News items related to ag biotech, تجارة – and perhaps some other interesting items out there related to agriculturewill be posted on this page throughout the week (new items in green). Check in daily!

أيضا, be sure to see below a recent story in Nairobi, Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper on Global Farmer Network member Willy Kirwa, “All I need to cool my milk is the sun”.

TRADE:

Column: What Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders don’t get about the causes of our trade deficitChicago TribuneBy Steve Chapman (Apr 1)

One fact that Trump and Bernie Sanders never mention is that our trade imbalance is all in goods. When it comes to services such as travel, banking services, royalties, legal advice and education of foreign students we export far more than we import. In each of the past five years, our surplus in services has exceeded $200 مليار.

Link:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chapman/ct-trump-sanders-wrong-on-trade-perspec-0403-md-20160401-column.html

Republicans, especially Trump supporters, see free trade deals as bad for U.S.PewResearchCenter, FactankBy Bruce Stokes (مارس 31)

Americans positive view of free trade deals has ebbed in recent years: 51% say such trade agreements between the U.S. and other countries have been a good thing for the country, while 39% believe they have been a bad thing.

Link:http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/03/31/republicans-especially-trump-supporters-see-free-trade-deals-as-bad-for-u-s/

Korea, Mexico to expand economic, cultural tiesThe Korea TimesBy Rachael Lee (Apr 3)

Link:http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/04/120_201770.html

الامريكى. trade negotiator pushes TPP trade deal, explains benefitsDelta Farm PressBy David Bennett (Apr 4)

Link:http://deltafarmpress.com/markets/us-trade-negotiator-pushes-tpp-trade-deal-explains-benefits

الصين, S Korea, Japan to hold talks on trilateral FTA in SeoulChina Daily (Apr 5)

Link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2016-04/05/content_24277363.htm

Trade growth to remain subdued in 2016 as uncertainties weigh on global demandWTO Press Release (Apr 7)

Growth in the volume of world trade is expected to remain sluggish in 2016 at 2.8%, unchanged from the 2.8% increase registered in 2015. Imports of developed countries should moderate this year while demand for imported goods in developing Asian economies should pick up. Global trade growth should rise to 3.6% في 2017, WTO economists reported on 7 April.

Link:https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/pres16_e/pr768_e.htm

Dutch Referendum Leads to Defeat of E.U.-Ukraine Trade DealThe New York TimesBy Stephen Castle (Apr 6)

Link:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/07/world/europe/dutch-voters-reject-european-union-deal-with-ukraine.html

Arguments against Free Trade are DeeplyFlawedNational ReviewBy Jonah Goldberg (Apr 8)

Link: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433817/free-trade-economic-importance

RCEP talks: India offers commitments on goods, servicesThe Economic Times (الهند) – Apr 7

Link:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/foreign-trade/rcep-talks-india-offers-commitments-on-goods-services/articleshow/51728450.cms

US politics is closing the door on free tradeFinancial Times (المملكة المتحدة) – By Philip Stephens (Apr 7)

Without America, momentum will be lost. The danger will be of a slide into outright protectionism

Link:http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/41fd9efa-fbee-11e5-b3f6-11d5706b613b.html

Wisconsin farm family: “We need a candidate strong on tradeNBC15.com (Apr 5)

Link:http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Wisconsin-farm-family-We-need-a-candidate-strong-on-trade-374655591.html

FARMING, BIOTECH, OTHER:

All I need to cool my milk is the sunDaily Nation (كينيا) – By Rachel Kibui (Apr 1)

As you enter the farm, the first things one comes across is a building labelled Willens Practical Training Centre, and a board with the slogan, Happy Cow, Happy Farmer.

Link:http://www.nation.co.ke/business/seedsofgold/All-I-need-to-cool-my-milk-is-the-sun/-/2301238/3142806/-/jxncahz/-/index.html

As China reforms its corn market, farmers switch to growing soybeansReutersBy Naveen Thukral and Niu Shuping (Apr 3)

China announced last week it will stop its corn stockpiling program and allow markets to set pricesa move that should transform the agricultural landscape as farmers shift to more lucrative crops like soybeans, rice and peanuts.

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-corn-farmers-idUSKCN0X00Z5

Project promises hardy maize for AfricaSciDevNetBy Charles Ole Ngereza (Apr 1)

A Mexican-African project to develop better and more climate-tolerant maize varieties using traditional breeding techniques has been launched.

Link:http://www.scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/project-promises-hardy-maize-africa.html

Women Farmers Band Together To Vent, Seek Support And Exchange IdeasNPR, The SaltBy Suzanne Hogan (مارس 31)

Over the past 15 سنوات, the fraction of U.S. farms run by women has nearly tripled to about 15 نسبه مئويه. And nearly one-third of farms in this country are run by couples working together.

Link:http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/03/31/472403779/women-farmers-band-together-to-vent-seek-support-and-exchange-ideas?sf23471262=1

WhyClean EatingIs Total BS -GH, goodhousekeeping.com -By Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN(مارس 29)

I’m worried that the phrase has taken on a new, misguidedmeaning. The implication is that if you’re noteating clean,” what you eat otherwise is dirty or unhygienic, and that’s simply not true.

Link:http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/a37595/what-is-clean-eating/

Science meets farming to reveal Africas best beanSciDevNetBy Bruno Awio, Inga Vesper (مارس 24)

A team of scientists joined 358 farmers in two districts to test the best bean they were growing in terms of robustness, yield and marketability. And most importantly, a bean that can prosper in the dramatically changing climate affecting the whole of East Africa. –

Link:http://www.scidev.net/global/farming/data-visualisation/africas-best-bean.html

Still Life with Mass Hysteria: Are GMOs Really That Bad?Modern FarmerBy Brian Barth (مارس 22)

Anyone who objects to GMOs based solely on distrust of Monsanto, ومع ذلك, might consider the very real benefits they can impart.

Link:http://modernfarmer.com/2016/03/gmo/

Agriculture is UK’s fastest growing subject and a smart career choiceThe Guardian (المملكة المتحدة) – By Joe Parry (مارس 31)

Students are flocking to study agriculture and the student farmer of the year says hes not surprised

Link:http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/mar/31/agriculture-uk-fastest-growing-subject-career-student-farmers

نيجيريا: State to Launch N59.7 Billion Youth-in-Agriculture SchemeallAfrica / Premium Times (نيجيريا) – Apr 3

The programme taggedEnable Youth Empowerment Agribusiness programme, will engage youths in agribusiness for 18 months to enable them learn how to make agric business plan.

Link:http://allafrica.com/stories/201604040005.html

Consumer trust in food companies is rising, but industry still has work to do, survey reveals- Food Navigator USA -By Elizabeth Crawford (Apr 1)

Consumers slowly but increasingly are trusting food companies and perceiving them as transparent as more manufacturers explain how they source and make products, but a significant portion of shoppers remain wary indicating industry still has work to do, according to new marketing research.

Golden Rice Separates Reason, RadicalismAgWebBy Chris Bennett (Apr 6)

Saddled by opposition at every research and regulatory turn, Golden Rice reveals a chasm between reasoned caution and radicalism.

Link:http://www.agweb.com/article/golden-rice-separates-reason-radicalism-naa-chris-bennett/

Food companies agree to GMO labeling as opponents warn of consequencesDelta Farm PressBy David Bennett (Apr 5)

Link:http://deltafarmpress.com/soybeans/food-companies-agree-gmo-labeling-opponents-warn-consequences

All our food is genetically modified in some way where do you draw theline? -The ConversationBy James Borrell (Apr 4)

Link:http://theconversation.com/all-our-food-is-genetically-modified-in-some-way-where-do-you-draw-the-line-56256

Viewpoint: Western farming yields carbon reductionsThe Star Phoenix (كندا) – By Margaret Hansen and Stephen Vandervalk (Apr 6)

Modern prairie growers of grains, oilseeds and pulses have a great story to tell a story that began more than 25 سنين مضت.

Link:http://thestarphoenix.com/opinion/letters/0406-edit-hansen-view

REGULATORY, POLITICS:

Science sacked in Boulder GMO planThe Denver Post, Editorial Board (Apr 2)

Boulder County bows to anti-GMO activistsIt’s one thing to incentivize organic farming to promote agricultural diversity. It’s quite another to banish high-quality, high-yield crops because of anti-scientific fears.

Link:http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_29713886/science-sacked-boulder-gmo-plan

Why is Bayer Fighting EPA to Protect a Pesticide?- Bayer Crop Science, Crop Science NewsByDana Sargent, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs

Over the course of five years, we conducted real world monitoring to study Belts impact in the one area in which EPA raised a question. The results were clear residues of Belt were below levels EPA said may pose harm. Unfortunately, instead of accepting that real world data, EPA based its decision on theoretical computer modeling…”

Link:https://www.cropscience.bayer.us/news/blog/2016/march/03312016-Why-is-Bayer-Fighting-EPA-to-Protect-a-Pesticide

Decision on new plant breeding techniques further delayedEurActiv -By Sarantis Michalopoulos(مارس 31)

The European Commission has again delayed a much-awaited legal analysis of whether new plant breeding techniques should be considered GMOs…”

Link:http://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/decision-on-new-plant-breeding-techniques-further-delayed/

EPA starts 30-day comment period for dicamba in-crop useSoutheast Farm PressBy Brad Haire (Apr 2)

Link:http://southeastfarmpress.com/soybeans/epa-starts-30-day-comment-period-dicamba-crop-use

DuPont, الصين, Agree on GMO Seed PartnershipHoosier Ag Today / NAFB News Service (Apr 7)

Link:http://www.hoosieragtoday.com/dupont-china-agree-on-gmo-seed-partnership/

IARC-Gate? Are Europes anti-chemical enviros conspiring to suppress conflict-of-interest scandal? -Genetic Literacy ProjectBy

Link:https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/04/07/iarc-gate-europes-anti-chemical-enviros-conspiring-suppress-conflict-interest-scandal/

EU farm lobby urges Commission and MEPs to reauthorize glyphosate- Feed Navigator -By Jane Byrne (Apr-6)

Brussels based agri trade group, Copa and Cogeca, has a sent a letter to the Commission, urging them to keep the herbicide active substance glyphosate on the EU market.

Excessive, Wrong-Headed Regulation Of ‘GMOsStifles Innovation And Slows Economic GrowthForbes.comBy Henry I. Miller (Apr 6)

Link:http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2016/04/06/gmos-as-a-case-study-how-excessive-incompetent-regulation-stifles-innovation-and-economic-growth/#61238da26885