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Biotechnology

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Experts urge push to convince consumers of gene editing benefits

Gene editing offers great potential for improving food production but consumer acceptance is critical and remains the key challenge for proponents of agricultural biotechnology, according to an expert panel convened by an agribusiness policy group.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Strategic partnership puts Europe ‘on the map’ in lab-grown meat sector

One of Europe’s largest meat companies is making a significant investment in Mosa Meat - a Dutch start-up that claims to be the world's leading company for cultured beef.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Judge lets glyphosate cancer lawsuits proceed

A federal judge in California on Tuesday (July 10) kept alive hundreds of lawsuits brought against Monsanto by cancer victims who allege exposure to glyphosate caused their illnesses.

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Crop Inputs

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Ag producers detail tariff hardships at House Ways and Means hearing

Economic hardship caused by new tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump and retaliatory tariffs then put in place by trade partners were detailed by multiple agricultural producers and an economist during a House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade hearing Wednesday (July 18).

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

Monsanto rebuffs cancer claims in glyphosate lawsuit

Monsanto is undaunted by a federal judge's decision to allow lawsuits brought by cancer victims to proceed, highlighting comments by the court that suggest the plaintiffs will struggle to prove claims that exposure to glyphosate caused their illnesses.

US Agricultural Policy Crop Inputs

Missouri peach farm contests Monsanto bid to appeal dicamba order

Missouri peach farmers who have sued Monsanto for alleged damage from dicamba drift are urging a federal court not to let the company appeal an order that denied its bid for summary judgment.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy
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Organics

Agricultural policies still threaten commodity market stability

Government support policies will continue to threaten the stability of global agricultural markets in the coming decade, as while overall levels of support have tended to decline since the turn of the millennium, they remain at levels high enough to stimulate production in the face of potentially over-supplied markets. The only possible exception is dairy.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

Ag groups cite burdensome regs at Small Business subcommittee hearing

Lawmakers on the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade heard from multiple ag group representatives during a June 21 hearing to discuss how federal regulations affect small farmers.

US Agricultural Policy EPA

CFS sues USDA for failing to provide organic compost records

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has unlawfully withheld records on its oversight of organic food production, specifically on pesticide use in organic compost, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) alleges in a new lawsuit.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy
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Precision Agriculture

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Interview: Farmers should get ‘fair share’ of profits from Big Data use

Big Data can be beneficial for farmers and other actors in the agri-food supply chain, but regulations and clear business agreements are needed to prevent large technological companies from reaping all the profits and becoming too powerful, according to a leading academic in the field.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

Interview: Added value of digital technologies for farmers lacks clarity

Examples of cutting-edge technological applications with a clear added-value for farmers remain few and far between, but the digital transformation process is only at the beginning, according to a 'smart farming' expert.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

Challenging work environment is slowing advances in farm level robotics

The development of farm sector robotics continues to lag some way behind other industries, but technology investors still see robots having an impact on food and agriculture in the long term.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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