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Biotech Crops Help Improve Soil and Increase Yields

A new study published online in the European Journal of Agronomy shows that when farmers employ no-till farming, meaning they do not disrupt the soil structure with cultivation equipment, and when they allow old plant matter to remain in the field after harvest, soil quality and crop yields are significantly improved. Practices such as no-till farming are a direct result of what is perhaps the best-known agricultural catastrophe for most Americans, the Dust Bowl of Read More >

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Getting the Guidance We Need: FDA Finalizes Regulatory Guidance for GE Animals

Well, it’s finally happened. The FDA announced today that it will make the final guidance available for governing genetically engineered animals. And if I strain carefully, I can already hear them — the naysayers. For example, back in November, the Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, submitted comments to the FDA containing the following statement, “A major problem with this proposal is that it is simply Guidance for Industry and so is not Read More >

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Go “Green” with the EnviropigTM

We’ve all heard it, “Pork, the other white meat.” It’s an ad campaign as ubiquitous as, well, pork. According to the National Pork Producers Council, pork at 42.6 percent, is the world’s most widely eaten meat. And while pork is popular, hog farms can sometimes cause environmental problems. Until now…Move over conventional hogs, and enter the EnviropigTM. The saliva of EnviropigTM contains the enzyme phytase, which allows the pigs to digest phytate, the principal form Read More >

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Welcome and Hello World!!!

Welcome to Farmer Gene’s blog. He’s been kind enough to allow us to use this space to talk to you about modern agriculture. The postings on this site will help explain where your food comes from, the science involved in helping it get to your table, and how today’s farmer is growing more and healthier foods and raising better animals than ever. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to put them in Read More >

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