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A Prism Business Media Publication November 15, 2006 | 061115   
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 >> Logan Hawkes

 >> Mark Keenum nominated to undersecretary post

 >> Environmental groups celebrating Pombo defeat

 >> Bipartisan efforts for farm legislation continue

 >> Don't expect much change from elections

 >> Thiesse's Thoughts

 >> Road Warrior: Insight 2007

 >> Wild poinsettia prevails over glyphosate in Brazil

 >> U.S. adults support government incentives for biofuels

 >> The late-season arrival of soybean rust

 >> Farmer's wife speaks from the heart

 >> Late-season rust hits west Tennessee counties

 >> Preaching to the choir and the Google nation

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  EDITOR'S NOTE
Logan Hawkes
11/15/06    Crop News Weekly
The elections are over and most of us are still wondering what will happen in the future. It seems there was so much hype over issues, over party politics, and over how many seats each party would grab in the end, that few of us paused long enough to think what it all might mean - regardless which way the cookie crumbled. And we're still wondering.

In this issue, Mark Keenum, veteran staff member for Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and a major player in the last three farm bill debates, has been nominated for the No. 3 post at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Also this week, and speaking of the elections, the changes imminent in Senate and House leadership resulting from the mid-term election likely will create new opportunities and challenges for America's farmers, but the one certainty remaining is that no effective farm legislation will pass without strong support from both parties. And some potential bad news for farmers, wild poinsettia, or Euphorbia heterophylla, has been confirmed resistant to glyphosate in Brazil, making it the eleventh weed in the world to develop resistance to the herbicide. On the brighter side, four in five U.S. adults (80%) strongly or somewhat agree that national and state governments are not doing enough to promote production of biofuels -- fuels made from agricultural crops or plant matter.

You'll find these stories and a lot more in this issue of Crop News Weekly. Happy reading.



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  FROM OUR MAGAZINES
Mark Keenum nominated to undersecretary post
11/14/06   
Mark Keenum, veteran staff member for Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and a major player in the last three farm bill debates, has been nominated for the No. 3 post at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. President Bush named Keenum, a graduate and former assistant professor of economics at Mississippi State University, to fill the post of undersecretary of agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. He would replace J.B. Penn, who resigned last August. - Forrest Laws, Farm Press Editorial Staff

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Environmental groups celebrating Pombo defeat
11/14/06   
The election of California's Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House and third in line for the presidency and Nevada's Harry Reid as Senate majority leader may have captured the headlines. But the biggest development for farmers and ranchers from the Nov. 7 election may have been the defeat of House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo at the hands of environmental groups. - Forrest Laws, Farm Press Editorial Staff

Bipartisan efforts for farm legislation continue
11/13/06   
The changes imminent in Senate and House leadership resulting from the mid-term election likely will create new opportunities and challenges for America's farmers, but the one certainty remaining is that no effective farm legislation will pass without strong support from both parties. Many agricultural committee members in both houses will remain active, even as chairmanships move from the Republican to the Democratic Party. - Ron Smith, Farm Press Editorial Staff

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Don't expect much change from elections
11/13/06   
Hallelujah! When this sees print, the elections will be over, and we will mercifully be spared any more of the inane, vapid, condescending, downright idiotic political TV commercials that have been bombarding us for months (until they crank up again in '08). One has to wonder at the mentality of candidates and national party officials whose messages to the voting public consist of a barrage of 30-second TV attack ads that do nothing to enlighten the electorate about issues and candidate qualifications, and whirlwind appearances with candidates parroting the same carefully scripted speeches that say nothing substantive. - Hembree Brandon, Farm Press Editorial Staff

Thiesse's Thoughts
Sign-up for the 2007 DCP Farm Program began Oct. 1, 2006, at county Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. Producers must sign DCP Program contracts annually in order to receive Direct payments, and to receive potential Counter-Cyclical payments, on DCP Program commodities for the 2007 crop year. The first portion of the 2007 Direct payments, which are scheduled to begin after Dec. 1, 2006, can't be made until after producers have completed enrollment for the 2007 DCP Program at their county FSA office. - Kent Thiesse, The Corn & Soybean Digest

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Road Warrior: Insight 2007
Dave Kohl writes: "What issues will be on farm and ranch managers' radar screens for 2007? First and foremost will be energy and inputs that are impacted by oil and natural gas. Expect wide swings in these costs created by weather, supply and demand aspects of the energy equation, and geopolitical risk. It will be a bumpy road in energy costs until alternative energy is developed and/or the global economy slows down. Watch the health of the U.S. economy. Canada's biggest agricultural and general economy trading partner is experiencing an economic slowdown." - The Corn & Soybean Digest

Wild poinsettia prevails over glyphosate in Brazil
Wild poinsettia, or Euphorbia heterophylla, has been confirmed resistant to glyphosate in Brazil, making it the eleventh weed in the world to develop resistance to the herbicide. "We have about 50-70 acres of glyphosate-resistant wild poinsettia at this time," says Ribas Vidal, weed scientist at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) who confirmed the resistant population. The population was found in a field in the main soybean growing region of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. - The Corn & Soybean Digest

U.S. adults support government incentives for biofuels
Four in five U.S. adults (80%) strongly or somewhat agree that national and state governments are not doing enough to promote production of biofuels -- fuels made from agricultural crops or plant matter -- according to a survey released by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive(r), also found that 82% of adults say national and state governments should provide financial incentives to biofuels producers to encourage the production and availability of biofuels. - The Corn & Soybean Digest

The late-season arrival of soybean rust
11/10/06   
It could have been a soybean farmer's worst nightmare. The e-mail rust alerts were coming in hot and heavy, and the map on the soybean rust monitoring Web site, which had been mostly green, suddenly lit up like a Christmas tree. Between Oct. 11 and Oct. 24, the www.sbrusa.net monitoring system issued 17 soybean rust alerts for counties in the Mid-South states and Kentucky. Nationwide, the monitoring program said the latest findings had brought the 2006 total to 161 counties in 15 states ranging from Texas to Indiana to Virginia. - Forrest Laws, Farm Press Editorial Staff

Farmer's wife speaks from the heart
11/09/06   
I have received a lot of comments on an article I wrote a few weeks ago about how glad I am that some choose to farm. In this article I'm including some rather lengthy quotes from one response. "I am the proud wife of a farmer for nineteen and a half years. I will be the first to admit that I didn't have a clue about everything involved in farming until I became a farmer's wife..." - Ford L. Baldwin, Practical Weed Consultants

Late-season rust hits west Tennessee counties
11/09/06   
When Asian soybean rust was detected in Kentucky and other Mid-South states in mid-October, University of Tennessee Extension plant pathologist Melvin Newman gathered up four truckloads of Extension workers who drove out into the west Tennessee countryside to see if the disease had found a home in the state. By that time, most of west Tennessee's sentinel plots had matured out and many of the spore traps had been taken up. A lot the state's commercial fields had been gathered as well.

Preaching to the choir and the Google nation
11/08/06   
Agricultural journalists have long anguished over our failure to defend agriculture to people not in agriculture. We're preaching to the choir, we are told -- our good message is hardly news to an already enlightened flock of farmers. So imagine my surprise the other day when I got a call from a reporter at Forbes magazine wanting to interview me about an article I had written in Delta Farm Press in which I addressed myths being perpetuated about conventional cotton. - Elton Robinson, Farm Press Editorial Staff



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