Yearly Archives: 2009

Syngenta Crop Protection Appoints New President

Vern Hawkins, currently vice president of U.S. commercial operations for Syngenta Crop Protection, NAFTA region, has been named the company’s president effective January 1, 2010. Hawkins replaces Valdemar Fischer, who has decided to leave the company and return to his native Brazil after five successful years in the region. During his 24 years with Syngenta,

EPA: Climate Crisis Calls For Urgent Action

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has formally determined that greenhouse gas pollution imperils the health and well-being of present and future generations, setting the stage for U.S. action as officials from worldwide gathered in Copenhagen last week to forge an international solution to global warming. “The danger of global warming pollution is clear and present,

Why Sorghum Over Corn?

Corn is giving way to sorghum as a silage crop across the country as producers discover that forage sorghum produces similar yields to corn with 30 percent to 50 percent less water, which in some irrigated areas of the West has become a scarce commodity and highly valued. According to independent research data published in

Environmental Respect Awards Celebrates 20 Years

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010, the Environmental Respect Awards, sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection and CropLife magazine, will introduce a new “Spirit of Respect” award for past U.S. regional and national Environmental Respect Award winners. • Plus: ERA Turning 20 | Photos “For 20 years we have had the privilege of honoring hundreds of ag

A Better Feeling

I have to admit – prior to attending this year’s Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) meeting, I was very pessimistic about the prospects for 2010. After all, the ag industry has just suffered through one of its worst financial years since the early 1980s, with grower-customer income falling to $54 billion and ag retail sales down

Researchers Discover Key To Drought-Resistant Crops

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) researchers have determined precisely how the plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA) works at the molecular level to help plants respond to environmental stresses such as drought and cold. Their findings, published in the journal Nature, could help engineer crops that thrive in harsh environments around the world and combat global

Terra Re-appoints Board Members

Terra Industries has taken steps to expand its board of directors to 11 members. The move comes on the heels of CF Industries electing three of its own nominees to the Terra board. • CF Industries’ Director Nominees Elected To Terra Board Two days after Terra Industries welcomed three CF Industries nominees to its board