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28 Aug 2014 - Is Genetically Modified Food Safe?

Monsanto’s COO Brett Begemann states that genetically modified food is not only safe for human consumption but also necessary to feed the planet.

 

28 Aug 2014 - U.S. and Mexico Look at Organic Equivalence Arrangement

Organic equivalence arrangements aim at increasing trade by decreasing repetitive certification requirements.

 

28 Aug 2014 - Are Robotic Bees the Answer to the Honey Bee Problem?

The National Science Foundation gave a Harvard University researcher a $9 million grant to develop a robotic bee.

Federal Policy Updates

Updated August 28, 2014 3:30 PM ET

                Europe

EC - Expert Group Meeting on Agricultural Markets and Russian Sanctions

         Federal Register

AMS - Export Apple Act Amendment

APHIS - Clementines from Spain Information Collection

APHIS - Fresh Citrus from China Import Regulations

APHIS - Fresh Citrus from South Africa Import Regulations

APHIS - Cruciferous Vegetables: Genetically Engineered Diamondback Moths

APHIS - Medfly Free Area in Australia

EPA - Pineapple Pesticide Tolerance

EPA - Pome Fruit Pesticide Tolerance

FSIS - Codex Committee Meeting on Food Labeling

USITC - WCO Proposed Changes to HTS

Agency Announcements

AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (8)

APHIS - U.S.-Canada Greenhouse Certification Program

NOP - Response to NOSB Recommendations

PTO - New Plant Patents (5)

USDA - Chinese Market Reopens for California Citrus

USDA - Citrus “Move it and Lose it” Program

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (6)

FAS - Additional Funds for the Export Credit Guarantee Program

Agency Reports

ARS - Almond Navel Orangeworm Lure

ERS - Farm Income Forecast Webinar

NASS - Citrus Fruits Final Estimates 2008-2012

RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report

RMA - Peach and Nectarine Variety Listings for 2015

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