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NCBA Disappointed with White House Biotechnology Executive Order

Dan Beef, Biotechnology, Cattle, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) expressed disappointment Tuesday over an Executive Order announced last week. The White House last week released the Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy. NCBA President Don Schiefelbein says, “Unfortunately, we are extremely disappointed that this Executive Order also addresses fake meat production under the …

Alabama Poultry and Egg Association

Alabama Poultry Producers Urged to Practice Strict Bio-Security

Dan Alabama, Avian Influenza, Biotechnology, Poultry

There have been various reports the past few weeks about Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), mostly in in the Midwest and Northern parts of the country. But none-the-less, the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association is keeping a close eye on these disease reports. Their CEO, Johnny Adams, told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman so far it’s not spreading from farm to farm due to good …


NIFA Invests Over $5.4M in Bio-based Products Research

Dan Biofuels/Energy, Biotechnology, Research, USDA-NIFA

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced $5.4 million in bioprocessing, bioengineering, biofuels and biobased products research investments through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). They recently awarded $4.8 million for 12 Bioprocessing and Bioengineering grants under NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, and more than $600,000 for six Biofuels and Biobased Products grants under NIFA’s Small Business Innovation …


Expanding the Audience for Defend the Flock

Dan Biotechnology, Poultry

The poultry industry is big business in both Alabama and Georgia. And according to a story from Rod Bain, the growing number of poultry producers in our nation also means an increased awareness effort in biosecurity measures, with a focus on new and young growers.


Citrus Australia Focuses on Biosecurity

Dan Biotechnology, Citrus, International

Citrus Australia recently applauded the federal government’s additional investment in national biosecurity and stated that it will seek an opportunity for additional dialogue on enhancing plant biosecurity. The government announced $400 million in funding to enhance biosecurity over a four-year period. According to Citrus Australia, citrus exports alone are worth $500 million to the national economy annually. A pest incursion has …


Secretary Perdue Comments on MOU on Animal Biotechnology

Dan Biotechnology, Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock, USDA

(USDA) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Assistant Secretary for Health and Head of the Public Health Service Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D., establishing a regulatory environment at the Department of Agriculture for agricultural animal biotechnology innovation: “Today’s Memorandum of Understanding clears a path to bring our regulatory framework into …


Regulations for Future Oversight of Animal Ag Biotechnology

Dan Biotechnology, Cattle, Dairy, Livestock

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon have oversight of parts of federal regulations regarding food and fiber animals modified or produced by genetic engineering. Rod Bain has the story.   Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Greg Ibach, discusses the history of federal animal biotechnology regulatory oversight, leading up to a recent announcement of USDA taking over …


Secretary Perdue Announces Groundbreaking Proposal

Dan Biotechnology, Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock, USDA

Transfer Agricultural Animal Biotechnology Regulatory Framework to USDA (USDA) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a significant step in modernizing regulations of agricultural animals modified or produced by genetic engineering. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be moving forward with an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit public input and feedback on a contemplated regulatory framework that …


Former Agriculture Secretaries Announce Support for USMCA

Dan Biotechnology, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Poultry, Specialty Crops, Trade, Wheat

All former U.S. secretaries of agriculture since President Reagan’s administration announced support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In a letter to Congressional leaders, former Secretaries John Block (Reagan), Mike Espy (Clinton), Dan Glickman (Clinton), Ann Veneman (W. Bush), Mike Johanns (W. Bush), Ed Shafer (W. Bush), and Tom Vilsack (Obama) underscored the importance of passing USMCA saying, “We need …


Biotech Executive Order Vital for U.S. Agriculture-Industry Reaction

Dan Biotechnology, Industry News Release

American Farm Bureau Federation The following statement regarding the Administration’s efforts to facilitate the innovation of agricultural biotechnology can be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “Having an updated, transparent and scientifically sound regulatory system for agricultural biotechnology is critical if American farmers and ranchers are to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.  I applaud President …