Spreading manure too early may lead to runoff problems later

During harvest season, farmers are short on time and may rush to clean out their manure pits early and get them out of the way, but this can mean trouble if it’s a rainy fall harvest season. "Right now, the September-through-November forecast from the National Weather Service gives us equal chances of getting above- or below-normal rainfall, so it could be a rainy fall," Sara Walling, water-quality section leader with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, sai Read More »

FDA takes first steps to modernize food-safety regulations under new law

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made progress this week in modernizing  food-safety regulations to prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses. The FDA finalized the first two out of seven major rules under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These two rules, known as preventive-controls rules, focus on implementing modern food manufacturing processes for both human and animal foods. Read More »

Dow unveils more details on fungicide for cereal crops ahead of launch

Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company, released new details this week about its plan to market a new fungicide developed to control key diseases in cereal crops. Inatreq, a product derived from naturally occurring material, represents a new market opportunity for Dow AgroSciences, with expected annual sales eventually to exceed $200 million. Read More »