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Quantifying the Benefits of GE Crops

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Did you know that over 90% of soybeans, cotton and corn grown in America are genetically engineered? Since the year 2000, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), part of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), has been tracking the percent of GE crops grown on U.S. soil. Their results are now summarized in an easy-to-read table which highlights the widespread adoption of GE crops across the country. Here are their key findings: Of all soybeans Read More >

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House Agriculture Subcommittee Seeks Answers from the Agricultural Marketing Service

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On June 25, 2015, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a hearing to review the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Marketing Programs. Mr. Craig Morris, Deputy Administrator of Livestock Poultry and Seed Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) at the United States Department of Agriculture was the only witness to testify in front of the Subcommittee. Specifically, Mr. Morris discussed some of the management system audits offered by the Read More >

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Happy National Pollinator Week!

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While the biotech industry is up in Philadelphia at the BIO International Convention, people down here in D.C are celebrating birds, bats, bees, butterflies and many more pollinators because it is National Pollinator Week! The USDA is hosting the sixth annual Pollinator Festival outside of their headquarters on June 19th, so people can learn about their significance within the ecosystem. This festival is an enjoyable and great way to raise awareness of the declining populations. Read More >

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Honeybees, Butterflies, and Pesticides

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Honeybees and butterflies occupy a sensitive space in many peoples’ hearts, and it is no question that there is a call to action to help restore populations. Lawmakers and scientists are working on ways to restore the natural habitats of these pollinators; however, decisions should be dictated by scientific facts and not emotions. Sue McCrum, the President of American Agri-Women (AAW), recently released an opinion piece in response to President Obama’s National Pollinator Health Strategy Read More >

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The Incentive to Beat Climate Change

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On May 27th, Rick Duke, deputy director for climate change at the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change, spoke on the important role that the agriculture industry will play in the coming years for reducing U.S. greenhouse emissions. By 2025, Duke stated that the industry itself could contribute a 2% cut in gas emissions and enhance carbon storage equivalent to about 120 million metric tons of CO2. Andrew Restuccia of PoliticoPro covered Dukes’ Read More >

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