Patented Manufacturing Process Delivers the Right Ratio of Nutrients at the Right Time

MicroEssentials(Plymouth, Minn. — September 17, 2007 (AgNewsWire) — A unique three-in-one crop nutrient designed to make every single plant perform better is now available from The Mosaic Company.

Called MicroEssentials(TM), the new product uses a patented manufacturing process to combine the correct ratios of different vital nutrients into uniform granules, with each granule formed much like the partial layers on an onion’s skin. Every MicroEssentials granule contains three critical nutrients — nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur — in a proper ratio, giving every single plant a better shot at getting essential nutrients it needs to produce the best results.

“MicroEssentials works better than other fertilizers for several reasons. First, the granules are formed in a way that allows plants to absorb them more easily. They also contain two types of sulfur, the sulfate form which is available immediately to the plants, and the elemental form which becomes available later in the growing season. The new technology allows the nutrients to be spread more uniformly, ensuring that each and every plant gets the nutrients it needs. MicroEssentials is a versatile product that works well as a starter, a direct application fertilizer or bulk blend ingredient,” says Mosaic U.S. Agronomy Manager, Dr. Dan Froehlich.

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UC-Davis Livestock Producer Survey

UC Davis logo(DAVIS, CA, 5-Sep-07 – AgNewsWire) In the wake of the recent foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in the UK, researchers at the Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance (CADMS) at UC Davis, are calling upon livestock producers to participate in an online survey. The goal of the survey is to collect information for a computer simulation model that will help predict how foot-and-mouth would spread in the US and identify the best control strategies for containment.

The online survey was first launched in 2006 and is part of a research study funded by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense. “It is very important that we get as many responses as possible from producers so we can determine the best containment strategy and stop foot-and-mouth disease in its tracks,” said Dr. Tim Carpenter, Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and primary investigator for the study. The new version of the survey consists of nine questions about animal and people movements on and off the farm and takes only about 5-10 minutes to complete. Dairy, swine and goat producers are especially encouraged to participate.

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NIAA ID/INFO EXPO – Bruce Knight

National Institute For Animal Agriculture(Kansas City, MO – AgNewsWire) (Kansas City, MO – AgNewsWire) Included in this document are links to today’s presentation by Bruce Knight, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, an interview with Knight by Cindy Zimmerman on his major points, and several photos. A summary of Mr. Knight’s remarks will be available at on Friday.

One final media document will be sent out from the ID/INFO EXPO tomorrow.

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National Institute For Animal Agriculture(Kansas City, MO – AgNewsWire) Day two of the ID/INFO EXPO 2007 on Wednesday, August 29 featured sessions on Practical Solutions in Place Today, Where Will Technology Take Us?, Creating Value From Traceability, and Gaining Production Efficiencies. The following are links to photos and audio interviews from the second day of the program. All interviews were conducted by Cindy Zimmerman. Power Point presentations of all the speakers may be found on-line at the NIAA website here:

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National Institute For Animal Agriculture(Kansas City, MO – AgNewsWire) Day one of the ID/INFO EXPO 2007 on Tuesday, August 28 featured sessions on Foot and Mouth Disease, as well as the current status of North American Traceability Programs. The following are links to photos and audio interviews from the first day of the program. All interviews were conducted by Cindy Zimmerman. Power Point presentations of all the speakers may be found on-line at the NIAA website here:

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National Institute For Animal Agriculture(Bowling Green, KY – AgNewsWire) The ID/INFO EXPO 2007 is where traceability needs intersect for the animal agriculture industry. That includes animal health, country of origin labeling (COOL), food safety and consumer demand – all rolled into one jam-packed two-day session August 28-30 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, MO.

“ID/INFO EXPO was an effort that the National Institute of Animal Agriculture put in place to educate our livestock industry about animal identification and how this applies to our industry in the United States,” said Robert Fourdraine, co-chair of the event and chief operating officer of the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium.

Fourdraine says this year NIAA has expanded the program for the Expo to be more about traceability. “So, it’s not focused just on disease programs and the need for animal identification. We’re going to be talking about country of origin labeling, value-added programs and branding of products all relative to having traceability of animals and animal products.”

Bruce Knight, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, who is responsible for various aspects of animal ID and traceability, will deliver a summary keynote address during the last session of the event on Thursday morning.

Florida Prepares for Alternative Fuels Leadership Role

RFAEthanol Promotion and Information CouncilSt. Petersburg, FL – (July 24, 2007) (AgNewsWire) Florida stands ready to become a leader in both the production and consumption of biofuels, including ethanol.

At the second annual Florida Farm to Fuel Summit in St. Petersburg, it was evident that major government leaders, including Governor Charlie Crist, are excited about the potential for ethanol in the Sunshine State.

“This has become a movement,” Crist told the conference on Thursday. “It’s finally registered with everybody that this is something that is not only good for our environment, it’s good for our country, it’s a national security issue, it gets us off foreign oil – it is simply the right thing to do for America.”

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Summit on Energy Security Brings Together Diverse Group

Ethanol Promotion and Information CouncilWashington, DC. – July 14, 2007 (AgNewsWire) – “National Security and America’s Addiction to Carbon: Solutions to Oil Dependence and Climate Change” was the theme of the 2nd Annual National Summit on Energy Security held in Washington DC on Thursday, organized by 2020 Vision.

“The purpose of the summit this year was to show how America’s dependence on oil and global climate change are really inter-related issues that stem from similar problems,” said Tom Collina, executive director of 2020 Vision. “Both have national security implications and both have common solutions that we can address without delay.”

Collina says one of the primary solutions is ethanol.

“There’s no one solution to our energy security challenges,” said Collina. “But ethanol plays a huge role in displacing oil by being able to fuel our cars with something that is domestic, renewable and much less harmful to the environment.”

The summit brought together a diverse group of political and governmental leaders, including Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), as well as security, environmental and energy experts.

One of the participants was arctic explorer Will Steger who recently finished a four month journey across the Canadian Arctic’s Baffin Island to experience and document how the Inuit culture is coping with global warming.

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Gasoline Supply Impacted by Mother Nature

Ethanol Promotion and Information CouncilOmaha, Neb. – July 11, 2007 (AgNewsWire) – Midwest consumers are experiencing sticker shock at the gas pump. Since July 1, gas prices have increased on average of more than 40 cents due in part to diminished refining capacity. Flooding and lightening related fire incidences have closed refineries in certain parts of the nation.
“If these shortages persist, my fuel stations could run low on fuel supplies,” said Gary Wright, vice president of Wright Oil, Inc., based in Central South Kansas, while waiting in line for several hours to refill his supply tanker. “My current gasoline price is $3.36 but my eighty-five percent ethanol-blend is selling for $2.80 per gallon. With the number of ethanol plants producing in my area, I will be able to keep my E85 price stable.”The United States gasoline demand has outpaced its refining capacity. Globally an estimated 84 million gallons of gasoline are refined per day, but an equal number of gallons are used. This leaves the world unable to create excess supplies necessary to deal with unplanned disruptions that limit supply.

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