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 ingreen at bottom of sections). Be sure to check in regularly!

 

TRADE, TRADE ISSUES:

Trade Deals- Hard BargainThe Economist (Oct 1)

Lacking clear American leadership, the global trade agenda is floundering

Link:http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21707940-lacking-clear-american-leadership-global-trade-agenda-floundering-hard

How Did Foreign Trade Emerge as Bipartisan Bogeyman? – Times of San DiegoBy Chris Jennewein (Oct 1)

Study after study has shown that trades benefits are widespread, but its harm is targeted.

Link:http://timesofsandiego.com/opinion/2016/10/01/how-did-foreign-trade-emerge-as-a-bipartisan-bogeyman/

How TTIP Lost SteamTrade’s HeadwindsForeign AffairsTyson Barker (Sep 28)

Link:https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2016-09-28/how-ttip-lost-steam

Froman: Making the strategic and economic case for TPPHouston ChronicleBy Michael Froman (Sep 27)

Link:http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Froman-Making-the-strategic-and-economic-case-9304595.php

Trump Says He’ll Renegotiate Trade Deals, Not Kill ThemAgWebBy Debra Beachy (Sep 30)

Link:http://www.agweb.com/article/trump-says-hell-renegotiate-trade-deals-not-kill-them-naa-debra-beachy/

Hoping Hillary Clinton changes her mind on the Trans-Pacific PartnershipThe Seattle Times, Editorial (Sep 30)

Link:http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/hoping-hillary-clinton-changes-her-mind-on-the-trans-pacific-partnership/

EU and US trade negotiators seek to get TTIP talks back on trackThe Guardian (المملكة المتحدة) – By Jennifer Rankin (Sep 30)

Officials will rush to lock in progress on controversial trade deal before Barack Obama leaves White House in January

Link:https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/sep/30/ttip-eu-and-us-trade-negotiators-seek-to-get-talks-back-on-track

White House’s Last TPP Pitch to Congress: What’s the Alternative?Roll CallBy John T. Bennett (Sep 3o)
McConnell, ومع ذلك, says vote will wait for next president

Link: http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/white-houses-last-tpp-pitch-to-congress-whats-the-alternative#sthash.vMRK5vFa.dpuf

Yeutter says Pacific trade pact big U.S. winLincoln Journal-Star (Nebraska) – By Don Walton (Oct 1)

Yuetter said it ismost unfortunate to be engaging in all this demagoguery over international tradewhen U.S. اقتصادي, foreign policy and national security interests are at stake.

Link:http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/federal-politics/yeutter-says-pacific-trade-pact-big-u-s-win/article_1d146bf1-f770-5d91-ac59-96495118559e.html

Brexit Is Chance to Spur Biotechnology, Mays Policy Chief SaysBloombergBy Alex Morales (Oct 3)

Link:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-03/brexit-is-chance-to-spur-biotechnology-may-s-policy-chief-says

Opinion: Trade Is win-winThe Oklahoman -By Benjamin Powell (Oct 5)

Nothing promotes economic fallacies better than a presidential election.

Link:http://newsok.com/article/5521009

Merkel says EU, الامريكى. should keep talking on free trade dealReuters (Oct 5)

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-usa-ttip-germany-idUSKCN1251HZ?il=0

Why is globalisation under attack? – BBC -

Link:http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37554634

الامريكى. Agriculture Officials Advocate Trade DealWall Street JournalBy Jacob Bunge (Oct 6)

“المزارعين, ranchers, food companies are beneficiaries of exports, officials say

Link:http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-agriculture-officials-advocate-trade-deals-1475785889

China eyes progress at APEC for China-backed free trade areaDaily Mail (المملكة المتحدة) / Reuters (Oct 6)

China fears the TPP is being used by the United States to either force it to open markets by signing up or else isolate it from other regional economies as trade is diverted to TPP signatories.

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3824714/China-eyes-progress-APEC-China-backed-free-trade-area.html#ixzz4MPukhtKw

Obama says protectionism no answer to inequalities of globalizationReuters (Oct 6)

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-obama-economist-idUSKCN1260WJ

AG, AG TECH, PRODUCTION:

أمن غذائي: Biotechnology To The Rescue – قيادة (نيجيريا) – By And Chika Mefor (Sep 27)

Link:http://www.leadership.ng/features/552116/food-security-biotechnology-to-the-rescue

Ethiopia soil map arms farmers with new fertilisers in climate fightThomson Reuters FoundationBy Pius Sawa (Sep 29)

The project in the Horn of Africa nation is already achieving results, with new fertilizer combinations boosting wheat yields from around 1 tonne to 3 tonnes per hectare on more than 40 percent of its agricultural land last year.

Link:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-climatechange-agriculture-idUSKCN11Z197

Ultra-modern hog barn opens in IowaFeedstuffsBy Krissa Welshans (Sep 26)

The facility is equipped with all of the newest technology available in pig farming and is uniquely designed to be animal friendly, environmentally friendly and neighbor friendly.

Link:http://feedstuffs.com/story-ultra-modern-hog-barn-opens-iowa-45-147116

GMO Answers Kicks Off AnnualGet To Know GMOsMonthYahoo!أخبار / PRNewswire (Oct 3)

Link:https://www.yahoo.com/news/gmo-answers-kicks-off-annual-know-gmos-month-140000023.html

GMOs Are a Necessityfor Farmers and the EnvironmentWall Street JournalBy Robert T. Fraley (Oct 3)

After 20 سنوات, the data are in: Genetic modification boosts crop yields by 21% and cuts pesticides by 37%

Link:http://www.wsj.com/articles/gmos-are-a-necessityfor-farmers-and-the-environment-1475537025

Cows Engineered with Human Genes Could Stop Our Next Disease OutbreakMIT ReviewBy Emily Mullin (Oct 4)

Cattle that can crank out human antibodies are being tested as a first line of defense against infectious diseases.

Link:https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602530/cows-engineered-with-human-genes-could-stop-our-next-disease-outbreak/

Jack and the non-GMO beanstalkMarketplaceBy Annie Baxter (Oct 4)

“[S]ome farmers dont even see the financial incentives as worth it, given all the extra work non-biotech soybeans entail.

Link:http://www.marketplace.org/2016/09/22/sustainability/non-gmo-soybeans-are-lot-work

Tanzanias First Genetically Modified Crop Trial Has BegunMIT Technology ReviewBy Jamie Condliffe (Oct 5)

Many African countries have been reluctant to permit GM foods to be grown or imported, but opposition has softened amid a punishing drought.

Link:https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602560/tanzanias-first-genetically-modified-crop-trial-has-begun/

REGULATORY, POLICY, ACTIVISM:

Walmart and Others Are Being Asked to Stop Selling as Much MeatFortune / Reuters (Sep 26)

Among the companies targeted were Kraft Heinz, Nestle, Unilever, Tesco and Walmart, a statement by the Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return Initiative, which organized the investor group…”

Link:http://fortune.com/2016/09/26/walmart-meat-sales/

Nobel laureate Richard Roberts: Opposition to GMOs is an indulgence of the affluent – مشروع محو الأمية الوراثية – By

Roberts condemns the European Unions legislation and blocking of GMO cultivation in Africa. Hell be speaking at the European Parliament in a couple of weeks.

Link:https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/09/29/nobel-laureate-richard-roberts-opposition-gmos-indulgence-affluent/

Late 2017 expected completion of Bayer/Monsanto purchaseSouthwest Farm PressBy Ron Smith (Sep 29)

Link:http://southwestfarmpress.com/regulatory/late-2017-expected-completion-bayermonsanto-purchase

Farmers Daughter: New York PTA misguided on GMOsAgDailyBy Amanda Zaluckyj (Sep 30)

After years of priming the pump with false studies, scary headlines, and social media graphics, those opposing biotechnology finally feel as though the climate is right for such a ridiculous proposal.

Link:http://www.agdaily.com/features/farmers-daughter-n-y-parents-group-misguided-gmos/

Glyphosate has become lightning rod for environmental activistsDelta Farm Press -by Forrest Laws in Farm Press Blog(Oct 3)

Link:http://deltafarmpress.com/blog/glyphosate-has-become-lightning-rod-environmental-activists

The poor suffer most from runaway regulationThe Hill -By Henry I. Miller (Oct 2)

Link:http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/298797-the-poor-suffer-most-from-runaway-regulation

On a mission to ‘agvocate’ – Farm Industry NewsBy Willie Vogt (Oct 4)

We are moving from a science-based conversation to a discussion with folks that oppose what we do and help them bridge to the benefits of what [المزارعين] do.

Could California’s attack on agriculture be fatal blow? – Western Farm PressBy Todd Fitchette in Farm Press Blog(Oct 3)

How much longer can California agriculture legitimately continue to remain in business under current political climate?”

‘Advocacy ResearchDiscredits Science And Aids Unprincipled ActivismForbes.comBy Henry I. Miller and Robert Wager (Oct 5)

Link:http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2016/10/05/advocacy-research-discredits-science-aids-unprincipled-activism/#627fafb868d3

Glyphosate in wine and cereal? Why dubious detection methods undermine GMO scare claims -Genetic Literacy ProjectBy

So has glyphosate infiltratedour food supply as anti-GMO and anti-chemical campaigners claim?”

Link:https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/10/05/glyphosate-wine-cereal-dubious-detection-methods-undermine-gmo-scare-claims/

Chinese National Jailed for Stealing Corn, US Trade SecretsVOA (Oct 6)

Link:http://www.voanews.com/a/chinese-businessman-sentenced-in-trade-secret-theft/3539871.html