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Fifteen lawsuits seeking eminent domain over pipeline easements

Farm and Dairy | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in Energy News

Kinder Morgan Utopia has filed lawsuits seeking eminent domain against 15 Harrison County landowners.

The lawsuits were filed April 4 against landowners who have declined all Kinder Morgan Utopia offers for pipeline easements across their properties.

The Kinder Morgan Utopia pipeline will stretch 240 miles and carry ethane and ethane-propane mixtures from the Utica shale fields in Harrison County, Ohio, to Fulton County, Ohio. From there, it will proceed through Michigan to Ontario.

Missouri producers reject creating state beef checkoff

Fox 2 | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in Agriculture News

Missouri beef producers have soundly rejected an effort to establish a $1 per head beef checkoff fee.

he Missouri Beef Industry Council proposed the $1 fee, which would have been in addition to an existing $1 per head federal beef checkoff fee. Supporters said the revenue would be used to combat declining beef prices and to promote the health benefits of beef.

Early Summer Apocalypse in Cattle Prices?

DTN | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in News

Not to ruin your Friday, but the ongoing implosion of summer live cattle futures seems to be predicting pretty much the end of civilization as we know it. As I write, the June contract has slipped under 114 for the first time since May of 2012. Apparently, the board's terrorizing horsemen somehow anticipate feedlot sales collapsing to $112-113 by late June.

Scientists advance disease resistance in 3 of world's most important crops

EurekaAlert | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in Agriculture News

The Nature Biotechnology reports focus on wheat stem rust, Asian soybean rust, and potato late blight, diseases that are difficult to control, and each capable of causing yield losses over 80%.

They report the isolation of novel disease resistance genes and the successful transfer of resistance into wheat, soybean, and potato. The 2Blades Foundation supported the development of these efforts as part of the organization's mission to discover, advance, and deliver genetic improvements in crop disease resistance.

Wal-Mart to drop its organic brand, Wild Oats,

Market Watch | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in Food News

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is phasing out its Wild Oats organic food brand, according to people familiar with the matter, dropping a line of products introduced two years ago to bring inexpensive organics to the masses.

The world’s largest retailer has unwound a complicated deal with private-equity firm Yucaipa Cos. that allowed it to sell Wild Oats pasta sauces, cereals and other shelf stable products, the people said. The products will disappear from Wal-Mart shelves in coming months.

More milkweed may not cure what ails monarchs: study

Agri-Pulse | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in Agriculture News

The American Soybean Association is touting a new study that finds a lack of nectar sources, habitat fragmentation, and changing weather patterns are the primary contributors to a decline in monarch butterfly populations.

Oyster farms, shorebird vie for space on NJ bay beaches

AP | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in Agriculture News

Oyster farming is the kind of business an environmentalist should love: it doesn't use harmful chemicals or deplete natural resources, and the locally grown shellfish actually help clean the water.

It's a green, sustainable industry that brings nearly $1 million a year to growers in the New Jersey Delaware Bay area and puts shellfish on restaurant plates around the northeast.

But when that industry sits on the lone feeding ground in the western hemisphere for the largest population of a threatened species of shorebird, things get complicated.

Billy Busch Offers $1 More Than Siblings for Grant's Farm

ABC News | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in Rural News

Kraftig Brewing Co. founder William K. "Billy" Busch is now offering $1 more than his siblings in his effort to buy Grant's Farm in south St. Louis County.

Busch on Monday increased his offer for the attraction to $26,000,001. He is offering an additional $8 million to buy the family mansion and 22 acres that adjoin the popular attraction that includes 900 animals and is home to some of the Budweiser Clydesdales. It opened in 1954.

Protecting and enhancing pollinators in urban landscapes

Michigan State University Extension | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in Agriculture News

“Protecting and enhancing pollinators in urban landscapes for the US North Central Region” provides information for landscapers and gardeners who want to attract pollinators and protect them during pest management tactics or pesticide applications.

This 30-page PDF resource includes:

Pennsylvania Ag Secretary warns of new invasive insect

Fox 43 | Posted onApril 29, 2016 in Agriculture News

An invasive pest new to the United States was discovered for the first time on a farm in Lancaster County and has been found to have spread to at least four other counties, according to officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.