EU Approves Three Soy Biotech Traits

Kelly MarshallAg Group, EU, Exports, Soybeans, Traits

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) has just announced the approval of three biotech soybean traits by the European Union.  Now ready for import and processing are: Monsanto’s Xtend (dicamba x glyphosate MON87708 x MON89788) Monsanto’s Vistive Gold (high oleic x glyphosate MON87705 x MON89788) Bayer CropScience’s Balance GT (glyphosate x HPPD inhibitor FG72) “The EU’s approval of these events … Read More

European Commission Extends Use of Glyphosate

Kelly MarshallAg Group, ASA, EU, Herbicides

The European Commission has extended authorization for glyphosate for another 18 months, an action supported by soy growers in the U.S.  However, Richard Wilkins, President of the American Soybean Association, notes that the announcement is only a temporary solution, and that American farmers are still searching for more certainty in the European marketplace. “An 18-month extension gives U.S. farmers and … Read More

ASA Requests Pressure on EU to Approve Soybean Traits

Kelly MarshallAg Group, ASA, EU, Soybeans, Traits

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is pressing the administration to urge the European Commission to approve three biotech soybean traits.  In a letter from the ASA to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the organization highlights the need for approval of Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant trait, Vistive Gold’s high-oleic soybeans, and Bayer CropScience’s isozaflutole-resistant soybean.  Theses traits have … Read More

ASA Urges Improvement for EU Biotech Approvals

Kelly MarshallAg Group, ASA, biotechnology, EU, Soybeans

The American Soybean Association recently addressed the European Commission to urge them to improve the process of accepting crops grown with new biotechnology traits.  ASA noted that the delay in accepting these crops after passing through the EU’s long review process creates a barrier to the American soybean market and creates risk in the feed supply for Europe’s livestock industry. … Read More

American Soybean Applauds EU Biotech Vote

Kelly MarshallAg Group, ASA, biotechnology, EU

The European Parliament voted 619-58 to reject a proposal that would allow member states to opt-out of importing and using biotech food for non-scientific reasons.  The American Soybean Association was pleased with the results of this decision.  Their president, Wade Cowan issued a statement on the vote. “This is a much-needed action today by the European Parliament. ASA has repeatedly … Read More

FIGARO to Present at 2015 Agri-Water Workshop

Kelly MarshallEU, Irrigation, Water Management

The EU-funded FIGARO precision project has designed DDS, -Decision Supporting System to improve irrigation management.  They have been invited to present the precision irrigation system at a special workshop on coping with climate change and water scarcity at the Expo Milano 2015. Dr. Adriano Battilani, senior researcher at the Canale Emiliano Romagnolo (CER) research institute in Bologna, Italy and a FIGARO … Read More