SoyGrowers Focus on GMO Labeling in Washington

Kelly MarshallAg Group, ASA, GMO, Government, Labeling, trade

This week the American Soybean Association (ASA) and its Board of Directors will hold their  annual meeting in Washington D.C.  This year’s meeting coincides with the introduction of Senate bill S.2609, the national standard for labeling of bioengineered food set forth by the Agriculture Committee Chairman, Senator Pat Roberts.  The organization will be focusing much of its efforts on this measure, … Read More

GMO Answers Stands Up For Science

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, Audio, biotechnology, Commodity Classic, Education, GMO, Labeling

The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the controversial legislation surrounding GMO labeling were hot discussion topics at the 2016 Commodity Classic, with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressing the issue during the event, as well as several commodity groups. In the trade show, the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI) had a booth dedicated to GMO Answers, an … Read More

Industry Applauds Senate Ag Labeling Bill

Cindy Zimmermanbiotechnology, cooperatives, GMO, Government

The Senate Agriculture Committee today held a business meeting where the Chairman’s Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions was favorably reported with a bipartisan vote of 14-6. The legislation, which creates a voluntary national labeling law for genetically modified products, now heads to the full Senate for consideration. “This is really a conversation about a few states dictating to every state … Read More

End GMO Attacks Calls Purdue U President Daniels

Joanna Schroederbiotechnology, GMO

During the Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington last week, Mitch Daniels, Purdue University President, once again called for anti-GMO groups to stop attacking the use of the biotechnology in agricultural production while calling on public, private and nonprofit leaders to fight against attackers. “The attack on GMO technology is the most blatant anti-science of the age, but it is far … Read More

Meeting for Industry Supported Labeling Bill Delayed

Cindy Zimmermanbiotechnology, GMO, Government

A meeting by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to consider the Chairman’s Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions has been postponed until next week. The committee meeting was scheduled for Thursday but is being delayed due to “changes on the Senate floor.” Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) is pleased with the broad food and agriculture industry … Read More

New Study Reveals Urgent Need for Labeling Law

Kelly MarshallAg Group, GMO, Government, Labeling

A new study by the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has discovered that Vermont’s looming mandatory GMO labeling law could increase the price of a family’s food budget by $1,050 each year.  This rise is cost will affect families nationwide and highlights the impact one state can have.  The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is working hard to urge members of Congress to … Read More

Coalition Supports Roberts Bill on Labeling

Cindy Zimmermanbiotechnology, Corn, GMO, Government, NCGA

the Coalition for Safe, Affordable Food (CFSAF) is calling for quick action on a draft bill proposed by Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) to address labeling for genetically modified foods. “Farmers, businesses and American families are counting on Congress to pass a uniform, national labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as quickly as possible because Vermont’s state … Read More

GMO Opposition Hurting the Developing World

Lizzy Schultzbiotechnology, GMO, International, Policy, sustainability

Increasing pressure from the anti-GMO movement has created an increased demand for governments to restrict the use of biotechnology in agriculture, with the majority of biotech opposition stemming from European and European-funded NGOs and campaign groups. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a nonpartisan research and educational institute, has recently published data suggesting that the biotechnology restrictions created by … Read More

Policy Priorities for Ag Retailers

Cindy ZimmermanARA, Audio, GMO, Government, Growmark

GMO labeling, energy policy, regulatory actions and water transportation were among the top issues discussed by members of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) meeting in Washington, DC last week. ARA Chairman Harold Cooper of Premier Ag says their biggest priority was the retail exemption to OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations. “OSHA has elected to take a statute that’s over … Read More

Monsanto Marks 20th Biotech Anniversary

Cindy ZimmermanAgribusiness, Audio, biotechnology, GMO, Monsanto

This year marks the 20th anniversary of GMO crop technology and Monsanto has played a key role in the advancement of biotechnology playing a key role in the process of creating a food secure world. Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robert Fraley visited the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention last week to talk about the innovations behind the brand, as well … Read More