agriculture News

Group Suing Chemical Giant Dow over Pesticide Used in California

Chemical manufacturing giant Dow fails to warn people in farming communities throughout California when a potentially dangerous pesticide is applied to nearby fields, health advocates claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Telone is among the most commonly used pesticides in …

How Monsanto’s Climate Unit Is Changing Risk Profile of Farmers

It caught my eye when Monsanto Co. subsidiary Climate Corp. announced last week it was creating the “Industry’s First In-Field Sensor Network” and “the first Centralized Platform” digital agricultural technology development. The company said that its new sensor network will …

Losses for Washington from Drought Estimated at $336M

Washington farmers have lost at least $336 million due to the ongoing drought, a figure that is likely to climb as more information becomes available. The Capital Press reported that a state Department of Agriculture report estimated dollar losses for …

Fireman’s Fund’s Skrynecki Joins QBE North America as VP Agriculture

QBE North America has appointed Glenn Skrynecki as vice president for agriculture in its property/casualty division. In this national role, Skrynecki will be responsible for the management of QBE North America’s agriculture book of business including underwriting, strategy and relationship management, …

Ironshore Acquires Novae Group’s Agricultural Team and Renewal Portfolio    

Bermuda-based Ironshore International announced the acquisition of the reinsurance renewal rights to Novae Group’s global agriculture reinsurance portfolio. The transfer is conditional on Lloyd’s approval and is expected to be completed in November 2015.  Novae’s team of five agriculture reinsurance underwriters will …

Bird Flu Has Midwest Farmers Building Fences, Hosing Down Visitors

In Iowa, one of the largest U.S. egg processors has started to buy foreign supplies for the first time. Elsewhere in the Midwest, a free-range egg producer says it may build automatic car washes to scour vehicles accessing its 60 …

19 Montana Counties Get Drought Disaster Declaration

Four more Montana counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas due to crop losses caused by drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture added Jefferson, Madison, Teton and Toole counties, bringing to 19 the total number of Montana counties …

Report Sees Major Food Shortage as Climate Change Danger

Climate change reports and studies abound lately – as you will note from a previous column – but one recent report gives potentially the starkest prediction yet of what impacts climate change could have. The report from Lloyd’s of London, “Food …

Montana Farmers Union Recognizes Effects of Climate Change

The Montana Farmers Union launched an initiative this month to educate its 11,000 members about the effects of global warming in Montana, where early signs may be decreasing snowpack and resilient weeds and pests. The union’s move is the first …

Earth Day, Climate Change and Drought

As much of the U.S. and the rest of the planet celebrated Earth Day, California politicos and leaders squabbled over how best to deal with the ongoing drought – which may or may not be caused by climate change, depending …