Operating Without Roofs

Planting Patrol: Arkansas farmer will rely on modern technology to produce crop despite early rains Derek Haigwood is getting anxious. Weeks of rain showers and thunderstorms have put him behind in his planting schedule. And the ramifications of delayed planting can be huge. “This is really serious,” says Haigwood. “If it rains two days a

Soy to the World

Biotechnology gains acceptance beyond U.S. borders With Chinese customers buying more than half of U.S. soy exports, they must not have concerns about biotechnology, right? Actually, the opposite is true. Many Chinese consumers, especially moms, have misconceptions about the safety and environmental impacts of genetically modified (GMO) foods. These misconceptions are the target of newly

Learn to Bust Common GMO Myths

As the holiday season approaches, families will likely spend time around the table discussing a range of topics. What happens when that friendly discussion turns to the latest negative information on GMO foods that our well-meaning family members recently heard? As a farmer, you plant seeds enhanced by biotechnology because they can help you increase

Delays on Deck: European Biotech Approval Process Slow

Farmer voices needed to urge quicker approval of biotech traits What’s next for biotech approvals in one of U.S. soy’s biggest international markets, the European Union? David Green, senior technical consultant for the U.S. Soybean Export Council, says the biggest problem is political interference and delays in the region’s approval process. “The biggest hurdle in

Warning: This Label Could Affect Your Bottom Line

Research Shows How Much GMO Labeling Could Affect Soybean Farmers Mandatory labeling for food made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is a hot topic that pushes farmers’ — and consumers’ — buttons. With the federal government and several states considering, and in some cases passing, legislation requiring mandatory GMO labeling, the national soy checkoff commissioned

It’s Not Just the Facts, It’s the Values

Use shared values to start conversations with consumers about biotechnology, other hot topics Farmers know why they plant seeds enhanced by biotechnology — they help increase production in tough environmental conditions. They eliminate the need for various inputs, saving time and money. And they benefit the environment, such as by reducing the need for tillage.

No Monopolies on Virtue

Mark Lynas receives a lot of hate mail. But the former anti-GMO activist, who recently announced he changed his views and now supports biotechnology, says he’s not inclined to give in to the bullies. We asked this science author and speaker – who is universally credited with starting the anti-GMO movement in Europe – what