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    December 2017

    Despite fears about doing so, scientists can openly talk about the reality of global warming. Looking ahead to the future, we bring perspectives to the forefront from five of our 2017 Giants. You will also learn about the FBI – former seed industry professionals who help startups through their company Finding Black Ink. In this issue, you will also learn about the next frontier of genetics, epigenetics. Also, with the Canadian government poised to legalize marijuana in 2018, what will that mean for the malt barley industry? And scientists aboard the International Space Station are conducting seed experiments to see if humans can grow food in space if we ever colonize space. We hope you enjoy the wide range of topics in this issue.

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    Jeremiah Mullock (Bayer CropScience) Focusing on Grower Needs & Driving Results with Science

    Jeremiah Mullock, Technical Service Representative – SeedGrowth for Bayer CropScience talks with Shawn Brook at ASTA CSS 2017 & Seed Expo in Chicago, Illinois from December 4-7, 2017.
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    Gregory Ginisty (Bayer CropScience) ASTA Pivotal Meeting, Poncho Votivo 2.0 Available in 2018

    Gregory Ginisty, SeedGrowth Product Manager for Bayer CropScience talks with Shawn Brook at ASTA CSS 2017 & Seed Expo in Chicago, Illinois from December 4-7, 2017.
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    Status China: China Open to GM Crops After ChemChina’s Purchase of Syngenta

    Expectations that China will become more open to GM crops in the aftermath of ChemChina’s purchase of Syngenta are receiving little official government support. Although China President Xi Jinping has...

    Status Africa: Bt Cowpeas Could Help Farmers of Burkina Faso

    Across Africa, armies of hungry caterpillars destroy the flowers and pods of cowpeas, reducing yields of this staple food crop by 80 percent. The real victims are smallholder African farmers...
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    Status Australia: CSD Finishes Work on Seed Processing Plant

    Work on the buildings and roadwork for a $90 million redevelopment of the Cotton Seed Distributors’ (CSD’s) cotton seed processing plant and laboratory – near Wee Waa, Australia, 350...
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    Mike Dorris (CulturaTech) Inteletrade Customer Portal, Embracing New Tech, Solutions Based Approach

    Mike Dorris, President for CulturaTech talks with Shawn Brook at ASTA CSS 2017 & Seed Expo in Chicago, Illinois from December 4-7, 2017.
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    Status India: Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Takes Tech Outside of India

    Stung by India’s GM regulation, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company – one of India’s largest seed companies – is planning to take its new technology including GM seeds to other...
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    Michelle Klieger (ASTA) Relationships with ISF, SAA; Working with China and Canada

    Michelle Klieger, Director, International Programs and Policy for ASTA talks with Shawn Brook at ASTA CSS 2017 & Seed Expo in Chicago, Illinois from December 4-7, 2017.
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    Status Iran: Government Worried About Rising Temperatures and Low Water Resources

    Rising temperatures and depletion of water resources have Iran’s high level government officials worried. Abbas Keshavarz, Iran’s deputy minister for crop production, says, “We have to save water to save...
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    Andreas Wais (ISTA) Proficiency Testing, Growth in 2018, Raising Awareness with Partnerships

    Andreas Wais, Secretary General for ISTA talks with Shawn Brook at ASTA CSS 2017 & Seed Expo in Chicago, Illinois from December 4-7, 2017.

    Ancient Pottery Reveals Sorghum’s Origin

    The earliest evidence of wild sorghum comes from short-lived hunter and gatherer camps in the Sahara dating to roughly 7,500 BCE. Traces of the earliest evidence of domesticated sorghum...
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    Soil Health Partnership Enrolls 4,000-Plus Acres

    The Soil Health Partnership (SHP), is a soil health program aimed at determining the economic, yield and environmental benefits of farm practices such as cover crops, nutrient management and...
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    Ben Rivoire (UPOV) World Seed Partnership, UPOV PRISMA PBR Application Tool, 75 Members &...

    Ben Rivoire, Technical/Regional Officer, for UPOV talks with Shawn Brook at ASTA CSS 2017 & Seed Expo in Chicago, Illinois from December 4-7, 2017.
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    Climate Change Threatens Bumblebees

    New research from a team of researchers headed by Florida State University postdoctoral researcher Jane Ogilvie is helping explain the link between a changing global climate and a dramatic...