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Dec 14, 2012

Analysis: Stakes for U.S. river funds rise as water levels fall

KANSAS CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A low-water crisis now plaguing part of the Mississippi River system will boost industry arguments for long-delayed government improvement projects along U.S. rivers, though looming federal budget battles remain a high hurdle.

Experts say even as billions of dollars of river-borne commerce slow along the shallow section of the Mississippi, an even larger economic catastrophe is looming as dozens of critical infrastructure improvements and repairs up and down the entire U.S. river system remain long overdue.

Dec 13, 2012

Drought expands in many farm states

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Drought continued to expand through many key farming states within the central United States in the past week, as scattered rainfall failed to replenish parched soils, according to a report issued Thursday by state and federal climatology experts.

Drought conditions were most pervasive in the Plains states, including in top wheat producer Kansas, according to the Drought Monitor report.

Dec 10, 2012

Food safety group calls for court to limit GMO seed patents

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Patent protection for genetically modified corn, soybeans and other crop must be limited so farmers can save their seeds and protect themselves against litigation, a public interest group said in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday in a case involving global seed giant Monsanto Co.

The case that the high court will hear next year involving an Indiana soybean farmer Vernon Bowman is but a “microcosm of a systemic problem,” and the outcome of the case could have far-reaching impacts as Monsanto and other biotech seed developers expand their dominance of agricultural seeds, according to the Center for Food Safety (CFS), which filed the amicus brief Monday in support of Bowman.

Dec 6, 2012

U.S. winter wheat abandonment may top 25 pct-experts

, Dec 6 (Reuters) – U.S. winter wheat
farmers could abandon more than a quarter of the new wheat crop
due to devastating weather, though decisions on abandonment will
not be made until spring, experts said this week.

Historic drought, coupled with record warm weather and high
winds sweeping across the Plains, have left the new crop in the
worst condition in decades. With no significant improvement
soon, many farmers could give up on their wheat acres.

Dec 6, 2012

Over 25 pct of US winter wheat may be abandoned-experts

, Dec 6 (Reuters) – U.S. winter wheat
farmers could abandon more than a quarter of the new wheat crop
due to devastating weather, though decisions on abandonment will
not be made until spring, experts said this week.

Historic drought, coupled with record warm weather and high
winds sweeping across the Plains, have left the new crop in the
worst conditions in decades. With no significant improvement
soon, many farmers could give up on their wheat acres.

Dec 6, 2012

Drought expands, concerns mount about wheat and rivers

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Drought continued to expand through the central United States even as winter weather sets in, wreaking havoc on the nation’s new wheat crop and on movement of key commodities as major shipping waterways grow shallow.

Unseasonably warm conditions have exacerbated the harm caused by the lack of needed rainfall. The average temperature for the contiguous United States last month was 44.1 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.1 degrees above the 20th century average, and tying 2004 as the 20th warmest November on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Dec 4, 2012

Warm and dry-a devastating combination for U.S. wheat crop

Dec 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. winter wheat crop, already facing
the worst conditions in nearly three decades, is being hit with
an early winter double-whammy.

Still suffering through one of the worst droughts in history,
wheat farmers are also having to deal with the warmest
conditions ever for early winter in the High Plains. In Kansas,
the top U.S. wheat producing state, 2012 ranks as the warmest on
record.

Dec 3, 2012

FDA seeks end of lawsuit over delayed food safety rules

Dec 3 (Reuters) – Creating new rules for food safety is too
complex a task to be completed quickly and a lawsuit seeking to
compel government action should be dismissed, according to the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA said that although it was behind schedule in
modernizing food safety regulations as set out in a law signed
in January 2011, the agency’s broad role in regulating a $450
billion domestic and imported food business requires additional
time.

Dec 3, 2012

FDA seeks dismissal of lawsuit over delayed food safety rules

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Creating new rules for food safety is too complex a task to be completed quickly and a lawsuit seeking to compel government action should be dismissed, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA said that though it was behind schedule in modernizing food safety regulations as set out in a law signed in January 2011, the agency’s broad role in regulating a $450 billion domestic and imported food business requires additional time.

Nov 29, 2012

Drought expands, blankets High Plains

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Drought is tightening its grip on the central United States as winter weather sets in, threatening to ravage the new wheat crop and spelling more hardship for farmers and ranchers already weary of the costly and ongoing dry conditions.

While conditions started to improve earlier in November, they turned harsh to close out the month as above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation proved a dire combination in many regions, according to the Drought Monitor, a weekly compilation of data gathered by federal and academic scientists issued Thursday.

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