News items related to ag tech, biotecnologia, trade and perhaps some other interesting topics 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). Check the page during the week for updates.

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TRADE, TRADE RELATED, INFRASTRUCTURE:

Trump uses tariffs as negotiating tactic in NAFTA talksCNNMoneyBy Patrick Gillespie (desfigurar 5)

Last week Trump said he will impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from all countries. Over the weekend, his advisers confirmed that no countries are expected to receive exemptions from the tariffs.” – Enllaç

Trump says Canada and Mexico will escape new tariffs only after NAFTA concessionsWashington PostBy Damian Paletta (desfigurar 5)

Tying NAFTA to the steel and aluminum tariffs shows that Trump is trying to use his new trade gambit as leverage” – Enllaç

Farm Republicans revolt against Trump?s steel ?tax.? Warn it?ll cost him at the polls. – McClatchyBy Franco Ordonez and Lindsay Wise (desfigurar 2) – Enllaç

Azev?do calls on members to avoid triggering an escalation in trade barriers – Organització Mundial de Comerç (desfigurar 5) – Enllaç

Trade gap between domestic and imported organic soy & corn raises questions about fraudFood Navigator USA -?By Elizabeth Crawford (desfigurar 5)

In some cases products labeled as organic imported from certain countries exceed the total amount of that product the country could even produce.” – Enllaç

China to scrap US broiler duties following WTO debateGlobalMeatNews.comBy Keith Nuthall (desfigurar 3)

China has said it will scrap the anti-dumping and countervailing duties it has been imposing on broiler product exports from the United States, following a long World Trade Organisation (WTO) battle over the issue.” – Enllaç

Eyes on the ‘prize’: Canada hosting South American bloc in hopes of accessing free trade with Brazil, Argentina – National Post (Canadà) – By Marie-Danielle Smith (Feb 28) – Enllaç

Eleven nations?but not US?to sign Trans-Pacific trade dealCNBC / Reuters (desfigurar 8)

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will reduce tariffs in countries that together amount to more than 13 percent of the global economya total of $10 trillion. With the United States, it would have represented 40 percent.” – Enllaç

EU-US trade spat: ?This is the last thing we need,? say EU farmersFood NavigatorBy Niamh Michail (desfigurar 9)

A trade dispute between the US and EU would hit the agricultural sectors of both countries hard, farming association Copa and Cogeca has warned.” – Enllaç

Trump on Trade: Better Than Smoot-Hawley? – Rasumessen ReportsCommentary By Michael Barone (desfigurar 9)

Trump’s move is widely depicted as a departure from free trade policies pursued by every administration since World War II. Buthis move is not all that different from what other postwar presidents have done.” – Enllaç

Another Party Line Split, This Time On TariffsRasmussen Reports (desfigurar 14)

Most Republicans support the new order, but Democrats give it a thumbs down.” – Enllaç

Trudeau Floats Tariffs to Prevent Flood of Steel Through CanadaBloombergBy Josh Wingrove (desfigurar 13) – Enllaç

Next round of NAFTA talks could begin April 8 – Mexican ministerReuters (desfigurar 14) – Enllaç

Is the Trade Resurgence Sustainable? – Knowledge@Wharton, Univ. of Penn (desfigurar 12)

Amid reports of rising economic nationalism and potential trade wars, what gets missed is that the strong uptick in trade over the last two years looks likely to wind down even without the newest threats.” – Enllaç


AG, AG TECH, RESEARCH, PRODUCTION, PROTECTION, RELATED ISSUES:

Experts aim to turn tobacco plant from killer into biofactoryFeedstuffs (Feb 26)

New varieties of tobacco potentially could produce compounds such as antibodies, vaccines and medicines in a sustainable manner.” – Enllaç

Probiotic fruits: The future of healthy snackingNutraingredientsBy Tim Cutcliffe (desfigurar 5)

“…agricultural industry needs to take breeding research seriously by testing for heat-tolerant varieties.- Enllaç

Genetic tweak makes plants use 25% less waterYahoo! News / AFP (France) – By Marlowe Hood (desfigurar 6)

If major food crops respond the same way, they said, the first-of-its-kind genetichackcould help feed the growing population of an increasingly water-starved world.” – Enllaç

Brazil sugar mills start genetically-modified cane plantationReutersBy Jose Roberto Gomes (desfigurar 2) – Enllaç

Uganda’s researchers ready to taste test their GMO vitamin A-enriched bananaProjecte d'Alfabetització genètica – By Lominda Afedraru (desfigurar 12) – Enllaç

REPORT CONFIRMS BAN ON GM CROPS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA DOES NOT DELIVER ANY BENEFITS TO FARMERSCrop Biotech Update, Ishaaa (desfigurar 14) – Enllaç

SCIENTISTS ENGINEER CROPS TO USE 25% LESS WATER; RESIST DROUGHT -?Crop Biotech Update, Ishaaa (desfigurar 14) – Enllaç


POLICY, REGULATORY, ACTIVISM, OTHER:

Not just elections? Russia meddles in GMO debate, massa – The New Food EconomyBy H. Claire Brown (Feb 27)

If Russia is able to effectively discredit the U.S. biotechnology industry?an industry which has considerable public relations problems already?it may open up new global markets for Russian exports.” – Enllaç

To Create Conflict, Russians Fuel GMO DebateFuturismBy Dom Galeon (Feb 28)

“Ell?s also worth noting that?GMOs are banned in Russia, as the country claims to be the world?s leading organic crop exporter.” – Enllaç

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Republicans Accuse Russia of Using Social Media to Roil U.S. Energy Policy -?BloombergBy Ari Natter and Alan Bjerga (desfigurar 1)

Russia, which has surpassed the U.S. to become the world?s leading exporter of wheat, has banned production and imports of genetically modified crops. Ell?s rebranding its agriculture asecologically clean”” – Enllaç

OGM: Give farmers a chance to speak outDaily Monitor (Uganda) – By Emma Naluyima (desfigurar 2)

“…because actual farmers are too busy on their farms to be part of these debates, arm-chair farmers and NGOs claiming to represent farmers have jumped on this [anti-GMO] activism.” – Enllaç

Monsanto vs illegal seeds: Illegal ones selling at 1.7x show farmers value?tecnologia – The Financial Express (Índia) (Feb 24)

Illegal ones selling at 1.7x show farmers value technology” – Enllaç

Bill Gates calls GMOs ‘perfectly healthy’ ? and scientists say he’s rightBusiness InsiderBy Erin Brodwin (Feb 27) – Enllaç

Argentina approves GMO varieties for corn and soybeansReuters (desfigurar 6) – Enllaç

Ripe for a rethink: Why the anti-GMO crowd can’t have it both waysFinancial Post (Canadà) – By Toban Dyck (desfigurar 12)

Consumers need to come to intelligent conclusions about the various things for which they criticize the agricultural community… ?People think that just because something is organic, el?s betterI know of some very toxic organic pesticides. Ones that are very poisonous.?” – Enllaç

la “organiclabel is often meaningless.? Here’s the next food phrase big brands are banking on. – MicBy Alex Orlov (desfigurar 8)

?Regenerative agriculture? is a bit of a mouthful compared to ?organic,? but there?s a good reason why consumers should familiarize themselves with the term: It will start appearing on food labels as a way for brands to demonstrate they work with farmers dedicated to healthy soil.” – Enllaç

Bayer Faces U.S. Hurdles for Monsanto Antitrust NodBlooombergBy David McLaughlin (desfigurar 15)

The government wants the German chemicals company to divest more assets to resolve its concerns” – Enllaç

Russia’s war on GMOsBoulder WeeklyBy Paul Danish (desfigurar 15)

So what are the Russians after here?” – Enllaç