#GMO Disclosure Bill Signed Into Law

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is now in charge of developing a national mandatory system for disclosing the presence of bioengineered material under the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, which was signed without fanfare on Friday by President Obama. USDA has formed a working group to develop a timeline for rulemaking and to “ensure an open and transparent process for …

AFBF, Biotech, Food, GMO, Government, NCGA, USDA

Rep. Pompeo Declared #Soy Champion

Lizzy Schultz

The American Soybean Association (ASA) presented Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) with the organization’s Soy Champion Award in a presentation before its board of directors earlier this week in Washington. The award recognizes the lawmaker’s outstanding public advocacy for soybean farmers. In the presentation, ASA specifically cited his work in authoring legislation that establishes a national framework for the labeling of …

Ag Group, ASA, Award, GMO, Government, Labeling

Ag Groups Praise Senate Vote on #GMO Labeling

Cindy Zimmerman

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF), which has been actively campaigning on behalf of food and agriculture groups for a sensible national labeling standard for genetically modified foods, was one of the first organizations to praise Senate passage of the Roberts-Stabenow compromise legislation. “The Senate has provided all Americans a transparent and consistent system of disclosure that will give …

AFBF, Biotech, Food, GMO, Government

Senate Passes #GMO Disclosure Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

Late Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate voted 63-30 to pass the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard that preempts individual state laws to require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow spent 24 minutes before the vote laying out logical reasons for the legislation, not the least of which was that it requires the …

Audio, Biotech, Food, GMO, Government

Senate Vote on #GMO Labeling Expected This Week

Cindy Zimmerman

The Senate is scheduled to vote to limit debate on the GMO labeling compromise from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow this week and agricultural organizations are urging their members to contact their senators about it. If the vote for cloture achieves 60 votes tomorrow after the Senate returns from the Independence Day recess the …

Food, GMO, Government, NCGA

Nobel Laureates Say Stop Blocking Golden Rice

Kelly Marshall

This morning three Nobel Laureates presented at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. to call on Greenpeace, the United Nations and governments around the world to support GMOs. They are the public face of more than 100 Nobel Laureates who signed a letter asking that campaigns agains products like Golden Rice be abandoned.  The letter condemns practices that are …

Ag Group, Biotech, GMO, Precision Agriculture, Technology

GROWMARK FS Members Meet With Paul Ryan

Lizzy Schultz

Twenty five GROWMARK FS general managers, board presidents, young farmer customers, and board and staff members were able to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier this week at his office in the Capitol. Speaker Ryan outlined seven points of his agenda for next year, and attendees were able to discuss several issues important to the System, including GMO labeling. …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, GMO, Government, GROWMARK, politics

Safe Food Coalition Urges Senate to Act

Cindy Zimmerman

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) and leaders of America’s agricultural and food industries are sounding the alarm that Congress needs to act immediately to pass a bipartisan solution before Vermont’s mandatory on-package labeling law goes into effect July 1. As of today, there are only seven days left on the legislative calendar before the state law is implemented …

ASA, Audio, Biotech, Food, GMO, Labeling, Soybean

Disappointment Over Senate GMO Labeling Vote

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite the best efforts of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Bill in a 48-49 vote today, blocking advancement of the legislation that would create a voluntary federal standard for labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients. Roberts expressed his disappointment at the inability to come to agreement on …

AFBF, Ag Group, Biotech, Corn, Food, GMO, Government, NCGA