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DuPont and Monsanto reach settlement

DuPont and Monsanto Company announced on Dec. 23 that they have agreed to settle and dismiss their respective patent infringement lawsuits pending in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. The litigation related to claims by Monsanto that DuPont had infringed certain Monsanto seed chipping patents and claims by DuPont that Monsanto had infringed certain DuPont patents related to seed processing. Terms of the settlement are not being disclosed.

According to Monsanto President and Chief Operating Officer Brett Begemann and DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler, this agreement enables the companies to concentrate their attention on developing new solutions for farmers.

Farmers Edge joins forces with Neerlandia Co-op

Winnipeg, MB – Farmers Edge announced another exciting partnership. They have collaborated with Neerlandia Co-op to promote precision agronomy services in Canada.

This partnership is designed to provide Co-op members with convenience, quality service and a choice of options in packages called Precision Solutions for sustainable farming from an independent service provider.

The Neerlandia Co-op Ag Department sells a large variety of fertilizer and crop protection products and provide important custom service options for the farm to make them more efficient.

Farmers Edge enables global agribusinesses to reach their full potential using a responsible approach to farming. Building a bridge between agriculture and technology enables farmers to make informed decisions using automated data management tools.

Results show up in highly productive crops, healthy bottom lines and back-to-back years of sustainable growth. Farmers Edge provides boots on the ground and works side by side with the farmer to achieve the best possible results. Precision Solutions is a high value, comprehensive set of packages that combine data and weather hardware, software, precision agronomy services and technological support.

UNL Extension offer land application training

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension offices have scheduled training workshops to help livestock and crop farmers turn manure nutrients into better crop yields.

The land application training will also show ways they can protect the environment. The workshops are scheduled throughout the state in January and February. A full list is available athttp://water.unl.edu/lat .

Livestock producers with livestock waste control facility permits received or renewed since April 1998 must be certified.

A farm must complete an approved training every five years, and farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are also encouraged to attend.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. A $60 fee for one operation representative will be charged for the day long workshops. The workshops will charge $15 for each additional participant.