News items related to ag tech, 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 newest items will be in green at bottom of sections).  Be sure to check in regularly.

 

TRADE, TRADE RELATED, INFRASTRUCTURE:

Trump advisor: ‘Free, fair and reciprocal’ trade deals are priority – USA Today – By Roger Yu (Mar 6)

“In one of his first public remarks since he was tapped by Trump to carry out his America-first trade policy, Navarro sounded the alarm over the “large and persistent” U.S. trade deficit in goods, totaling about $2 billion a day.” – Link

Trump adviser Navarro: U.S, Germany should discuss trade outside EU – Reuters – By David Lawder (Mar 6)

“… the $65 billion U.S. trade deficit with Germany was “one of the most difficult” trade issues, and bilateral discussions were needed to reduce it outside of European Union restrictions.” – Link

On trade, it’s Trump vs. the deep state – Politico, The Agenda – By Todd Tucker (Mar 6)

“The administration’s trade report highlights the fissures beneath the surface—and the contradictions of its trade policy.” – Link

Multilateral trade deals? Trump’s just not that into them – Marketplace – By Ashley Milne-Tyte (Mar 3)

“It seems to me that President Trump, given his long history in the real estate business, is quite comfortable in bilateral settings…” – Link

AG, AG TECH, PRODUCTION, RELATED ISSUES:

Want more crop variety? Researchers propose using CRISPR to accelerate plant domestication – Scienmag, Science Magazine (Mar 2)

“With gene editing, we can create ‘biologically inspired organisms’ in that we don’t want to improve nature, we want to benefit from what nature has already created.” – Link

Non-Browning Apples and Hornless Cows – National Review – By Julie Kelly (Mar 7)

“Genetic modification can, among other boons, reduce food waste and improve the lives of dairy cattle.” – Link

 

POLICY, REGULATORY, ACTIVISM, OTHER:

Ethiopia: Ministry Stresses Agri-Technology Use – allAfrica / The Ethiopian Herald – By Robel Yohannes (Mar 3)

“Market oriented agricultural activity, agricultural product consumption and agricultural value addition would not guarantee sustainability unless backed by improved technology…” – Link

Canadian environment groups want webinar pulled from classrooms over GMO foods – CBC News (Mar 3)

“Council of Canadians says ‘corporate propaganda’ shouldn’t be allowed in classrooms” – Link

Led by Nigeria, Africa opening door to genetically modified crop cultivation – Genetic Literacy Project – By Steven Cerier (Mar 6)

“Africa has been reluctant to adopt GM technology for crop production. That might be changing. Recent developments suggest that many African nations are poised to overcome domestic and international opposition and embrace GM technology as a means of boosting their agriculture sector.” – Link

Inside The Anti-Science Forces of the Internet – BuzzfFeed – By Stephanie M. Lee (Mar 7)

“Welcome to the corner of the internet that’s hell-bent on convincing you that GMOs are poisonous, vaccines cause autism, and climate change is a government-sponsored hoax. The message is traveling far and wide.” – Link