Crops & Chemicals USA 18 to Feature Regulatory Updates

Cindy Zimmerman

Federal regulators from EPA, FDA and USDA are among the presenters at this year’s Crops & Chemicals USA meeting, July 23-25, 2018 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The agenda for this year’s meeting provides attendees with the critical science, technologies and contacts needed to accelerate the development and regulatory approval of biostimulant, biopesticide and agrochemical products. …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Biostimulants, Biotech, Events

SMART Farmer and Food Evolution

Cindy Zimmerman

In this episode of the SMART Farmer podcast, we hear from an Academy Award nominated director who produced a documentary film that explores the debate about genetically modified organisms – better known as GMOs. The film is called Food Evolution and Scott Hamilton Kennedy attended the recent Commodity Classic in California to talk about how he came to tell this …

Audio, Biotech, GMO, Podcasts, SMART Farmer, USFRA

USFRA Promotes Food Evolution in Times Square

Cindy Zimmerman

As New Year’s Eve revelers fill Times Square this weekend, towering over them will be a jumbotron advertisement for the movie Food Evolution being promoted by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). “We do have one of those huge 60 by 30 foot screens in Times Square that several times an hour a 15 second ad will come on …

Audio, Biotech, Food, GMO, USFRA, Video

NAFB17 Kicks Off With Kevin Folta

Cindy Zimmerman

Dr. Kevin Folta has been on a crusade to educate the public about biotechnology for many years, in addition to his regular job as professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida. Dr. Folta kicked off the 2017 NAFB Convention Wednesday morning with a session on “Communicating Concepts in Biotechnology to a Concerned Public” to …

Audio, Biotech, NAFB

USFRA Supporting Food Evolution Movie

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is supporting a new film that offers an independent investigation into biotechnology that concludes GMOs may well be a force for good to feed the world. Food Evolution, which is now streaming on Hulu, was commissioned by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and directed by Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy. “The …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Audio, Biotech, Food, GMO, USFRA

House Ag Hearing on Specialty Crop Innovations

Cindy Zimmerman

The House Agriculture Committee heard testimony Wednesday on technology and innovation in specialty crops as input toward the making of the 2018 farm bill. “As we look at the farm bill through the lens of the current farm economy, innovation and technology will remain essential for farmers and ranchers to continue producing more food and fiber with fewer resources,” said …

AgWired Precision, ASTA, Audio, Biotech, Farm Bill, Government, Seed, specialty crops, Technology

Syngenta Will Appeal Verdict

Cindy Zimmerman

Syngenta intends to appeal a verdict reached by a Kansas jury last week to award $218 million in compensatory damages to more than 7,000 Kansas corn growers who claim the company caused them economic harm by introducing Agrisure corn before China approved it for import. Syngenta released a statement after the verdict saying they are disappointed “because it will only …

Biotech, Corn, Exports, Syngenta

Why #Farmers Grow #GMOs

Cindy Zimmerman

Maryland farmer Chip Bowling agrees with a new survey that finds the main reason farmers have increased their use of genetically modified (GM) crops is sustainability. “We’re better at what we do because of technology, whether it’s seeds and traits or through the equipment that we use,” says Bowling, who farms on the Chesapeake Bay. He is also chairman of …

Audio, Biotech, Corn, GMO, NCGA, USFRA

#Farmers View GMOs as Sustainable

Cindy Zimmerman

According to a new survey of U.S. farmers and ranchers, the majority view biotechnology and GMO crops as an important solution in helping raise crops more efficiently. The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) surveyed over 280 farmers across the United States about their attitudes toward GMO crops and specifically the impact of biotechnology …

Biotech, Corn, GMO, NCGA, Sustainability, USFRA