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Aug 28, 2013

GMO corn failing to protect fields from pests -report

Aug 28 (Reuters) – Researchers in the key corn-growing state
of Illinois are finding significant damage from rootworms in
farm fields planted in a rotation with a genetically modified
corn, a combination of measures that are supposed to protect the
crop from the pests, according to a new report.

“It’s very alarming,” said Joe Spencer, an insect
behaviorist with the Illinois Natural History Survey who is
researching the issue.

Aug 28, 2013

GMO corn failing to protect fields from pest damage: report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Researchers in the key corn-growing state of Illinois are finding significant damage from rootworms in farm fields planted in a rotation with a genetically modified corn that is supposed to protect the crop from the pests, according to a new report.

Evidence gathered from fields in two Illinois counties suggests that pest problems are mounting as the rootworms grow ever more resistant to efforts to fight them, including crop rotation combined with use of the biotech corn, according to the report issued by Michael Gray, a professor of crop sciences at the University of Illinois.

Aug 27, 2013

Shrinking water supply under threat in U.S. farm breadbasket -report

Aug 27 (Reuters) – A critical water source for U.S. farmers
and ranchers is being depleted at a rapid rate and nearly 70
percent of it will disappear within the next 50 years if the
current trend does not change, according to a report issued this
week.

Thirty percent of the groundwater from a critical portion of
what is known as the High Plains Aquifer already has been pumped
and another 39 percent will be depleted over the next five
decades, according to the report by environmental science and
engineering experts published on Monday in the Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences.

Aug 23, 2013

Fort Hood murderer, two others seen headed to notorious U.S. prison

LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (Reuters) – Surrounded by 14-foot high fencing and spread over 51 acres of Midwest river country, the U.S. maximum security military prison here has a long history of housing some of the nation’s most notorious soldiers-turned-criminals.

And soon it expects at have at least three more.

Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan, who was found guilty on Friday of killing 13, mostly soldiers, in a rampage at a military base in Fort Hood Texas, could become the sixth man on death row at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Aug 21, 2013

U.S. farm, food groups want better oversight of GMO field trials

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – More than 150 U.S. farm and food businesses and organizations on Wednesday called for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to strengthen its oversight of field trials of experimental, genetically modified crops.

The group includes organic and natural food industry representatives as well as family farm and trade policy players. It said the disarray in international markets after an unapproved genetically modified wheat developed by Monsanto Co was discovered growing unchecked in Oregon this spring is the latest example of the need to change GMO field trial regulations.

Aug 19, 2013

Judge blocks Oklahoma law on “Plan B” emergency contraception

Aug 19 (Reuters) – A judge in Oklahoma issued a temporary
retraining order on Monday blocking implementation of a law that
critics said would limit a woman’s access to emergency
contraception known as the “morning after pill,” court records
showed.

“Once again Oklahoma politicians’ efforts to turn back the
clock on women’s health and rights have been blocked,” David
Brown, an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, said
in an emailed statement.

Aug 19, 2013

Judge blocks Oklahoma law on “Plan B” emergency contraception

Aug 19 (Reuters) – A judge in Oklahoma issued a temporary
retraining order on Monday blocking implementation of a law that
critics said would limit a woman’s access to emergency
contraception known as the “morning after pill,” court records
showed.

“Once again Oklahoma politicians’ efforts to turn back the
clock on women’s health and rights have been blocked,” David
Brown, an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, said
in an emailed statement.

Aug 15, 2013

Some U.S. farmland values surge more than 25 pct -Fed

, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Farmland prices in key
U.S. crop regions surged more than 25 percent over the past 12
months as demand for land remains strong despite a decline in
farm income, two Federal Reserve bank reports said on Thursday.

Prices paid for irrigated cropland in a central U.S. region
that includes Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Oklahoma jumped
25.2 percent from a year ago, according to a report by the
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Jul 31, 2013

DuPont gains hard-fought majority stake in South Africa seed company

July 31 (Reuters) – U.S. chemical and seed company DuPont
said on Wednesday it completed its three-year effort to
buy a majority stake in South Africa’s largest seed company,
overcoming that country’s stiff opposition to the foreign
ownership with pledges to keep a rein on pricing and to aid
small South African farmers.

The deal with privately held Pannar Seed Ltd, a 55-year-old
seed company, should provide immediate financial gain to DuPont,
with new products expected to be on the market in August and
September, according to Paul Schickler, president of DuPont
Pioneer, DuPont’s agricultural seed unit.

Jul 30, 2013

U.S. differences on abortion widen along regional lines: survey

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – U.S. attitudes on abortion are split along regional lines, and opposition to legal abortion has grown in some parts of the South while Americans in the Northeast and on the West Coast still strongly favor abortion rights, according to a new study.

While a little more than half of all Americans continue to favor abortion rights and two in five oppose them, the divide is reflected in legal and legislative battles over the issue this month in the two regions with the most opposition to legal abortion: the South Central and Midwestern states.

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