USDA has no plans to regulate new plant breeding techniques

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s oversight of plants produced...

G-20 agriculture ministers agree to improve food and water sustainability and security

In Germany, the G-20 coalition of major advanced and emerging economies agreed to improve the sustainability of water use in farming, take steps against...

GNC runs afoul with DOJ over synthetic stimulants

In Pennsylvania, dietary supplements retailer GNC has agreed to pay a $2.25-million Department of Justice fine after a product branded as containing only natural,...

USDA opens enrollment to farmers and foresters for $1.5 million in BCAP funds

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $1.5 million from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program available for farmers and foresters who...

Bioproducts competition focuses on developing a solid business plan

In the Netherlands, the Bio Innovation Growth mega-Cluster (BIG-C) has opened registration for its first annual global biobased business competition for masters and PhD...

USDA offers easy property transfer for beginning farmers and ranchers

In Washington, D. C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an early termination opportunity for certain Conservation Reserve Program contracts, making it easier to...

A government-supported salt reduction program could save 6 million people per year

In Massachusetts, a new global study projects that a government-supported policy to reduce salt consumption would be highly cost-effective across the world. Based on...

The European Commission grants conditional merger clearance to Dow and DuPont

In Delaware and Michigan, the European Commission granted DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company conditional regulatory clearance in Europe as a merger of equals....

The Forest Bioeconomy Framework for Canada leverages the world’s largest biomass reserves

In Canada, the forests hold the world's largest biomass reserves – the basis for making renewable bioenergy, biomaterials and other bioproducts. With a vision...

USDA offers $150 million for food security, sustainable agriculture and rural entrepreneurship

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced $150.2 million in funding for projects that build a foundation...

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