Monsanto is advancing toward commercializing Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, and this year the company will expand its training and education efforts to reach a broader number of growers and geographies. The USDA deregulated Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans in January, and Monsanto anticipates the new technology will be available to growers in 2016 pending necessary regulatory approvals.
A bipartisan group of former U.S. Agriculture Secretaries, representing all past Administrations from those of President Jimmy Carter to President George W. Bush, issued an open letter urging Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority.
2015 marks the 150th anniversary of BASF, and BASF Crop Protection kicked off the anniversary year in the U.S. with the 9th annual media symposium, the Science Behind the Right Chemistry, at Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Ariz.
Corn feedstock is the single biggest input cost for an ethanol plant, and ethanol yield per bushel is one of the most important drivers of plant profitability. Because higher quality corn means higher ethanol yields, Syngenta is working with ethanol plants to help growers improve grain quality and earn a premium for doing so.
The Missouri Pollinator Conservancy Program offers beekeepers new ways to protect hives from pesticide drift. The group is working with the DriftWatch Specialty Crop Site Registry to help pesticide applicators locate nearby hives before spraying.
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is withdrawing its 2008 proposed rule that would have amended the regulations regarding the introduction (importation, interstate movement, and environmental release) of certain genetically engineered organisms.
Finistere Ventures, a California-based innovation capital firm and one of the pioneers in the rapidly growing agriculture technology (Agtech) sector, announced the first closing of its new $150M Agtech Fund, Finistere II. The Fund focuses on new technology solutions in food productivity, sustainability and nutrition to address the ever-decreasing agricultural land resources, climate change and changing population demographics.
Dow AgroSciences has added a flag for the Enlist Weed Control System to the University of Arkansas’ Flag the Technology program. Building on the Roundup Ready system, the Enlist system is a new herbicide-tolerant trait technology that will provide exceptional weed control in corn, soybeans and cotton. Regulatory approvals are pending for Enlist cotton.