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Can Technology Drive New Spurt in Agricultural Productivity?

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Rapid increases in productivity have more than doubled U.S. agricultural output since the end of World War II, allowing food production to keep pace with or exceed population growth. AgriPulse recently published a piece that takes a look at weather or not agricultural productivity gains can be sustained or even enhanced with application of new technologies in the short term. An excerpt of the article can be found here: …USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson has been explaining to several Read More >

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BIO Delivers Keynote at the DoE’s Bioenergy 2016!

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office held its ninth annual “Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation” conference from July 12-14, 2016 in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference focused on opportunities to grow future feedstock supplies and break through technology barriers in order to achieve a stronger bioeconomy. Several topics that were addressed during programming included looking at innovative and emerging pathways; forecasting feedstocks; marketplace exploration; and strategic public engagement. On Wednesday July 13, 2016, Brent Erickson, BIO’s Executive Vice Read More >

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EPA Announces the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Winners!

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Since 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate change and other environmental problems into innovative business opportunities. Known as the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge, each year the EPA honors winners whose chemical technologies incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use. EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention sponsors the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Read More >

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Synthetic Biology Expands Its Tool Kit

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Blogging on today’s Synthetic Biology “Tools of the Trade” session at the BIO International Convention is a little bit like competing in the All-England Summarize Proust Competition. But here goes. The synthetic biology field is predicated on the design, build, test, learn cycle. And each of the companies in today’s session has developed a new tool within that cycle. Transcriptic, for instance, has developed a tool that enables reproducible experiments by automating the build function Read More >

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Governor of Iowa Kicks Off #BIO2016 Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Track

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On Monday, June 7, 2016, The Honorable Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa, provided welcoming remarks to the #BIO2016 attendees participating in the Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Track Sessions.  Governor Branstad is not only the longest serving governor in American history but he was Iowa’s longest-serving governor, from 1983 to 1999. As the state’s chief executive, he endured some of Iowa’s worst economic turmoil, during the farm crisis of the ‘80s, while helping lead the state’s resurgence to a booming economy Read More >

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