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Importance of Seed Associations Cannot be Overstated

Why do we need so many seed associations? We have local, regional, national and international associations, all requiring resources: time, money, ideas, skills and tons of initiative. But why? I...
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Industry News – October 2013

Industry News is geared to seed professionals and delivers the people, industry, business and product news you need to know. Submissions are welcome. Email us at·news@issuesink.com. People News...
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Regulatory Roundup

NATIONAL USDA Announces Biotech Regulatory Petitions The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced the agency will be sending several biotechnology regulatory actions...
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World Status

An in-depth overview on the global seed industry. From a new international partnership to aid salinity tolerant varieties to a new disease tolerant asparagus variety in New Zealand...
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Cross Pollination

Seed’s Growth Potential“I think the seed industry definitely has growth potential. Population continues to grow around the world; therefore, food demand will be higher where political and economic...
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Everybody’s Friend

Everybody’s Friend Former Southern Seed Association Man of the Year Kurt Austermann passed away earlier this year. Colleagues recall the man and his impact on the seed sector. Kurt Austermann was...
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Opportunities in Afghanistan

Opportunities and Challenges in Afghanistan War, drought and social collapse have greatly impaired land management and agricultural production systems in much of Afghanistan. Reconstruction or development is needed to create...
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Farm Bill Frustration

Delays over the proposed farm bill could cause even more federal funding cuts in the agricultural sector. After a summer break, members of the U.S. Congress returned to Washington, D.C.,...
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Advancing Alfalfa

Following the successful introduction of Roundup Ready alfalfa, a new genetically engineered trait is in the works that promises to deliver a higher quality forage crop. Since 2011, after more...
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Protecting Pollinators: Crop Protectants and Honey Bee Health

Commercial beekeepers across North America have been witnessing losses of honey bee colonies for several years now. While neonicotinoid-based pesticides have taken much of the blame publicly, honey bee...
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Feast or Famine

Low supply and high demand are fueling price increases in forage and turf grass markets. Like all markets, forage and turf grass markets are subject to the laws of supply...
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Europe: After the Restriction

The decision by the European Commission to restrict the use of neonicotinoid-treated seed will have many short- and long-term effects—and not just in agriculture. Some industry experts claim the...
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Growing More With Less

Growing More with Less: Already a Reality in Our Backyard Declining water availability in the United States and less productive land for agriculture across the country are driving an increased...
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Breeding for Climate Change

Breeding for Climate Change Global climate change means the seed industry can no longer conduct business the way it once did. Plant breeding leads efforts to help producers overcome the enormous...
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What’s in a Word

For every industry, corporation, organization or individual considering the concept, there are as many interpretations of what it means to be sustainable—and therein lies the challenge. In terms of ag...