Over 300 Global US Soy Customers Attend Trade Exchange

Jamie Johansen

The 4th annual U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange & Midwest Specialty Grains Conference and Trade Show hosted by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the Midwest Shippers Association (MSA), took place in Indianapolis, IN and is the premiere global soy and grain trade event. Over 700 attendees gathered with 300 of them representing 55 countries around the world, focused …

Ag Group, Audio, Exports, Feed, Food, Soybeans, USSEC

NACD & NRCS Award $2M for Urban Ag Projects

Joanna Schroeder

As urban agriculture gains momentum in tandem with the movement of knowing where your food comes from, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) have awarded $2 million in funds to 42 conservation districts for urban ag and conservation projects.  The goal of the initiative is to help conservation districts and …

Agribusiness, Conservation, Food, Urban Farming

House Sends #GMO Disclosure Bill to President

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. House yesterday approved the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard by a vote of 309 to 117. The legislation, which preempts individual state laws to require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients, was passed by the Senate last week and is expected to be signed by President Obama. “I have said this is the most important food and …

AFBF, ASTA, biotechnology, Food, GMO, Government

Ag Industry Calls on House to Pass GMO Label Law

Joanna Schroeder

With the Senate passing its version of the GMO Disclosure Bill late last week, this week more than 1,100 ag and food industry organizations, representing the entire food chain – from farm to fork – are calling on the House for quick action on passing its version of the GMO labeling law. The collective sent a letter to House leadership …

Agribusiness, biotechnology, Food, GMO

#GMO Disclosure Bill Passes Senate

Cindy Zimmerman

Late Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate Wednesday voted 63-30 to pass the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard that preempts individual state laws to require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. The bipartisan compromise legislation, which was worked out by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), requires mandatory disclosure with several options, including …

Audio, biotechnology, Food, GMO, Government

1,000 Organizations Support Passage of Food Labeling

Kelly Marshall

More than 1,000 ag and food industry organizations have come together to show their support for the food labeling solution.  Co-chairs for the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF), Pamela Bailey and Charles Conner are excited by the show of support for this critical legislation and hope a letter to the Senate will demonstrate the necessity of moving forward quickly. “The …

Ag Group, Food, Government, Labeling

Four Scientists Earn #FoodPrize16

Kelly Marshall

Drs. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low and Howarth Bouis have been honored with the 2016 World Food Prize.  Their names were announced today at a ceremony at the U.S. State Department where USAID administrator Gayle Smith gave the keynote address. “These four extraordinary World Food Prize Laureates have proven that science matters, and that when matched with dedication, it can …

Award, biotechnology, Food

#ASTAannual Addresses Food Security

Kelly Marshall

For most of us, a lack of food security isn’t so much a problem as it is a distant possibility. For many on the African continent, however, food security is still an awaited hope. John Mukuka attended the American Seed Trade Association event from Africa to share the important message of what is being done to replace hope with reality. Mukuka works …

Ag Group, ASTA, Food, Security

Coalition Says Labeling Law Needed Now

Cindy Zimmerman

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) and leaders of America’s agricultural and food industries are sounding the alarm that Congress needs to act immediately to pass a bipartisan solution before Vermont’s mandatory on-package labeling law goes into effect July 1. As of today, there are only seven days left on the legislative calendar before the state law is implemented …

Audio, biotechnology, Food, GMO