predictive

USDA Proposes New SECURE Biotechnology Regulations to Protect Plant Health and Promote Agricultural Innovation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced June 5 the availability of a proposed rule titled “Movement of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms.” In preparing this proposal,...
neonicotinoids

U.S. Wins Dispute Finding China’s Administration of Grain Tariff-Rate Quotas Breaches WTO Commitments

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel found that China has administered its...

Canadian and Chinese Officials ‘Actively Engaging’ Over Canola Issue

On April 1, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau and Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr were in Saskatoon where they met with agricultural industry...
emergence

China Intensifies Canadian Canola Battle by Revoking Viterra’s Export Registration

The drama continues surrounding China’s refusal to accept Canadian canola. News broke this morning that Viterra is the second Canadian grain company to lose...
truflex

China Has Stopped Buying All Canadian Canola Seed

Trade tensions with China concerning Canadian canola seed just escalated. Canola seed exporters report that Chinese importers are unwilling to purchase Canadian canola seed...

Feds Give Canadian Wheat Sector a Boost

The grain sector is a key driver of Canada’s economic growth, exporting 20.5 million tonnes of wheat in 2017 and $21 billion in exports sales.
U.S.

China Gives Regulatory Approval to Five GM Traits

Yesterday (Tuesday Jan. 8, 2019), during the U.S. trade talks, China announced that it would be approving 5 genetically modified traits for import, which would be the first move...

China Grants Regulatory Approval of TruFlex Canola with Roundup Ready Technology

Canadian and U.S. canola farmers will have access to Bayer’s next-generation canola trait following confirmation that China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) has granted safety certificate approval...
farm bill

Establishing the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, passed by Congress in July of 2016, directed USDA to...

Calyxt Receives EU Patent On Use of CRISPR for Genome Editing in Plants

Calyxt, Inc. announced the issuance of European patent No. 3008186, which claims methods to create gene-edited plants by the transient delivery of sequence-specific nucleases, including CRISPR/Cas9. This patent, granted by...

Researcher Says Anti-GMO Sentiment has Repercussions for Developing World

Anti-GMO sentiment holds back agricultural advancement in the developing world, but an Iowa State University agronomist hopes his research will clarify the scientific consensus and spark wider acceptance of...

NMSU Regents Approve New Industrial Hemp Production Regulations

Beginning in 2019, farmers in New Mexico will be allowed to produce industrial hemp. Regulations for growing the crop, approved by the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Board of...
case

European Scientists Unite to Safeguard Precision Breeding

Leading scientists representing more than 85 European plant and life sciences research centers and institutes have endorsed a position paper that urgently calls upon European policymakers to safeguard innovation...
FiberMax

Pink Bollworm Eradication Saving Cotton Farmers in Yearly Control Costs

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that U.S. cotton is free — after more than 100 years — of the devastating pink bollworm. This pest has cost...
clemson

Protein Derived from Cottonseed for Human Nutrition One Step Closer to Reality

Cottonseed ground into flour to deliver protein to millions of people, a project to which Dr. Keerti Rathore has devoted more than half his professional career, is one step...
farm bill

ASTA Outlines Priorities for Final Farm Bill

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) urges members of the Farm Bill Conference Committee to include several key provisions important to the seed industry within the final Bill. In a...
truflex

Determination of Nonregulated Status for Nuseed DHA Canola

Nufarm Limited welcomes today’s announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it has deregulated Nuseed’s proprietary omega-3 canola for cultivation in the United States. Nuseed’s omega-3 canola...
case

Case C-528/16 Reaction: A Bleak View For Agricultural Innovation in the EU

Many members of the plant breeding sector in Europe are voicing their opposition against the 25 July ruling stating that crops obtained by mutagenesis are GMOs and are, in...
transparency

NCGA Addresses Importance of Transparency in Comments on BE Disclosure Standard

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today provided feedback to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service as the Agency finalizes the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. The...
court

Expected Ruling of European Court Offers Opportunities for Situation-Specific Safety Analyses

A ruling on the interpretation of EU law concerning the genetic modification of plants is expected from the European Court of Justice at the end of July. The Opinion...