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Injunction lifted for planting GE corn in Mexico but still on hold

On Aug.19, 2015 a federal judge from the XII District Court overturned a 2013 measure that prevented biotechnology companies, universities, or public research institutes from planting genetically engineered (GE) corn in Mexico. Later that same day, supporters of the injunction appealed the decision. Now a Federal Magistrate will need to pronounce within the next several days if he is agrees or not with the judge to uphold the decision to overturn the 2013 ruling or agrees with the groups supporting the continuation of the injunction.

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Farm data in custom farming contracts

As custom harvesters make their way across the United States and Canada this summer, I keep wondering what happens to all that yield data these machines are collecting. I am sure much of the data is forwarded to the landowners and farmers so that they can make decisions for next year. I hope so. But do custom harvesters address this in their agreements?

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IP in Ag Innovation Series: Without this, there'd be no biotech crops

Over the past 19 years, tens of millions of farmers have grown over 1.8 billion hectares of biotech crops in dozens of countries. Plant biotechnology has revolutionized agriculture by allowing growers to better control insects, weeds and disease that once devastated harvests and hurt rural communities that rely on farming.

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USDA plans “Refresh” of nation’s largest conservation program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is planning a major “refresh” of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for 2016. The Izaak Walton League sees an opportunity to make this program work better for farmers, conservation, and the American people.

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Simplot genetically engineered potato gets USDA nod for deregulation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that as of Sept. 2, 2015, publication of the Federal Register notice announcing the decision, a genetically engineered (GE) potato variety developed by J.R. Simplot Company (Simplot) engineered for late blight resistance, low-acrylamide potential, reduced black spot bruising, and lowered reducing sugars will be non-regulated.

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AGCO announces AgCommand API will open to third-party developers

AGCO Corporation announced that its AgCommand API (Application Programming Interface) is now open to approved third-party developers and service providers of farming applications, such as management dashboards and mobile apps. This new capability will enable AGCO customers to access their machine data through their other farm and fleet management tools.

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