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2008-12-03 11:53:41

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency is urging increased use of radiation to produce high-yielding plants to help people avoid hunger. IAEA officials said the nearly century-old technique called mutation induction is safe and cost effective and the plants it can help create are adaptable to droughts, floods and other harsh weather conditions, and can be bred to be resistant to diseases and pests. Selecting the crops that are better able to feed us is one of humankind's oldest...

2008-10-27 12:00:25

GLEN ALLEN, Va., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the groundbreaking of its first barley-based ethanol and protein feed bio-processing facility in Hopewell, Va., Osage Bio Energy LLC is launching the Barley Bin Builder Yield Contest for the 2009 crop season. To increase farmer interest in regional barley production, the Barley Bin Builder Yield Contest will award $1,000 by state to the farmer entry with the highest barley yield per acre within a seven-state region. Osage Bio Energy,...

2008-10-23 06:00:27

Diabetes is one of today's most significant and frightening health issues. Almost 24 million Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and up to 57 million are considered pre-diabetic. The good news is, by practicing a few healthy lifestyle habits, type 2 diabetes can be controlled and even reversed. In observance of American Diabetes Month(R) in November, the National Barley Foods Council and BGLife(TM) Barley are teaming up to remind consumers what diabetes health...

2008-10-06 15:00:34

By PATRICK KANE HOPEWELL -- The state's first ethanol plant should be ready in time for 2010's barley crop, company officials said at Friday's groundbreaking. The Appomattox Bio Energy facility will produce 65 million gallons per year of ethanol and food and fuel byproducts. "Thank you for allowing us to be your new neighbor," said L. Craig Shealy, president and CEO. He said there are deal logistics, opportunities to mesh with other industry and "a great workforce" in Hopewell. "These are...

2008-10-01 15:00:44

By PATRICK KANE HOPEWELL -- An ethanol plant that whipped up controversy in the community will produce a huge impact on local farmers and energy production, company officials say. Appomattox Bio Energy, the state's first ethanol production facility, is holding a groundbreaking Friday. "We are very excited," said Joel Stone, chief operating officer of parent company Osage Bio Energy. "It's an outstanding opportunity for what this plant is going to bring to agribusiness in this area."...

2008-10-01 06:00:40

By DAN BUGLASS RURAL JUST 12months ago all appeared set fair for arable farmers, with the price of wheat and malting barley in theUKheading close to GBP 200 per tonne for those who hadnot locked into forwardcontracts. The spot market was the place to operate. However,more prudent operators decided in the early months of this year that it seemed wise to have a fair estimation ofwhat the 2008 harvest might be worth. Contracts, based on meeting the specifications set by leading buyers,...

2008-09-17 16:50:00

By Patrick Burns Conoy Township supervisors in March approved Lancaster Biofuels' request to build a 60 million gallon-per-year corn ethanol distillery plant. But Seth Obetz, who helped form Lancaster Biofuels in 2006, now says the $120 million plant might process winter barley, not corn, into ethanol when it is built. "I can't say with any definitiveness that we'll use barley, but we have studied it intensely," said Obetz, who is vice chairman of the Manheim oil firm Worley & Obetz....

2008-09-16 00:00:00

Hopes of neatly wrapping up the remainder of this year's wheat harvest in the Westcountry are steadily washing away with the autumn rain. Dodging the storms has been increasingly challenging, with farmers reluctant to leave crops out any longer than physically possible - especially with days shortening, temperatures falling and soils becoming even wetter. With contractors struggling to get through their customer schedules, sprouting grains and grain shedding from standing crops has become...

2008-09-11 06:00:26

By Dan Buglass, rural FARMERS have a reputation, sometimes well founded, for making gloomy pronouncements suggesting all is lost. However, even neutral observers who have seen the damage that the recent torrential rains have inflicted on the Borders and parts of East Lothian are appreciating the scale of the disaster that has hit arable farmers at the most crucial time of the year. Jim McLaren, president of NFU Scotland, was visibly shocked by a tour of four farms near Kelso and...

2008-08-26 06:00:40

By Roger Fillion A severe hailstorm in south central Colorado earlier this month wiped out part of the barley crop that MillerCoors and Anheuser- Busch use to brew beer. A MillerCoors spokesman said the Aug. 16 storm that battered the San Luis Valley would not affect its beer production or prices. An Anheuser-Busch spokesman declined to comment beyond a written statement. The storm, the worst in recent memory, caused an estimated $42.4 million in crop damage in the worst-hit areas of...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'