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BIO to Host High-Level Speakers at 2014 LBS

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Early bird registration ends on August 29, 2014! BIO is excited to announce that South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard will be presenting welcoming remarks to Summit attendees on Wednesday, September 17th.  Keep watch for the official announcement and statement from the Governor here. Additionally, Dr. Richard Raymond, former USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food Safety, will deliver a keynote address at this year’s Livestock Biotech Summit, BIO recently announced. Prior to his appointment at the USDA, Dr. Read More >

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Hawaii’s Papaya Growers Struggle in Hurricane Aftermath

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Hurricane Iselle’s assault on Hawaii garnered national coverage as the storm approached, but little has been reported on the storm’s aftermath and the damage suffered by Hawaii’s papaya growers and other agricultural operations. John Burnett writes for West Hawaii Today that Iselle’s damage to Big Island ag crops is estimated at $53 million. KITV’s video news clip illustrates the devastation on the Island’s ag community. As officials assess the damage inflicted by Iselle, it’s evident Read More >

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Puerto Rico: The New Hub for Ag-Biotech Innovation

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 “Biotechnology Innovation—the union of scientific discovery and capital can flourish in a supportive research and regulatory environment. Key policy principles will help facilitate the discovery, development, and commercialization of biotech products that will fight disease, feed the hungry and improve the environment”-BIO 2014 A quote that wholly describes the agricultural climate of Puerto Rico.  The country offers a perfect location, climate, great soil quality, inviting regulatory system, three pronounced academic/research programs and friendly biotech work Read More >

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Some People Get it, and Some Just Don’t

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As a communications director in the agriculture industry, I have spent two decades using fact-based talking points while industry opponents can say whatever will make a headline. It’s frustrating, but we labor on because we believe that what we do somehow helps farmers. And if we can help farmers, we can help keep America’s food supply safe, affordable and the envy of the world. Holly Spangler, an ag communicator and Illinois farmer, clearly understands this Read More >

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Are GMOs the Climategate of the Left?

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I’ve heard the word “momentum” a lot lately. Vermont signed its GMO labeling law on May 8. Voters in Jackson County, Oregon this week approved a ban on GMO cultivation, a move that will dictate to area farmers what they can and can’t grow. And just today, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) shepherded through the Appropriations Committee an amendment to mandate the labeling of the genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon, when it is approved by the FDA. Read More >

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