USDA Urged to Identify Alternatives to Neonics

The Organic Trade Association calls on the White House, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency to recognize the role of organic farming in protecting pollinator populations. On Tuesday, June 9, OTA’s board of directors adopted a strong set of policy positions on pollinator health that promote organic farming as part of […]

Strategy: New Tools to Help Fight Weeds

Market introductions look to combat resistance issues. Will 2015 be the year that retailers and seed companies help growers turn the tide on weed resistance and begin supplementing their defensive strategies with a few offensive tools? The developers of new traits and technologies available to corn, soybean and cotton growers are confident they’re bringing products […]

Network Kicks Off National Pollinator Garden Challenge

New initiatives at all levels encourage the creation of habitat to support pollinators. On June 3, more than 20 organizations concerned about pollinators teamed up to form the National Pollinator Garden Network and launch the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a new nationwide campaign. This campaign is designed to accelerate the growing efforts across America and […]

ISF Delegates Explore the Use of Seed Treatments for Grass Seed

Is there a place for seed treatments in grass markets? That was one of the questions posed during today’s Forage and Turf Crops Section meeting at the International Seed Federation’s World Seed Congress in Kraków, Poland. “In the grass seed industry, I think seed treatments can help to improve what is already a great product,” […]

More Partnerships Needed from National Pollinator Strategy

According to a statement regarding yesterday’s White House release of a national strategy to promote pollinator health, the American Seed Trade Association reports that it stands ready to assist in taking steps to achieve pollinator health. “The American Seed Trade Association is heartened by the White House’s proactive approach to assisting pollinators that are challenged […]

What Do Healthy Bees Look Like?

Seed World asks researchers this question as part of its Protecting Pollinators series. One-third of global food production volume relies on pollinators to some degree as does $18 billion in American agriculture. Honeybees and other insects are responsible for pollinating 80 percent of flowering plants worldwide, according to the Honey Bee Health Coalition. In 2009 […]

Puzzling Truths In Labeling

The issue of seed testing uniformity is a complex and convoluted problem with many players and facets involved. There’s thousands of seed species, nearly a hundred labs, multiple testing methods, governance and compliance. After having been in the seed testing industry for 34 years, I’ve seen just about everything. While I applaud the Association of […]

Trait Stewardship a Shared Responsibility

Should China dictate what new technologies U.S. farmers have access to? Some of the trading issues between the United States and China have brought trait stewardship front and center in discussions between the seed industry, farmers and grain handlers. It’s also the subject of much controversy and is the source of litigation between Cargill and […]

Changing the LLP Landscape

National seed associations around the globe now have a new tool that can be used to work with governments on implementing low-level presence policies. The seed industry is increasingly global, and the movement of seed is a critical component of successfully supplying farmers with high-quality, productive seed. The international trade of seed has increased exponentially […]

Plant Breeders Without Borders makes new inroads

One plant breeder is committed to making a difference in feeding an ever-growing global population. Plant Breeders Without Borders is the concept of Anthony Leddin, an Australian plant breeder who has a keen interest in aid development. “I’ve been so fortunate and lucky to become a plant breeder,” Leddin says. “Now it is time to […]

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