Farmers Unite to Fight Organic Attack Video

Cindy Zimmerman

Both conventional and organic farmers joined together last week on social media to criticize a video that uses cute kids to attack modern farming practices. The YouTube video was produced by a group called Only Organic and features children acting out a school play singing “Old McDonald had a Farm” with lyrics about pesticides and GMOs and hormones and antibiotics. …

Audio, Biotech, USFRA

Salmonella Testing at Roka BioScience

Jamie Johansen

Salmonella threshold testing was the hot topic in the Roka BioScience booth at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). I stopped by to talk with Ted Andrew, Director of Marketing and Product Development about their new approach to bacteria detection and other new opportunities they are offering the industry. “It’s a different way to look at pathogen testing. …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biotech, IPPE, Poultry

UF Prof is Biotech Advocate

Cindy Zimmerman

Hearing food and health “celebrities” spread misinformation about agriculture really annoys plant molecular and cellular biology professor Dr. Kevin Folta, who spoke at the CSS 2014 and Seed Expo this week in Chicago. Folta, who has a blog where he calls himself “a scientist in a scientifically illiterate nation at a time when we need science the most,” took the …

ASTA, Audio, Biotech

Smart Ag in the 21st Century

Cindy Zimmerman

“Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” is the theme for the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum to be held from Feb. 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Va. USDA has announced that the forum’s plenary speakers and sessions will take a global, modern look at different aspects of today’s agriculture industry. Among the highlights, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack …

Biotech, Government, USDA

Study: GMOs Could Be Global Hunger Solution

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new report, “The Future of Farming and Rise of Biotechnology” released by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), decreasing regulations on genetically modified crops (GMOs) could be a valuable strategy in combating global hunger. NCPA Research Associate David Weisser notes that Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug’s use of biotechnology has been credited with saving 1 billion …

Biotech, Food, GMO

Vilsack Spotlights Ag Innovation

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spotlighted agricultural innovations during an appearance at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Monday. Vilsack stressed the importance of global cooperation in biotechnology innovations. “It’s in our long term best interest as a global community that we encourage appropriate science, that we encourage biotechnology, ways to grow crops with less water, less pesticides, less chemicals,” he …

Audio, Biotech, USDA

Get to Know GMOs Month

Cindy Zimmerman

If you wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness this month, you might pair it with green for Get to Know GMOs Month. This month GMO Answers is inviting the public to “Get to Know GMOs”— to ask their toughest questions and join the conversation. “With the coming of October, we welcome a new fall season, a new harvest and a …

Agribusiness, Biotech, Farming, Food

USDA Deregulates ENLIST Crops

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA has issued a decision to deregulate Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist™ 2,4-D and glyphosate-resistant corn and soybean traits in the United States. “Gaining approval for this important technology has been a long, hard fought battle,” said National Corn Growers Association Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Jim Zimmerman of Wisconsin. “It is important that farmers continue to gain access to …

Agribusiness, Biotech, Corn, Dow AgroScience, Soybean, USDA