GMO Convert at #AFBF16

Cindy Zimmerman

Anti-GMO activist turned advocate Mark Lynas shared his conversion experience during a featured workshop at the 97th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show. Lynas told an audience of farmers and ranchers how he changed his mind on GMOs when he came face-to-face with the science supporting biotechnology. “As a scientist, you must have data to back …

AFBF, Audio, Biotech, GMO

Novozymes is Ranked Best Science Employer

Kelly Marshall

Science Magazine released it’s annual Top Employers Survey, and Novozymes has been ranked number one.  The survey encompasses employees from biotechnology, pharmaceutical and related companies and ranks the top 20 globally.  Novozymes was selected because they are leaders in their industry, treat employees with respect, and are socially responsible. “We are very proud to be recognized as the best employer by …

Agribusiness, Award, Biotech, Employment

Science Moms Challenge Celeb Moms on GMOs

Cindy Zimmerman

The granddaughter of the father of the Green Revolution has a bone to pick with the mother of Apple. Julie Borlaug, granddaughter of Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, joined eleven other “science and advocate” moms across the country in co-signing a letter to celebrity moms, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Michelle Gellar, regarding their opposition to agricultural biotechnology. Paltrow and her …

Biotech, GMO

Pope Francis Calls for Better Care of Our Home

Joanna Schroeder

Pope Francis is calling on humankind to take better care of our home. The Pope, like those before him, has been vocal about climate change and the role humans have played. In LAUDATO SI’ On Care of Our Common Home, Pope Francis writes that our lifestyle of a “throw-away” society – consumption and waste – must change or humans will …

Agribusiness, Biotech, Crop Protection, Environment, GMO, Herbicide, Insecticides, pesticides

ASTA CEO Pleased with 2015 #ASTAannual

Cindy Zimmerman

American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) president and CEO Andy LaVigne is pleased with the turnout of industry members at the 132nd annual meeting in Washington DC this week and with the reception they have received on Capitol Hill. In his opening session welcome, LaVigne said he was especially thrilled to have Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack address the meeting despite his …

Agribusiness, ASTA, Audio, Biotech, Seed

ASTA Members Storm the Hill

Cindy Zimmerman

Over 120 members of the American Seed Trade Association “stormed the Hill” this week, meeting with their elected officials in Washington DC to talk about important issues for the seed industry. “It was the most people we’ve had Storm the Hill ever,” said incoming ASTA chair Risa DeMasi of Grassland Oregon. “This is the first time that I’ve gone to …

ASTA, Audio, Biotech, Government, Seed

Nebraska Governor Concludes European Trade Trip

Cindy Zimmerman

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts wrapped up his first agricultural trade mission this week with a visit to Novozymes world headquarters in Denmark, where a company tour showcased the production of unique enzymes and microbial products used in the animal nutrition, agriculture, and biofuels industries. The visit marked the end of the trade mission with agriculture industry representatives that also included …

Audio, Biotech, Government, International, Trade

Soy Based Paint Can Shrink Your Footprint

Kelly Marshall

Two parking lots in New Jersey are being refreshed, with the first waterborne traffic paint made with soybean oil.  The Medford Township school system continuously searches for sustainable initiatives, which lead the director of operations and technology, Joe Bilkuck, to BioStripe.  This soy-biobased traffic paint is being tested on two of the district’s parking lots, because in addition to being …

Ag Group, Biotech, Soybean, USB

Farm Bureau Launches GMO Website

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Farm Bureau Federation has launched a new website to help farmers “Get a Move On” and stand up for biotechnology. By going to, farmers can show their support for a national, science-based labeling standard, such as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599). “Now is the time for farmers and ranchers to take action in …

AFBF, Biotech

Support for Food Labeling Act

Cindy Zimmerman

Hundreds of organizations representing various sectors of the food and agriculture industry signed on to a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives this week asking them to support the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. The groups representing the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food urged members of Congress to consider co-sponsoring the bill introduced last month by …

ARA, Audio, Biotech