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Bee Care Team is Buzzing in North Carolina

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Too many people don’t know enough about agriculture and food production. But even fewer know about the important role that bees play in maintaining healthy farming systems. Bees are necessary for plant pollination. Yet many colonies are disappearing due to increasing disease and environmental threats, including a syndrome called Colony Collapse Disorder. “Healthy pollinators are incredibly important in creating and maintaining a healthy, nutritious and sustainable food supply,” says Dick Rogers, apiologist/entomologist with Bayer CropScience. Read More >

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Farmers Will Respond Sustainably to Increased Demand for Food and Fuel

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News of this year’s corn crop should put to rest the debate over whether the nation’s corn crop is redirected for fuel use at the expense of feed for livestock. With the release of its 2013 corn crop report, the USDA has estimated that this year’s corn harvest will hit a new record of 13.99 billion bushels, which is 7% larger than the previous year. Additionally, corn prices are projected at $4.10-$4.90 per bushel, the Read More >

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Farmer’s Right to Choose Ag Biotech

Ag Biotech: Going on the Offense

BIO wanted to highlight several blogs that represent a trend among farmers and dietitians who see benefit, not harm when choosing GM crops. The Foodie Farmer blog is written by Jennie Schmidt who says she loves communicating about what farmers are doing to produce a safe and healthy food supply. Schmidt is a Registered Dietitian and a full-time farmer on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In her recent blog, Top 10 Annoying Words About Agriculture, Jennie polled her ties within the ag Read More >

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Washington State Voters Rightly Reject I-522 Food Labeling Proposal

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False Scare Tactics Fail to Deter Voters As noted on the Washington state general election page, results revealed that 45.16% of voters were in favor of the initiative, while 54.84% of voters rejected the initiative, thus ending one of the most historically expensive battles over a state mandate. If enacted, Initiative 522 would have required the labeling of genetically engineered foods, as defined in the measure, on the packaging of raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, Read More >

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“Claims vs. Facts,” TV Ads Expose the Truths Behind I-522”

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Come time November 6th, the Washington state ballot will be officially closed to voters and a ruling on I-522 will have been formally decided.  To provide Washington State voters with a distinct view into the recent initiative requiring the labeling of Genetically Engineered (GE) foods or foods containing GE ingredients, the NO on 522 campaign launched a television ad campaign clarifying the reality behind I-522.  Their messaging is clear, concise and accurate, “522 would burden farmers, Read More >

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