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

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

Food Labeling Efforts Supported by 1,000 Organizations

Kelly Marshall

More than 1,000 ag and food industry organizations have come together to show their support for the food labeling solution.  Co-chairs for the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF), Pamela Bailey and Charles Conner are excited by the show of support for this critical legislation and hope a letter to the Senate will demonstrate the necessity of moving forward quickly. “The …

Ag Group, Food, Government, Labeling

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

Senate Begins Debate on Food Labeling Bill

Kelly Marshall

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, (R-KS), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, has announced that the Senate has proceeded to floor debate on his proposed food labeling bill.  The bill was created to set a national standard for providing consumers with information about biotechnology. “This legislation is a true compromise,” said Chairman Roberts. “I have worked with my colleagues …

Food, Government, Labeling

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

You Are What You Eat?

Kelly Marshall

We all know food labels contain important  information, but they can also be overwhelming and confusing.  The authors of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) have provided some clarity regarding food labels.  Their recent paper examines how consumers react to labels, identifies the legal framework for labeling and provides policy recommendations based on the pros and cons of …

Ag Group, Food, Labeling, Public Relations

Homegrown Farmer Veteran Coalition

Chuck Zimmerman

Yesterday the Farmer Veteran Coalition announced the national launch of the Homegrown By Heroes initiative. This product labeling program allows farmers, ranchers and fishermen from all 50 states and U.S. territories who have served or are still serving in any branch of the U.S. military the ability to use the logo on their agricultural products. Consumers and businesses purchasing agricultural …

Ag Group, Farming, Labeling