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May 30

TSTA Weekly Update - 05/30/2024


Member and Seed Related News
International Seed Federation (ISF): 13 organizations sign historic agreement to fight illegal seed practices
Illicit Trade in Food and Food Fraud
Op-Ed: Misguided Populists Put American Farmers at Risk
U.S. Trade Deficit Doubles, Soybean Exports to China Down 23%, Corn Down 67%
Transgenic expression of Rubisco Factors increases photosynthesis and chilling tolerance in maize
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Vegetable availability in the US continued its decline

May 23

TSTA Weekly Update - 05/23/2024


Member and Seed Related News
Vegetable availability in the US Continued its 20-year decline
House Chairman's Opening Statement at Markup of Farm, Food, & National Security Act of 2024
AG Sec'y Vilsack Sharply Criticizes House' Farm Bill
Ohalo’s Boosted Breeding Technology Unveiled by David Friedberg - Passing on 100% of the Genes from both Parents
Portal eases payment of seed royalties
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Cover Crop Use as percent of total cropland, by county, 2022
May 16

TSTA Weekly Update - 05/16/2024


Member and Seed Related News
China Approves GM Wheat Crops
USDA Releases Map Showing Where Cover Crops are Used
Mitosis instead of meiosis - Researchers breed tomato plants that contain the complete genetic material of both parent plants
House AG Committee Chair Thompson Releases Additional 2024 Farm Bill Details, Issues Open Letter
Farm Bill Lobbying Exceeds $500 Million, Major Players Listed
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US Wheat Farms by class, 2002-2022
May 09

TSTA Weekly Update - 05/09/2024


Member News
Fathers of the Global Seed Vault Named 2024 World Food Prize Laureates
EPA, FDA and USDA Issue Joint Regulatory Plan for Biotechnology
Genetically Modified Cell Wall Thickness Improves Photosynthetic Efficiency in the Field
Texas A&M AG Economists Estimate Panhandle's Wildfire Loss is $123 Million
43% Fewer Farmers are Raising Wheat Compared to 20 Years Ago
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Ag Economist's Monthly Monitor - Ag Economy Outlook
May 02

TSTA Weekly Update - 05/02/2024


Member News
AI breakthrough set to advance sorghum breeding efforts - A new industry partnership will harness cutting-edge AI technology to improve sorghum breeding for the benefit of Australian growers.
AI deciphers new gene regulatory code in plants and makes accurate predictions for newly sequenced genomes
Farm Journals' AG Economists Monitor Reports Furthers Consolidation a Concern
U.S. biotech leadership is rooted in strong IP protection
Five steps to a gene edited plant
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Using artificial intelligence for variety identification

Apr 25

TSTA Weekly Update - 04/25/2024


Member News
Obituary of Nathan Boardman
EPA Publishes Update on Herbicide Strategy Progress
Using artificial intelligence for variety identification
Ranking Member of the House AG Committee: Republicans are Abandoning Bipartisanship in Farm Bill
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Welcome New Member PureSeed represented in Texas by Alexandra Stepanova
Apr 18

TSTA Weekly Update - 04/18/2024


Member News
Farm Bill is not one the the Senate's priorities
Farmers file suit against USDA, Challenge Constitutionality of payments based on race and sex
New publication shares insights into AI for crop improvement from Iowa State University researchers
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US Drought Area Smallest Since 2020 as of the end of March 2024, NOAA

Apr 04

TSTA Weekly Update - 04/04/2024


EU unable to approve new gene-editing plans in current mandate
Avian Flu Infects Man Dairy Worker in Texas
G&S Communications Releases Results of Survey on Consumers' Knowledge of Food System's Sustainability
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Holy Week
2024

Mar 28

TSTA Weekly Update - 03/28/2024


Member News
Ken Paxton agrees to community service, paying restitution to avoid trial in securities fraud case
US Farmers to Plant 90 Millions Acress of Corn, Down 5%, 86.5 Million Acres of Soybeans
Bird Fle Detected in Texas, Kansas, and New Mexico Dairy Cattle
Did you hear the story about the GMO that nearly destroyed the world?
Bill Proposing Legal Immunity for Pesticide Manufacturers Advances
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Pansies named newest Texas Superstar - Plants add versatility, range of color to landscapes

Mar 21

TSTA Weekly Update - 03/21/2024


Member News
Attorney General Ken Paxton Sues Biden Administration to Stop New Radical Emissions Rule
Corn Growers: EPA's New Tailpipe Standard Will Hurt Family Farms
Rice Tec Opening
Pansies named newest Texas Superstar - Plants add versatility, range of color to landscapes
Access the American Seed Trade Association's updated guide for locating local, professionally produced, environment, conservation, and cover crop seed
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USDA Releases report showing farm demographics changes from 2012 to 2022

Mar 14

TSTA Weekly Update - 03/14/2024


Member News
Attorney General Ken Paxton Sues Biden Administration to Stop New Radical Emissions Rule
Corn Growers: EPA's New Tailpipe Standard Will Hurt Family Farms
Rice Tec Opening
Pansies named newest Texas Superstar - Plants add versatility, range of color to landscapes
Access the American Seed Trade Association's updated guide for locating local, professionally produced, environment, conservation, and cover crop seed
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Pat Miller and Jordan Gregory Promoted at American Seed Trade Association (ASTA)
Mar 07

TSTA Weekly Update - 03/07/2024


Member News
Memorial Scholarship Contribution
ASTA Staff Promotions
Will Europe's Farmer Protests Make Their Way To The U.S.?
Natural tech for ‘dimming’ genes brings transformative potential to agriculture
Iowa Appraiser Reports Increasing Number of "No Sales" in Farmland Auctions
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Jeb Owen, Texas Dept of Agr agronomist, checking rice for certification standards. Puerto Rico Feb 2024

Feb 29

TSTA Weekly Update - 02/29/2024


Member News
Memorial Scholarship Contribution
Growouts
Texas Wildfire Has Destroyed Ranches, Cattle
WSU Breeders Put Royalties to Work for the Future of Washington Wheat
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Winter growouts results from Costa Rica and Puerto Rico posted soon.

Feb 22

TSTA Weekly Update - 02/22/2024


Growouts
USDA Forecasts fewer planted acres in 2024
NCC Survey Suggests US Producers to Plant 9.8 Million Acres of Cotton in 2024
USDA Issued A Record $2.8 Billion in Conservation Grants to 45,000 Landowners

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Outgoing TSTA President, Chad Kriegshauser (right) receives a token of gratitude.

Feb 15

TSTA Weekly Update - 02/15/2024


The Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Membership & Policy Meeting - Pictures and Updates
EPA Issues Existing Stocks Order For Dicamba Products
New Zealand - Royalty fees are about to be enforced on farmers harvesting seed from protected wheat, barley and other crop varieties and saving it for future re-sowing
USA Issued a record $2.8 Billion in Conservation Grants to 45, 000 Landowners
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AG Economists Forecast Downturn in Farm Journal's Latest Polling

Feb 08

TSTA Weekly Update - 02/08/2024


Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Membership & Policy Meeting
AG ECONOMISTS FORECAST DOWNTURN IN FARM JOURNAL'S LATEST POLLING
CONSERVATION REMAINS TOP PRIORITY FOR USDA AND CROP INSURERS
FRENCH FARMERS CALL OFF PROTEST FOLLOWING NATION'S AG MINISTER'S CONCESSIONS
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USDA Reports Farms' Share of US Food Dollar Dipped Below 15 Cents in 2022

Feb 01

TSTA Weekly Update - 02/01/2024


2024 Annual Membership & Policy Meeting
Pioneer to Hold Webinar "Biologicals 101"
USDA Reports Farms' Share of US Food Dollar Dipped Below 15 Cents in 2022
CRISPR takes on a witchy weed
AG ECONOMISTS FORECAST DOWNTURN IN FARM JOURNAL'S LATEST POLLING
New Regulations Rooted In Evidence: Looking Back On How EPA And USDA Updated Engineered Plant Regulations And Labeling In 2023
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New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute to host annual New Mexico Chile Conference

Jan 25

TSTA Weekly Update - 01/25/2024


2024 Annual Membership & Policy Meeting
Does anyone have a copy of "The Map?"
2024 Texas Elections
US OECD Seed
Schemes Program
German Farmers Finding a Sorghum/Corn Combination Planting Beneficial for Dairy Feed
Farmers' Protest Against Increasing Government Regulations Spreading Throughout Europe
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Photo of Puerto Rico Growouts late last week in January 2024

Jan 18

TSTA Weekly Update - 01/18/2024


Growout Update
2024 Annual Membership & Policy Meeting
Does anyone have a copy of "The Map?"
German Farmers Stage National Protest
Factoids
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AG Economists Compare Cost of Corn Production in the US and Brazil

Jan 11

TSTA Weekly Update - 01/11/2024


Growout Update
2024 Annual Membership & Policy Meeting
American Farmland Trust Releases Manual on Carbon Markets and Climate-Smart Practices for Farmers
AG Economists Compare Cost of Corn Production in the US and Brazil
Factoids
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Discovery raises hopes of more temperature tolerant wheat
Jan 04

TSTA Weekly Update - 01/04/2024


Growout Update
The Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Membership Policy Meeting Scheduled for February 11-13, 2024. Registration and Hotel Reservations are Live
Nat'l Ag Law Center Lists Top 10 2023 Issues In Ag And Environmental Law
Genetically Engineered Crops Dominate U.S. Soybean, Cotton and Corn Acres
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Miscanthus species are bioenergy crops because they require lower nutrient concentrations to achieve more growthMiscanthus species are bioenergy crops because they require lower nutrient concentrations to achieve more growth
Dec 21

TSTA Weekly Update, 12/21/2023


Inside this Issue:

Growout Update
The Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Membership & Policy Meeting Scheduled for February 11-13, 2024. Registration and Hotel Reservations are Live
The National Corn Growers Association is increasing pressure on U.S. officials to reopen the recently closed Eagle Pass and El Paso rail crossings into Mexico
Genetics of host plants determine what microorganisms they attract
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Insignum AgTech develops plant genetic traits that enable plants to ‘talk’ and signal to farmers when specific plant stresses beginInsignum AgTech develops plant genetic traits that enable plants to ‘talk’ and signal to farmers when specific plant stresses begin
Dec 14

TSTA Weekly Update, 12/14/2023


Inside this Issue:

Growout Update Growouts were planted last week in Costa Rica and are being planted this week in Puerto Rico
Call for your input on discussion topics at the Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting in February 2024.
BASF (BASFn.DE) plans to turn its agriculture, battery materials and coatings businesses into autonomous units to try to boost earnings
European Union - Broad support for plant breeding innovation at Council and European Parliament
USDA/APHIS determines that Insignum AgTech's corn plants can be sold and grown without restriction
New research offers insights into the biochemistry that makes grasses flower
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is excited to announce the winners of the 2023 National Corn Yield Contest
FIRST CRISPR GENE-EDITED DRUG APPROVED BY FDA
World Agricultural Output and Productivity Growth Have Slowed
USDA ISSUES 30 YEAR FOOD PRODUCTION FORECASTS
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Like all existing maize, a variety from Oaxaca, Mexico, has two different wild ancestors.Like all existing maize, a variety from Oaxaca, Mexico, has two different wild ancestors.
Dec 07

TSTA Weekly Update, 12/07/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals for 2023-2024 have been mailed
Call for your input on discussion topics at the Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting in February 2024
Scientists thought they understood maize’s origins. They were missing something big 
Genes from a long-lost wild relative may have sparked the invention of agriculture in the Americas
Texas A&M AgriLife Research breeder explores adapting mung beans for Texas - Legume crop could provide valuable protein source, environmental benefits
Winter wheat research educates producers on short-season crop
USDA RELEASE NEW INFORMATION ON WHO RECEIVES WHAT SHARE OF THE FOOD DOLLAR
HERE'S THE LATEST UPDATE ON BAYER'S GLYPHOSATE LAWSUITS
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The 2023 peanut production is 107% higher than last year although the state has experienced extreme drought.The 2023 peanut production is 107% higher than last year although the state has experienced extreme drought.
Nov 30

TSTA Weekly Update, 11/30/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals for 2023-2024 have been mailed
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023 at our 
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
The first comprehensive book about the most complex plant genome – the Wheat Genome – is now out and available in open access
Loveland Products, Inc., part of the Nutrien family, has acquired a prominent soybean breeding program tailored for the Southern US from BASF
Texas Peanut Production Up This Season
AMERICAN SEED TRADE ASSN APPLAUDS NEW NATIONAL PLANT GERMPLASM SYSTEM PLAN
Dalan Animal Health, Inc. ("Dalan"), the biotech company specializing in insect health, today announced that it has been included in the 2023 Fast Company Next Big Thing in Tech list
USDA REPORTS THE POPULAR EATING TIMES
RNAi Pesticide Moves Towards Approval by the US EPA
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Seed and Crop Prices Index by Genetically modified statusSeed and Crop Prices Index by Genetically modified status
Nov 16

TSTA Weekly Update, 11/16/2023


Inside this Issue:

There will be no Weekly Update next week, on Thanksgiving Day
Membership renewals for 2023-2024 have been mailed
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
USDA PROPOSES CHANGES IN APPROVAL PROCESS OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS
USDA: PRICES FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS HAVE RISEN MUCH FASTER THAN NON-GM SEEDS
USDA: FARM SHARE OF U.S. FOOD DOLLAR DIPPED BELOW 15 CENTS IN 2022
HOW EL NINO IS IMPACTING SOUTH AMERICA'S CROPS
WORLD POPULATION PASSES 8 BILLION MARK, MEDIAN AGE IS 32
CATTLEMEN OBJECT TO BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S PLAN TO INTRODUCE GRIZZLY BEARS
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Right to Farm and Ranch Yields Overwhelming Support!
Nov 09

TSTA Weekly Update, 11/09/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals for 2023-2024
Growout season is close!
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023 at our 
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
USDA ISSUES UPDATES ON ITS COMPETITION AND INNOVATION IN SEEDS INITIATIVE
Right to Farm and Ranch Yields Overwhelming Support!
NSP: USDA'S EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAM HURTS LARGE FAMERS, FAVORS SMALL ONES
U OF ILLINOIS RESEARCHERS: SINGLE GENE CONTROLS WATERHEMP'S RESISTANCE TO SOIL-APPLIED HERBICIDES
Michigan State University plant biologists shed light on 144-year-old seedy mystery
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Sorghum seed sales profit and empower rural women in Tanzania - In a remote rural area of Tanzania, a group of women farmers has defied the odds and found prosperity through the cultivation of certified sorghum seeds
Nov 02

TSTA Weekly Update, 11/02/2023


Inside this Issue:

Growout Season is Close!
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
Sorghum seed sales profit and empower rural women in Tanzania - In a remote rural area of Tanzania, a group of women farmers has defied the odds and found prosperity through the cultivation of certified sorghum seeds
Major Policy Changes on November 7th Ballot
Welfare payments created a nearly permanent "underclass," where generation after generation lives in poverty.
Wheat Plants and Their Microbiota Respond to Climate Stress in Different Ways, Study Shows
Factoids
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Texas Seed Trade Association Weekly UpdateTexas Seed Trade Association Provides Public Comment on U.S. EPA Draft Endangered Species Act Herbicide Strategy
Oct 26

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/26/2023


Inside this Issue:

Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023 at our NEW venue, the Hyatt Regency Orlando
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6 at the Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas
The Western Seed Association annual meeting is now accepting registrations.
Texas Seed Trade Association Provides Public Comment on U.S. EPA Draft Endangered Species Act Herbicide Strategy
Major Policy Changes on November 7th Ballot
Biden admin greenlights plan to reduce western states' vital water supply: 'Equitable future' - Actions will 'bolster water resilience' across West, White House climate czar says
‘Win for science’ as French court dismisses defamation lawsuit by anti-GMO scientist Seralini
Factoids
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TSTA Weekly Newsletter, 10/19/2023TSTA weekly update, 10/19/2023

Oct 19

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/19/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership Renewals have been mailed
Growout Season is close!
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
The Western Seed Association annual meeting is now accepting registrations
Arkansas just became the first state to force a Chinese state-owned company to sell its land and get out
Major Policy Changes on November 7th Ballot
Science wins as Kenyan court dismisses landmark case against GMOs
Factoids:
- Genetic mapping of quantitative trait loci associated with drought tolerance in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)
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STUDY REPORTS FARMWORKERS MAKE SUBSTANTIALLY LESS THAN ALL WORKERSSTUDY REPORTS FARMWORKERS MAKE SUBSTANTIALLY LESS THAN ALL WORKERS
Oct 12

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/12/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership Renewals have been mailed
Growout Season is Close!
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
The Western Seed Association annual meeting is now accepting registrations
HOUSE NOMINATES SCALISE FOR SPEAKER, THE FARM BILL NEEDS AN EXTENSION
How a heat-tolerant wheat crop offers hope for water-stressed countries
Test project in Morocco described as 'truly revolutionary'
STUDY REPORTS FARMWORKERS MAKE SUBSTANTIALLY LESS THAN ALL WORKERS
Factoids:
Mississippi River water levels are plummeting to an all-time low
The Global Agricultural Productivity (GAP) Report
News Bits
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USDA RELEASES CHART SHOWING MARKET SHARES OF SEED COMPANIESUSDA RELEASES CHART SHOWING MARKET SHARES OF SEED COMPANIES
Oct 05

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/05/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership Renewals have been mailed
Growout Season is Close!
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
The Western Seed Association annual meeting is now accepting registrations
A new wheat variety available for licensing
USDA RELEASES CHART SHOWING MARKET SHARES OF SEED COMPANIES
The Tree of Sex - Important Stuff for Plant Breeders
Kansas Department of Agriculture to conduct a public hearing on Thursday, October 19, 2023, to consider the adoption of proposed regulations that govern the administration of the Kansas Seed Law
Factiods:
CDC REPORTS RATE OF SUICIDE AMONG FARMERS IS 3.5X HIGHER THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION
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Exploring new sorghum cultivars’ potential as forage crop for Upper MidwestExploring new sorghum cultivars’ potential as forage crop for Upper Midwest
Sep 28

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/28/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership Renewals have been mailed
Growout Season is almost here
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
The Western Seed Association annual meeting is now accepting registrations
A new wheat variety available for licensing
CORTEVA FILES IP THEFT LAWSUIT AGAINST INARI
Exploring new sorghum cultivars’ potential as forage crop for Upper Midwest
NATIONAL POLL SHOWS AMERICANS WANT THEIR FOOD SUPPLY PRODUCED DOMESTICALLY
Factoids:
The Farm Bill Expires Saturday
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTIONS FOR NEW CROP VARIETIES HAVE INCREASED
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R&D EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES OF LARGEST SEED COMPANIESUSDA RELEASES CHART SHOWING R&D EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES OF LARGEST SEED COMPANIES
Sep 21

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/21/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership Renewals have been mailed
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6 at the Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas
A new wheat variety available for licensing
USDA RELEASES CHART SHOWING R&D EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES OF LARGEST SEED COMPANIES
Factoids:
Ukraine files WTO lawsuit against Poland, Slovakia, Hungary over agri import ban
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Thanks to all who attended the Sod Poodles game last Friday!Thanks to all who attended the Sod Poodles game last Friday!
Sep 21

TSTA Weekly Update - Special Edition, 09/21/2023


Inside This Issue:

New Guestworker Legislation Push by Texas Congressman Tony Gonzalez
Thanks to all who attended the Sod Poodles game last Friday!
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Kansas State University lands $1M to boost grain sorghum research Kansas State University lands $1M to boost grain sorghum research 
Sep 14

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/14/2023


Inside this Issue:

A new wheat variety available for licensing
Protecting the Future of Texas Agriculture
What is the true origin of wheat?
Kansas State University lands $1M to boost grain sorghum research - Project will form network that aims to deliver sorghum seed trait technology for farmers
Factoids:
Dutch Farmers Gaining Political Power
Ag News from France
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AI tools for plant analysisTexas A&M Agrilife researchers integrating new AI tools for plant analysis
Sep 07

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/07/2023


Inside this Issue:

Join your TSTA compatriots next Friday in Amarillo!
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
The Western Seed Association annual meeting is now accepting registrations
A new wheat variety available for licensing
Access an interesting article in Communications Biology entitled "Improved pearl millet genomes representing the global heterotic pool offer a framework for molecular breeding applications"
New long-term experiments at Rothamsted will shed light on potential impacts of regenerative agriculture - Early results show interactions are complex with many possible outcomes
Texas A&M Agrilife researchers integrating new AI tools for plant analysis
PURDUE/CME SURVEY FINDS FARMER SENTIMENT DIPS AMID WEAKER VIEW OF CURRENT CONDITIONS
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TSTA Weekly Update

Aug 31

TSTA Weekly Update, 08/31/2023


Inside this Issue:

Texas Department of Agriculture standing up to the US EPA.
Texas Department of Agriculture standing up to the US EPA.
Brazil surpasses US in corn and soybean exports
USDA TO MAKE AVAILABLE $266 MILLION TO HELP FARMERS AND RANCHERS LOWER ENERGY COSTS
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USDA FORECASTS WHEAT EXPORTS TO BE AT RECORD LOW LEVELSUSDA FORECASTS WHEAT EXPORTS TO BE AT RECORD LOW LEVELS

Aug 24

TSTA Weekly Update, 08/24/2023


Inside this Issue:

Your association's public comments - VNS ("Variety Not Stated") Seed
Europe Patent Office: Gene-edited plants will be patented under GMO rules
Crop Testing Data Available
USDA FORECASTS WHEAT EXPORTS TO BE AT RECORD LOW LEVELS
Factoids
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USDA REPORTS PRICES FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS HAVE RISEN MUCH FASTER THAN NON-GM SEEDSUSDA REPORTS PRICES FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS HAVE RISEN MUCH FASTER THAN NON-GM SEEDS
Aug 17

TSTA Weekly Update, 08/17/2023


Inside this Issue:

American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
A new wheat variety available for licensing.
USDA REPORTS PRICES FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS HAVE RISEN MUCH FASTER THAN NON-GM SEEDS
USDA ANNOUNCES FARMER SEED LIAISON INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS AG COMPETITION
RABORESEARCH: GRAIN DEMAND BOOMS IN EASTERN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
U.S. consumers spent an average of 11.3% of their disposable personal income (DPI) on food in 2022
Plant inbreeding secret unlocked, shedding light on Darwinian theory
Factoids
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USDA REPORTS MORE THAN HALF OF CROPLAND USES SEED VARIETIES WITH AT LEAST ONE GENETICALLY MODIFIED TRAITUSDA REPORTS MORE THAN HALF OF CROPLAND USES SEED VARIETIES WITH AT LEAST ONE GENETICALLY MODIFIED TRAIT
Aug 10

TSTA Weekly Update, 08/10/2023


Inside this Issue:

This morning Governor Abbott signed the "Right to Farm" bill that will appear on ballots this fall as a proposed Texas Constitutional Amendment
A new wheat variety available for licensing
Gene grants powerful resistance to resurging plant disease
Exclusive: Mexican official says US refuses to cooperate on GM corn studies
USDA REPORTS MORE THAN HALF OF CROPLAND USES SEED VARIETIES WITH AT LEAST ONE GENETICALLY MODIFIED TRAIT
NATIONWIDE STUDY SHOWS POSITIVE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF SOIL HEALTH MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Factoids
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Einkorn wheat, on the right, compared to a modern variety.Einkorn wheat, on the right, compared to a modern variety.
Aug 03

TSTA Weekly Update, 08/03/2023


Inside this Issue:

2023 ASTA Management Academy August 15-17, 2023 in West Lafayette, IN
American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
BASF has received key import approvals for its newest cotton innovations
Craig Nelson, has been named Genetics Lab Director at Indiana Crop Improvement Association
THE PASSING OF DR. DANNY KLINEFELTER
University of Maryland researchers sequence genome of einkorn wheat, the world’s first farmed crop - Ancient wheat could safeguard global food supply by boosting drought, disease resistance of modern strains
Gene editing improves grain quality and reduces heat stress in rice
Factoids
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TSTA Weekly Update, 07/27/2023

Jul 27

TSTA Weekly Update, 07/27/2023


Inside this Issue:

Amarillo Sod Poodles rain-out last month has been rescheduled
2023 ASTA Management Academy August 15-17, 2023 in West Lafayette, IN
American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023 at our NEW venue, the Hyatt Regency Orlando, for the Field Crop Seed Convention
THE PASSING OF STEVE HAWKINS, FORMER PRESIDENT OF DELTA PINE & LAND AND THE CONTEXT NETWORK
USDA launches new Seed Liaison Initiative
Organic Seed Alliance
CHINA'S NEXT ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN TARGETED AT ITS SEED INDUSTRY
U OF ILLINOIS RESEARCHER REPORTS SOIL MICROBES HELP PLANTS COPE WITH DROUGHT, BUT NOT HOW SCIENTISTS THOUGHT
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WORLD'S FOOD PRODUCTION HAS INCREASED 4X OVER 1960, HERE'S WHY  Source: Genetic Literary Project

WORLD'S FOOD PRODUCTION HAS INCREASED 4X OVER 1960, HERE'S WHY
Source: Genetic Literary Project
Jul 20

TSTA Weekly Update, 07/20/2023


Inside this Issue:

Amarillo Sod Poodles rain-out last month has been rescheduled
Free Download of Guidelines for the establishment and management of seed testing laboratories.
American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023 at our NEW venue, the Hyatt Regency Orlando, for the Field Crop Seed Convention
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors was convened July 13-15, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort
WORLD'S FOOD PRODUCTION HAS INCREASED 4X OVER 1960, HERE'S WHY
Source: Genetic Literary Project
ANTI-MONOPOLY GROUPS ISSUE REPORT CARD ON U.S. FOOD SYSTEM
Source: Open Markets Institute and Farm Action news release
USDA, ATTORNEY GENERALS LAUNCH PARTNERSHIP TO REDUCE ANTICOMPETITIVE BARRIERS IN AG SUPPLY CHAINS
Jul. 20, 2023
Source: USDA news release
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Non-stressed corn, at left, compared to corn that was heat stressed at different stages of pollen development. (credit: Kevin Begcy, UF/IFAS)Non-stressed corn, at left, compared to corn that was heat stressed at different stages of pollen development. (credit: Kevin Begcy, UF/IFAS)
Jul 13

TSTA Weekly Update, 07/13/2023


Inside this Issue:

United Sorghum Checkoff news release
2023 ASTA Management Academy August 15-17, 2023 in West Lafayette, IN. 
Thank-you letters from scholarship awardees
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort
New research looks to pollen for plant heat stress resilience
AIMPOINT RESEARCH STUDY SHOWS IMPACT ON CROP PRODUCTION IF GLYPHOSATE IS BANNED
Factoids
News Bits
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TSTA Weekly UpdateTSTA Weekly Update, July 06, 2023

Jul 06

TSTA Weekly Update, 07/06/2023


Inside this Issue:

USDA TO HOLD WEBINAR "CONCENTRATION AND COMPETITION IN U.S. AGRIBUSINESS"
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort
Crop Acreage Report
EPA ANNOUNCES NEW REGULATIONS FOR GENE EDITING FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CROPS
Factoids
News Bits
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Why climate scientists are sweet on sorghumWhy climate scientists are sweet on sorghum
Jun 29

TSTA Weekly Update, 06/29/2023


Inside this Issue:

Governor Abbott Announces Second Special Session Agenda
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort.
“The crop of the future”: Why climate scientists are sweet on sorghum
Leak indicates Commission is about to move forward on excluding genetically edited plants from GMO rules
WEED SCIENCE SOCIETY REPORTS BARRIERS TO EFFECTIVE HERBICIDE-RESISTANT WEED MANAGEMENT
News Bits
Factoids
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A roadmap for gene regulation in plantsA roadmap for gene regulation in plants
Jun 22

TSTA Weekly Update, 06/22/2023


Inside this Issue:

ASTA elects 2023 - 2024 Officers
Update on Texas Legislature "Special" Session
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort.
A roadmap for gene regulation in plants - A novel approach to synthetic biology could revolutionize how scientists improve plants for bioenergy and agriculture
GLOBAL WHEAT PRODUCTION FORECAST AT A RECORD
Factoids
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Texas A&M AgriLife’s public breeding program releases new wheat, triticale varietiesTexas A&M AgriLife’s public breeding program releases new wheat, triticale varieties

 

Jun 15

TSTA Weekly Update, 06/15/2023


Inside this Issue:

Increase in seed production from Texas A&M AgriLife Foundation Seed to potentially reach farmers in 2024
In Memory of Edward Runge
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort.
Texas Tech Named Host for Third Global Sorghum Conference
EL NINO ARRIVES, WHAT IT MEANS TO U.S. AGRICULTURE
USDA: FARM SECTOR REAL ESTATE DEBT HITS RECORD HIGH
Warning on seed production in Europe
Factoids
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Amarillo Golf Tournament and Sod Poodles GameDrew Morano, the Amarillo Golf Tournament and Sod Poodles Game
Jun 08

TSTA Weekly Update, 06/08/2023


Inside this Issue:

In Memory of John Travis (Jacko) Garrett, Jr.
January 26, 1943 – May 30, 2023
Amarillo Golf Tournament and Sod Poodles Game
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15, at the Horseshoe 
TSTA Legislative Update
EPA decision to tighten oversight of gene-edited crops draws mixed response
U.S. agency will require evidence that introduced traits don't increase health risks before exempting modified plants from regulation
GOV'T OF MEXICO TO DEFEND ITS POSITION ON BIOTECH CROPS
AG SEC'Y VILSACK ISSUES STATEMENT ON DISPUTE WITH MEXICO AND BIOTECH CROPS
HERE ARE THE ISSUES THAT ARE SLOWING DOWN THE FARM BILL
Factoids
AGRICAPTURE RECEIVES FIRST CARBON CREDITS IN TEXAS HISTORY FOR GRASSLANDS CONSERVATION
 
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AG ECONOMISTS REVISE CORN AND SOYBEAN BUDGETSAG ECONOMISTS REVISE CORN AND SOYBEAN BUDGETS
Jun 01

TSTA Weekly Update, 06/01/2023


Inside this Issue:

US EPA Has Regulatory Power Reduced by the US Supreme Court
Drought, quality drive TAMU peanut breeding
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15
TSTA Legislative Update
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency turns back the clock on innovation
AG ECONOMISTS REVISE CORN AND SOYBEAN BUDGETS, BOTH SHOW LOSSES IN 2023
The grim reality of herbicide resistance
Factoids
AG, INDUSTRIAL TRADE BETWEEN RUSSIA AND CHINA IS BOOMING
 
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Placing Gregor Mendel back among the MendelianPlacing Gregor Mendel back among the Mendelian
May 25

TSTA Weekly Update, 05/25/2023


Inside this Issue:

Clarification of Federal Seed Act Varietal Labeling Requirements
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15
TSTA Legislative Update
Placing Gregor Mendel back among the Mendelian
Researchers find new mechanism for sodium salt detoxification in plants
Factoids
AG ECONOMISTS REPORT SHOWS WHICH STATES AND CROPS RECEIVE MOST GOVERNMENT PROGRAM PAYMENTS
News Bits
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Trademarking LettuceTrademarking Lettuce?
May 18

TSTA Weekly Update, 05/18/2023


Inside this Issue:

Biden Administration's recent seed competition report 
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15
TSTA Legislative Update
A brand new screening method to boost plant breeding
PROMINENT ECONOMIST WARNS AG MAY BE HEADED FOR A REPEAT OF THE 1980S
Sorghum seed production companies and commodity group at the forefront of new opportunities in the global sorghum industry
Factoids
A US company is trying to trademark the shape of its lettuce – but this is just the tip of the iceberg
U OF ILLINOIS STUDY SHOWS POOR SOILS LOSE CARBON REGARDLESS OF CROP RESIDUE AND NITROGEN INPUTS
News Bits
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USDA FORECASTS FARM INCOME TO FALL 18%USDA FORECASTS FARM INCOME TO FALL 18%
May 11

TSTA Weekly Update, 05/11/2023


Inside this Issue:

A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15
TSTA Legislative Update
Farming and producing more sustainably is not a scientific problem – it’s a regulatory problem
IN BLOW TO PORK INDUSTRY, SUPREME COURT SUPPORTS CALIFORNIA'S PROPOSITION 12
FOLLOWING RECORD HIGHS IN 2021 AND 2022, USDA FORECASTS FARM INCOME TO FALL 18%
Authorities must keep up the fight against counterfeit seeds
MARKET ANALYST WARNS CHINA IS BUYING AG PRODUCTS FROM OTHERS, NOT THE U.S.
News Bits
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Newly discovered gene overcomes limitations of earlier dwarf wheatNewly discovered gene overcomes limitations of earlier dwarf wheat
May 04

TSTA Weekly Update, 05/04/2023


Inside this Issue:

A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15
Johnston Seed Company Celebrates 130 Years in Business!
TSTA Legislative Update
Second revolution ahead for Green Revolution grains - Newly discovered gene overcomes limitations of earlier dwarf wheat
NAWG PRESIDENT TESTIFIES DURING "PRODUCER PERSPECTIVE ON THE FARM SAFETY NET" HEARING
Have You Tried Chat GPT?
MILLENNIUM RESEARCH: FARMERS HAVE A PHD IN BS DETECTION
CAUSE OF FIRE IN MASSIVE TEXAS DAIRY RELEASED, 18,000 COWS PERISHED
News Bits
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USDA Dollar Sales by Food TypeUSDA Reports Dollar Sales by Food Type
Apr 27

TSTA Weekly Update, 04/27/2023


Inside this Issue:

Upcoming TSTA Board Meeting scheduled
TSTA Legislative Update
METEOROLOGIST EXPLAINS HOW EL NIñO WILL IMPACT CROP YIELDS THIS SUMMER
THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE MIDWEST
Tid-Bits
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The first 3D-printed biodegradable seed robot, able to change shape in response to humidityThe first 3D-printed biodegradable seed robot, able to change shape in response to humidity
Apr 20

TSTA Weekly Update, 04/20/2023


Inside this Issue:

Legislative Update
Federal Reserve: Observations on the Ag Economy- April 2023
The first 3D-printed biodegradable seed robot, able to change shape in response to humidity
HOUSE AG CHAIRMAN'S OPENING STATEMENT ON EPA ADMINISTRATOR REGAN'S HEARING
Tid Bits
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Gene-edited Ethiopian ‘teff’ grain with 25% higher yield will not be regulated, USDA determinesGene-edited Ethiopian ‘teff’ grain with 25% higher yield will not be regulated, USDA determines
Apr 13

TSTA Weekly Update, 04/13/2023


Inside this Issue:

Legislative Update
USDA/AMS clarifies varietal labeling requirements of the Federal Seed Act to enhance transparency for growers
Gene-edited Ethiopian ‘teff’ grain with 25% higher yield will not be regulated, USDA determines
Biden Vetoes Congress' WOTUS Rule
Tid Bits
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Ruby Crush tomato named Texas Superstar plantRuby Crush tomato named Texas Superstar plant
Apr 06

TSTA Weekly Update, 04/06/2023


Inside this Issue:

Legislative Update
Ruby Crush tomato named Texas Superstar plant - Top-performing tomato in taste, consistent production
REPORT TRACKS CROP INPUT PRICE INCREASES OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES
PURDUE/CME AG ECONOMY BAROMETER FINDS DROPS, CITES COMMODITY PRICE OUTLOOK AND INTEREST RATE CONCERNS
Tid Bits
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Rice gene identified that boosts number of flowers when inactivatedRice gene identified that boosts number of flowers when inactivated
Mar 30

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/30/2023


Inside this Issue:

Rice gene identified that boosts number of flowers when inactivated
HERE'S A RUNDOWN ON THE WATERS IMPACTED BY THE EXPANDED WOTUS REGULATIONS
IOWA STATE OFFERS FREE WEEK OF SEMINARS ON SEED TECHNOLOGY
USDA REPORTS ON STATES PRODUCING PEANUTS, PLAY BALL!
Tid Bits
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Male-sterile sorghum may offer dairy cows needed energy with less water useMale-sterile sorghum may offer dairy cows needed energy with less water use
Mar 23

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/23/2023


Inside this Issue:

Male-sterile sorghum may offer dairy cows needed energy with less water use - Texas A&M AgriLife research indicates water-efficiency and highly digestible fiber is possible
 
SORGHUM MARKETING TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM LAUNCHES VENTURE CAPITAL PLATFORM
TEXAS JUDGE GRANTS LIMITED INJUNCTION FOR WOTUS CHALLENGE
Farmers in Nigeria urged to buy hybrid seeds to boost food security
Tid Bits
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Agricultural Output Growth Outpaces Animal ProductsUSDA: CROPS PRODUCTION GROWS FASTER THAN LIVESTOCK AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS PRODUCTION FROM 1948 TO 2019
Mar 09

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/09/2023


Inside this Issue:

USDA ANNOUNCES INITIATIVES TO CREATE "A FAIRER MARKET" FOR SEEDS AND OTHER AGRICULTURAL INPUTS
NEW STUDY SHOWS RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD HAS SLASHED GHG EMISSIONS BY 1.2 BILLION METRIC TONS SINCE 2008
Blocking gene that inhibits root growth may enhance drought resistance in crops
An internal thermometer tells the seeds when to germinate
USDA: CROPS PRODUCTION GROWS FASTER THAN LIVESTOCK AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS PRODUCTION FROM 1948 TO 2019
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USDA REPORTS 89% OF ALL FARMS ARE SMALL AND THEY GENERATED 18% OF TOTAL PRODUCTION VALUEUSDA REPORTS 89% OF ALL FARMS ARE SMALL AND THEY GENERATED 18% OF TOTAL PRODUCTION VALUE
Mar 02

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/02/2023


Inside this Issue:

“ALL OPTIONS” CONSIDERED BY U.S. OVER MEXICO’S CORN IMPORT RESTRICTIONS
FOUR MAIN THEMES FROM NAT'L ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENT CROP CONSULTANTS ANNUAL MEETING
USDA ISSUES ITS PLANTED ACREAGE AND PRICE FORECAST
LARGEST FARMS GREW EVEN LARGER IN 2022
USDA REPORTS 89% OF ALL FARMS ARE SMALL AND THEY GENERATED 18% OF TOTAL PRODUCTION VALUE
News Bits
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key factors in maintaining good seed qualityTemperature and relative humidity - key factors in maintaining good seed quality

Feb 23

TSTA Weekly Update, 02/23/2023


Inside this Issue:

What storage conditions affect seed quality? Temperature and relative humidity are two key factors in maintaining good seed quality
The breeding out of wheat resistance to a destructive fungus
USDA UNVEILS MAP SHOWING HOW WHEAT IS TRANSPORTED TO EXPORT PORTS
News Bits
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Annual Meeting Cornhole Champs - MenTSTA Annual Meeting, Cornhole Champions - Men

 

 

 

 

Annual Meeting Cornhole Champs - WomenTSTA Annual Meeting Cornhold Champions - Women

Feb 17

TSTA Weekly Update, 02/17/2023


Inside this Issue:

2023 Annual Membership Meeting notes
NAT'L COTTON COUNCIL ISSUES INDUSTRY OUTLOOK, FORECASTS 17% LESS PLANTED ACRES IN 2023
MEXICO IMPLEMENTS ITS BAN ON SOME BIOTECH CORN TODAY, NCGA SAYS IT THREATENS USMCA
HOUSE AG CHAIR SAYS MOST OF THE 2023 FARM BILL HAS ALREADY BEEN WRITTEN
USDA TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL $19.5 BILLION IN FUNDING FOR CONSERVATION PROJECTS
News Bits
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Students Lead Plant Breeding SymposiumStudents from across the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences departments lead the annual Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo)
Feb 09

TSTA Weekly Update, 02/09/2023


Inside this Issue:

9th annual Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium set for February 16 - Student-run event highlights generations of plant breeding
Oatly pioneers carbon impact labels on food. Is this unregulated junk science or useful information?
Better News for Texas Weather Outlook
USDA FORECASTS FARM SECTOR'S PROFITS TO FALL IN 2023 AFTER RECORD HIGHS IN 2022
News Bits
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Hoverfly and Earwig eat sorghum pollenHoverfly and earwig eat sorghum pollen
Feb 02

TSTA Weekly Update, 02/02/2023


Inside this Issue:

Are Solar Power Facilities Making News in Your County?
Sorghum: the unlikely food source for pollinators
USA - Supply of native seeds insufficient to meet the needs of current and future ecological restoration projects, says new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Strengthening sorghum against a worldwide fungal threat - ARS and Purdue University scientists identified a gene that could help sorghum withstand the fungus that causes anthracnose disease.
RACE AND ETHNICITY OF RURAL LABOR FORCE VARY BY INDUSTRY
News Bits
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Farm Futures Growers SurveyFarm Futures Growers Survey - Planted Acreage of Major Crops to Increase
Jan 26

TSTA Weekly Update, 01/26/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals
2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
Our Costa Rican Growouts earlier this month
Adapting growing seasons to climate change can boost yields of world’s staple crops - New research estimates impact of farmer adaptation to climate change on maize, wheat, rice, sorghum and soybean
CRISPR gene editing is in clinical trials to treat sickle cell disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS and some rare inherited diseases.
Clemson University receives FFAR grant to promote sorghum health benefits
FARM FUTURES' GROWER SURVEY: PLANTED ACREAGE OF MAJOR CROPS TO INCREASE
News Bits
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Median Commercial Farm Household IncomeMedian Commercial Farm Household Income Increases

Jan 19

TSTA Weekly Update for 01/19/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals
2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
Germany's BASF SE expects to post a net loss for 2022
Seed Prices Have Soared-Is intellectual Property the Problem?
SEED COMPANIES URGE USDA TO MAKE BIOTECH REGULATIONS MORE EFFICIENT
USDA REPORT SHOWS TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME HAS RISEN FOR COMMERCIAL FARMS
USDA REPORTS AG IMPORTS BY PRODUCT, HORTICULTURE IS BY FAR THE LEADER
News Bits
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The Year of Millets2023 - The Year of Millets
Jan 12

TSTA Weekly Update, 01/12/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals
2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
Let’s welcome the International Year of Millets!
The Philippines - Malusog Rice (Golden Rice) harvested
Molecular mechanism behind nutrient element-induced plant disease resistance discovered​​​
AG SEC'Y VILSACK: U.S. WON'T COMPROMISE WITH MEXICO ON THREATENED CORN IMPORT BAN
News Bits
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Breakthrough in plant breeding - Grafting and mobile CRISPR for genome editing in plantsBreakthrough in plant breeding - Grafting and mobile CRISPR for genome editing in plants
Jan 05

TSTA Weekly Update, 01/05/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals
2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)
Breakthrough in plant breeding - Grafting and mobile CRISPR for genome editing in plants
Imaging tool rapidly assesses seed quality
EPA AND ARMY FINALIZE RULE ESTABLISHING DEFINITION OF WOTUS
WORLD'S FIRST AGRI-FOCUSED SATELLITE LAUNCHED FROM CAPE CANAVERAL
News Bits
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H-2A Jobs Certified and Visas Issued FY 2005 - 2021H-2A Jobs Certified and Visas Issued, FY 2005 - 2021
Dec 29

TSTA Weekly Update, 12/29/2022


Inside this Issue:

2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)
 PERCENTAGE OF U.S.'S TOTAL EXPORT VALUE FROM AG PRODUCTS HITS NEW HIGH
 USDA REPORTS THE NUMBER OF H-2A FARM SEASONAL WORKERS
News Bits
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Distribution of Farms, Land Operated and Value of Production by Farm Type in 2021Distribution of Farms, Land Operated, and Value of Production by Farm Types in 2021
Dec 22

TSTA Weekly Update, 12/22/2022


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals
2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)
Peas Making Inroads in South Texas
100 years of data shows modern wheat varieties are a productivity and biodiversity win-win
USDA RELEASES REPORT SHOWING PRODUCTION, NET MARGIN, USE OF CROP INSURANCE BY FARM TYPES
USDA RELEASES REPORT SHOWING PRODUCTION, NET MARGIN, USE OF CROP INSURANCE BY FARM TYPES
News Bits
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2022 US Corn and Soybean Yeilds fall below trend lines2022 U.S. Corn and Soybean Yields fall below trend lines
Dec 15

TSTA Weekly Update, 12/15/2022


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals
2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)
Researchers identify elusive carbon dioxide sensor in plants that controls water loss
An article of interest on the subject of Intellectual Property.
Texas researchers say they’ll have new hemp varieties ready by 2024
2022 U.S. CORN AND SOYBEAN YIELDS FALL BELOW TREND LINES
News Bits
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Clean Seeds Good GerminationClean Seeds Good Germination
Dec 08

TSTA Weekly Update, 12/08/2022


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals
2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
ASTA’s largest event of the year, the CSS & Seed Expo is wrapping up its last meeting in Chicago today after 76 years!
Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)
USDA’s PVP System Embraces Transgenic and Gene Edited Plants
Clean seeds, good germination
A report from the Netherlands
USDA EXPANDS ITS COVERAGE FOR GRAIN SORGHUM
RABOBANK FORECASTS FERTILIZER PRICES TO DECREASE IN 2023
News Bits
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Historic Low Food Dollar Farm Share in 20212021 Food Dollar Farm Share at Historic Low
Dec 01

TSTA Weekly Update, 12/01/2022


In this Issue:

Growout Update
2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
ASTA’s largest event of the year, the CSS & Seed Expo 2022
Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 6-7 in Bryan
Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)
Netherlands to buy out and close 3,000 farms to meet climate goals
A way forward for strengthening food systems resilience and autonomy in times of crisis
Genetic ‘hitchhikers’ can be directed using CRISPR
USDA REPORTS FARMERS' SHARE OF FOOD DOLLAR REACHED HISTORIC LOW IN 2021
News Bits
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TSTA Annual Meeting and ConventionTexas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting and Convention
Nov 17

TSTA Weekly Update, 11/17/2022


Inside this Issue:

2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
Participants & Sponsors Meeting Registration
Hotel Room Block: Texas Seed Trade Assoc. Annual Conference 2023
Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 6-7 in Bryan
Changing markets, pesticide, fertilizer, weather outlook to be discussed
Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)
Russia moves to end import dependence on seeds
ADAMA'S SORGHUM CROPPING SOLUTION DOUBLE TEAM RECEIVES PRODUCT AWARD
UPL'S ADVANTA SEEDS AND BUNGE TO ACQUIRE STAKE IN BRAZILIAN SOYBEAN GERMPLASM CO. SEEDCORP HO
Corteva Agriscience has won a Crop Science Award in the “Best Industry Collaboration” category together with BASF Agricultural Solutions and M.S. Technologies L.L.C.
News Bits
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CRISPR BreakthroughCRISPR Breakthrough
Nov 10

TSTA Weekly Update, 11/10/2022


Inside this Issue:

TSTA Annual Conference: Registration will be live tomorrow morning and a special edition will be sent out with the link.
CSS & Seed Expo 2022
Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 6-7 in Bryan
Changing markets, pesticide, fertilizer, weather outlook to be discussed
Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)
Seed Buying for ’23 Starts Off Early with Renewed Focus
Breakthrough in CRISPR research may lead to more effective and safer gene editing
U.S. TRADE REP FINALLY DISCUSSES BIOTECH CROP IMPORTS WITH MEXICAN COUNTERPART
AGRONOMY, CROP SCIENCE & SOIL SOCIETIES LAUNCH ONLINE TOOL EVALUATING CARBON PRACTICES AND MARKETS
News Bits
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USDA REPORTS MORE THAN 75% OF SOYBEAN, COTTON AND CORN ACRES ARE GENETICALLY ENGINEEREDUSDA REPORTS MORE THAN 75% OF SOYBEAN, COTTON AND CORN ACRES ARE GENETICALLY ENGINEERED
Nov 03

TSTA Weekly Update, 11/03/2022


Inside this Issue:

Delivering genes into plant mitochondria using polymer-coated carbon nanotubes
ICRISAT offers 7000 plus unique materials for sorghum breeders to choose from
 USDA REPORTS MORE THAN 75% OF SOYBEAN, COTTON AND CORN ACRES ARE GENETICALLY ENGINEERED
Diesel Shortage Looms
USDA ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER 2022 LENDING RATES FOR AG PRODUCERS
News Bits
 
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Turning up the dimmer switch on P450sTurning up the dimmer switch on P450s
Oct 27

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/27/2022


Inside this Issue:

Attention Sorghum, Sunflower, and Millet Seed Producers - It's Growout time again
The annual Texas Seed Trade Association conference
Western Seed Association will convene their annual meeting on Monday October 31
ASTA’s largest event of the year, the CSS & Seed Expo 2022,
Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 6-7 in Bryan
Changing markets, pesticide, fertilizer, weather outlook to be discussed
IPSA's 34rd annual conference will be held January 23-24, 2023 in Tucson, AZ.
Turning up the dimmer switch on P450s 
Texas’s Allium/Onion leafminer program recognized by APHIS under the federally recognized State Managed Phytosanitary (FRSMP) Program
The Latest EPA Ban
NAT'L CORN GROWERS ASSN URGES U.S. TRADE REP TO ACT ON TRADE ISSUES WITH MEXICO
What type of grass is best for beef cattle?  Maybe it's Natives.
 

 

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Texas Seed Trade Association Hosts Timpson ISD FFA TeamTexas Seed Trade Association Hosts Timpson ISD FFA Team
Oct 20

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/20/2022


Inside this Issue:

It's Growout time again - Attention Sorghum, Sunflower, and Millet Seed Producers
Reserve the dates!  The annual Texas Seed Trade Association conference
Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 6-7 in Bryan - Changing markets, pesticide, fertilizer, weather outlook to be discussed
Texas Seed Trade Association Hosts Timpson ISD FFA Team
Europe’s first gene-edited wheat trials see breakthrough
EPA punts glyphosate decision
LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO GO PLANT-BASED IN ENDORSING PLANT BASED TREATY
News Bits
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An insect pest acquires multiple plant genesAn insect pest acquires multiple plant genes
Oct 13

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/13/2022


Inside this Issue:

Reserve the dates!  The annual Texas Seed Trade Association conference
An insect pest acquires multiple plant genes
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES FINAL RULE TO IMPROVE H-2A VISA PROGRAM
RAILROAD UNION VOTES DOWN LABOR CONTRACT AGREEMENT, STRIKE LOOMS
NAT'L PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL ISSUES STATEMENT ON U.S. SUPREME COURT CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 12 ARGUMENTS
News Bits
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AiMS for genetic analysis of microbime traitsSchematic diagram of the AiMS for genetic analysis of microbiome traits
Oct 06

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/06/2022


Inside this Issue:

It's Growout Time for sorghum and millet seed producers
Texas Tech University taking the lead in $1.6M sorghum project
EPA takes welcomed action on pesticide-coated seeds
AMERICAN SEED TRADE ASSN RELEASES UPDATED COVER CROP SEED GUIDE
STUDY SHOWS MEXICO'S BAN ON GM CORN WOULD COST U.S. PRODUCERS $3.56 BILLION
Genetic analysis of Sorghum bicolor affect the human gut microbiome
 News Bits
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NAT'L CORN GROWERS ASSN CALLS ON FARMERS TO CONTACT EPA REGARDING ATRAZINE
Sep 29

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/29/2022


Inside this Issue:

NAT'L CORN GROWERS ASSN CALLS ON FARMERS TO CONTACT EPA REGARDING ATRAZINE
Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)
Time Ticking on EPA Decision on Treated Seed
EPA WITHDRAWS ITS GLYPHOSATE INTERIM DECISION, DETERMINES NO HUMAN HEALTH RISKS OF CONCERN
Danforth Plant Science Center collaborates with the National Sorghum Producers on a $65 million USDA partnerships for climate-smart commodities project
USDA "EQUITY COMMISSION" TARGETS ITS FARM SERVICE AGENCY COUNTY COMMITTEE SYSTEM
World Farmers’ Organisation allies with International Seed Federation on climate action
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AG REPUBLICANS: WHITE HOUSE' HUNGER CONFERENCE IS A POLITICAL STUNT
News Bits
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Genome editing successfully used to induce chicory plants to accumulate important medical compoundGenome editing successfully used to induce chicory plants to accumulate important medical compound
Sep 22

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/22/2022


Inside this Issue:

Seed trade crucial to curb global food insecurity
Genome editing successfully used to induce chicory plants to accumulate important medical compound
Texas A&M AgriLife to lead historic investment in Texas’ efforts to become ‘climate-smart’ - Texas A&M AgriLife Research receives largest competitive grant in its history
DEPT OF ENERGY PROVIDES U OF ILLINOIS RESEARCHERS $1.85M GRANT TO STUDY SORGHUM PHOTOSYNTHESIS 
ENVIRONMENTALISTS, ACTIVISTS BLAST USDA'S CLIMATE SMART PROGRAMS
Government Roundups 
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USDA REPORTS ORGANIC TRADE REACHES $3.4 BILLION IN 2021USDA REPORTS ORGANIC TRADE REACHES $3.4 BILLION IN 2021
Sep 15

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/15/2022


Inside this Issue:

Corteva Inc announced on Tuesday plans to exit about 35 countries and lay off roughly 5% of its global workforce
DANFORTH PLANT SCIENCE CENTER RESEARCHER DISCOVERS BREAKTHROUGH IN DROUGHT TOLERANCE
USDA REPORTS ORGANIC TRADE REACHES $3.4 BILLION IN 2021
Overcoming a Major Technical Hurdle for Gene Editing in Growing Produce
Purple Tomato Is First Genetically Engineered Plant To Be Deregulated Through USDA’S New Regulatory Status Review Process
HOUSE AG COMMITTEE LEADER THOMPSON REACTS TO USDA'S UNILATERAL CLIMATE INVESTMENT
HERE ARE THE AG ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVING USDA CLIMATE SMART GRANTS
News Bits
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Farmers Report Carbon PaymentsFARMERS REPORT CARBON PAYMENTS THEY ARE RECEIVING
Sep 08

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/08/2022


Inside this Issue:

GO Seed, the Leader in Turf, Forage, and Cover Crop Seeds, Hires Dr. Trent Tate as Plant Breeder
Environmental activist irony: Anti-chemical campaigners end up promoting higher food prices with few farming or health benefits
FARMERS REPORT CARBON PAYMENTS THEY ARE RECEIVING IN PURDUE/CME AG ECONOMY BAROMETER
After deliberating less than an hour, Missouri county jury concludes glyphosate weedkiller did not cause plaintiff’s cancer, delivering Bayer/Monsanto 5th court victory in a row

 

Chemists make N₂ into NH₃ in most efficient electrochemical reaction ever
Electrochemical reaction with Li has higher yield and uses less energy than conventional methods
 
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Colorado State University offers new clues to how plants retain healthy genomes, avoid mitochondrial diseaseColorado State University offers new clues to how plants retain healthy genomes, avoid mitochondrial disease
Sep 01

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/01/2022


Inside this Issue:

Seed Dealers More Important Than Ever
Colorado State University offers new clues to how plants retain healthy genomes, avoid mitochondrial disease
Single Species Cover Crops vs. Mixtures: Which Delivers Better Weed Suppression? 
Top 6 Questions (and Answers) Every Agribusiness Should Be Asking About Cyberattacks and Data
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Soybean Photosynthesis ImprovementSoybean Photosynthesis Improvement
Aug 25

TSTA Weekly Update, 08/25/2022


Inside this Issue:

Texas A&M AgriLife offers wheat ‘Picks’ as planting time arrives - Tough 2022 resulting in short wheat seed supplies
RiceTec hosted nearly 220 growers, vendors, and staff for its Arkansas Field Day event on August 11 where the company introduced new Global CEO, Karsten Neuffer,
ASTA’s largest event of the year
Canada is urging farmers to reduce fertilizer emissions to curb greenhouse gases, triggering a backlash.
INTERNATIONAL TEAM OF RESEARCHERS IMPROVE SOYBEAN'S PHOTOSYNTHESIS PROCESS, INCREASES YIELDS BY 20%
Multi-scale research uncovers microbes that affect sorghum drought response
USDA ANNOUNCES $300 MILLION IN NEW ORGANIC TRANSITION INITIATIVE
SURVEY OF CONSUMERS GRADE U.S. FOOD SYSTEM, HIGHEST TRUST IS WITH FARMERS
They Say Misery Loves Company
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CATTLE PRODUCERS TO BUILD NEW BEEF PROCESSING PLANT IN AMARILLO, TXCATTLE PRODUCERS TO BUILD NEW BEEF PROCESSING PLANT IN AMARILLO, TX
Aug 18

TSTA Weekly Update, 08/18/2022


Inside this Issue:

AG SEC'Y VILSACK LISTS FUNDING PRIORITIES FROM NEW INFLATION REDUCTION ACT
Oklahoma Water Resources Center at Oklahoma State University aims to conserve water through cover crops
CATTLE PRODUCERS TO BUILD NEW BEEF PROCESSING PLANT IN AMARILLO, TX
FDA RELEASES ITS ANNUAL PESTICIDE RESIDUE IN FOODS REPORT, 97% ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH EPA'S STANDARDS
MEMBERSHIP IN NATIONAL FFA ORGANIZATION REACHES ALL-TIME HIGH
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90% OF FARMERS WON'T JOIN CARBON MARKETS WITHOUT CHANGES90% OF FARMERS WON'T JOIN CARBON MARKETS WITHOUT CHANGES

Aug 11

TSTA Weekly Update, 08/11/2022


Insite this Issue:

International partnership aims to improve sorghum breeding
RESEARCH SHOWS 90% OF FARMERS WON'T JOIN CARBON MARKETS WITHOUT CHANGES
PURDUE AG ECONOMIST COMPARES CONVENTIONAL AND ORGANIC ENTERPRISE NET RETURNS
Speeding up evolution at genome-level by alternative chromosome configuration
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Designing Roots to Reach New Soil DepthsDesigning Roots to Reach New Soil Depths
Jul 28

TSTA Weekly Update, 07/28/2022


Inside this Issue:

ASTA's CSS & Seed Expo 2022
24th annual Wheatheart Wheat Conference
Lessons and Parallels; Regulation of Food Production to Achieve Political Agendas - Hold the Science
New chromosomal section effective against diseases in oats discovered​​​
TOP BANK EXECUTIVES OVERWHELMINGLY BELIEVE RECESSION IS INEVITABLE
Designing roots to reach new depths could help carbon storage in soil
TRIAZINE NETWORK REPORTS ALARMING SURPRISES IN EPA'S ATRAZINE PROPOSAL
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China Largest Funder of Ag R&DChina is World's Largest Funder of Agriculture R&D
Jul 21

TSTA Weekly Update, 07/21/2022


Inside this Issue:

U.S. Environment Protection Agency publishes consent decree regarding treated seed
Informative Background on the EPA Consent Decree on Treated Seed
SORGHUM ANNOUNCED AS NEWEST ADDITION TO USDA FOOD BUYING GUIDE
A history of rye: How early farmers made plants genetically less flexible
Seed Law: the Government (Argentina) analyzes that producers pay a canon for soybean and wheat sowing
USDA: CHINA IS LARGEST GLOBAL FUNDER OF AGRICULTURAL R&D
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Research Reveals Lack of Consumer Awareness about the Contributions of Science in Food and AgricultureResearch Reveals Lack of Consumer Awareness about the Contributions of Science in Food and Agriculture
Jul 14

TSTA Weekly Update, 07/14/2022


Inside this Issue:

Weed zapping - Do electrocution treatments have a place in weed control?
Research Reveals Lack of Consumer Awareness about the Contributions of Science in Food and Agriculture
Proof that Mendel discovered the laws of inheritance decades ahead of his time
USDA: AGRICULTURE ACCOUNTED FOR 11.2% OF U.S. GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN 2020
USDA EXPANDS INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR DOUBLE CROPPING
REPUBLICAN HOUSE AGRICULTURE LEADERS CALL ON EPA TO CEASE POLITICIZATION OF CROP PROTECTION TOOLS
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Photosynthesis in the DarkArtificial Photosynthesis Produces Food without Sunshine
Jul 07

TSTA Weekly Update, 07/07/2022


In this Issue:

What to do when science conflicts with political agendas - an Editorial
US EPA determines neonicotinoids likely to harm most endangered species
NEW PIG VACCINE BEING DEVELOPED TO BE FED VIA CORN
Artificial Photosynthesis Produces Food without Sunshine
The Truth About Organic Farming
Field trial for GM sorghum in Australia now approved
MORE ON THE FIVE CHANGES EPA IS PROPOSING ON THE USE OF ATRAZINE
TRIAZINE NETWORK: EPA RESURRECTS RADICAL ATRAZINE PROPOSAL, THREATENS KEY SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS
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STUDY REPORTS HOW CONSUMERS WOULD INVEST USDA'S BUDGET, MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE REALITYSTUDY REPORTS HOW CONSUMERS WOULD INVEST USDA'S BUDGET, MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE REALITY
Jun 30

TSTA Weekly Update, 06/30/2022


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected another Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE) bid to dismiss litigation alleging that its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer 
GRO ALLIANCE'S JIM SCHWEIGERT ELECTED CHAIR OF AMERICAN SEED TRADE ASSN, OTHER OFFICERS NAMED
FDA APPROVES BIOTECH WHEAT WHICH IS DROUGHT RESISTANT, GOES TO USDA AND EPA
STUDY REPORTS HOW CONSUMERS WOULD INVEST USDA'S BUDGET, MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE REALITY
Raquel Chan: Discovering the gene behind GM wheat
Rare ‘triple’ La Niña climate event looks likely — what does the future hold?
FARM BUREAU: EPA MAKING A MOCKERY OUT OF WOTUS ROUNDTABLES
Supreme Court deals Biden climate agenda serious blow with EPA decision
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Gene hunting and awn elongation in sorghumGene hunting leads researchers to solve mystery of inhibition of awn elongation in sorghum
Jun 16

TSTA Weekly Update, 06/16/2022


Inside this Issue:

Bayer won a Roundup case recently and is awaiting a Supreme Court ruling - Update
Gene hunting leads researchers to solve mystery of inhibition of awn elongation in sorghum
Altered gene helps plants absorb more carbon dioxide, produce more useful compounds
Viewpoint: ‘Arrogance of affluence and ignorance of ideologues’: EU’s failing agroecology Farm-to-Fork strategy — and what can be done to ensure sustainable farming and food
ASTA RELEASES TOOL TO LOCATE PROFESSIONALLY-PRODUCED ENVIRONMENTAL, CONSERVATION AND COVER CROP SEED
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Discovery paves the way for more sustainable crop cultivation methodsDiscovery paves the way for more sustainable crop cultivation methods
Jun 09

TSTA Weekly Update 06/09/2022


Inside this Issue:

Corteva, Inc. released its 2021 Sustainability and ESG Report
Discovery paves the way for more sustainable crop cultivation methods
World’s first GM lager: Could beer made from genetically modified wheat usher in a new era of GMO crop acceptance?
USDA: PUBLIC AGRICULTURAL R&D SPENDING HAS DECLINED IN RECENT YEARS
REPUBLICAN LEADERS CALL ON WHITE HOUSE TO WITHDRAW BRIEF IN ROUNDUP CASE
A California Appeals Court has ruled that bumblebees are, in fact, fish
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Genome editing is used in 63 different cropsGenome editing is used in 63 different crops
Jun 02

TSTA Weekly Update 06/02/2022


Inside this Issue:

Genome editing is used in 63 different crops
NITROGEN FERTILIZER PRICES FELL 30% LAST WEEK, STILL MORE THAN DOUBLE LAST YEAR
NAT'L ASSN OF WHEAT GROWERS REITERATES CALL TO CONSULT USDA ON SCOTUS GLYPHOSATE CASE REVIEW
REPUBLICAN HOUSE AG COMMITTEE CHAIR REACTS TO USDA'S TONE DEAF "FRAMEWORK" ON AMERICA'S FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
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USDA - Adoption of Fall Cover CropsUSDA Adoption of Fall Cover Crops

May 26

TSTA Weekly Update - 05/26/2022


Inside this Issue:

Sorghum industry has huge potential space to make progress within China-Pakistan cooperation
Researchers have developed a super wheat for salty soils
Climate change on course to hit U.S. Corn Belt especially hard, study finds - Significant agricultural adaptation will be necessary and inevitable in the Central and Eastern United States
AG GROUPS CALL FOR WITHDRAWAL OF SOLICITOR GENERAL'S SUPREME COURT BRIEF ON GLYPHOSATE
USDA ISSUES REPORT ON THE ADOPTION OF COVER CROPS
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Corteva invests almost €13m in Afumati facility to meet demand from European farmersCorteva invests almost €13m in Afumati facility to meet demand from European farmers

May 19

TSTA Weekly Update, 05/19/2022


Inside this Issue:

CORTEVA AGRISCIENCE EXPANDS ITS SUNFLOWER SEED PRODUCTION IN ROMANIA
Competition and the Intellectual Property System: Seeds and Other Agricultural Inputs
REPORT SHOWS IT COSTS 3X MORE IN REGULATORY PROCESS TO DISCOVER NEW GM TRAIT
WISCONSIN CORN MILLER DIDION MILLING INC. CHARGED WITH OSHA CRIMES FOR CAUSING WORKER DEATHS
Treated Seed a Hot Topic in State Legislatures
USDA ACCEPTS APPLICATIONS TO HELP LOWER COSTS OF ORGANIC, TRANSITIONING PRODUCERS
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USDA/NASS forecasts winter wheat production down in 2022USDA/NASS forecasts winter wheat production down in 2022

May 12

TSTA Weekly Update, 05/12/2022


Inside this Issue:

Recertification of Texas Wheat Seed
Nominees for Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Public Comments due 05/16/2022 for President Biden's Executive Order to Investigate Competition and the Intellectual Property System: Seeds and other Agricultural Inputs
Food Conversations Started as a Result of the Ukraine - Russia Conflict
USDA/NASS forecasts winter wheat production down in 2022
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BIDEN PROPOSES $500M IN EMERGENCY INCENTIVES TO INCREASE U.S. CROP PRODUCTIONBIDEN PROPOSES $500M IN EMERGENCY INCENTIVES TO INCREASE U.S. CROP PRODUCTION

May 05

TSTA Weekly Update, 05/05/2022


Inside this Issue:

Recertification of Texas Wheat Seed
Corteva to withdraw from Russia
Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy
Samantha Power: "Never let a crisis go to waste":
BIDEN PROPOSES $500M IN EMERGENCY INCENTIVES TO INCREASE U.S. CROP PRODUCTION
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Theses six states account for 62% of national milk production. (Artwork: Lindsey Pound Source: USDA)Theses six states account for 62% of national milk production. (Artwork: Lindsey Pound Source: USDA)

Apr 28

TSTA Weekly Update, 04/28/2022


Inside this Issue:

Recertification of Texas Wheat Seed
TEXAS IS NOW THE THIRD LARGEST DAIRY STATE, PASSES IDAHO
CATTLE INDUSTRY'S OPPOSITION TO GOVERNMENT MANDATE AMPLIFIED THROUGH SENATE HEARING
OKLAHOMA STATE LIVESTOCK SPECIALIST SAYS SIGNIFICANT HERD LIQUIDATION INEVITABLE THIS YEAR
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Watermelon seedless variety “Essence” adapted to semi dryland farmingWatermelon seedless variety “Essence” adapted to semi dryland farming

Apr 21

TSTA Weekly Update, 04/21/2022


Inside this Issue:

HOW ANTIQUATED REAL ESTATE LAWS ARE STOPPING FARMERS FROM FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE
Frontier Hybrids the Subject of an AgVenture Spotlight
New watermelon seeds adapted to semi dryland farming
Estimating Plant-Available Nitrogen Release From Cover Crops
UNION PACIFIC CURTAILS CF INDUSTRIES' FERTILIZER SHIPMENTS, WILL NOT ACCEPT NEW ORDERS
PLANTING UPDATE FROM UKRAINE FARMER IN THE WAR ZONE
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Agritourism enterprises have shown to benefit communities by connecting consumers with agriculture and help preserve farmland in rural and peri-urban communities. Shown here, a pumpkin patch where people can pick their own pumpkin as part of fall activities. Credit: Canva ProAgritourism enterprises have shown to benefit communities by connecting consumers with agriculture and help preserve farmland in rural and peri-urban communities. Shown here, a pumpkin patch where people can pick their own pumpkin as part of fall activities. Credit: Canva Pro

Apr 14

TSTA Weekly Update, 04/14/2022


Inside this Issue:

Pumpkin production can benefit from conservation practices
The Philippines - Golden rice up for deployment
ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL COULD EXPAND WHEAT PRODUCTION DUE TO THE WAR IN UKRAINE
EPA ANNOUNCES PLAN TO PROTECT ENDANGERED SPECIES AND SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
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AFIA REPORT EXAMINES IMPACT OF INCREASED USE OF NON-GM FEED ON U.S. ANIMAL FEED INDUSTRYAFIA REPORT EXAMINES IMPACT OF INCREASED USE OF NON-GM FEED ON U.S. ANIMAL FEED INDUSTRY

Apr 07

TSTA Weekly Update, 04/07/2022


Inside this Issue:

The Three Things All Employees Want

The World’s First Genetically Engineered Wheat Is Here

AFIA REPORT EXAMINES IMPACT OF INCREASED USE OF NON-GM FEED ON U.S. ANIMAL FEED INDUSTRY

Whole-genome resequencing of Sorghum bicolor and S. bicolor × S. halepense lines provides new insights for improving plant agroecological characteristics

87% OF AG RETAILERS REPORT PRODUCT SHORTAGES IN FARM JOURNAL POLL

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Tweaking one plant gene can increase desirable traits, but changing the same gene in another type of plant may not yield the same result. A tobacco plant with a mutation engineered in the clv3 gene makes larger and more numerous stems, branches, and flower tissues. CSHL researchers discovered the same mutation in evolutionarily-related plants produces different effects. Image: Choon-Tak Kwon/Lippman labTweaking one plant gene can increase desirable traits, but changing the same gene in another type of plant may not yield the same result. A tobacco plant with a mutation engineered in the clv3 gene makes larger and more numerous stems, branches, and flower tissues. CSHL researchers discovered the same mutation in evolutionarily-related plants produces different effects. Image: Choon-Tak Kwon/Lippman lab

Mar 31

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/31/2022


Inside this Issue:

Australian OGTR - Invitation to comment on a field trial of genetically modified sorghum

For plant geneticists, some genes are double the trouble

RESEARCH AT KANSAS STATE DISCOVERS DESTRESSING BENEFIT FROM FEEDING CATTLE INDUSTRIAL HEMP

Anti-GMO themes losing traction worldwide, suggests new scientific paper

RABORESEARCH RELEASES ANNUAL PRICE OUTLOOK REPORT FOR U.S. CROPS

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A drone shot of the irrigated uniform variety wheat trial near Bushland gives a perspective on the differences in hard red winter wheat varieties, including those bred by Texas A&M AgriLife. (Texas A&M AgriLife drone photo by Shannon Baker)A drone shot of the irrigated uniform variety wheat trial near Bushland gives a perspective on the differences in hard red winter wheat varieties, including those bred by Texas A&M AgriLife. (Texas A&M AgriLife drone photo by Shannon Baker)

Mar 24

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/24/2022


Inside this Issue:

French president Emmanuel Macron on Europe’s pro-organic, anti-biotechnology sustainable food strategy: ‘It was based on a pre-Ukraine war world and should be reviewed’

Texas A&M AgriLife-bred wheat varieties top Texas producer choices - Federally conducted wheat survey shows TAM 114 leads planted wheat acreage

EU ANNOUNCES PROGRAM TO INCREASE CROP PLANTINGS, FARM GROUPS URGE USDA TO OPEN UP CRP GROUND

USDA: FARMERS' SHARE OF THE FOOD DOLLAR ROSE ONE CENT IN 2020, LARGEST INCREASE IN NEARLY A DECADE

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WHEAT MARKET SETTLES IN MORE NARROW RANGEWHEAT MARKET SETTLES IN MORE NARROW RANGE

Mar 17

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/17/2022


Inside this Issue:

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) Celebration of Modern Agriculture on the National Mall

Nuseed and Richardson Seeds International breeding teams advance Nuseed sorghum through marker assisted selection

U.S. agriculture department opens inquiry into fertilizer, seed prices

WHEAT MARKET SETTLES IN MORE NARROW RANGE

USDA ISSUES REPORT SHOWING A DECADE OF CONSERVATION TRENDS

The Four R’s of Media Relations for Small-Shop Ag Communicators

 

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A team of KAUST plant scientists introduced a single gene of the carotenoid pathway into tomatoes, leading to an increase in crop yield, nutritional value and stress tolerance (wild type tomatoes on the top, tomatoes expressing LCYB on the bottom). - Credit: © 2022 Juan C. Moreno.A team of KAUST plant scientists introduced a single gene of the carotenoid pathway into tomatoes, leading to an increase in crop yield, nutritional value and stress tolerance (wild type tomatoes on the top, tomatoes expressing LCYB on the bottom). - Credit: © 2022 Juan C. Moreno.

Mar 10

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/10/2022


Inside this Issue:

Registration Opens for ASTA's Leadership Summit

Corteva Agriscience today announced the opening of a new seed research station in Navasota, Texas.

Advanta and Alta Seeds

Kansas State University researchers uncover new clues for improving wheat - Study capitalizes on gene copies inherited from wild ancestors thousands of years ago

Tweaking carotenoids proves fruitful

Grass seed company owner charged in scheme to defraud the J.R. Simplot Company

GLOBAL FOOD PRICES HIT RECORD, RUSSIAN INVASION INTENSIFIES SUPPLY RISKS

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Comparing grazed and non-grazed portions of a cover crop field in Alexander, KS. This study focused on semi-arid environments like the Great Plains in the United States. Credit: Augustine Obour.Comparing grazed and non-grazed portions of a cover crop field in Alexander, KS. This study focused on semi-arid environments like the Great Plains in the United States. Credit: Augustine Obour.

Mar 03

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/03/2022


Inside this Issue:

DLF ACQUIRES OREGRO SEEDS

USDA looking into business practices of retailers, seed companies

Benefits of cover crops extend to dry areas - A new study shows cover crops can improve ecosystem services in water-limited environments

PROMINENT AG ECONOMIST: RUSSIA'S INVASION IS LARGEST DISRUPTER OF GRAIN PRICES, SUPPLY IN OUR LIFETIME

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Photo via PixabayWho Determines Ownership of Water Rights in Texas?

Feb 24

TSTA Weekly Update, 02/24/2022


Inside this Issue:

Level of stakeholder interest in advancing and supporting accessibility of evapotranspiration (ET) data in Texas survey

The primary elections - VOTE!

DEPT OF JUSTICE STARTING NEW INITIATIVES TO MONITOR PRICE COLLUSION

Researchers discover when pollen comes of age - Finding has major implications for plant breeding process

EPA Proposes Registration of Trifludimoxazin, a New Herbicide Active Ingredient
For Release: December 11, 2020
 
Who Determines Ownership of Water Rights in Texas?
 
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First Place Team "Care Less" Cole Young, Bag Supply Co., and Chuck Cielencki, Scott Seed CompanyFirst Place Team "Care Less" Cole Young, Bag Supply Co., and Chuck Cielencki, Scott Seed Company

Feb 17

TSTA Weekly Update, 02/17/2020


Inside this Issue:

Texas Seed Trade Association Annual & Membership Meeting was an outstanding success

The Primary Elections - VOTE!

A Letter and a Warning About Losing Our Identity

Update - USDA/APHIS will no longer accept unoriginal electronic phytosanitary certificates and forms after September 30, 2022

STATE AGRICULTURE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE THEIR PRIORITIES FOR THE 2023 FARM BILL

There Is Nothing 'Green' About Ethanol

RFA: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES OF THE RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD

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Sorghum production susceptible to yield damages from extreme heatSorghum production susceptible to yield damages from extreme heat

Feb 10

TSTA Weekly Update, 02/10/2022


Inside this Issue:

Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting / Membership Meeting

The upcoming primary elections
 
Sorghum production susceptible to yield damages from extreme heat
 
Safeguarding seed health protects Texas agriculture - Texas A&M AgriLife diagnostics, research, outreach reduce risk
 
Hemp hampered no more with research showing potential as cash crop
 
U.S, Ag Exports Set Records in 2021
 
Outside Agriculture the Story Is Not As Good
 
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Feb 03

TSTA Weekly Update, 02/03/2022


Inside this Issue:

Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting / Membership Meeting

The upcoming primary elections

UC Davis team identifies wheat gene that increases yield - The findings could help growers produce more wheat without expanding operations

GM versions of fall armyworm can effectively control the insect pest, study confirms

 

Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria Are the Latest Genetic Engineering Breakthrough

USDA, DOJ LAUNCH TOOL ALLOWING FARMERS, RANCHERS TO REPORT ANTICOMPETITIVE PRACTICES

National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) reports:

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Under the hood: How environment and genomes interact in plant developmentUnder the hood: How environment and genomes interact in plant development

Jan 27

TSTA Weekly Update, 01/27/2022


Inside this Issue:

Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting / Membership Meeting

Supreme Court Will Hear Waters of the U.S. Case

Under the hood: How environment and genomes interact in plant development

China to allow gene-edited crops in push for food security

TFI, ARA, CROPLIFE AMERICA CEOS COMMENT ON INPUT SHORTAGES

As a follow-up to our report on the Biden administration implementing procedures for reducing meat prices they feel are the result of too little competition at the wholesale distribution level...

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USDA: PER ACRE WATER USE IN IRRIGATED FARMLAND SHOWS A DECLINING TRENDUSDA: PER ACRE WATER USE IN IRRIGATED FARMLAND SHOWS A DECLINING TREND

Jan 20

TSTA Weekly Update, 01/20/2022


Inside this Issue:

Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting / Membership Meeting

The Southern Seed Association Annual Meeting in Austin

Groups pressure US EPA to act on pesticide-coated seeds

USDA: PER ACRE WATER USE IN IRRIGATED FARMLAND SHOWS A DECLINING TREND

In 2022, USDA will continue to prioritize the following objectives:

Political aide to Texas agriculture commissioner indicted

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Studying the genome of thale cress, a small flowering weed, led to a new understanding about DNA mutations. (Pádraic Flood)Studying the genome of thale cress, a small flowering weed, led to a new understanding about DNA mutations. (Pádraic Flood)

Jan 13

TSTA Weekly Update, 01/13/2022


Inside This Issue:

  • Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting / Membership Meeting
  • Southern Seed Association Annual Meeting
  • Study Challenges Evolutionary Theory That DNA Mutations Are Random - Findings Could Lead to Advances in Plant Breeding, Human Genetics
  • Purdue Scientists are One Gene Closer to a Sorghum Superman
  • KC Fed Reports Ag Loan Volume Dropped 13% Last Year - Lowest Leven since 2012
  • SORGHUM EXPORTS CLOSE 2021 WITH MARKETING-YEAR HIGH COMMITMENTS AND SHIPMENT
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Bill Rooney stands in a grain sorghum field. - Kay Ledbetter/Texas A&M AgriLife

Bill Rooney stands in a grain sorghum field. - Kay Ledbetter/Texas A&M AgriLife
 
Jan 06

TSTA Weekly Update, 01/06/2022


Inside this Issue:

  • Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting / Membership Meeting
  • Southern Seed Association Annual Meeting
  • Bioenergy Sorghum's Roots Can Replenish Carbon in Soil - A New Texas A&M AgriLife Study Shows the Annual Crop Can Sequester Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
  • Biden Administration Announces Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain
  • USDA: The Distribution of Irrigated Acreage Has Shifted Eastward
  • Australian OGTR: Receipt of License Application from The University of Greenland for a Field Trial of Genetically Modified Sorghum
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