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

TPP is a Priority for SoyGrowers this Week

Kelly Marshall

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and its impact on the soybean growers of this nation is a top issue for the American Soybean Association.  Their annual spring meeting is being held this week in Washington D.C. and President Richard Wilkins has taken the opportunity to highlight what the agreement will mean to producers in a down farm economy. “We recognize that with …

Ag Group, ASA, GMO, Government, Labeling, Trade

GMO Answers Stands Up For Science

Lizzy Schultz

The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the controversial legislation surrounding GMO labeling were hot discussion topics at the 2016 Commodity Classic, with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressing the issue during the event, as well as several commodity groups. In the trade show, the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI) had a booth dedicated to GMO Answers, an …

Ag Group, Audio, Biotech, Commodity Classic, Education, GMO, Labeling

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