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 …

Food Security Highlighted at #ASTAannual

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 …

#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 …

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 …

.@FoodIntegrity Expands Into Canada

Kelly Marshall

The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) is heading north.  The new Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) is a division of Food & Farm Care Canada, an organization that shares CFI’s mission of earning trust for today’s food system. “Canada faces many of the same challenges we do here, and with an increasingly interconnected global food system, expanding our North American …

Food and Ag Leaders Call for Improved Sustainability

Kelly Marshall

Leaders of food and agriculture companies joined the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) this week to release a new call to action on improving sustainable production. “Food for Thought: A Call to Action on the Future of Sustainable Agriculture” notes that food producers are making important strides on improving sustainable production, but should continue to step up their commitments. Leaders of …

USDA Awards $16.5 Million in Research Grants

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $16.5 million in research grants to universities that are pursuing methods of boosting agriculture productivity and ensuring food security in the face of pests, diseases, and a changing climate. USDA is also seeking applications for the next round of projects, which will focus on pollinator health and plant and animal phenomics. The …

Small Farmers Show Concern Over FSMA Regs

Joanna Schroeder

In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was introduced by the FDA. The program serves as a new method of regulating the growth, harvesting, and processing of agricultural goods. While the aim of this new regulatory system is to increase food safety and reduce the prevalence of foodborne illness, there are some aspects that have become a burden on …

Syngenta Announces Crop Challenge Winners

Kelly Marshall

Xiaocheng Li, Huaiyang Zhong, and Associate Professors David Lobell and Stefano Ermon from Stanford University have won the inaugural Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics.  The Challenge was put together by Syngenta and the Analytics Society of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) to find a model that would allow growers to predict which varieties of seed …

USDA Offers Certification Through GroupGAP

Kelly Marshall

The USDA is now offering a new certification program designed to assist small and mid-sized producers and cooperatives meet food safety requirements.  This new GroupGAP program will be handled through the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). “We know that GAP certification can sometimes be cost-prohibitive for smaller farmers,” said AMS Administrator Elanor Starmer. “GroupGAP allows these farmers to demonstrate compliance with …