A honey bee, with pollen attached to its hind leg, pollinating a watermelon flower. Image Source: The White House

General Mills, NRCS, and Xerces Society Announce $4 Million Investment in Pollinator Habitat (Press Release)

Business / Crops / Environment

Organizations share commitment to help pollinators prosper WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — General Mills, the Xerces Society, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announce a major milestone in their partnership to restore and protect pollinator habitat across hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland in North America. The five-year, $4 million financial commitment between General Mills and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will support farmers across the U.S. by providing technical assistance to plant ... read more

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Minimal friction, minimal wear: DuPont™ Vespel® polyimide rectangular rings provide reliable sealing for John Deere’s pioneering tractor dual-clutch transmission

Technology

DuPont™ Vespel® polyimide rectangular rings provide reliable sealing for John Deere’s pioneering tractor dual-clutch transmission Geneva, 29 November 2016 — John Deere, Mannheim/Germany, makes use of the excellent friction and wear behaviour of sealing rings made of DuPont™ Vespel® in its pioneering dual-clutch DirectDrive Transmission (DDT) with eight powershift speeds. These rings provide a low-leakage seal against oil pressure of up to 20 bar at oil temperatures of between -30 °C and 80 °C with transient peaks of up ... read more

sweet potatoes in lab

UAPB Sweetpotato Foundation Empowers Small Farmers, Expands Regional Opportunities (Sponsored)

Crops / Education

As the popularity of the sweet potato in the American diet has increased dramatically in the past decade, a growing number of small and mid-sized producers are seeking opportunities to enter the market. The Sweetpotato Foundation Seed Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is working to support more small-scale, Southern farmers in the industry by offsetting the challenges that have traditionally excluded them from participation. “Because they are packed with vitamins ... read more

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