News items related to ag biotech, trade – and perhaps some other interesting items out there related to agriculture – will be posted on this page throughout the week (as the week progresses newly added items will be in green at bottom of sections).  Be sure to check in regularly!

TRADE, TRADE RELATED, TRANSPORTATION, RELATED ISSUES:

Trump names Robert Lighthizer to head trade negotiations effort – Delta Farm Press – By Forrest Laws (Jan 4)
“President-elect Trump’s pick for U.S. Trade Representative has experience fighting for U.S. manufacturing, ag interests.”
Poor Infrastructure Plagues Brazil Agriculture – Bloomberg via AgWeb (Jan 4)

Link: http://www.agweb.com/article/poor-infrastructure-plagues-brazil-agriculture-blmg/

Trump’s trade pick knows we have a China problem – Washington Post, Editorial (Jan 8)

Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-trade-pick-knows-we-have-a-china-problem/2017/01/08/dc23efd8-d43e-11e6-9cb0-54ab630851e8_story.html?utm_term=.504354c43d51

AS TRUMP KILLS THE TPP, CAN CHINA-BACKED RCEP FILL THE GAP? – South China Morning Post – By Bhavan Jaipragas (Jan 9)

Link: http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2060041/trump-kills-tpp-can-china-backed-rcep-fill-gap

AG, AG TECH, PRODUCTION, RELATED ISSUES:

New HLB positive tree found in urban Cerritos, Calif. – Western Farm Press (Jan 2)
“This detection will result in a new HLB quarantine encompassing portions of Los Angeles and Orange counties.”
Second GM crop ready for release – The Daily Star (Bangladesh) – Jan 6

“Three years after the release of Bt Brinjal, Bangladesh is going to get its second genetically modified (GM) crop — a disease resistant potato…”

Link: http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/blight-resistant-potato-save-tk-100cr-year-1341061

Career profile: ‘Dr. Wheat’ talks food science, genetic modification – The Seattle Times (originally Detroit Free Press, by Frank Witsil) – Jan 6

““One of the things people should know about food science is that we generally start out as people who like to cook and like to give people food that is wholesome and nutritious,” says Deirdre Ortiz, head of Kellogg’s global wheat program.””

Link: http://www.seattletimes.com/nwshowcase/careers/job-profile-dr-wheat-talks-food-science-genetic-modification/

These Foods Aren’t Genetically Modified but They Are ‘Edited’ – New York Times – By Kenneth Change (Jan 9)

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/09/science/genetically-edited-foods-crispr.html?_r=0

POLICY, REGULATORY, ACTIVISM, RELATED ISSUES:

Design of GMO corn ‘equivalence’ study flawed: US animal scientist – Feed Navigator – By Jane Byrne (Jan 6)

“A new study on GM corn, involving French researcher Séralini, whose previous work has generated controversy, has spurred scientific debate on both sides of the Atlantic.”

The next generation of food tech? Nobel Laureates discuss future of food – Food Navigator USA – By Louis Gore-Langton (Jan 4)

“The Nobel Foundation’s ‘Your plate, our planet’ event featured talks by start-ups boasting the world changing power of new food technologies like ‘food computers’ and tropical weather forecasting.”

It’s alarmingly easy for terrorists to contaminate our food supply – The New York Post – By Hank Parker (Jan 7)

Link: http://nypost.com/2017/01/07/its-alarmingly-easy-for-terrorists-to-contaminate-our-food-supply/

THE TRUMP EFFECT ON AG ISSUES IN WASHINGTON – Successful Farming – By Chuck Abbott (Jan 4)

“Veteran farm-policy hands say regulatory relief will be the new administration’s first order of business for agriculture.”

Link: http://www.agriculture.com/news/business/the-trump-effect-on-ag-issues-in-washington

As Trump meets biotech CEOs, farm advisers fret over empty USDA spot – Reuters – By Tom Polansek and PJ Huffstutter (Jan 12)

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-agriculture-idUSKBN14W1LH