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,...

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...

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...
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...

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...
intellectual property

Ethical Concerns and CRISPR Potential

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions gathered in November to discuss the potential and implications of pursuing further use of the genome editing technology CRISPR. The...
OREI

ASTA Federal and State 2018 Priorities

With the renegotiation of NAFTA and a new Farm Bill, ASTA is advocating for a viable and efficient regulatory system for the industry. The American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) 2018...

Water Policies Heat Up Cities

Native landscapes and lawn alternatives are found in homes and parks from coast to coast, but what do cities lose with the loss of grass? During the past few years,...

Inside Washington

A bill that seeks to double federal funding for programs that create, expand and maintain access to foreign markets is met with applause from the agricultural community. In early May,...
alliance

A New Year, a New World

As Donald Trump prepares to lead the Free World, the Canadian seed industry is set to begin turning itself on its head.   As 2017 begins, so does a major initiative...
biofuels

RFS Feeds Research Interests

Designed to help combat climate change and stimulate the farm economy, the Renewable Fuel Standard keeps the research community busy looking into new plant-based sources of energy. The Renewable Fuel...

Trump’s Victory and America’s Ag Industry

If voting in the Plains States and the agricultural Midwest are any indication, then agriculture should be pleased by president-elect Donald Trump’s surprising win. While Trump is a big city...

Ag Groups Submit Comments on Updating the Biotech Framework

In a comments to the White House's National Science and Technology Council regarding updates to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology, four agricultural organizations representing farmers shared...
OREI

What’s Next for Biotech?

From the halls of Congress to the offices of the White House, biotechnology managed to get the attention of policymakers in Washington, D.C. this year. In 2016, a GMO labeling...
trait

Corn Growers to Fast Track Farm Research with Genotyping Center

Put simply, the United States is falling behind in research related to its biggest industry, agriculture. To a large extent the kind of innovation and research that made the...
OREI

Congress Finally Ratifies International Treaty

Last night (Sept. 28), the U.S. Congress made a "historic" move and passed the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture — something the seed industry...

Government Takes Action to Modernize Biotech Regulatory Framework

On Sept. 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Department of Agriculture released two documents to modernize the federal regulatory system for biotechnology...
label

GM Labeling Bill Passes House, Goes to President

Several organizations representing the U.S. seed industry, agribusiness and farmers welcomed today’s passage by the House of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard — common sense legislation that will...

President Expected to Sign Food Security Bill

On July 6, the House of Representatives set Feed the Future into statute by passing the Global Food Security Act, which now awaits the President's signature. "Seven years ago, just...

Senate Passes GM Labeling Law, Moves to House

Late yesterday (July 7), the U.S. Senate voted 63-30 to pass the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, which now goes to the House. Led by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman...