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Bzzz Bzzz: It’s National #PollinatorWeek!

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Nine years ago the U.S. Senate designated a week in June to recognize and address the urgent issue of rapidly declining pollinator populations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior has officially proclaimed that this week, June 20-26, is designated as National Pollinator Week for 2016! To celebrate, the USDA is hosting its seventh annual Pollinator Week Festival this Friday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside USDA Headquarters in Washington, DC. The festival highlights Read More >

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#BIOWC16 Workshop: “Growing a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States”

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On Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 2:30-4:30pm, USDA will be sponsoring a pre-conference workshop on the potential growth of the national bioeconomy at the 2016 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego. The titled of the workshop is “Growing a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States,” and it will be moderated by Todd Campbell, USDA Policy Advisor, Energy and Bioeconomy; and Harry Baumes, USDA, Director, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Office of Read More >

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National Ag Day: Where Was the Food On Your Plate Grown?

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We made it! Today is National Ag Day where individuals from across the industry come together to recognize and celebrate the abundance and contributions provided by agriculture. The Agriculture Council of America (ACA), whose primary focus is the National Agriculture Day Program, hosts National Ag Day every year in March. This year marks the 43rd anniversary of National Ag Day which has been given the theme of “Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet.” Below is a great blog from the U.S. Read More >

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Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law: Caveat Emptor 

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Access to information is practically a birthright today.  Whether through iPhones, iPads, the Internet, email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other social media platforms, we literally have more information at our fingertips than ever before.  What if, however, an information source is only 50 percent accurate?  The public would almost certainly ignore or disregard that source. It seems like common sense then that a law such as Vermont’s GMO labeling statute that purports to promote transparency Read More >

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Take Action Now to Support Senator Pat Roberts’ GMO Labeling Bill!

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On Friday, February  19th, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts posted his GMO labeling bill which would block states from introducing their own labeling laws. The bill would also require the Agriculture Department to set national standards for voluntarily labeling of food and foods containing bioengineered (bill defines the term bioengineered) ingredients. Further, it requires USDA and the Health and Human Services Department to survey consumer knowledge about Ag Biotech to determine whether consumers have access Read More >

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