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 ingreenat bottom of sections). Check the page during the week for updates.


USDA doesn’t plan to regulate genome-edited plantsFarm Futures (desfigurar 28)

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says USDA wants to allow innovationUnder itsbiotechnology regulations, USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have been developed through traditional breeding techniques as long as they are not plant pests or developed using plant pests” – Link



Trump prepared to hit China with $60 billion in annual tariffsWashington Post -ByDamian Paletta,Josh DawseyandSteven Mufson(desfigurar 19)

President Trump is preparing to impose a package of $60 billion in annual tariffs against China, following through on a long-time threat that he says will punish China for intellectual property infringement and create more American jobs.” – Link

US farmers attack Trump over tit-for-tat trade wars farm harmFarmOnline (Austràlia) – By Colin Bettles (desfigurar 19)

Farmers are increasingly worried about what they are seeing from Washington DC on trade,Link(Nota – includes GFNs Bill Horan)

U.S. soybeans would be Chinas biggest weapon in a trade warMarketWatchBy Myra P. Saefong (desfigurar 17)

While China could pose the biggest threat to soybean prices, Canada and Mexico could target a broader array of agricultural products with tariffs.” – Link

Japan becomes biggest US export -By Kathryn Wortley, in Tokyo (desfigurar 19)

Japan is now the United States leading export market for beef, in value and volume, and largest market for pork exports in value, according to 2017 trade data released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).” – Link

Cabinet Members Testify on Infrastructure NeedsAgWiredBy Cindy Zimmerman (desfigurar 15) – Link

‘Yeah, we can work with that’: Auto talks mark potential NAFTA breakthroughOttawa Citizen / The Canadian Press (desfigurar 21)

“… his newfound optimism was based on two developments in recent days: progress on the top U.S. priority of auto-parts rules, as well as a more general thawing of the frosty tone in earlier talks.” – Link

Africa is on the verge of forming the largest free trade area since the World Trade OrganizationCNBCBy Justina Crabtree (desfigurar 20)

African leaders are poised to sign a deal that would unite the 55 member countries of the African Union in tariff-free trade across the continent.” – Link

44 countries sign Africas trade pactDaily Trust (Nigeria) -By Francis Arinze Iloani & Sunday Michael Ogwu (desfigurar 22)

“44 countries out of 55 member countries of the African Union (AU) have signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) pact” – Link

Trump officially requests Trade Promotion Authority extensionWorld Trade Online (desfigurar 20)

President Trump on Tuesday asked Congress to extend his fast-track trade authority by three years.” – Link(subscription-based)

Mnuchin: US to consider TPP re-entry after other prioritiesFox News / AP (desfigurar 21) – Link

Trump moves to crack down on China trade with $60 billion in tariffs on imported productsWashington PostBy David J. Lynch (desfigurar 22)Link

The Trade Issue That Most Divides U.S. and China on Trade Isnt TariffsNew York TimesByKeith Bradsher

Chinese leaders contend that their countrys economy is still developing. They openly reject President Trumps call for reciprocity in trade relations.” – Link

Ciobo backs ending trade distorting farm subsidies like EUs CAPFarmOnline (Austràlia) – By Colin Bettles (desfigurar 27)

Speaking on a trade delegation this week to the UKMr Ciobo took aim at the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which is considered a stumbling block to competitive markets, by Australian farm leaders, just like the multi-trillion dollar US Farm Bill.” – Link

Mèxic, U.S. sign accords on customs, border cooperationReuters (desfigurar 26)

Mexico and the United States have signed three accords to improve bilateral customs procedures and expedite the flow of agricultural produce across their almost 2,000-mile (3,220-km) border…” – Link

Canadian Dairies Are Booming Amid Trumps Trade ThreatsBloombergBy Jen Skerritt (desfigurar 27)

Trade threats not hampering processor expansion plans.” – Link

U.S., South Korea overhaul 6-year-old free-trade agreementSeattle TimesBy Paul Wiseman, Associated Press (desfigurar 28)

The United States says South Korea has used nontariff barriers, such as rigorous customs inspections, to block U.S. products.” – Link

Brexit: UK hopes to roll over 40 EU trade deals, says Liam FoxBBC News (desfigurar 29)

The UK hopes to have 40 trade arrangements with 70 countries in place by the end of the Brexit transition period in 2020, the international trade secretary has said.” – Link



GMO Solutions Waiting in the Wings for Specialty AgricultureGrowing ProduceBy Frank Giles (desfigurar 14)

“…anti-GMO attitudes being perpetuated by things like a Non-GMO project label are a concern because it potentially could impede the introduction of breakthroughs…” – Link

Kenya to test genetically-modified cotton in nine research stationsStandardBy Fredrick Obura (desfigurar 14) – Link

Guest CommentaryThe Business of FarmingThe Chicago Council on Global AffairsBy Jill Wheeler (desfigurar 14)

Who wants a future of subsistence farming? From Africa to Asia, the answer from youth is We dont.” – Link

Fraley: Exciting times ahead in modern agricultureFort Dodge Messenger (Iowa) – By Karen Schwaller (desfigurar 18) – Link

Cornfields could play a role in recycling old electronicsFeedstuffs (desfigurar 16)

Method converts corn stover into basic sugars that feed metal-mining bacteria that extract rare earth metals from waste materials.” – Link

CRISPR Will Make GMOs UbiquitousNational ReviewBy By Blake Hurst (desfigurar 19)

Broad access to these technologies is changing the world of research in ways that we cant even begin to grasp.” – Link

Monsanto backs new company focused on gene editing, not GMOsReutersTom Polansek (desfigurar 20)

Unlike traditional GMOs, in which a gene is added from another organism, gene-editing works like the find-and-replace function on a word processor. It finds a gene and then makes changes by amending or deleting it.” – Link

A new Monsanto-backed company is on the verge of producing the first fruit made with a blockbuster gene-editing tool that could revolutionize agricultureBusiness InsiderBy Erin Brodwin (desfigurar 27) – Link

Beer brewing genetic breakthrough with DNA editingFarmOnline (Austràlia) – By Mike Foley (desfigurar 24)

Beer is becoming a new frontier for genetic engineering, with a new study announcing a DNA breakthrough that couldremove the need for hops in the brewing process.” – Link

Researchers turning to GMOs to solve food insecurityMinnesota Daily (Univ. of Minnesota) – By Katrina Ross (desfigurar 20)

University of Minnesota researchers are working with a team of experts from the U.S., Indonesia and Bangladesh to make a genetically-modified potato.” – Link

Hybrid seed to propel yields by 20%: AATFNewsDay (Zimbabwe) – By Tatira Zwinoira (desfigurar 26)

Small scale farmers using hybrid seed can increase crop yields by 20% and we have seen that being achieved in other countries in Africa such as Kenya and Tanzania…” – Link

That organic milk you’re drinking in Wisconsin might just be from TexasMilwaukee Journal SentinelBy Rick Barrett (desfigurar 23)

“[O]rganic dairy has become big business, attractingmega-sized farms in places you wouldnt think of having them…” – Link



Activists Warned Over ‘Interferencein Scientific ResearchTanzania Daily News (By Fatma Abdu) (desfigurar 17)

“…called on people who oppose agricultural biotechnology to realize that without modern technology, farmers will continue to suffer from low income and hunger due to pests and continuous droughts.” – Link

Monsanto Judge Says Expert Testimony Against Roundup Is ShakyBloomberg -By Joel Rosenblatt (desfigurar 14) – Link

GUEST ARTICLE: Earning trust in ag technologythe answer is in the palm of your handBy Terry Fleck, executive director, The Center for Food Integrity (desfigurar 14)

‘The block statement in JavaScript is often called a compound statement in other computer programming languages. Unlike C++ , JavaScript doesnt consider a block to be a new scope.Does this make sense to you? I dont know about you, but my head is spinning.” – Link

Kenyan pesticide makers attack use of GMO crops in AfricaCornell Alliance for ScienceBy Joan Conrow (desfigurar 15)

The organic industrys economically-driven opposition to genetically modified crops has expanded to include a Kenya consortium that makes plant-based pesticides.” – Link

GMO crops create halo effect that benefits organic farmers, says new researchCornell Alliance for ScienceBy Mark Lynas (desfigurar 13)

This finding,published by University of Maryland researchers in the prestigious peer-reviewed journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,effectively shreds the conventional anti-GMO narrative that GM crops result in more pesticide use and present a threat to organic growers.” – Link

Bayer Clears EU Hurdle for Monsanto Deal With Sale to BASFBloombergBy Aoite White and Naomi Kresge (desfigurar 21) – Link

GM crops kicked around like a political football in SA no moreFarmOnline (Austràlia) – By Colin Bettles (desfigurar 20)

There is obviously confusion in the community around what the states role is and what the federal regulators role is…” – Link

Nigeria to use biotechnology to improve cropsNews Agency of NigeriaBy Agbeja Gabriel (desfigurar 22) – Link

Far more toxic than glyphosate: Copper sulfate, used by organic and conventional farmers, cruises to European reauthorizationGenetic Literacy ProjectBy Andrew Porterfield (desfigurar 20) – Link

CAST: Excessive Barriers Stifle Biotech ProgressDroversBy John Maday (desfigurar 22)

“… our current regulations are not based on product risk, but on spurious, undocumented risks posed by the process of genetic engineering.Link(Full CAST report available here)

Non-GMO labeled products cost US consumers 10 per 62% more, study finds -Food Policy via GLPJayson Lusk,Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes,Alexandre Magnier(desfigurar 26)

Perhaps the most important conclusion to be drawn from our results is that non-GM foods are more costly Link

Regenerative certification meant to add to USDA Organic, not supplant it, developers sayFood Navigator USABy Hank Schultz (desfigurar 7)

A new Regenerative Organic Certification program launching this week at Expo West is a meaningful extension of the base USDA Organic certification rather than a symptom of the tensions within the movement, proponents say. However, some observers have taken a wait and see attitude about whether the idea has legs.” – Link

Chown claims Marsh v Baxter GM canola transfer a fraudulent actFarmOnline (Austràlia) – By Colin Bettles (desfigurar 28)

“…the Agricultural Region MLC and former Dalwallinu farmer tabled a report compiled by the WA Agriculture Department examining how the GM canola transferred from one farm to the other.” – Link

USDA wont regulate genome editingFeedstuffs (desfigurar 28)

Secretary Perdue said decision allows new breeding techniques to proceed if no risk is present.” – Link