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The Eucalyptus Genome Reveals Potential Breakthroughs

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More than just food for Koalas, Eucalyptus trees are already used for producing timber, fuel, medicinal and industrial oils. In a recent piece published by Reuters, Will Dunham highlights how an international team of researchers worked to unveil the genetic blueprint of the tree species Eucalyptus grandis in order to maximize its potential in biofuels. “The main interest is understanding how these trees grow so fast and how they are able to produce such large Read More >

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President Obama Endorses Ag Biotech

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In an April 11 letter to Julie Borlaug, President Obama wrote about how pleased he was to join in the celebration of her grandfather, Norman Borlaug, and his life and passion for feeding the hungry through biotechnology. Through ag biotech, Norman Borlaug, known as the “Father of the Green Revolution,” made it his life’s work to eradicate world hunger and was recently recognized posthumously for his contributions to the field. Sara Wyant of Agri-Pulse highlighted President’s Obama’s remarks to Read More >

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A Great Iowan Remembered Today

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Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Statue Unveiled Today, March 25th at 11:00amEST, Dr. Norman Borlaug was honored for his contributions to the field of agriculture and his effort to eradicate world hunger as his statue was unveiled at the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Norman Borlaug would have been 100 years old on this day, but his legacy still carries on. The ceremony included tributes from Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Iowa Governor 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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