Vermont Sets Precedent with New Policy

State legislation could have a trickle effect, adding uncertainty for businesses looking to bring GE products to market. On June 17, 2019,...

Innovation in Rice is in Remy Bitoun’s Blood

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is dedicated to abolishing poverty and hunger among people and populations that depend on rice-based agri-food systems. Remy Bitoun, head of...

Policy 101

Know the issues and make yourself available to share them. Policy experts share their tips for success.  When it comes to government, be...

Reinforcing Our Rights

Together, ISF and UPOV are working to encourage continued innovation needed to meet the world’s increasing needs. There are a lot of questions...

Can We Get a New Standard Material Transfer Agreement in November?

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has waited for a new Standard Material Transfer Agreement, but how can we come together...

Is the EU Spending Money in the Right Places?

Improving the effectiveness of Europe’s Research and Innovation projects.  Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has...

Russia to Up Seed Game

With the goal of reducing its dependence on seed imports, the Russian government invests in plant breeding centers. Russia plans to increase domestic seed production with the aim of reducing...

Farm Bill Breakdown

President Trump signed a farm bill. ASTA breaks down what it means. On Dec. 20, 2018, President Trump signed the $867 billion Agriculture Improvement Act (H.R. 2), better known as...

Wage Policies Not Made for Rural Businesses

Labor policies protect talent, but how do they affect your operation? No matter what industry you’re in, be it transportation, healthcare or agribusiness, there are policies protecting employees after they’re...

No Access, No Benefits

What it takes for a seed company to keep track of their genetic resources. In the eighties, countries started recognizing that biological diversity is a global asset of value to...

What is the World Seed Partnership?

Organizations collaborate to help countries develop new seed system frameworks. As developing countries look to build a local seed system and for countries looking to modernize existing seed systems, the...
biofuels

Fueling Corn Demand?

Year-round sales of E15 ethanol could drive farmers to plant more corn acres than previously planned. Some say the Oct. 9 order by President Donald Trump for the Environmental Protection...
no-till

Study Examines No-Till Incentives

What would it take to get farmers to adopt no-till, and how might an incentive program be structured? The numbers might surprise you. Farmers who have switched to no-till management...

You’re Not Welcome Here

WE ARE LIVING in a new Dark Age in Europe where innovation and technology are being rejected at an alarming rate. While reactionary pressure is being seen from chemicals...

A Great Loss for Europe

The impact of the recent ECJ ruling on plant breeding innovation. Many members of the plant breeding sector in Europe are voicing their opposition against the July 25 ruling which...

Four Steps to Minimize Trade Risks

The increasingly protectionist trade environment threatens the seed industry. Governments are imposing tariffs on seed and seed equipment. Planted acreage is declining as export demand plummets. Non-tariff trade barriers...

From DC: Under Secretary Ibach Shares Strategic Goals, Talks Biotech

“It’s important for me to remember that the decisions we make here in Washington really do impact individual farmers and ranchers in rural areas across our nation,” said the...

Going to Great Lengths to Preserve Genetic Diversity

After the seventh session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, there’s still no path forward when it comes to...

ISF Priorities: Digging into Plant Breeding Innovation, Seed Trade and Seed Choice

ISF lays the ground work for national seed associations to engage with their governments and other organizations to help facilitate discussions around plant breeding innovation, the implementation of ISPM...

Inside the Beltway: House Farm Bill Fails to Pass

The Farm Bill debate is making headlines as policymakers work to hammer out new legislation, but most of what you’ll see in the headlines is related to what is known...