold and other commodities lower by $12 in gold at $1604Euro falls to 1.24Hang Sang index up .5%LivestockChoice boxes fall to $193 and $177 on selectIt was as hot around the grill as on it yesterdayCattle kill on par at 129,000Pork cutout $2.29 lower, with loin’s down $5 and hams off $3.65Hog kill up to 423,000 from 404,000 last weekNow demand will be put to a heat testGrain and soybeansThree days with high near 100 degrees in Chicago with a mild cooling coming but no meaningful rainIt is getting too late for rain to help corn that is better than 50% pollinatingWe have another month of hunting and pecking regarding crop size before the August survey estimateDollar near its one year high chokes exportsMarkets closed on the 4th reopen at 9:30 CDT this morningDelta and Southeast may get some rain in 6-10 day time frame but not much and the Midwest will maintain a dry canteenEastern Europe into Russia and vicinity is a dryness curiosityExport sales Friday AMWheat yields also suffering as September reaches $8.00November beans have $15 in its sightsDecember corn surpasses $6.73 ½ resistance and could easily go over $7 based on present crop stressSome ethanol plants are struggling to stay afloat SHARE Facebook Twitter Seed Consultants Market Wrap Up 7/5/12 with Gary Wilhemilast_img read more

Crop Insurance Will Survive

first_img SHARE Crop Insurance Will Survive Home Indiana Agriculture News Crop Insurance Will Survive SHARE That, concluded, Rutledge, is why farmers see crop insurance as the “number one risk management tool in their arsenals.” Farmers can rest assured that crop insurance is strong and vibrant and was designed to be able to endure the types of losses we’ve seen over the past several years, said the leaders of two key crop insurance organizations today during the joint national convention of the National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) and the American Association of Crop Insurers (AACI).  “Hopefully, the rains that farmers have been praying for will come this spring.  But if they don’t, then that’s why the federal crop insurance program is here,” said Steve Rutledge, NCIS chairman, during his opening remarks.  Rutledge pointed out that farmers paid $4.1 billion out of their own pockets for the protection of crop insurance in 2012.   “One of the reasons why this public-private partnership works so well is that those who seek protection must first put ‘skin in the game,’” he said. Facebook Twitter Rutledge noted that while farmers were possibly facing three bad years in a row, the federal crop insurance program has been around since 1938 and farmers should know that when they purchase a policy and suffer a loss, their indemnity is something they can count on.  “One of the many reasons why farmers love crop insurance is because when disasters strikes – and that happens all too frequently in farming – help is there quickly,” he said. Deal explained that the recent drought really put the adjusters’ “feet to the fire,” necessitating long work days, often including weekends.  “In 2012, more than 436,000 policies were indemnified, a number that clearly demonstrates the workload bore by our adjusters,” he said.center_img With drought conditions expected to continue in 2013 and farm policy getting added attention in the halls of Congress, this year will likely be as busy for the industry, Deal explained. By Gary Truitt – Feb 11, 2013 “What we’ve heard from almost every commodity group and farm organization is “Do No Harm” to crop insurance.  This program is a three-way partnership between the general public, the farmer and the private sector, and all three benefit from their investment,” said Deal.   “Crop insurance is the risk management tool of preference – and for some the only risk management tool available – to the vast majority of America’s farmers.” Facebook Twitter Sharing the stage with Rutledge was Greg Deal, chairman of AACI.  Deal called the 15,000 crop insurance agents and 5,000 claims adjusters “the unsung heroes” of the industry, because they work directly with farmers to ensure that crop insurance is fast, accurate and efficient.  “The agents, who are often farmers themselves, understand the risks involved in farming and how unnerving a bad crop year can be,” he said. Deal added that the farm safety net, namely crop insurance, underpins the agricultural sector that not only generates a dependable supply of food but is helping drive the U.S. economy – all for less than one-quarter of one percent of the federal budget. Previous articleSeed Consultants Market Watch 2/11/2013 Evening Comment With Gary WilhelmiNext articleVilsack and Kirk Respond to Russia’s Suspension of U.S. Meat Imports Gary Truittlast_img read more

Purdue Release 2014 Crop Cost and Return Guide

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Release 2014 Crop Cost and Return Guide SHARE Purdue 2014 crop guide availablePurdue Extension agricultural economists are urging farmers to calculate estimated budgets for the 2014 cropping year and to help with the process they have released the 2014 Purdue Crop Cost and Return Guide. Michael Langemeier, Purdue Extension agricultural economist, says there are two main drivers in the 2014 guide compared to the 2013 edition, and the first of those is the drop in corn, soybean, and wheat prices.“That of course is having a large negative impact on market revenue and contribution margins for corn, soybeans and wheat. The second factor is more positive and that’s the expected decline in fertilizer costs. Now we haven’t changed the fertilizer amounts in the guides but the fertilizer prices are quite a bit lower right now compared to what they were last fall when we were working on the 2013 guide.”The guide is a general guide and is not specific to any particular farm.“It gives a person an idea of how market revenue should be computed. Market revenue is pretty simple. It’s usually price times yield, and it gives an idea of how we did it, using current futures prices and trend yields. That’s how we calculate market revenue in this guide. More importantly, it gives someone an idea of the important costs that need to be included and how you would calculate those costs for a specific farm, for a specific field and for a specific enterprise, such as rotation corn.”There are numerous illustrations in the guide and he says probably the most important are the illustrations to calculate overhead costs. It is available for free download from the Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture website and the guide is updated frequently as grain futures prices change and the costs of inputs fluctuate.According to guide estimates, revenues for rotation corn on average-productivity land could fall by $140 per acre compared with 2013. Rotation soybean revenues on average-productivity land could fall by $35 per acre.Those changes in grain prices and input costs mean it’s even more important for growers to estimate their budgets for the next year, Langemeier said. As it looks now, rotation soybeans could be more profitable than continuous corn for some farmers in the coming year.“Rotation soybeans are looking very attractive for 2014, so we could see more rotation soybeans than continuous corn,” he said.Right now, the per-acre contribution margin (revenue minus variable costs) for rotation soybeans on average land is an estimated $395, while continuous corn is $277. Those numbers could change, however, as the 2013 cropping season wraps up.Source: Purdue Ag Communications By Andy Eubank – Sep 19, 2013 Purdue Release 2014 Crop Cost and Return Guide Previous articleFarm Groups Call for Farm Bill Action With Passage of House Nutrition BillNext articleBeck’s Hybrids Announces Illinois Acquisition Andy Eubanklast_img read more

National Ag Leaders Celebrate Agriculture Day

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News National Ag Leaders Celebrate Agriculture Day Chuck Conner, president and CEO of the National Council of Farm Cooperatives, said, “National Ag Day gives us an amazing opportunity to showcase agriculture and share the true success story that we see as we look out across rural America today. Agriculture continues to be a bright spot in the U.S. economy and farmer-owned cooperatives are at the core of that success.” Farmers and agriculture associations across the country celebrate the 41st annual National Agriculture Day on March 25, 2014. The Agriculture Council of America organizes the day of recognition for American Agriculture. The ACA’s goals for National Ag Day include a desire for every American to:Understand how food and fiber products are produced.Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry. SHARE Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 25, 2014 National Ag Leaders Celebrate Agriculture Daycenter_img Previous articleGovernor Signs Soil Productivity Delay LegislationNext articleRail Congestion Pushes Ethanol Prices Higher Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter This year’s festivities included the installation of a memorial to Dr. Norman Borlaug in Washington, D.C. American Farm Bureau Federation president Bob Stallman recognizes Dr. Borlaug as “the scientist most closely identified with dramatically improving agricultural productivity through development of high-yield, disease-resistant crops. His scientific discoveries and hands-on work to transfer food production technology transformed agriculture all around the world. His work moved farm production from subsistence to the fullest abundance and most importantly, gave nations the tools to feed their people.” The National Farmer’s Union focused on family farmer’s during National Ag Day because the United Nations has declared 2014 the International Year of Farming. “Family farmers constitute 96 percent of all farms in the United States and 45 percent of the world’s population makes its living directly from farming. Without family farmers, there would be no National Ag Day,” said Chandler Goule, NFU senior vice president of programs. SHARElast_img read more

ISDA Official Wins Top Honor

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Deb Fairhurst, SHARE ISDA Official Wins Top Honor By Gary Truitt – May 14, 2015 center_img Home Indiana Agriculture News ISDA Official Wins Top Honor SHARE Deb Fairhurst, Program Manager of Accountability and Technology for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) – Division of Soil Conservation, received the 2015 Excellence in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Award from the Indiana Geographic Information Council at the group’s annual conference in Bloomington this week.The Excellence in GIS Award recognizes an organization for creative and practical applications of GIS in Indiana and also recognizes an organization that has recently pushed the envelope of GIS technology through the innovative development of a unique technology service or application to produce new benefit streams.Fairhurst developed an effective tool that illustrates the importance of the Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP) workload impact of best agricultural practices and nutrient load reductions by watersheds across Indiana.  Partnering with local, state and federal agencies, she initiated the uniform adaptation of the USEPA Region 5 Load Reduction Model, which shows nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment reductions achieved by farmers statewide.“We thank Deb Fairhurst for her ongoing dedication for the Division of Soil Conservation and congratulate her on this achievement,” said ISDA Director Ted McKinney. “We believe this tool will greatly benefit soil conservation not only to Indiana, but nationally in a multitude of ways.”With the methodology for tracking nutrient and sediment reductions from local, state and federally assisted-conservation projects, Indiana has been hailed by the USEPA as a national leader and a prime example for such efforts on a statewide scale.  Due to Fairhurst’s actions, the conservation community in Indiana will be able to better monitor conservation practices, account for environmentally beneficial water quality trends, and continue to keep hundreds of millions of pounds in nutrients and sediment from entering Indiana waters.To date, the maps and methodology created by Fairhurst are the most comprehensive and widely-distributed demonstrations of the ICP’s successes.  In addition, these maps will be utilized by USEPA and the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force in a Congressional report on nutrient reduction efforts in the Mississippi River Basin.  The load reduction maps and methodology can be found by visiting www.in.gov/isda/2991.htm[acm-tag id=”post_column”]. Previous articleOil Moves Back Under $60 a BarrelNext articleCool and Wet Weather Slowing Planting and Crop Emergence Gary Truittlast_img read more

US Ethanol Production Sets New All Time Record High

first_img According to EIA data, ethanol production averaged 1.008 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 42.34 million gallons daily. That is up 33,000 b/d from the week before, a new all-time high, and the first time in history that weekly production has crested the 1 million b/d mark. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 984,000 b/d—the highest average since the week ended 6/19/2015—for an annualized rate of 15.08 billion gallons. Stocks of ethanol stood at 19.6 million barrels. That is a 2.0% increase from last week and a 17-week high.Imports of ethanol were zero b/d for the second week in a row. Gasoline demand for the week averaged 374.7 million gallons (8.921 million barrels) daily, the lowest since May. Refiner/blender input of ethanol averaged 885,000 b/d.Expressed as a percentage of daily gasoline demand, daily ethanol production was 11.30%, the highest since the first week of February. Home Market US Ethanol Production Sets New All Time Record High US Ethanol Production Sets New All Time Record High SHARE By Gary Truitt – Nov 25, 2015 Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleMorning OutlookNext articleMidday Update Gary Truittlast_img read more