UC Davis Study to Protect US from Foot and Mouth Disease

Chuck Zimmerman

UC Davis logoDAVIS, CA- The Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance (CADMS) in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, has launched a nationwide research study aimed at protecting the livestock industry from the devastating consequences of foot-and-mouth disease.

Livestock producers throughout the nation are asked to participate in an online survey to gather data on animal movements and husbandry practices that will be used in a simulation model to predict the duration and magnitude of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, as well as determine the best strategies for containment. This project is being conducted in collaboration with the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Diseases (FAZD) and is supported by the USDA and the Department of Homeland Security.

Foot-and-mouth (FMD) is one of the most highly contagious diseases affecting cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, swine, sheep, goats and deer. In 2001 an outbreak of FMD in the UK resulted in catastrophic economic losses exceeding $15 billion. As a result, at least 6 million animals were slaughtered. In the US, the economic impact of an outbreak is estimated to be as high as $13 billion and every segment of the livestock industry would be severely affected.

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Technologies such as Headline key as corn demand accelerates

Chuck Zimmerman

BASF RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (December 21, 2006) – In 2006, thousands of growers across the country made the decision to protect their crops from disease and enhance overall production with Headline® fungicide. In more than 1000 on-farm corn trials and 750 on-farm soybean trials, Headline produced consistently higher yields, positive returns on investment and even shattered world records.

“The 2006 results are in and they show how Headline helps growers maximize their output per acre,” said Gary Fellows, Technical Marketing Manager for corn and soybean fungicides and herbicides at BASF. “The average yield advantage of Headline treated corn ranged from 12 to 15 bu/A, while Headline treated soybeans trials showed a 4 to 8 bu/A advantage in 2006.” Fellows and his team have been crunching the comparative yield numbers for the 1750 on-farm trials since harvest results started coming in.

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Argo Tractors to Restructure UK Operations

Chuck Zimmerman

Norcross, Ga — December 19, 2006 – (AgNewsWire) ARGO Tractors — part of ARGO S.p.A, — has announced plans to restructure business operations in the United Kingdom in order to strengthen the McCormick product line and global business operations.

Specifically, ARGO plans to phase out the assembly of McCormick tractors at its plant in Doncaster, U.K. and transfer these functions to other ARGO Group facilities based in Italy. These facilities feature a strong workforce that is experienced with the McCormick product line. The transfer, phased by product family, will begin in March 2007 and is expected to be completed by year-end.

There are no changes to the McCormick product or in component manufacturing — only the assembly function is being moved.

As a result, the U.K. operation will be designated as a company-owned distribution center providing sales and support to the growing U.K. market. Furthermore, the site will continue to serve as a global service parts operation.

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Becker Underwood Creates Inoculants and Seed Enhancement Business Units

Chuck Zimmerman

Becker UnderwoodAmes, Iowa — December 18, 2006 (AgNewsWire) As a result of its rapidly expanding businesses in seed colorants and polymers, seed coating services and inoculants, Becker Underwood has announced major changes to its North American Seed Enhancement Business Unit. Becker Underwood will expand the current business to form two new units, an Inoculants Business Unit and Seed Enhancements Business Unit.

“This business unit will be dedicated to our growing inoculants business and will enable us to arrange our business around our inoculants customers, including distributors, retailers and growers, and emphasize the products and technologies that best fit into this market channel,” says Peter Innes, chief executive officer of Becker Underwood.

The Inoculants Business Unit will be headed by seed-industry veteran Paul Holliday, beginning on January 2, 2007. In this newly created post, Holliday will oversee all sales and marketing activities, and all inoculants manufacturing operations in the United States and Canada.

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MachineryLink Completes Equity Capital Investment

Chuck Zimmerman

MachineryLink LogoKansas City, MO (December 8, 2006) (AgNewsWire) MachineryLink, Inc. announced the closing of a $17.4 million equity raise to support its investment in future growth. The investment was made by several institutional investors, including October Capital, Adams Street Partners, River Cities Capital Funds, Alpha Capital Partners and a syndicate of private

MachineryLink is a specialty finance and asset management company that provides progressive combine leasing products to farmers across North America. The Company has experienced 115% annual growth since it commenced operations in 2001. At the core of its value in the marketplace is the compelling alternative of its lease products to the cost of owning increasingly costly harvesting equipment.

Scott Hazlett, President and CEO said:

“We are thrilled with the continued strong sponsorship we enjoy with our investors. This new capital provides the Company a very strong foundation upon which to quickly and aggressively execute our growth plans, and accelerate our market reach and penetration. At the core of our beliefs as a company is that we are providing an important and increasingly necessary value to the grower; this investment bolsters our capacity to execute our growth plans and deliver greater value to an ever-increasing population of customers, while positioning us to deliver a superior return to our shareholders.”

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Bio-PDO™ Production Represents New Market for Agriculture

Chuck Zimmerman

PioneerDES MOINES, IA., November 27, 2006 – (AgNewsWire) Commercial production of Bio-PDO™ from corn sugar is a significant milestone for agriculture and for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, according to company officials. Pioneer is a subsidiary of DuPont which today announced DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, LLC, an equally-owned joint venture of DuPont and Tate & Lyle, the first commercial shipments of Bio-PDO™, from its $100 million facility here in Eastern Tennessee.
According to Pioneer President Dean Oestreich (oos-trick), Bio-PDO™ is a totally new corn-based product that can be used to make a variety of consumer products replacing petroleum-based propanediol.

“Bio-PDO™ is a new product made from corn in a fermentation process and that product is used to make new consumer goods and in many cases we are replacing the use of petroleum products,” said Oestrich. “So, this is pretty exciting news to both farmers who are growing corn and consumers who are taking advantage of these new products made from the renewable resources of agriculture.”

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New Study Finds Biotech Plays Role in Meeting Food and Fuel Demand

Chuck Zimmerman

National Center for Food and Agricultural PolicyWASHINGTON (Nov. 20, 2006) — (AgNewsWire) With ethanol demand at record highs and existing strong food use of corn, some experts are wondering where the extra corn will come from. A new study released today by the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy (National Center) suggests that biotechnology plays an important role in meeting this increased demand for corn production.

According to the study, U.S. farmers gained an additional 8.3 billion pounds of yield last year due to biotech crops, including an extra 7.6 billion pounds of corn production, a 29 percent increase over 2004’s harvest. Since the commercialization of plant biotechnology in the late 1990s, corn production has benefited by an extra 39 billion pounds of yield, equivalent to 1.9 billion gallons of ethanol production. These continued yield increases will be a key factor in meeting future demand as corn prices hit 10-year highs and corn used for ethanol production is predicted to jump 34 percent in 2007.

“The study indicates we have been able to make significant advances in corn production through biotechnology-derived varieties,” says Jill Long-Thompson, chief executive officer of the National Center and an Indiana farmer. “Energy independence is imperative for our nation’s future. Utilizing renewable sources like corn for energy needs helps achieve these goals and supports our nation’s farmers.”

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When Clearing the Air about Ethanol, Consumers Respond

Chuck Zimmerman

Ethanol Promotion and Information CouncilOmaha, Neb. (November 17, 2006) – (AgNewsWire) An informed consumer is the ethanol industry’s most effective tool for increasing awareness of the cleaner, renewable fuel. A national survey, released today, found that when respondents are provided with relevant information about ethanol, their interest to purchase increased by nearly 20 percent.

“These findings demonstrate that when consumers are presented with the simple facts about ethanol-enriched fuel, they’re more than willing to make a commitment to the environment and American jobs,” says Reece Nanfito, senior director of marketing for the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC). “It’s critical that the industry maintain a clear and concise public awareness campaign.”

Other important findings: a majority of Americans reject the food versus fuel debate concerning ethanol. Only 10 percent of respondents agreed with the argument that using corn for ethanol will limit the food supply.

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Merial Unveils Convenient Coccidiosis Prevention and Treatment

Chuck Zimmerman

MerialDULUTH, Ga. — Nov. 14, 2006 — (AgNewsWire) Merial, the maker of CORID® (kor’ id) (amprolium), today announced that the product will soon be available as an in-feed formulation, making prevention and treatment of coccidiosis (kok sid ee oh’ sis) even easier for beef and dairy producers. The new in-feed formulations can be blended with feed or used as a topdress to break the coccidian (kok sid’ ee an) life cycle and prevent or treat an outbreak of bloody scours.

“Bovine coccidiosis is one of the most economically important intestinal diseases in cattle. It costs beef and dairy producers $100 million annually,” 1 says Dr. Joe Dedrickson, (deed’ rik sun) director of Merial Veterinary Professional Services. “That’s probably a very conservative estimate because 95% of everything we see with coccidiosis is subclinical.”

CORID remains the first and only coccidiostat labeled for use as both a preventative and treatment therapy, and today’s announcement expands the CORID line to three offerings — CORID 1.25% topdress, CORID 2.5% in-feed and CORID 9.6% solution. Producers can now administer CORID in-feed, in-water or as a drench. In-feed formulations are available through licensed feed manufacturers and their dealers.

“I think they are going to really appreciate the convenience of our new CORID label on our feed,” Dr. Dedrickson says. “That makes it so they can either topdress it or mix it in complete feed now where before they only had water soluble products.”

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Animal Health

Welcome To Our New Look

Chuck Zimmerman

AgNewsWireWelcome to the new AgNewsWire. Actually we’re still the same old great news release distribution service to the agricultural journalist community.

Besides the new look for AgNewsWire, we’re working on some new ways to distribute releases to ag journalists.

We want to encourage our current and prospective clients to think of creative ways to use news releases or any kind of electronic announcement.

Add in multimedia content like audio, images and video. These are the things that will help make your news release stand out from the crowd and be more useful to the journalists who receive them.

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