April 10 (Reuters) – The American Farm Bureau Federation
(AFBF) said on Thursday it had more work to do to find consensus
on a set of standards aimed at protecting farm data privacy,
after meeting in Kansas City with a dozen leading U.S.
agricultural industry players.
At stake is who will spearhead the drive toward a common
standard for data produced on farms as the industry aims to turn
information into profit and productivity, projected to be a
multi-billion dollar industry in the coming years.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – A Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods
The bill, dubbed the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” was drafted by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo from Kansas, and is aimed at overriding bills in roughly two dozen states that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled as such.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Investigators in Kansas City are searching for one or more gunmen who have been firing at area motorists over the last month, hitting at least 13 vehicles and injuring three people, police said on Monday.
“We are having a rash of these. It’s crazy,” said Marisa Barnes, a spokeswoman for the Kansas City Police Department. “Luckily there have only been three where there have been injuries.”
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration.
One earthquake recorded at 3.8 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey rocked houses in several communities around central Oklahoma at 7:42 a.m. local time. Another about two hours earlier in the same part of the state, north of Oklahoma City, was recorded at 2.9 magnitude, USGS said.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Monsanto Co, the world’s largest seed company, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday as its corn and soybean businesses expanded globally.
The company, which specializes in developing genetically engineered crops that withstand herbicides and ward off insects, also affirmed its fiscal-year forecast.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – The Asiana Airlines Inc flight that crashed in San Francisco in July, killing three passengers, was likely because the pilots were flying dangerously slow and a warning system that should have alerted them was inadequate, according to conclusions drawn by the airline and reported in documents released by U.S. investigators on Monday.
“The probable cause of this accident was the flight crew’s failure to monitor and maintain a minimum safe airspeed during a final approach,” Asiana Airlines said in its report to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – A top Federal Reserve official who has often warned of the risks of keeping U.S. interest rates too low for too long said on Friday she wants to see how winding down the Fed’s massive bond-buying stimulus goes before setting out any path for rate hikes.
“I don’t think it would be fair to say I have a date in mind or a path in mind,” for the appropriate timing of the Fed’s first rate increase, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George told the Central Exchange. “We are in a place now where we have to be very careful and think about how we are beginning to withdraw stimulus.”
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Missouri officials were preparing Tuesday to execute a man convicted of abducting, raping and strangling a teenage girl who was working as a gas station attendant.
Jeffrey Ferguson, 59, was convicted twice for killing 17-year-old Kelli Hall, kidnapping her with an accomplice as she ended her evening shift at a metropolitan St. Louis service station on February 9, 1989. The girl’s naked body was found less than two weeks later.
March 13 (Reuters) – A public interest group is asking a
court to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to turn over
documents explaining its approval of a genetically altered
alfalfa even as the department acknowledged the crop’s potential
to do environmental damage.
The Center for Food Safety said on Thursday that it believes
the USDA may have succumbed to outside pressure, possibly from
Monsanto Co., the developer of the genetic trait in the
INDIANAPOLIS, March 10 (Reuters) – Dan Kittle has spent more
than a decade waiting for this day.
As the man in charge of research and development at Dow
AgroSciences, the unit of Dow Chemical Co that develops
agricultural seeds and pesticides, Kittle remembers the “big
shock” when rival Monsanto Co unveiled a genetically
modified seed in 1996 designed to be used in combination with a
specific herbicide, a combination that rapidly led Monsanto to