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Discovery raises hopes of more temperature tolerant wheat
Jan 04

TSTA Weekly Update - 01/04/2024


Growout Update
The Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Membership Policy Meeting Scheduled for February 11-13, 2024. Registration and Hotel Reservations are Live
Nat'l Ag Law Center Lists Top 10 2023 Issues In Ag And Environmental Law
Genetically Engineered Crops Dominate U.S. Soybean, Cotton and Corn Acres
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Like all existing maize, a variety from Oaxaca, Mexico, has two different wild ancestors.Like all existing maize, a variety from Oaxaca, Mexico, has two different wild ancestors.
Dec 07

TSTA Weekly Update, 12/07/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals for 2023-2024 have been mailed
Call for your input on discussion topics at the Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting in February 2024
Scientists thought they understood maize’s origins. They were missing something big 
Genes from a long-lost wild relative may have sparked the invention of agriculture in the Americas
Texas A&M AgriLife Research breeder explores adapting mung beans for Texas - Legume crop could provide valuable protein source, environmental benefits
Winter wheat research educates producers on short-season crop
USDA RELEASE NEW INFORMATION ON WHO RECEIVES WHAT SHARE OF THE FOOD DOLLAR
HERE'S THE LATEST UPDATE ON BAYER'S GLYPHOSATE LAWSUITS
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Right to Farm and Ranch Yields Overwhelming Support!
Nov 09

TSTA Weekly Update, 11/09/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals for 2023-2024
Growout season is close!
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023 at our 
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
USDA ISSUES UPDATES ON ITS COMPETITION AND INNOVATION IN SEEDS INITIATIVE
Right to Farm and Ranch Yields Overwhelming Support!
NSP: USDA'S EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAM HURTS LARGE FAMERS, FAVORS SMALL ONES
U OF ILLINOIS RESEARCHERS: SINGLE GENE CONTROLS WATERHEMP'S RESISTANCE TO SOIL-APPLIED HERBICIDES
Michigan State University plant biologists shed light on 144-year-old seedy mystery
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Sorghum seed sales profit and empower rural women in Tanzania - In a remote rural area of Tanzania, a group of women farmers has defied the odds and found prosperity through the cultivation of certified sorghum seeds
Nov 02

TSTA Weekly Update, 11/02/2023


Inside this Issue:

Growout Season is Close!
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
Sorghum seed sales profit and empower rural women in Tanzania - In a remote rural area of Tanzania, a group of women farmers has defied the odds and found prosperity through the cultivation of certified sorghum seeds
Major Policy Changes on November 7th Ballot
Welfare payments created a nearly permanent "underclass," where generation after generation lives in poverty.
Wheat Plants and Their Microbiota Respond to Climate Stress in Different Ways, Study Shows
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TSTA Weekly Newsletter, 10/19/2023TSTA weekly update, 10/19/2023

Oct 19

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/19/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership Renewals have been mailed
Growout Season is close!
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
The Western Seed Association annual meeting is now accepting registrations
Arkansas just became the first state to force a Chinese state-owned company to sell its land and get out
Major Policy Changes on November 7th Ballot
Science wins as Kenyan court dismisses landmark case against GMOs
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- Genetic mapping of quantitative trait loci associated with drought tolerance in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)
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Exploring new sorghum cultivars’ potential as forage crop for Upper MidwestExploring new sorghum cultivars’ potential as forage crop for Upper Midwest
Sep 28

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/28/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership Renewals have been mailed
Growout Season is almost here
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
The Western Seed Association annual meeting is now accepting registrations
A new wheat variety available for licensing
CORTEVA FILES IP THEFT LAWSUIT AGAINST INARI
Exploring new sorghum cultivars’ potential as forage crop for Upper Midwest
NATIONAL POLL SHOWS AMERICANS WANT THEIR FOOD SUPPLY PRODUCED DOMESTICALLY
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The Farm Bill Expires Saturday
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTIONS FOR NEW CROP VARIETIES HAVE INCREASED
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WORLD'S FOOD PRODUCTION HAS INCREASED 4X OVER 1960, HERE'S WHY  Source: Genetic Literary Project

WORLD'S FOOD PRODUCTION HAS INCREASED 4X OVER 1960, HERE'S WHY
Source: Genetic Literary Project
Jul 20

TSTA Weekly Update, 07/20/2023


Inside this Issue:

Amarillo Sod Poodles rain-out last month has been rescheduled
Free Download of Guidelines for the establishment and management of seed testing laboratories.
American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023 at our NEW venue, the Hyatt Regency Orlando, for the Field Crop Seed Convention
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors was convened July 13-15, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort
WORLD'S FOOD PRODUCTION HAS INCREASED 4X OVER 1960, HERE'S WHY
Source: Genetic Literary Project
ANTI-MONOPOLY GROUPS ISSUE REPORT CARD ON U.S. FOOD SYSTEM
Source: Open Markets Institute and Farm Action news release
USDA, ATTORNEY GENERALS LAUNCH PARTNERSHIP TO REDUCE ANTICOMPETITIVE BARRIERS IN AG SUPPLY CHAINS
Jul. 20, 2023
Source: USDA news release
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Non-stressed corn, at left, compared to corn that was heat stressed at different stages of pollen development. (credit: Kevin Begcy, UF/IFAS)Non-stressed corn, at left, compared to corn that was heat stressed at different stages of pollen development. (credit: Kevin Begcy, UF/IFAS)
Jul 13

TSTA Weekly Update, 07/13/2023


Inside this Issue:

United Sorghum Checkoff news release
2023 ASTA Management Academy August 15-17, 2023 in West Lafayette, IN. 
Thank-you letters from scholarship awardees
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort
New research looks to pollen for plant heat stress resilience
AIMPOINT RESEARCH STUDY SHOWS IMPACT ON CROP PRODUCTION IF GLYPHOSATE IS BANNED
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Why climate scientists are sweet on sorghumWhy climate scientists are sweet on sorghum
Jun 29

TSTA Weekly Update, 06/29/2023


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Governor Abbott Announces Second Special Session Agenda
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort.
“The crop of the future”: Why climate scientists are sweet on sorghum
Leak indicates Commission is about to move forward on excluding genetically edited plants from GMO rules
WEED SCIENCE SOCIETY REPORTS BARRIERS TO EFFECTIVE HERBICIDE-RESISTANT WEED MANAGEMENT
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A roadmap for gene regulation in plantsA roadmap for gene regulation in plants
Jun 22

TSTA Weekly Update, 06/22/2023


Inside this Issue:

ASTA elects 2023 - 2024 Officers
Update on Texas Legislature "Special" Session
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort.
A roadmap for gene regulation in plants - A novel approach to synthetic biology could revolutionize how scientists improve plants for bioenergy and agriculture
GLOBAL WHEAT PRODUCTION FORECAST AT A RECORD
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Amarillo Golf Tournament and Sod Poodles GameDrew Morano, the Amarillo Golf Tournament and Sod Poodles Game
Jun 08

TSTA Weekly Update, 06/08/2023


Inside this Issue:

In Memory of John Travis (Jacko) Garrett, Jr.
January 26, 1943 – May 30, 2023
Amarillo Golf Tournament and Sod Poodles Game
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15, at the Horseshoe 
TSTA Legislative Update
EPA decision to tighten oversight of gene-edited crops draws mixed response
U.S. agency will require evidence that introduced traits don't increase health risks before exempting modified plants from regulation
GOV'T OF MEXICO TO DEFEND ITS POSITION ON BIOTECH CROPS
AG SEC'Y VILSACK ISSUES STATEMENT ON DISPUTE WITH MEXICO AND BIOTECH CROPS
HERE ARE THE ISSUES THAT ARE SLOWING DOWN THE FARM BILL
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AGRICAPTURE RECEIVES FIRST CARBON CREDITS IN TEXAS HISTORY FOR GRASSLANDS CONSERVATION
 
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CRISPR BreakthroughCRISPR Breakthrough
Nov 10

TSTA Weekly Update, 11/10/2022


Inside this Issue:

TSTA Annual Conference: Registration will be live tomorrow morning and a special edition will be sent out with the link.
CSS & Seed Expo 2022
Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 6-7 in Bryan
Changing markets, pesticide, fertilizer, weather outlook to be discussed
Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)
Seed Buying for ’23 Starts Off Early with Renewed Focus
Breakthrough in CRISPR research may lead to more effective and safer gene editing
U.S. TRADE REP FINALLY DISCUSSES BIOTECH CROP IMPORTS WITH MEXICAN COUNTERPART
AGRONOMY, CROP SCIENCE & SOIL SOCIETIES LAUNCH ONLINE TOOL EVALUATING CARBON PRACTICES AND MARKETS
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Texas Seed Trade Association Hosts Timpson ISD FFA TeamTexas Seed Trade Association Hosts Timpson ISD FFA Team
Oct 20

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/20/2022


Inside this Issue:

It's Growout time again - Attention Sorghum, Sunflower, and Millet Seed Producers
Reserve the dates!  The annual Texas Seed Trade Association conference
Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 6-7 in Bryan - Changing markets, pesticide, fertilizer, weather outlook to be discussed
Texas Seed Trade Association Hosts Timpson ISD FFA Team
Europe’s first gene-edited wheat trials see breakthrough
EPA punts glyphosate decision
LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO GO PLANT-BASED IN ENDORSING PLANT BASED TREATY
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NAT'L CORN GROWERS ASSN CALLS ON FARMERS TO CONTACT EPA REGARDING ATRAZINE
Sep 29

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/29/2022


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NAT'L CORN GROWERS ASSN CALLS ON FARMERS TO CONTACT EPA REGARDING ATRAZINE
Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)
Time Ticking on EPA Decision on Treated Seed
EPA WITHDRAWS ITS GLYPHOSATE INTERIM DECISION, DETERMINES NO HUMAN HEALTH RISKS OF CONCERN
Danforth Plant Science Center collaborates with the National Sorghum Producers on a $65 million USDA partnerships for climate-smart commodities project
USDA "EQUITY COMMISSION" TARGETS ITS FARM SERVICE AGENCY COUNTY COMMITTEE SYSTEM
World Farmers’ Organisation allies with International Seed Federation on climate action
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AG REPUBLICANS: WHITE HOUSE' HUNGER CONFERENCE IS A POLITICAL STUNT
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Farmers Report Carbon PaymentsFARMERS REPORT CARBON PAYMENTS THEY ARE RECEIVING
Sep 08

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/08/2022


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GO Seed, the Leader in Turf, Forage, and Cover Crop Seeds, Hires Dr. Trent Tate as Plant Breeder
Environmental activist irony: Anti-chemical campaigners end up promoting higher food prices with few farming or health benefits
FARMERS REPORT CARBON PAYMENTS THEY ARE RECEIVING IN PURDUE/CME AG ECONOMY BAROMETER
After deliberating less than an hour, Missouri county jury concludes glyphosate weedkiller did not cause plaintiff’s cancer, delivering Bayer/Monsanto 5th court victory in a row

 

Chemists make N₂ into NH₃ in most efficient electrochemical reaction ever
Electrochemical reaction with Li has higher yield and uses less energy than conventional methods
 
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90% OF FARMERS WON'T JOIN CARBON MARKETS WITHOUT CHANGES90% OF FARMERS WON'T JOIN CARBON MARKETS WITHOUT CHANGES

Aug 11

TSTA Weekly Update, 08/11/2022


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International partnership aims to improve sorghum breeding
RESEARCH SHOWS 90% OF FARMERS WON'T JOIN CARBON MARKETS WITHOUT CHANGES
PURDUE AG ECONOMIST COMPARES CONVENTIONAL AND ORGANIC ENTERPRISE NET RETURNS
Speeding up evolution at genome-level by alternative chromosome configuration
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Designing Roots to Reach New Soil DepthsDesigning Roots to Reach New Soil Depths
Jul 28

TSTA Weekly Update, 07/28/2022


Inside this Issue:

ASTA's CSS & Seed Expo 2022
24th annual Wheatheart Wheat Conference
Lessons and Parallels; Regulation of Food Production to Achieve Political Agendas - Hold the Science
New chromosomal section effective against diseases in oats discovered​​​
TOP BANK EXECUTIVES OVERWHELMINGLY BELIEVE RECESSION IS INEVITABLE
Designing roots to reach new depths could help carbon storage in soil
TRIAZINE NETWORK REPORTS ALARMING SURPRISES IN EPA'S ATRAZINE PROPOSAL
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Photosynthesis in the DarkArtificial Photosynthesis Produces Food without Sunshine
Jul 07

TSTA Weekly Update, 07/07/2022


In this Issue:

What to do when science conflicts with political agendas - an Editorial
US EPA determines neonicotinoids likely to harm most endangered species
NEW PIG VACCINE BEING DEVELOPED TO BE FED VIA CORN
Artificial Photosynthesis Produces Food without Sunshine
The Truth About Organic Farming
Field trial for GM sorghum in Australia now approved
MORE ON THE FIVE CHANGES EPA IS PROPOSING ON THE USE OF ATRAZINE
TRIAZINE NETWORK: EPA RESURRECTS RADICAL ATRAZINE PROPOSAL, THREATENS KEY SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS
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STUDY REPORTS HOW CONSUMERS WOULD INVEST USDA'S BUDGET, MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE REALITYSTUDY REPORTS HOW CONSUMERS WOULD INVEST USDA'S BUDGET, MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE REALITY
Jun 30

TSTA Weekly Update, 06/30/2022


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected another Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE) bid to dismiss litigation alleging that its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer 
GRO ALLIANCE'S JIM SCHWEIGERT ELECTED CHAIR OF AMERICAN SEED TRADE ASSN, OTHER OFFICERS NAMED
FDA APPROVES BIOTECH WHEAT WHICH IS DROUGHT RESISTANT, GOES TO USDA AND EPA
STUDY REPORTS HOW CONSUMERS WOULD INVEST USDA'S BUDGET, MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE REALITY
Raquel Chan: Discovering the gene behind GM wheat
Rare ‘triple’ La Niña climate event looks likely — what does the future hold?
FARM BUREAU: EPA MAKING A MOCKERY OUT OF WOTUS ROUNDTABLES
Supreme Court deals Biden climate agenda serious blow with EPA decision
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Gene hunting and awn elongation in sorghumGene hunting leads researchers to solve mystery of inhibition of awn elongation in sorghum
Jun 16

TSTA Weekly Update, 06/16/2022


Inside this Issue:

Bayer won a Roundup case recently and is awaiting a Supreme Court ruling - Update
Gene hunting leads researchers to solve mystery of inhibition of awn elongation in sorghum
Altered gene helps plants absorb more carbon dioxide, produce more useful compounds
Viewpoint: ‘Arrogance of affluence and ignorance of ideologues’: EU’s failing agroecology Farm-to-Fork strategy — and what can be done to ensure sustainable farming and food
ASTA RELEASES TOOL TO LOCATE PROFESSIONALLY-PRODUCED ENVIRONMENTAL, CONSERVATION AND COVER CROP SEED
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Discovery paves the way for more sustainable crop cultivation methodsDiscovery paves the way for more sustainable crop cultivation methods
Jun 09

TSTA Weekly Update 06/09/2022


Inside this Issue:

Corteva, Inc. released its 2021 Sustainability and ESG Report
Discovery paves the way for more sustainable crop cultivation methods
World’s first GM lager: Could beer made from genetically modified wheat usher in a new era of GMO crop acceptance?
USDA: PUBLIC AGRICULTURAL R&D SPENDING HAS DECLINED IN RECENT YEARS
REPUBLICAN LEADERS CALL ON WHITE HOUSE TO WITHDRAW BRIEF IN ROUNDUP CASE
A California Appeals Court has ruled that bumblebees are, in fact, fish
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Genome editing is used in 63 different cropsGenome editing is used in 63 different crops
Jun 02

TSTA Weekly Update 06/02/2022


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Genome editing is used in 63 different crops
NITROGEN FERTILIZER PRICES FELL 30% LAST WEEK, STILL MORE THAN DOUBLE LAST YEAR
NAT'L ASSN OF WHEAT GROWERS REITERATES CALL TO CONSULT USDA ON SCOTUS GLYPHOSATE CASE REVIEW
REPUBLICAN HOUSE AG COMMITTEE CHAIR REACTS TO USDA'S TONE DEAF "FRAMEWORK" ON AMERICA'S FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
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USDA - Adoption of Fall Cover CropsUSDA Adoption of Fall Cover Crops

May 26

TSTA Weekly Update - 05/26/2022


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Sorghum industry has huge potential space to make progress within China-Pakistan cooperation
Researchers have developed a super wheat for salty soils
Climate change on course to hit U.S. Corn Belt especially hard, study finds - Significant agricultural adaptation will be necessary and inevitable in the Central and Eastern United States
AG GROUPS CALL FOR WITHDRAWAL OF SOLICITOR GENERAL'S SUPREME COURT BRIEF ON GLYPHOSATE
USDA ISSUES REPORT ON THE ADOPTION OF COVER CROPS
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AFIA REPORT EXAMINES IMPACT OF INCREASED USE OF NON-GM FEED ON U.S. ANIMAL FEED INDUSTRYAFIA REPORT EXAMINES IMPACT OF INCREASED USE OF NON-GM FEED ON U.S. ANIMAL FEED INDUSTRY

Apr 07

TSTA Weekly Update, 04/07/2022


Inside this Issue:

The Three Things All Employees Want

The World’s First Genetically Engineered Wheat Is Here

AFIA REPORT EXAMINES IMPACT OF INCREASED USE OF NON-GM FEED ON U.S. ANIMAL FEED INDUSTRY

Whole-genome resequencing of Sorghum bicolor and S. bicolor × S. halepense lines provides new insights for improving plant agroecological characteristics

87% OF AG RETAILERS REPORT PRODUCT SHORTAGES IN FARM JOURNAL POLL

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Tweaking one plant gene can increase desirable traits, but changing the same gene in another type of plant may not yield the same result. A tobacco plant with a mutation engineered in the clv3 gene makes larger and more numerous stems, branches, and flower tissues. CSHL researchers discovered the same mutation in evolutionarily-related plants produces different effects. Image: Choon-Tak Kwon/Lippman labTweaking one plant gene can increase desirable traits, but changing the same gene in another type of plant may not yield the same result. A tobacco plant with a mutation engineered in the clv3 gene makes larger and more numerous stems, branches, and flower tissues. CSHL researchers discovered the same mutation in evolutionarily-related plants produces different effects. Image: Choon-Tak Kwon/Lippman lab

Mar 31

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/31/2022


Inside this Issue:

Australian OGTR - Invitation to comment on a field trial of genetically modified sorghum

For plant geneticists, some genes are double the trouble

RESEARCH AT KANSAS STATE DISCOVERS DESTRESSING BENEFIT FROM FEEDING CATTLE INDUSTRIAL HEMP

Anti-GMO themes losing traction worldwide, suggests new scientific paper

RABORESEARCH RELEASES ANNUAL PRICE OUTLOOK REPORT FOR U.S. CROPS

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Bill Rooney stands in a grain sorghum field. - Kay Ledbetter/Texas A&M AgriLife

Bill Rooney stands in a grain sorghum field. - Kay Ledbetter/Texas A&M AgriLife
 
Jan 06

TSTA Weekly Update, 01/06/2022


Inside this Issue:

  • Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting / Membership Meeting
  • Southern Seed Association Annual Meeting
  • Bioenergy Sorghum's Roots Can Replenish Carbon in Soil - A New Texas A&M AgriLife Study Shows the Annual Crop Can Sequester Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
  • Biden Administration Announces Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain
  • USDA: The Distribution of Irrigated Acreage Has Shifted Eastward
  • Australian OGTR: Receipt of License Application from The University of Greenland for a Field Trial of Genetically Modified Sorghum
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