Agriculture News

Agriculture News – including agribusiness, farm, hydroponics, food business, bio-fuels, and related agricultural industry news as issued by the Send2Press Newswire service.

Nonprofit Biodiesel Distributor Delivers 10 Millionth Gallon of Biodiesel Blend

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Oct. 21, 2011 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Energy Cooperative, a member-owned nonprofit, announced today the delivery of their 10 millionth gallon of biodiesel blended fuel. The delivery went to Krapf Bus Companies, a local private bus contractor for school districts. These 10 million gallons of biodiesel blends have resulted in the use of nearly 1.5 million gallons of domestically-produced fuel and significant emission reductions for many regulated pollutants.

Idaho Dairy Producers Double Scholarship Plans to Help 15 Students Pursue Their Dreams

TWIN FALLS, Idaho, Oct. 21, 2011 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — When the dairy producer leaders of the United Dairymen of Idaho (UDI) and its two branches – the Idaho Dairy Products Commission and the Idaho Dairymen’s Association – agreed to establish a scholarship program this year, they intended to award $1,500 scholarships to seven deserving students of Idaho dairy farm families.

Rep. Simpson Champions Bill to Strengthen Future for Idaho Dairy Producers

TWIN FALLS, Idaho, Sept. 28, 2011 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Idaho Dairymen’s Association (IDA) applauded Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) for taking a strong stand on behalf of the dairy industry as lead Republican proponent of the Dairy Security Act of 2011. Last Friday, the new dairy bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by House Agriculture Committee’s Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN).

Soy Labs and Missouri Plant Science Center in Governor’s Spotlight for Innovative and Economic Development

MEXICO, Mo., Sept. 20, 2011 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, whose job-creation strategy has focused on investing in science, technology and innovation, and encouraging and incentivizing entrepreneurship, selected Soy Labs and the Missouri Plant Science Center on Friday, as the site to discuss the importance of the Missouri House passing the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA) as part of the Made in Missouri Jobs Package.

BioJet Supports Aviation Biofuel Approval with One Billion Gallon Availability

BARBADOS and SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — BioJet International Ltd. announced that it joins the worldwide Aviation Industry celebrating approval of bio-derived jet fuel for commercial use (ASTM International revised D7566). Concurrent with this approval, and to aid in development of the bio-aviation market, BioJet is releasing One Billion Gallons of Renewable Jet Fuel to long-term contracts.

Back-to-Back Hospice du Rhone Syrah Shoot-Out Wins for Westerhold Family Vineyards and Winemaker Russell Bevan

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Bennett Valley AVA — For the second year in a row Westerhold Family Vineyards and Winemaker Russell Bevan have earned the right to take home the highly coveted barrel trophy and ‘Coat du Rhone’ blazer in the 2011 Syrah Shoot-Out at the Hospice du Rhone celebration held in Paso Robles, California.

BioJet and Abundant Biofuels Agree to Merge

BARBADOS and MONTEREY, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — BioJet International Ltd. and Abundant Biofuels Corporation announced their merger today. Abundant will become a wholly owned subsidiary of BioJet. Abundant and its affiliates (Abundant Habitats and Abundant Harvests) will continue to operate under the Abundant name and corporate identity.

Bay Area Students Tackle 21st Century Challenges at The Ninth Annual World Affairs Challenge

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — On Saturday, April 16th, 2011, nearly 700 middle and high school students, teachers, volunteers, parents, and community leaders from around the Bay Area will convene at San Francisco State University to participate in The Ninth Annual World Affairs Challenge™, hosted by global education non-profit World Savvy in partnership with San Francisco State University’s College of Education.

BioJet Receives $1.2 Billion Funding Facility

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — BioJet International Ltd. announced today that it has received a US $1.2 Billion funding facility from Cayman based Equity Partners Fund SPC. The funding structure is a 3 year facility; further terms of the funding were not disclosed.

Solution Recovery Services and Corn LP Enter Into a COSS (Corn Oil Separation System) Purchase Agreement

DEXTER, Mich. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Solution Recovery Services (SRS) announced today that it has signed a purchase agreement with Corn LP to supply their COSS (Corn Oil Separation System) at Corn LP’s 55 million gallon ethanol plant in Goldfield, Iowa.

Biotronics, Inc. Announces a Noninvasive Instrument That Can Determine Pork Loin Marbling Level in Milliseconds

AMES, Iowa (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Extended online tests of a newly developed instrument grading system for pork carcasses demonstrate its ability to differentiate pork loins relative to marbling levels. Researchers have long shown that marbling in the pork loin adds significantly to juiciness and flavor of chops.

Handcrafted Chicken Coops Offers Affordable Solutions for Backyard Chicken Farmers

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A new home-farming trend sweeping North America is seeing chicken coops and small flocks of chickens appearing in suburban backyards. In support of this home-grown movement, Handcrafted Chicken Coops is offering affordable, portable chicken coops to backyard and urban chicken farmers.

Food for Consumption and Food for Energy is a Complete Combination, says Henry Oliver Ford

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mr. Henry Oliver Ford has just completed the initial phase of the Ghana Sugar Project. Mr. Ford is the managing director for World Food, the firm that is owner of the project. Henry Oliver is overseeing this massive one-hundred and twenty thousand acre sugar farm and refinery.

Henry Oliver Ford says, ‘It’s Time to Provide Some Relief’

MIAMI, Fla. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Henry Oliver Ford of WFAO is on a mission. Submerged in poverty, millions of African farmers and their families are victims of food insecurity. Today, subsistence farming is the lot of millions of Africans. The farmers in Ghana Africa need access to improved technologies in order to meet their food needs, increase their crop yields, and hopefully, sell to local, regional, and even international markets.

Feeding a Country in 2 days – The World Food Association (WFAO)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A local corporation is feeding an African country. World Food Association Organization S.A. Inc. (WFAO), will be shipping over 285,000 meals to Ghana thanks to the efforts of the 45 member team here in West Palm Beach and their leading management team based in Sao Paulo Brazil. On February 20 and 21, WFAO will be packaging 42,000 pounds of high-quality rice, sugar and vegetables that are fortified with vitamins and minerals.

First Medical Marijuana School to Open Its Doors in New England

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The New England School of Alternative Horticultural Studies, a New England-based medical marijuana training center, today announced the September 2010 launch of its Basic Medical Marijuana training class in Warwick, Rhode Island, the first professional medical marijuana training class in the north-eastern United States.

Agricultural Expertise Needed to Feed, Fuel World’s Skyrocketing Demands for Food, Energy

LEXINGTON, Ky. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — As National Teach Ag Day on February 25 nears, communities across the nation are asked to consider the teachers that will be needed to prepare students for the increasing number and complexity of agriculture-related jobs expected to be available in the United States. ‘Perhaps most importantly – we will need qualified teachers to prepare students for these increasingly sophisticated professions,’ said Jay Jackman, Ph.D., executive director of the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Bokashicycle Announces First Successful Full-Scale Commercial Fermentation Process

SEATTLE, Wash. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In the U.S. alone, annually, more than 30 million tons of food waste is sent to landfills. Less than three percent of that waste is diverted from landfills, primarily through composting, producing greenhouse gases and heat. Bokashicycle offers a safer and more economic alternative. By implementing the bokashicycle, commercial operations can divert tons of waste away from landfills and compost sites, converting that waste into high-quality fertilizer.

Spend More Time Gardening and Less Time Composting with Compost Bags

BALTIMORE, Md. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Are you concerned about the environment, but tired of traditional composting methods? Fear not. Less Work Gardening Inc. announces a new product that allows residential gardeners to speed up the composting process while actually spending less time doing it. Made in the U.S., these Compost Comfort(R) Compost Bags promote quicker composting through air and moisture – the keys to composting – and makes aeration as easy as 1-2-3.

Oregon Floral Farms Continues to Grow in More Ways than One

OREGON CITY, Ore., May 29 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — This year, Oregon Floral Farms celebrates its tenth year of supplying custom and creatively hand-tied organic floral bouquets to customers throughout the region. And, as they continue to grow flowers, so does their business grow. While their hand-tied organic floral bouquets have received much attention over the past 10 years, they have evolved into a supplier of conventional/mainstream and hand-tied bouquets as well.

Plangarden’s Garden Design and Planning Software Offers Interactive Version of Obama Family Vegetable Garden at the White House

HALF MOON BAY, Calif., March 24 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Just after First Lady, Michelle Obama, broke ground for the White House vegetable garden, Plangarden released an online interactive version of the Obama’s organic garden layout. The interactive vegetable garden layout was built using the new 2.0 version of Plangarden’s garden design software. The White House vegetable garden is irregularly-shaped. Plangarden utilized the new rotate features to recreate even the stepping stones and non-square edges of the garden beds.

Trees With Meaning Wins USDA Approval for First U.S. Release of Authentic Olive Trees from The Holy Land

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — With a hard-earned U.S. Department of Agriculture signoff now in hand, Trees With Meaning Inc. becomes one of the first companies in the U.S. approved to bring living olive trees from Israel to the North American market. For owners-and brothers-Bruno and Jerome Schneider, building the company was an intricate business challenge requiring four years of negotiations, planning and inspired persistence.

Flax Council of Canada Announces GRAS Status Determined for Flax in U.S.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 16 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Flax Council of Canada announced that a panel of experts determined in January 2009 that whole and milled flax seed be given Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status. Expected within six months is a letter of ‘no objection,’ finalizing GRAS status for flax by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Gaining this status expands opportunities for flax use by food manufacturers worldwide.

Bokashicycle Delivers Safer and More Effective Alternative to Traditional Composting

SEATTLE, Wash. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — To many, the idea of composting sounds like a positive environmental behavior, but according to Lawrence Green, M.D., Ph.D. and founder of Bokashicycle, it may be doing more harm than good. Bokashicycle is the totally natural way to reduce, reuse and recycle organic waste. It heals the planet by reducing greenhouse gases.

Biotronics, Inc., Announces Future Pork Grading Rivaling Beef, Ultrasound Technology Seen as a Major Advance in Online Pork Grading

AMES, Iowa, Nov. 24 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Biotronics, Inc., a food animal ultrasound research and development company recently received a $150,000 Demonstration Grant from the Iowa Department of Economic Development. According to Doyle Wilson, President of the Company, these dollars supplement a $350,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant they have received to develop and test their first commercial prototype system to measure the amount of intramuscular fat, commonly called marbling, in the pork loin of carcasses in the packing plant.

The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) Hosts Public Forum on A Comprehensive Look at Tropical Forestry

RIO GRANDE, P.R., July 15 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The National Urban & Community Forestry Advisory Council hosted a groundbreaking public forum in Puerto Rico on June 18, 2008 at the Gran Melia Hotel. ‘We gathered more than 40 experts and citizens from Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and other tropical islands to share ideas, best practices and research to help us advise the Secretary of Agriculture on urgent issues facing tropical urban forests,’ said Joe Wilson, NUCFAC Council Chair.

May is Prime Time to Plant Home Vineyard

JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y., May 5 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — For those dreaming of installing a small vineyard at their home, Vinescapes Inc. announces May is rush time. Plants must be in the ground before June 2, which makes this the busiest time of the year for the home vineyard industry. Those who miss this crucial window can prepare the vineyard this season by installing the trellising, testing and amending the soil.

Plangarden’s Vegetable Gardening Software Expands Web 2.0 Social Networking Features

HALF MOON BAY, Calif., March 27 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Plangarden enhances its drag-and-drop online vegetable gardening software by expanding features for its rapidly growing community of vegetable gardeners. The new Web 2.0 social networking features enable vegetable garden enthusiasts from all over the world to interact over a ‘virtual backyard fence’ where they can ask or swap advice.

Cengea Solutions Inc. acquires Inform Network for Systems Management Limited

VANCOUVER, B.C. Canada – Feb. 5 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Cengea Solutions Inc. announces today that it has acquired the assets of Inform Network for Systems Management Limited. Cengea and Inform have been the two dominant suppliers of spatially enabled information systems to the forest products industry in Canada and have had growing success in providing systems to the forest products industry in the United States.

Haywood County Tomatoes Travel the Internet

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. – Jan. 31 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Haywood County tomatoes are now traveling worldwide, thanks to a short web-based video recently produced by the Buy Haywood Market Development Project. While the Buy Haywood project often draws parallels with other place-based promotional efforts, like Vidalia Onions, this new marketing effort has more in common with the California Raisin ads. (VIDEO)

Colorado Machinery Doubles in Size through Mergers

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Apr. 20 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Colorado Machinery LLC has completed a merger that increases its store total from five to nine and broadens its product mix and geographic reach. On April 8, 2006, the Colorado Springs-based construction equipment company merged with Romer Mercantile, based in Holly and Lamar, Colo., and with Bi-State Machinery Co. Inc., based in Greeley and Ft Collins, Colo.

Plangarden Launches First Web-Based Vegetable Garden Design Application

HALF MOON BAY, CA – Apr. 5 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Plangarden launches the first vegetable garden design application that runs on the Web. Vegetable gardeners can easily and quickly create a visual layout of their garden and populate it with vegetables. And because Plangarden.com is a Web-based application, users can choose to make their ‘virtual gardens’ viewable to others in the Plangarden community to exchange gardening advice.

Inside the Mega-Dairy: New Study Will Reveal How They Do Business – Huge Dairy Farms Operate Much Differently Than Traditional Dairies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – May 9 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A new study from Entira (www.entira.net), ‘Inside the Mega Dairy: Management Strategy and Decision-Making Structure,’ will reveal how top managers in this important segment of the agricultural market think and operate.