Soybean Grower Testifies on Biotech and Trade

Cindy ZimmermanASA, Audio, biotechnology, Government, Soybeans, trade

The Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing Wednesday on “Trade Enforcement: Using Trade Rules to Level the Playing Field for U.S. Companies and Workers” addressing concerns that as new trade agreements are being considered those that are already in place are not being adequately enforced. “Without strong enforcement, no trade deal – old or new – is able to … Read More

ASTA Committee on Innovations and Policy

Cindy ZimmermanASTA, Audio, biotechnology, seed

The American Seed Trade Association has had a Biotechnology Committee for two decades, but as it is now the Innovations and Policy Committee. Pictured here from the ASTA annual meeting are immediate past committee chair Keith Newhouse with Winfield Solutions and current chair Mark Krieger of Dow AgroSciences who presided at the first meeting of the committee under the new … Read More

Wheat Breeder Honored by World Food Prize

Cindy ZimmermanAward, biotechnology, International, wheat, World Food

The selection of wheat breeder Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram as the 2014 World Food Prize Laureate was announced last week during a ceremony at the State Department where Secretary Kerry gave keynote remarks. “This is the time for a second green revolution,” Kerry said. “That’s why Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram is being honored with the World Food Prize. We are grateful for … Read More

Advocacy is Priority for New ASTA Chair

Cindy ZimmermanASTA, Audio, biotechnology, seed

John Schoenecker of HM Clause is the new chairman of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) after elections were held at the annual meeting in Indianapolis last week. “As I become chair, one of my focuses will be advocacy,” Shoenecker said in an interview. “That’s part of our strategic plan, something we need to do to get the word out … Read More