• Now it looks like China may be interested in acquiring the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, the world’s largest fertilizer maker.
We know already that there is a dwindling supply of fertilizer material and that it is increasingly controlled by a small number of companies. See Yonder story here. Now the Chinese government (through the country’s largest fertilizer maker, Sinochem) has hired Deutsche Bank and Citigroup to advice it on a possible acquisition of Potash.
• The FCC Thursday approved the use of so called “white spaces” for high speed Internet connections. The decision could make it easier for rural areas to extend broadband to low density populations. The “white spaces” are unused television spectrum, opened up when broadcast stations switched to high definition.
Google, Microsoft and the big telecommunications companies favored this move. It was opposed by those who use wireless microphones, which currently occupy some of these white spaces Broadway theaters, church ministers and singer Dolly Parton.
• The National Republican Senatorial Committee will launch a $1.2 million advertising campaign in West Virginia to support John Raese, the party’s nominee. The ads says Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democrat, “supports Barack Obama’s big government agenda…”
The money is pouring in as polls show the race to be tight. The two are running to replace Sen. Robert Byrd, who passed away.
• House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson, the Minnesota Democrat said yesterday that “one of the biggest problems that we have in agriculture, that I have on the Ag Committee . . . is the lack of understanding among our urban friends of what we do in agriculture.”
Agri Pulse reports there are increasingly fewer people who “really understand what we do in agriculture and rural America.” In particular, Peterson said if many tea party advocates are elected, “it’s problematic for agriculture because you’ve already got in the Republican caucus probably 100 people who are against farm programs.”
• Nice feature earlier this week on NPR about Farm Aid. The first concert was 25 years ago in Champaign, Illinois.