With Congress blocking USDA from spending any funds to create a second beef checkoff, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he's happy at least that people within the beef industry could at least find an area of agreement.
In this week's Crop Tech Corner, a study shows that Bt-proteins do not harm a valuable corn and cotton insect predator, a biological herbicide targeting downy brome comes to market, and two companies boast of sorghum varieties with tolerance to the sugarcane aphid.
USDA has issued its final environmental impact statement recommending full deregulation of Monsanto's dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean trait. Now the company awaits EPA registration of the trait's corresponding herbicides.
The overall Agriculture Department and related agencies bill would cost $20.5 billion for fiscal year 2015, a congressional aide said, down from $20.8 billion in 2014. One provision would prevent USDA from creating a new beef checkoff.