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The Passion Behind Plant Science

The Passion Behind Plant Science

The Passion Behind Plant Science By Dennis Gonsalves, Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology at Cornell University and retired former director of the Daniel K. Inouye USDA Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hawaii. As a plant scientist, I’ve always felt that my job is to address problems. While working on my MS degree, my professor […]

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Why This Farmer Changed His Mind on GM Crops

Why This Farmer Changed His Mind on GM Crops

UK farmer Paul Temple once lobbied to keep genetically-modified (GM) crops out of Europe, but after he saw how they could boost farm productivity and sustainability first hand, he changed his mind. Today, he is one the strongest proponents for the technology. We asked him what changed his mind. Where and what do you farm? […]

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Recognizing Our Part in the Ecosystem

Recognizing Our Part in the Ecosystem

Recognizing Our Part in the Ecosystem Interview with Jim Borel, Recently Retired Executive Vice President, DuPont How did you develop a passion for agriculture and plant science? I grew up on a farm in Iowa and have been involved with agriculture my entire life. As a farm kid, I have always been interested in agriculture […]

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Four Ways to Change the Conversation Around Biotech Crops

Four Ways to Change the Conversation Around Biotech Crops

Four Ways to Change the Conversation Around Agricultural Biotech By Julie Borlaug, Associate Director, Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, Texas A&M University  Next week, the global food and agriculture sector will convene in Rome for the Biotech Symposium organized by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). And, as is often the case […]

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Can We Weather the Perfect Storm?

Can We Weather the Perfect Storm?

As the world’s population grows towards 9 billion, farmers are being asked to produce more food while using fewer resources, adapting to and mitigating climate change and protecting the environment. We asked former UK chief scientist Professor Sir John Beddington, now Senior Adviser at the Oxford Martin School, how plant science can help feed the […]

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Agriculture Takes a Seat at the Table: Reflections from COP21

Agriculture Takes a Seat at the Table: Reflections from COP21

Agriculture Takes a Seat at the Table: Reflections from COP21 By Brian Lowry, Deputy General Counsel, Monsanto Company We’ve been talking about climate change for many years, and for almost as long, there’s been a real resistance to the agriculture industry being part of the discussion. But as the COP21 United Nations climate change negotiations […]

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Biotech Cotton Transforms Lives in India

Biotech Cotton Transforms Lives in India

Biotech Cotton Transforms Lives in India Interview with Balwinder Singh Kang, Indian Farmer Tell us a bit about yourself and your farm I am a cotton farmer, primarily.  I do grow vegetables, as well, but because cotton is the only biotech crop allowed in India, it is my most profitable.  I was lucky to be part […]

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Don’t Fear the Science

Don’t Fear the Science

Don’t Fear the Science Interview with Nancy Kavanzanjian, U.S. Farmer Tell us a bit about yourself and your work My husband and I have been farming together since 1980. We grow both conventional and biotech [GMO] corn, soybeans and wheat on more than 2,000 acres and are very focused on sustainable farming.  When we started […]

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Supporting Women in Agriculture

Supporting Women in Agriculture

Supporting Women in Agriculture By Howard Minigh, CEO, CropLife International Today, more than one billion people work in agriculture around the world. In developing countries, 43 percent of those workers are women. Clearly, female agricultural workers play an important role in feeding the world. While climate change, population growth and other factors present challenges to […]

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Respecting the Spirit of the World Food Prize: Addressing Hunger Through Science

Respecting the Spirit of the World Food Prize: Addressing Hunger Through Science

Respecting the Spirit of the World Food Prize: Addressing Hunger Through Science By Michael Michener, Director of Sustainability Policy, CropLife International The World Food Prize, held each October in Des Moines, is both a celebration of Norman Borlaug’s life and work, and a forum for advancing the science of agriculture. Reflecting on this year’s event, […]

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Lifting Farmers Out of Poverty in Honduras with Healthy Crops

Lifting Farmers Out of Poverty in Honduras with Healthy Crops

Lifting Farmers Out of Poverty in Honduras with Healthy Crops By Raul Romero, Executive Director, AHSAFE-Honduras, a member of CropLife Latin America My family has been farming in Honduras for generations. In fact, at one time, my father was the largest cotton producer in the country. All of my siblings and I studied agriculture at […]

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Plant Science, the SDGs and the Path to Sustainable Development

Plant Science, the SDGs and the Path to Sustainable Development

Plant Science, the SDGs and the Path to Sustainable Development By Howard Minigh, CEO, CropLife International For thousands of years, agriculture has served as the pathway to economic development. In fact, advancements in agriculture have nearly always translated into advancements for humankind. As farmers are able to better feed their communities and generate revenue, other […]

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Partnering for a New Training Model: Sharing Knowledge, Responsibility and Benefits in the Adoni Region

Partnering for a New Training Model: Sharing Knowledge, Responsibility and Benefits in the Adoni Region

Partnering for a New Training Model: Sharing knowledge, responsibility and benefits in the Adoni Region Rajoli Veeranna, Adoni Farmer For farmer Rajoli Veeranna, training in the proper use of crop protection products has led to better crop yields and more secure income for his family. Rajoli is a third generation farmer in the Adoni region […]

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Teaching Resiliency: Training West Africa’s Cocoa Farmers

Teaching Resiliency: Training West Africa’s Cocoa Farmers

Teaching Resiliency: Training West Africa’s Cocoa Farmers Learning how to better manage her crops has changed Cecilia Pokuaa’s life. For small-scale cocoa farmers in West Africa, weather, pests, and other unforeseen circumstances can have a profound effect on the viability of their crops – and on their livelihood. According to the World Cocoa Foundation, 80% […]

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