SMART Farmer Jeremy Brown

Cindy Zimmerman

In this edition, we hear from a Texas farmer who grows both organic and traditional cotton and peanuts, as well as other crops. Jeremy Brown is one of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) faces of farming, which has given him the opportunity to engage with the non-farm public on the highly emotional topic of biotechnology and GMO crops …

AgWired Precision, Biotech, Cotton, GMO, Podcasts, SMART Farmer, USFRA

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

SMART Farmer Robb Fraley

Cindy Zimmerman

Robb Fraley isn’t our typical SMART Farmer, but after growing up on a small Illinois farm, his work has helped farmers around the world produce food more sustainably with science and technology that has helped increase yields by decreasing threats to crops. That technology is genetic modification of plants, creating GMO crops that are resistance to insects and disease, able …

AgWired Precision, Audio, GMO, Monsanto, SMART Farmer, USFRA

MO Soy Partners with Schillinger for Non-GMO High Oleic

Cindy Zimmerman

The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council last week announced a new partnership to bring non-GMO high oleic soybean technology to growers. The agreement grants John Schillinger and Schillinger Genetics, Inc. (SGI) a license to commercialize the emerging high oleic soybean technology traits, and breed soybean varieties combining high oleic with low linolenic soybean oil traits. “Partnerships are key to bringing growers …

GMO, Soybean

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

Moving the Middle at #ASTACSS

Kelly Marshall

Tim Hassigner with Dow AgroSciences was at ASTA CSS & Seed Expo to talk with members of the seed industry about the gap in information between themselves and consumers. “It’s definitely a time when there’s more questions and concerns related to food, but […] information sharing can make a difference,” he told the audience durning the morning session. The consumer …

ASTA, Audio, Dow AgroScience, GMO, Labeling

Ag Groups Defend Sustainability of #GMOs

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural organizations are doubling down on their defense of biotechnology as sustainable, after challenging Dannon for its pledge to eliminate genetically-modified ingredients from some products, citing that it improves sustainability. “There comes a time when we as farmers and ranchers need to step up and challenge when companies misinform consumers,” said U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance CEO Randy Krotz on …

Audio, Biotech, Dairy, Food, GMO, USFRA

October is “Get to Know GMOs” Month

Cindy Zimmerman

GMO Answers has proclaimed October as “Get to Know GMOs” month to answer consumers’ most pressing questions about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). “Since the launch of GMO Answers, we have answered over a thousand consumer questions about genetically modified foods—where they come from, how they’re used, and why they’re an important part of our food supply,” said Kate Hall, managing …

Biotech, Food, GMO

GMO Infographic Shows Impact on Water Conservation

Jamie Johansen

GMO Answers released a new infographic to educate consumers about how GMOs help conserve water usage in agriculture in honor of World Water Week. Water is one of the most important factors in producing food, fuel and fiber, and preserving water is critical to agriculture’s sustainability. With changing weather patterns and an increased number of widespread droughts – water conservation …

Ag Group, Food, GMO, Precision Agriculture, Water