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American Farm Bureau Federation: Price Tag on July 4th Picnic Holds Steady

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“Americans will be paying a bit more for their Fourth of July barbecues this year, but the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) says the tab can still come in at less than $6 a person,” AgriPulse reported in its June 29th newsletter. A total of 79 Farm Bureau members (volunteer shoppers) in 26 states checked retail prices for summer cookout foods at their local grocery stores for this informal survey. AgriPulse reported the results: “Meat prices are helping Read More >

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Once Again Greenpeace is in the Hotseat!

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Do you remember in 2013 when a large group of angry farmers attacked and destroyed a field trial of genetically modified rice in the Philippines? It made headlines across the globe because GM rice has shown to have the potential to reduce Vitamin-A deficiencies causing blindness and death in many children living in the developing world. We later learned that these attackers weren’t all farmers but in fact were mostly Greenpeace activists. Ironic since Greenpeace’s motto is to “change attitudes and Read More >

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How GMOs Fit Into the Farm Toolbox

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GMOs are a valuable tool on the farm, but they’re not the only one. In a new post on the GMO Answers Forbes.com page, Katie Pratt, an Illinois farmer, discusses what goes into her farm toolbox: On the farm our tools range from the typical tractor and seeds to tablets and satellites.  While some are more important than others, each tool has its place and without the others would not be as effective or efficient. Probably Read More >

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Scientists Prove Agriculture Has Existed for 25 Million Years!

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…But the earliest evidence doesn’t come from humans. A team of researchers from James Cook University and Ohio State University have “found evidence that termites developed a form of agriculture 25 million years ago, and this development affected termites in much the same way that the development of agriculture affected humans millions of years later.” Jessie Guy-Ryan reports  on the findings in Atlas Obscura: This week, a team of scientist announced their discovery of the oldest fossil evidence Read More >

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The View from the States By Gene Harrington, BIO Director of State Government Affairs, Food & Agriculture

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Earlier this year, Inside the Beltway publications, other news outlets and activists wrote about the supposed inevitability of additional states enacting legislation in 2016 requiring the labeling of food containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. Almost halfway into the year – and after most state legislatures have adjourned – no state has adopted a GMO labeling bill this year.  In fact, no state has adopted mandatory GMO labeling legislation in more than two years.  As a Read More >

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