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Agritechnica Innovations in our NEW Ag Digital - 26th November 2013

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Tuesday 26th November 2013.
Sarah Mikesell - TheCropSite Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell
Senior Editor



Agritechnica Innovations in our NEW Ag Digital 

What a difference a week makes. The US got its first blast of real winter this past weekend with temperatures in the Midwest dropping down to the 20s F (~-5 C).

To start, how about something NEW! A few weeks ago, we launched our first Ag Digital edition around the 2013 Agritechnica held in Hannover, Germany. If you aren’t familiar with Agritechnica – it’s the largest farm machinery show in the world. 

Our Ag Digital features highlights from the show plus some other great info that you won’t want to miss:

Will Wheat Take Over from Maize as Grain Market Driver? – One grain analyst shares his insights into how wheat’s importance to the global market is rising and corn’s importance is diminishing.

Preventing Agriculture from Polluting European Waters – While nitrogen is a vital nutrient to grow crops, the agricultural use of nitrates has been seen as a source of water pollution in Europe. Read how the Nitrates Directive is trying to restore water to optimal quality across the EU.

Agritechnica Showcases Innovation – Read how equipment manufacturers are housing more horsepower in a smaller package. Plus how does electricity figure in to fuel efficiency and emissions regulations?

There’s lots more in our Ag Digital - click here to have a flip through the entire publication.

Whenever I see my twins getting ready to throw out food, I always say in my best Mom voice “what’s the one thing drives me crazy in this house?” They always respond in unison “wasting food.”

In all honesty, I would never claim to be super “green,” but I do have a few sustainable practices that I adhere to on a regular basis. One of those is to stop tossing food in the trash can in our home. We box up our leftovers after meals at home, and we take home leftovers from restaurants. And we have leftover-night usually one night a week to try to make sure we clean out the fridge (it’s easy to take it home, not so easy to make sure we don’t just toss it out later).

As my American readers head into the Thanksgiving holiday, I’d like to encourage you to stock up on Tupperware containers and avoid throwing out your Thanksgiving dinner leftovers (you know there will be lots!)

I believe that small acts can make a big difference in the world. Repeating those actions will make them a habit, and habits becoming life-long practices. Our children learn from our practices and beliefs, and those are passed down through generations. Let’s all try to work on limiting food waste not just for this Thanksgiving week, but for the entire holiday season and into 2014.

Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Global Crop Industry News


Canada and B.C. Promote Agrifoods to Overseas Buyers
Canada’s Government Supporting Growth of Organic Sector
Canada, Quebec Governments Announce Six Million Dollar Investment
Investment in Research Will Protect Wheat Crops
Government of Canada Helps Grain Industry Explore New Trade Opportunities

   United States

CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Monday
Grants Extend Production Season, Income Opportunities for America's Farmers
Proposed RFS Changes 'Bad for Economy and Environment'
Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closes Higher
Wyckoff's Weekly Grain Forecast: Markets a Mixed Bag as Week Begins
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Friday
Cat Litter: Potential New Use for Spent Corn Grains
NFU Leads Launch of 'Year of Family Farming' Campaign
NFU Represented on USDA Advisory Committee
Could Expanding Livestock Production Add Value to Corn?
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Thursday
Is Income Set to Become Dominant Driver of Global Food System?
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Wednesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Tuesday


Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: US, Iran Reach Agreement
Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Euro Given Modest Boost
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Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Markets Remain Mixed
Conservation Agriculture Better for Environment Communities and Ecosystems


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   European Union

MEPs Approve Greener and Fairer Agricultural Policy
Copa-Cogeca Welcomes Commission Proposal to Reform Promotion Policy
European Parliament Approves Budget
Could Green VAT Encourage Sustainable Consumption and Production?


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   United Kingdom

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