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Engaging China on Ag Innovation

GMO soybeans

Agricultural biotechnology is an important tool that can empower nations – big and small – to modernize their production agriculture systems. As part of today’s Food and Agriculture programming at the BIO International Convention, a panel of experts looked at the question:  How will the economic and political landscapes in the United States and China affect agricultural innovation? In recent years, we have undoubtedly struggled with new challenges in agricultural trade with China, said Matthew O’Mara, BIO’s Read More >

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Keeping Farms Sustainable With GMO Crops

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It’s crucial for farmers and ranchers to be able to incorporate technology on their farm to improve sustainable food production. GMOs allow farmers to fight insects and weeds more effectively and to enhance soil health. To third generation Minnesota farmer, Gene Stoel, there is nothing more important than the legacy of leaving his land in better condition for his children. Since 1990, Gene has been farming GMO corn and soybeans, which have reduced his farm’s Read More >

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Ambassador Darci Vetter to Keynote Food and Ag Track at 2016 BIO International Convention

Darci Vetter

Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, will deliver the keynote address during the Food and Agriculture track at the 2016 BIO International Convention.   As the Chief Agriculture Negotiator, Ambassador Vetter is responsible for bilateral and multilateral negotiations and policy coordination regarding agricultural trade. Prior to her current appointment, Ambassador Vetter served as the Deputy Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) where she oversaw the Read More >

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Food Waste: Can Biotech Play a Role?

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“40% of food grown in U.S. is wasted.” – House Ag Commitee Chairman Conaway On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to examine what voluntary efforts can be done to address the issue of food waste. The hearing was titled Food Waste from Field to Table and witnesses included Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), along with several other experts on the issue. Ms. Dana Gunders, Senior Scientist, Food & Agriculture Program, National Resources Defense Read More >

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Science Committee Hearing Examines the “Science of Zika”

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From yellow fever, to dengue fever, to Nile Virus – humans are constantly under siege from new mosquito-transmitted diseases.” – House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing to examine the science of the Zika virus and the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the disease. During the “Science of Zika: The DNA of an Epidemic,” experts testified on the science Read More >

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