FDA Extends Comment Period

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is extending the comment period for the information collection provisions associated with the proposed rules on “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” and “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption” that appeared in the Federal Register of January 16, 2013.

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Microbes Team Up to Boost Stress Tolerance

While most growers consider viruses and fungi potential threats to their crops, these microbes can help wild plants adapt to extreme conditions, according to a Penn State virologist. Discovering how microbes collaborate to improve the hardiness of plants is a key to sustainable agriculture.

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New Holland Wins Tractor of the Year Award

New Holland won the prestigious Tractor of the Year 2013 award in the Best of Specialized category with the T4060F. The T4060F is the top-of-the-range model in the T4000F/N/V series, producing 106 hp in a narrow overall package, making it the ideal choice for vineyard and orchard operations.

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Monsanto CRW Research Program Announces Grants

Monsanto Co. announced that six recipients will be awarded research grants as part of the Corn Rootworm Knowledge Research Program. The program was established to provide merit-based awards of up to $250,000 per award per year for up to three years for outstanding research projects that address specific aspects of corn rootworm biology, genomics and management issues.

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