Why Does Open Ag Data Matter?

In Farming, International, USDA by Cindy

Representatives from eight nations just gathered in Washington DC to discuss how they can work together to share important agricultural data with the rest of the planet with the ultimate goal of increasing global food security. Overall, they agreed that they need to make government data sets such as research and crop production as accessible as possible. At the G8 …

Improving Corn for a Hungry Planet

In Farming, International, Research by Cindy

Growing corn in areas where water is scarce and soil is toxic may soon be a reality thanks to research being done at major universities. Purdue University scientists recently received a grant of over $1 million to find ways to increase corn tolerance to heat, which would help farmers in this country when we have a drought like last year, …

Confessions of a GMO Convert

In Activism, Biotechnology, Environmental, International by Cindy

A leading environmental activist and critic of genetically modified food recently announced the error of his ways and his conversion to being a supporter of biotech crops. “I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted …

Growing African Agriculture

In Biotechnology, International by Cindy

As Africa’s economy is growing and the population is urbanizing, more people are getting removed from food production – but some are calling on Africa to “think agriculture” for jobs. “Agriculture should be Africa’s number one priority, especially when it comes to employment,” said Philippe Egger, Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Bureau of Programming and Management, in a …

Minnesota Corn Growers Court Taiwan

In Exports, International, State Groups by Cindy

The 2012 drought caused a little shake up in the top four corn producing states that produce more than a billion bushels a year. Normally Iowa and Illinois take the top two spots – sometimes Illinois is first but mostly it’s Iowa. Nebraska takes third and Minnesota usually comes in 4th. Last year, however, Minnesota moved up to second place …

China and US Seed Groups Sign MOU

In Audio, Farming, International by Cindy

A newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and the China National Seed Association (CNSA) is designed to promote cooperation relating to innovation in the seed industry, and ultimately help farmers feed a growing population. “This agreement achieves two extremely important goals,” said ASTA President Andy LaVigne. “First, it is an important first step …

Biotech Could Help Feed the World

In Audio, Biotechnology, Distillers Grains, Farming, International by Cindy

The list continues to grow of newspapers, organizations and companies opposed to California’s Proposition 37, that would require the labeling of any foods containing genetically modified crops. “It’s just awful in my opinion,” said Truth About Trade & Technology (TATT) Chairman Emeritus and former American Farm Bureau president Dean Kleckner. “It’s as though there’s something wrong with biotech. Seventy percent …

Ethanol Ships Passing in the Night

In Audio, Environmental, Ethanol, Exports, International by Cindy

There’s a hot new craze called the “Ethanol Shuffle” sweeping seaports from Sao Paulo to Los Angeles as tankers carrying Brazilian sugarcane ethanol bound for California pass those carrying corn ethanol bound for Brazil. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Vice President of Research and Analysis Geoff Cooper wrote about the “Ethanol Shuffle” last week on the RFA E-xchange Blog. Basically, we …

French Illegally Banned GMO Crops

In Biotechnology, Current News, Environmental, feed, Food, General, International by Mark

France’s top administrative court on Monday overturned a government order banning French farmers from planting genetically modified crops France’s agriculture ministry imposed a ban in February 2008 amid concerns over public safety, but its decision had already been called into question by the European Court and has now been annulled by the State Council. Truthfully, their ongoing and Zombie-like fight …

For All the Corn in China

In Exports, International by Cindy

By all accounts, China is producing a record amount of corn this season, but still not enough to meet their domestic demand, which means they are also expected to import a record amount of corn. According to the latest USDA supply-demand forecast, corn production for China this year was increase 4.0 million tons to a record 182.0 million tons. That …