Biotechnology

European Trade Deal

November 12 2015

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The Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement is sitting in Congress now. It was not an easy process to get the deal this far. If we can find the votes to pass it, it will be a big win for the American farmer.

Now, on the…

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GE Crops Under Attack

January 6 2011

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I remember as a boy hoeing weeds in our corn fields and pulling weeds in the bean fields. I recall the plant damage that our corn suffered from root worms and corn bore. Along came…

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Biofuels

September 9 2010

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I believe in and support the agriculture industry from the farms and ranches to the nation’s dinner tables. Rural America is where common sense prevails. I am convinced that this…

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Set the Record Straight

July 29 2010

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For two years now, environmentalists have wanted to pass legislation to cap greenhouse gases. Put a tax on carbon. Don’t touch the rain forests. We want “sustainable” agriculture.

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GM Crops Under Assault

June 24 2010

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I have been very critical of the liberal position of the New York Times editorial page, but not today. My compliments to Pamela Ronald, a professor of plant pathology at the University…

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Biotechnology on the March

March 18 2010

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As we fought the weather challenge last fall, I couldn’t help but marvel at how the corn was still standing like trees – straight and tall. It was almost Christmas. Thirty or forty…

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bST

January 24 2007

The St. Louis Post Dispatch quotes a mother buying milk. Here's what she has to say: "I'm not sure what it is, but I think it's bad."

So, what is so bad? Milk from cows that receive a supplement called bST that increases their milk production. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1993. We've already been drinking the milk for 13 years with no ill effects. The milk from a cow that is given the supplement is identical to the milk from a cow that does not receive the…

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Interview with Linda Thrane

January 16 2002

Hello everybody out there in Farm Country. The John Block commentary is brought to you by the Council for Biotechnology Information. Normally right here I give my sales pitch for biotech. Not today. I have with me the #1 spokesperson for biotech -the Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology, Linda Thrane.

Linda, we can get the real scoop from you.

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Down on the Farm in 2001

August 14 2001

Down on the farm! That's where I was last week. We could sure use some rain. But so far, so good. The corn seems to be in good shape. And in walking in the fields, I was happy to find very good pollination. There is nothing that will cut yield like stalks without ears.

It has been hot. When it is hot, the pigs don't eat or gain weight like they should. Besides, it is a challenge just to keep the sows cool. As my son cranked up the auger wagon to haul feed to the finishing barns, I…

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Biotechnology 2000

October 17 2000

Timing is everything. Federal regulators, for whatever reason, didn't get around to approving Starlink com for human consumption. Now we have a real mess. Kraft recalled millions of taco shells. Safeway had to do the same. Farmers are blaming the seed companies that sold Starelink for not making it clear to them that they had to segregate the grain from other genetically engineered corn variates.

Here's the situation. We are eating genetically engineered corn every day now. It is approved…

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