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ISSUE DATE: 03/08/2010

EPA stops use of effective insecticide

By Larry Dreiling

A broad-spectrum insecticide, considered to be among the sunflower producer's best friends against the crop's enemies, has lost its registration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leaving producers scrambling for alternative products that aren't close to being as effective and developing growing strategies as a work-around to the loss of this effective product.

After years of legal wrangling, the EPA registration of carbofuran (better known by its trade name of Furadan, manufactured by FMC) was cancelled as of Dec. 31, 2009. Carbofuran was considered the product of choice by sunflower producers because of its efficacy against stem weevils--perhaps the top enemy of the sunflower.

Another plus was its being labeled for control of several other insects including banded moth, sunflower (head) moth, seed weevil, sunflower beetle and grasshoppers.


NEWS

"Farmers Feed U.S." builds consumer trust in ag through "free groceries"
2010 San Antonio International Farm and Ranch Show will be bigger, better
AFA provides financial support for future leaders in agriculture
AFBF backs bipartisan house effort to nullify EPA proposal
Ag curriculum perfect fit for elementary school
Ag curriculum perfect fit for elementary school
Ag expertise needed to feed, fuel world's skyrocketing demands for food, energy
Agricultural Relations Council holds annual meeting
Alliance will improve maize harvests, livelihoods in Africa
American Farmers & Ranchers elects leadership
American Farmland Trust finalist in Ideas For Change contest
Boswell chairs subcommittee hearing on Commodity Exchange Act in 2008 farm bill
Boswell meets with Iowa farmers, producers
California student wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet
Census Bureau launches 'Update/Leave' enumeration for rural areas
Commissioner Staples awards $100,000 to 13 young Texas farmers
Conference to help rural communities develop local economy through tourism
Consumer group warns New York Times readers in HSUS ad
Cooling inflammation for healthier arteries
Correction on wind farm story
Election of S.D. ag secretary is proposed
Extension to host ag risk management conference for women
FAPC highlights food and agricultural research during symposium
Free online tool developed at ISU helps farmers earn more, waste less
Global Harvest Initiative: Taking down fences to meet future needs
Gov. Ritter announces disaster designation for several Colorado counties
Grant writing seminar for non-profits, rural projects set for March 12
Murphy continues to learn
National Weights and Measures Week is March 1 to 7
Native American farmers, ranchers demand fair settlement
Nature tour of Costa Rica offered by Texas AgriLife Extension Service
NCPA study says genetically modified crops are safe, meet the needs of a growing population
Nebraska Farmers Union says Nebraska farm income is down
Nebraska Farmers Union sponsors students' attendance to College Conference on Cooperatives
New project to identify best approaches to improve ag in developing countries
NRCS and organics
One of coldest winters in 30 years keeps snowpack longer
Researchers throw the book at sickening fungi
Search for Century Farms under way in Missouri
Speaker added to lineup for Governor's Ag Conference
Succession in Agriculture Workshop March 9
The Colorado Farm Bureau praising the Utah House of Representatives
Triumph of Ag Expo coming to Qwest Center-Omaha March 3 and 4
UNL Extension Farmers and Ranchers College presents risk management updates
UNL research focuses on mycobacterial diseases in humans, animals
USDA grant to create Healthy Urban food Enterprise Development Center in Arkansas
USDA reaches new settlement with black farmers
UW College of Agriculture reaches record enrollment

CROPS

2009 distillers grains exports shatter previous record
AFBF, soybean checkoff launch Food Check-Out Week Facebook page
Ag grant, loan applications due April 1
ARS researchers develop method to speed up breeding of scab-resistant barley cultivars
ARS scientists, colleagues sequence genome of major pest
ASTA work in Mexico eases trade of sorghum seed
Biomass crop makes for good nursery container potting mix
Biotechnology resource added to soybean checkoff website
'Bottle Sprayer' invention offers simple lab and field testing of insecticides
Candidacy petition deadline of May 14 for Nebraska Soybean Board district election
Checkoff-funded research demonstrates biodiesel's carbon-reducing potential
Commodity Classic sorghum session to highlight policy
Conservation dollars available for Nebraska organic ag producers
Continued growth expected in seed treatment market
Crop rotation is vital to no-till success
Cuba bill increases U.S. agricultural one-way trade
Deadline approaching for specialty crops grants
Don't under-fertilize winter canola
Energize Missouri Agriculture offers cost-share program
EPA actions support viability, value of ethanol
EPA stops use of effective insecticide
EPA stops use of effective insecticide
EU approves modified maize, potato
Extension viticulture workshops inform prospective growers
Farm Bureau families raise record funds for America's hungry
Financial assistance available for organic certification
First hollow stem decisions looming for Oklahoma wheat producers
First Texas viticulture certification program graduates get growing
Free Texas Watershed Steward training set March 25 in Boerne
Funding available to fight invasive weeds
Fungal fumes clear out crop pests
Grain sorghum production workshop set for March 9
Grapes offer alternative markets for farms
Grazing another way to harvest remaining corn
Hilgedick honored for service to Missouri Corn
Honey bee research and education center dedicated at Texas A&M
Improve your soybean production practices on checkoff web site
Learn more about corn's ability to improve human nutrition at 2010 conference
Lower Arkansas Watershed Association, NRCS host input forum
Mike Edgerton to present K-State grain science Centennial Celebration Lecture
Missouri ag officials take over biodiesel plant
Missouri corn growers exhibit strong grass roots at annual meeting
Mo. ranks in middle nationally for organic farms
NAMA names Mary K. Waters as new president
NBB disappointed by delay in extending biodiesel tax incentive
NBB urges Congress to promptly extend biodiesel tax incentive
Nemaha County soybean farmer appointed to serve on United Soybean Board
NMSU's pecan conference to provide industry updates in a nutshell
Non-glyphosate varieties increase in MU soybean trials
NRCS introduces its new air quality initiative
Nursery is new tool in fight against Ug99 wheat stem rust
Oklahoma peanuts go Latin in 2009
OSU Field and Research Unit hands out Stewardship Award
OSU Plant Science Academy to give students a look at career options
Pistachio workshop to address federal marketing order
Plant leaf surfaces affect pesticide applications' effectiveness
Private applicator training at Wichita Falls Farm and Ranch Expo
Profitability project prepares update
Record crowd attends Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference
Register now for the Ethanol 2010: Emerging Issues Forum
Research team examines molecular basis of plant immune response
Rocky Mountain snow pack bad for Platte, but flood risk still high in eastern Nebraska
S.D. wineries toast their success
Soybean checkoff selects USSEC as international marketing contractor
Soybean checkoff supports biodiesel industry
Soybean genome mapping, new soy products aid in sustainable ag
State of Oklahoma wheat fields causing concern
State starts wine industry promotion
Stay safe this winter when handling stored grain
Texas business owner sentenced to jail for false organic marketing
Texas Department of Agriculture seeks applications for specialty crop grants
Texas free of drought for first time since 2007
Texas Peanut Producers Board elects four new directors
Texas ruling could encroach upon private property owners' water rights
The fear of Asian Soybean Rust is gone
Tips for choosing whole grain food products
Tom Vilsack to speak at Commodity Classic
UA scientists tweak genetics, physiology of soybeans to increase dryland yields
UNL organic workshops scheduled
USDA announces USB farmer-leader appointments
USDA funds organic initiative
USW president speaks at Australian wheat meetings
Waterways Council honors Grassley
Weed Control Guide now available
Wheat Board meeting March 10 to 11
Wheat groups advocate collaboration on variety development
Winners announced in Weed Science Society of America's annual awards program
Written market plan for 2010 soybean crop reduces volatility risks

LIVESTOCK

65th annual Cleveland County Junior Livestock Show set for March 2 to 5
Alltech Symposium focuses on bouncing back in 2010
Animal science: Southeastern calves still improving
Arkansas Cow/Calf Conference planned
Assessing antibiotic breakdown in manure
Attorney: Poultry companies turned watershed into mess
Beef checkoff gearing up for National Nutrition Month
BLM seeks comments on wild horse roundup
Cold-stressed calves ate more starter, kept growing
Congressional members, livestock groups hold briefings on antibiotics
Cornbelt Sheep Sale gets new look
Customer service drives new CAB-licensed feedlot
Dairy farm profits set to return in 2010
Despite recent dramatic growth, Missouri still has shortage of goats
Equine Well-Being Symposium planned March 10 to 12 in Manhattan
Family donates $7M cattle ranch to Missouri State
Gelbvieh genetics meeting commercial demands
Herring elected president of CattleFax
ICA's Berven announces May 31 retirement
Individual management improves quality
Jarvis elected to ASI Executive Board
Long-term planning for calving season
Masters of Beef Advocacy program continues to grow
Maximize immunity and minimize exposure to prevent scours in calves
Monett Beef Cattlemen's Conference set for March 2
MU partners to create National Swine Nutrition Guide
NCC releases revised program on animal welfare
NDA encourages Nebraskans to apply for cost-share funding
Nebraska updating diversified livestock directory
Neglect charges dropped against cattleman
New watchdog website monitors HSUS
NIAA addresses new traceability plan
NMSU research helps beef producers keep up with industry trends
Officials plan directory update
Organization for Competitive Markets debunks American Meat Institute analysis
Pork-flavored doughnuts? A Chinese market beckons
Producers can manage genetic defects in cattle
Ranch hand pleads guilty in cattle theft scheme
Schmidt awarded Snidow Award
SD farmer sues over failed expansion
SD, ND beef plants form partnership
South Dakota processor named bison association 'member of the year'
TAHC provides update on equine piroplasmosis disease investigation
Texas feedlot operator gives $20 million to UNL ag school
U.S. beef draws strong interest at Gulfood 2010
U.S. beef markets getting boost from trade
Upcoming eXtension webcasts to examine livestock, poultry environmental issues
USCA testifies before USITC on Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement
USDA addresses veterinary shortages with education loan repayment program
Year-end export totals show positive trends for U.S. pork, beef

EDITOR

A farmer's creed
Alert, aware and alive
Animal Agriculture Alliance responds to Casella Wines
Autumn in Kansas
Be wise to the ways of the rays
Cover up
Farmers have a stake in health care debate
Getting things done
Green fields
Hunting infers courtesy
Once upon a time
Prepare for winter driving
Reader questions corn figures
Standing on principles
The burden of choice
The family business is...

COLUMNS

Advanta, Bioceres to develop drought-tolerant crops
Can we stomach raw milk?
Conservation Reserve Program continues to be attractive option for many
Enhancing onboard tank solutions
Farmers listen best to other farmers
First known SmartStax corn hybrid planted for commercial production
Herbicides to control broadleaf, grass weeds in corn
House gnomes and fairies
I choose free country over city
In other agribusiness news....
Just a scoop full
Just a scoop full
New dish developed with aid of Beef Checkoff
Seed treatment now registered for cereals
The night walk
USDA announces United Soybean Board

MARKETS

A cold and wet February
Aberdeen cattle sales report
Aberdeen livestock sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Ada livestock sales report
Added moisture helps wheat conditions improve
Amarillo livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Arkansas livestock sales summary
Below average temps, snow provide harsh conditions for livestock
Clovis livestock auction report
Clovis livestock auction report
Cold winter continues
Colorado feeder cattle sales report
Colorado livestock sales summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison cattle auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dry winter weather prevails
Dunlap feeder cattle auction
Dunlap livestock sales report
Ericson livestock sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Georgia livestock auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids close day higher
Hay prices generally steady in most areas
Hay trade slow to moderate
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin livestock sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
Lexington livestock sales report
McAlester livestock market report
McAlester livestock market report
Most hay classes selling steady
Near normal temps seen
Newell sheep sales report
Newell sheep sales report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Pratt livestock sales report
Precipitation variable for month
Presho livestock auction report
Presho livestock sales report
Salina cattle sales report
Salina cattle sales report
Snow cover helps protect crops
South Central direct sheep sales
South Central direct sheep sales
South Dakota livestock sales
Soybeans end day slightly higher, corn and wheat lower
Springfield dairy heifer sales report
Springfield livestock auction report
Springfield livestock sales report
Springfield livestock sales report
St. Joe feeder pigs
St. Joseph feeder pig auction
Superior video auction report
Texhoma livestock auction report
Texhoma livestock sales report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Tulsa stockyards sales report
Watertown cattle sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales
West Plains regional cattle sales
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

First-time landowners ready for challenge
Forage plant wards off ruminant gastrointestinal nematode
Scientists conduct real-life pasture study
Symposium to address pasture rejuvenation
USDA releases updated organic livestock/pasture rules

FAMILY

A change of pace this Lenten season
A is for Apple
Aim to improve eating habits, family meals
Build your nutrition from the ground up
Conservation groups coordinate efforts
Cool weather helps organic farmers market
Dates set for Desert QuailMasters workshops
Elementary Education
Family problems
Inventing new oat and barley breads
ISU club wins turf bowl competition eighth time in nine years
It is soon to be potato time
Long, cold winter likely will continue affecting some Texas lawns
Machine-guided cultivation may reduce vegetable growers' costs
Master Gardeners add to 'Texas Experience' with horticultural exhibits, advice
Master Gardeners contribute to Extension
Meditation for 3-1-10
Meditation for 3-8-10
Modern Beekeeping Show set for March 5 to 6
New feral hog publications aim to help landowners thwart growing menace
New Mexico 4-H ambassadors and diplomats named
NMSU scholarship rodeo a success
Ohio Extension offers farmers' market workshops
Paterson has great curb appeal
Pronghorn released in Gunnison Basin
Pruning roses
Rapid tax refund loan is no bargain to consumers
Remember when chicken was only on Sunday?
Santa Fe Extension sets fruit growers' workshop for March 3
Save money and grow your own
Score big with game-day entertaining
Spacious Galaxy has room for everyone
Texas Brigades summer camp registration begins
Tough new spuds take on double trouble
Tree care workshops focus on essentials for the green industry
USDA announces additional 300,000 acres for wildlife habitat expansion
'Warm Season Vegetables' seminar March 18
What birds eat in winter--and how it helps us
Windbreaks reduce winter heating bills

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