Senate Ag Approves GMO Labeling Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

The Senate Agriculture Committee today held a business meeting where the Chairman’s Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions was favorably reported with a bipartisan vote of 14-6. The legislation, which creates a voluntary national labeling law for genetically modified products, now heads to the full Senate for consideration. “This is really a conversation about a few states dictating to every state …

Biotech, GMO, Government

Purdue President Calls for End to GMO Attacks

Cindy Zimmerman

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels on Thursday (Feb. 25) called on leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to push back against the attackers of biotechnology in agricultural production. Daniels was a keynote speaker at the annual Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington. “The attack on GMO technology is the most blatant anti-science of the age, but it is far …

Biotech, GMO

Senate Ag Labeling Bill Meeting Rescheduled

Cindy Zimmerman

A meeting by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to consider the Chairman’s Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions has been rescheduled for Tuesday March 1 at 10 am Eastern. The committee meeting had been scheduled for this week but was delayed due to “changes on the Senate floor.” However, Agri-Pulse reports that it was delayed at the request …

GMO, Government

GMO Labeling Bill Mark Up Delayed

Cindy Zimmerman

A meeting by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to consider the Chairman’s Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions has been postponed until next week. The committee meeting was scheduled for today but is being delayed due to “changes on the Senate floor.” The chairman’s proposed legislation has been endorsed by the Coalition for Safe, Affordable Food, which has …

Biotech, GMO, Government

Senate Ag to Consider Labeling Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

The Senate Agriculture Committee will meet this week to consider a draft bill proposed by Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) to address labeling for genetically modified foods. Roberts calls the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions legislation draft “a framework to find a solution for a patchwork of laws.” With a labeling law in Vermont set to be implement in July, Roberts says they …

Corn, GMO, Government, NCGA

GROWMARK with Ag Retailers in DC

Cindy Zimmerman

Joining the Agricultural Retailers Association last week in Washington DC was GROWMARK Executive Director for Corporate and Government Relations Chuck Spencer, who joined in legislative visits to discuss key issues for the cooperative and the industry. Spencer says top legislative priorities for GROWMARK include the labeling issue for genetically modified products. “We need to have a federal standard on genetically …

ARA, Audio, GMO, Government, GROWMARK

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

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Farm Bureau Pres. Bob Stallman

John Davis

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation. In this interview, Stallman reflects on his tenure as leader of the nation’s largest general farm organization and many of the changes that occurred. Stallman discusses accomplishments in the last session of Congress and identifies ominous challenges still facing the industry on Capitol Hill and …

AFBF, Ag Group, Agri-Pulse, Audio, Farm Bureau, GMO, Government

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with ASTA CEO Andy LaVigne

John Davis

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features Andy LaVigne, CEO of American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). The seed industry is among many groups hoping Washington will approve legislation to establish a national voluntary GMO labeling standard. In this in-depth interview, Andy LaVigne discusses industry implications if Congress fails to develop national guidelines to override state statutes and how the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Ag Group, Agri-Pulse, ASTA, Audio, GMO, Government

What’s In and Out for Ag in Omnibus

Cindy Zimmerman

The broad spending and tax legislation compromise unveiled by House Republicans Tuesday night includes some riders important to agriculture. Perhaps the most important, the bill repeals mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for meat to prevent more than $1 billion in trade sanctions from Mexico and Canada approved last week by the WTO. “I’m pleased American agriculture and businesses will escape these …

ASA, Biofuels, Energy, Farming, GMO, Government