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Opportunities in Agriculture

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Dr. Jon Hagler, the Missouri Director of Agriculture, spoke recently at BIO’s Livestock Biotech Summit about our country – and the world – being on the precipice of some unprecedented opportunities in agriculture. As Missouri’s agriculture leader, Hagler has raised ag’s profile by emphasizing the importance of this industry and ag-related jobs to the state’s overall economy and its relevance to every consumer. Hagler said that with a population of 9 billion expected by 2050, Read More >

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Playing Politics: Political Pitfalls for Animal Biotechnology

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This year’s BIO Livestock Biotech Summit featured a session called Political Pitfalls for Animal Biotechnology. Moderator Dr. Cathleen Enright, BIO’s Executive Vice President of Food & Agriculture, told attendees that the biotech industry needs to tell our story and acknowledge the political factors that we face in order to drive innovation and bring new products to the marketplace. “We must be able to trade products containing or derived from a new technology or that technology Read More >

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Livestock Biotech Summit Draws International Crowd

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On September 19, BIO’s Livestock Biotech Summit kicked off with an international flair. Eleven countries are represented at the Kansas City conference including Argentina, Belgium, China, Italy and Thailand. Focused on developing global solutions through animal biotechnology, the Summit kicked off with a keynote address from Justin Chesnut of Elanco Animal Health. He delivered a powerful message to the audience on using technology to feed the world. Justin talked about how technology is the vital ingredient to making Read More >

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“Organic Food Has Almost No Evidence Showing Health Benefits”

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A new study published in this month’s Annals of Internal Medicine comparing organic and conventionally grown food calls into question whether higher-priced of organic foods offer any real benefits. Dr. Aaron E. Carroll is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the director of the University’s Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.  He posted a blog on the recent study on CNN.com:  I like to joke that the Read More >

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“Farmers Need Drought-Resistant Crops”

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Terry Wanzek, ND State Senator and Jamestown farmer authored an editorial on the need for drought resistant crops for Truth About Trade & Technology: More than half of the United States is now suffering through drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Only the droughts of 1934, 1939, and 1954 spread across larger areas. Every plant requires water to grow, but some plants survive with less. The cactus flourishes in hot and dry climates Read More >

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