Precision Ag News 5/16

Carrie Muehling

  • In response to President Biden’s Executive Order 14081, “Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a plan to update, streamline, and clarify their regulations and oversight mechanisms for products of biotechnology.
  • The Daugherty Water for Food Institute is playing a key role in organizing the upcoming 10th World Water Forum in Bali, Indonesia, May 18-25 and ensuring that water for food is a key focus throughout the event. The Forum is held every three years by the World Water Council (WWC) and a hosting country. DWFI is a member organization of the WWC and DWFI Executive Director Peter McCornick is serving his second three-year term as one of 35 members of the WWC Board of Governors, with DWFI Director of Research Christopher Neale as an alternate.
  • The Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) released its 2023 Annual Report. ESMC’s Eco-Harvest program compensates farmers and ranchers for reduced greenhouse gases, increased soil carbon, improved water quality, and other ecosystem services benefits.
  • When you think about the importance of using raw materials more efficiently and sustainably as part of the circular economy, do carrots and cows come to mind? You should, because it’s an important part of what California agriculture has to offer. For example, the nation’s largest organic carrot grower is also supplying culls and baby carrot peels to feed Santa Carota Beef. You can learn more about reuse and recycling on California farms during the Agri-Pulse Food & Ag Issues Summit. Enter promo code MEDIA24 at checkout for free registration.
  • Lindsay Corporation, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology, announced enhancements to FieldNET Advisor, its award-winning irrigation management solution. FieldNET Advisor simplifies irrigation decisions for growers, and now through advanced technology also improves the product’s return on investment with real-time data upgrades, whole farm management, and simplified subscriptions.
  • GROWMARK, Inc. has partnered with Optimus Technologies, Inc., to test biodiesel in five semi-tractors in GROWMARK’s Manito Transit fleet as a potential pathway for transitioning the entire fleet to low-carbon fuels as part of GROWMARK’s ongoing efforts to look for decarbonization opportunities within the GROWMARK System.
  • Two scientists who were instrumental in creating a back-up vault of the world’s crop seeds to protect global food security have been named the 2024 World Food Prize Laureates. Dr. Geoffrey Hawtin OBE, Founding Director and Executive Board member at the Global Crop Diversity Trust, and Dr. Cary Fowler, currently the U.S. Special Envoy for Global Food Security, were chosen by the World Food Prize Laureate Selection Committee for their longstanding contribution to seed conservation and crop biodiversity.
  • AMVAC, an American Vanguard Company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mason Bennett as Vice President, North American Crop. In his new role, Bennett is responsible for AMVAC’s national sales strategy while also overseeing multiple regional business units and AMVAC’s U.S. key account management team and customer service team.
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