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South Dakota Gov Daugaard Recieves BIO Food & Ag Award

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This week, BIO presented South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard the first ever food and agriculture Legislator of the Year Award at the 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit. When presenting the award, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood commented that “Governor Daugaard is a true champion of the biotechnology industry and has made investing in and promoting South Dakota’s bioeconomy a hallmark of his time in office. Washington, can learn a thing or two from Governor Daugaard’s Read More >

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NIFA Addresses Leveraging Research Funding in Animal Biotechnology

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“We do need biotechnology as a tool!” – Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy was appointed to serve as director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on May 7, 2012. In his presentation, “Leveraging Research Money in Animal Biotechnology,” Dr. Ramaswamy spoke on finding the nexus between measurable health outcomes and leveraging research funding at the 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit. “You may have the best technology at your hands but unable Read More >

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A Hungry Person Today Only has One Problem to Solve

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Dr. Richard Raymond, former USDA undersecretary of agriculture for food safety provided the opening keynote for the 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit on September 16. In his presentation “Agriculture Needs Safe Technologies to Feed a Growing and Hungry Worlds”, Dr. Raymond discussed the public perception verse the reality of animal agriculture. He opened by commenting on the growing sensationalism exhibited by the media, especially in social media, calling them “noise makers”. “Food scares are easy to Read More >

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Scientific Community Urges Obama to Support Biotechnology

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A number of media outlets are reporting today on a letter to President Obama urging approval for the genetically engineered AquAdvantage® Salmon and for more support for the innovative solutions that animal biotechnology can provide. Ninety scientists and biotechnology executives signed the letter asking the President to alleviate the political gridlock that has entangled the fish for years. The AquAdvantage® Salmon, genetically engineered to reach market size in half the time of a conventional Atlantic Read More >

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2014 LBS: Improving Communications Around Animal Biotech

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Day 1 of BIO’s 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit began with a wonderful opening presentation by BIO’s own Cathy Enright, Executive Vice President of Food and Agriculture. Enright discussed that while genetic engineering has been around for years, it is more publicly accepted when used as part of biomedical applications but controversial when learned that it can be used in food production. In her presentation, “GMOs - Changing the Conversation,” she argued on the importance of being transparent with the public and to not Read More >

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