एजी तकनीक से संबंधित समाचार आइटम, जैव प्रौद्योगिकी, 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.



Trump uses tariffs as negotiating tactic in NAFTA talksCNNMoneyBy Patrick Gillespie (Mar 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.” – Link

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

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

Farm Republicans revolt against Trumps steel tax. Warn itll cost him at the polls. – McClatchyBy Franco Ordonez and Lindsay Wise (Mar 2) – Link

Azevdo calls on members to avoid triggering an escalation in trade barriers – विश्व व्यापार संगठन (Mar 5) – Link

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

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

China to scrap US broiler duties following WTO debateGlobalMeatNews.comBy Keith Nuthall (Mar 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 (विश्व व्यापार संगठन) battle over the issue.” – Link

Eyes on the ‘prize’: Canada hosting South American bloc in hopes of accessing free trade with Brazil, अर्जेंटीना – नेशनल पोस्ट (कनाडा) – By Marie-Danielle Smith (Feb 28) – Link

Eleven nationsbut not USto sign Trans-Pacific trade dealCNBC / Reuters (Mar 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.” – Link

EU-US trade spat: This is the last thing we need, say EU farmersFood NavigatorBy Niamh Michail (Mar 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.” – Link

Trump on Trade: Better Than Smoot-Hawley? – Rasumessen ReportsCommentary By Michael Barone (Mar 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.” – Link

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

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

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

Next round of NAFTA talks could begin April 8 – Mexican ministerReuters (Mar 14) – Link

Is the Trade Resurgence Sustainable? – Knowledge@Wharton, Univ. of Penn (Mar 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.” – Link



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.” – Link

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

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

Genetic tweak makes plants use 25% less waterYahoo! News / AFP (France) – By Marlowe Hood (Mar 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.” – Link

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

Uganda’s researchers ready to taste test their GMO vitamin A-enriched bananaआनुवंशिक साक्षरता परियोजना – By Lominda Afedraru (Mar 12) – Link





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

If Russia is able to effectively discredit the U.S. biotechnology industryan industry which has considerable public relations problems alreadyit may open up new global markets for Russian exports.” – Link

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

Its also worth noting thatGMOs are banned in Russia, as the country claims to be the worlds leading organic crop exporter.” – Link

See also related to issue:

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

“रूस, which has surpassed the U.S. to become the worlds leading exporter of wheat, has banned production and imports of genetically modified crops. Its rebranding its agriculture asecologically clean”” – Link

GMOs: Give farmers a chance to speak outDaily Monitor (Uganda) – By Emma Naluyima (Mar 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.” – Link

Monsanto vs illegal seeds: Illegal ones selling at 1.7x show farmers valuetechnology – फाइनेंशियल एक्सप्रेस (भारत) (Feb 24)

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

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

Argentina approves GMO varieties for corn and soybeansReuters (Mar 6) – Link

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

Consumers need to come to intelligent conclusions about the various things for which they criticize the agricultural communityPeople think that just because something is organic, its betterI know of some very toxic organic pesticides. Ones that are very poisonous.” – Link

Theorganiclabel is often meaningless. Here’s the next food phrase big brands are banking on. – MicBy Alex Orlov (Mar 8)

Regenerative agriculture is a bit of a mouthful compared to organic, but theres 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.” – Link

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

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

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

So what are the Russians after here?” – Link