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New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute to host annual New Mexico Chile Conference

Jan 25

TSTA Weekly Update - 01/25/2024


2024 Annual Membership & Policy Meeting
Does anyone have a copy of "The Map?"
2024 Texas Elections
US OECD Seed
Schemes Program
German Farmers Finding a Sorghum/Corn Combination Planting Beneficial for Dairy Feed
Farmers' Protest Against Increasing Government Regulations Spreading Throughout Europe
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Miscanthus species are bioenergy crops because they require lower nutrient concentrations to achieve more growthMiscanthus species are bioenergy crops because they require lower nutrient concentrations to achieve more growth
Dec 21

TSTA Weekly Update, 12/21/2023


Inside this Issue:

Growout Update
The Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Membership & Policy Meeting Scheduled for February 11-13, 2024. Registration and Hotel Reservations are Live
The National Corn Growers Association is increasing pressure on U.S. officials to reopen the recently closed Eagle Pass and El Paso rail crossings into Mexico
Genetics of host plants determine what microorganisms they attract
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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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Texas Seed Trade Association Weekly UpdateTexas Seed Trade Association Provides Public Comment on U.S. EPA Draft Endangered Species Act Herbicide Strategy
Oct 26

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/26/2023


Inside this Issue:

Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023 at our NEW venue, the Hyatt Regency Orlando
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6 at the Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas
The Western Seed Association annual meeting is now accepting registrations.
Texas Seed Trade Association Provides Public Comment on U.S. EPA Draft Endangered Species Act Herbicide Strategy
Major Policy Changes on November 7th Ballot
Biden admin greenlights plan to reduce western states' vital water supply: 'Equitable future' - Actions will 'bolster water resilience' across West, White House climate czar says
‘Win for science’ as French court dismisses defamation lawsuit by anti-GMO scientist Seralini
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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
Factoids:
The Farm Bill Expires Saturday
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTIONS FOR NEW CROP VARIETIES HAVE INCREASED
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USDA FORECASTS WHEAT EXPORTS TO BE AT RECORD LOW LEVELSUSDA FORECASTS WHEAT EXPORTS TO BE AT RECORD LOW LEVELS

Aug 24

TSTA Weekly Update, 08/24/2023


Inside this Issue:

Your association's public comments - VNS ("Variety Not Stated") Seed
Europe Patent Office: Gene-edited plants will be patented under GMO rules
Crop Testing Data Available
USDA FORECASTS WHEAT EXPORTS TO BE AT RECORD LOW LEVELS
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USDA REPORTS MORE THAN HALF OF CROPLAND USES SEED VARIETIES WITH AT LEAST ONE GENETICALLY MODIFIED TRAITUSDA REPORTS MORE THAN HALF OF CROPLAND USES SEED VARIETIES WITH AT LEAST ONE GENETICALLY MODIFIED TRAIT
Aug 10

TSTA Weekly Update, 08/10/2023


Inside this Issue:

This morning Governor Abbott signed the "Right to Farm" bill that will appear on ballots this fall as a proposed Texas Constitutional Amendment
A new wheat variety available for licensing
Gene grants powerful resistance to resurging plant disease
Exclusive: Mexican official says US refuses to cooperate on GM corn studies
USDA REPORTS MORE THAN HALF OF CROPLAND USES SEED VARIETIES WITH AT LEAST ONE GENETICALLY MODIFIED TRAIT
NATIONWIDE STUDY SHOWS POSITIVE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF SOIL HEALTH MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
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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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Texas A&M AgriLife’s public breeding program releases new wheat, triticale varietiesTexas A&M AgriLife’s public breeding program releases new wheat, triticale varieties

 

Jun 15

TSTA Weekly Update, 06/15/2023


Inside this Issue:

Increase in seed production from Texas A&M AgriLife Foundation Seed to potentially reach farmers in 2024
In Memory of Edward Runge
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort.
Texas Tech Named Host for Third Global Sorghum Conference
EL NINO ARRIVES, WHAT IT MEANS TO U.S. AGRICULTURE
USDA: FARM SECTOR REAL ESTATE DEBT HITS RECORD HIGH
Warning on seed production in Europe
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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
Factoids
AGRICAPTURE RECEIVES FIRST CARBON CREDITS IN TEXAS HISTORY FOR GRASSLANDS CONSERVATION
 
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USDA FORECASTS FARM INCOME TO FALL 18%USDA FORECASTS FARM INCOME TO FALL 18%
May 11

TSTA Weekly Update, 05/11/2023


Inside this Issue:

A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15
TSTA Legislative Update
Farming and producing more sustainably is not a scientific problem – it’s a regulatory problem
IN BLOW TO PORK INDUSTRY, SUPREME COURT SUPPORTS CALIFORNIA'S PROPOSITION 12
FOLLOWING RECORD HIGHS IN 2021 AND 2022, USDA FORECASTS FARM INCOME TO FALL 18%
Authorities must keep up the fight against counterfeit seeds
MARKET ANALYST WARNS CHINA IS BUYING AG PRODUCTS FROM OTHERS, NOT THE U.S.
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USDA Dollar Sales by Food TypeUSDA Reports Dollar Sales by Food Type
Apr 27

TSTA Weekly Update, 04/27/2023


Inside this Issue:

Upcoming TSTA Board Meeting scheduled
TSTA Legislative Update
METEOROLOGIST EXPLAINS HOW EL NIñO WILL IMPACT CROP YIELDS THIS SUMMER
THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE MIDWEST
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Ruby Crush tomato named Texas Superstar plantRuby Crush tomato named Texas Superstar plant
Apr 06

TSTA Weekly Update, 04/06/2023


Inside this Issue:

Legislative Update
Ruby Crush tomato named Texas Superstar plant - Top-performing tomato in taste, consistent production
REPORT TRACKS CROP INPUT PRICE INCREASES OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES
PURDUE/CME AG ECONOMY BAROMETER FINDS DROPS, CITES COMMODITY PRICE OUTLOOK AND INTEREST RATE CONCERNS
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Agricultural Output Growth Outpaces Animal ProductsUSDA: CROPS PRODUCTION GROWS FASTER THAN LIVESTOCK AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS PRODUCTION FROM 1948 TO 2019
Mar 09

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/09/2023


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USDA ANNOUNCES INITIATIVES TO CREATE "A FAIRER MARKET" FOR SEEDS AND OTHER AGRICULTURAL INPUTS
NEW STUDY SHOWS RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD HAS SLASHED GHG EMISSIONS BY 1.2 BILLION METRIC TONS SINCE 2008
Blocking gene that inhibits root growth may enhance drought resistance in crops
An internal thermometer tells the seeds when to germinate
USDA: CROPS PRODUCTION GROWS FASTER THAN LIVESTOCK AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS PRODUCTION FROM 1948 TO 2019
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USDA REPORTS 89% OF ALL FARMS ARE SMALL AND THEY GENERATED 18% OF TOTAL PRODUCTION VALUEUSDA REPORTS 89% OF ALL FARMS ARE SMALL AND THEY GENERATED 18% OF TOTAL PRODUCTION VALUE
Mar 02

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/02/2023


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“ALL OPTIONS” CONSIDERED BY U.S. OVER MEXICO’S CORN IMPORT RESTRICTIONS
FOUR MAIN THEMES FROM NAT'L ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENT CROP CONSULTANTS ANNUAL MEETING
USDA ISSUES ITS PLANTED ACREAGE AND PRICE FORECAST
LARGEST FARMS GREW EVEN LARGER IN 2022
USDA REPORTS 89% OF ALL FARMS ARE SMALL AND THEY GENERATED 18% OF TOTAL PRODUCTION VALUE
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Annual Meeting Cornhole Champs - MenTSTA Annual Meeting, Cornhole Champions - Men

 

 

 

 

Annual Meeting Cornhole Champs - WomenTSTA Annual Meeting Cornhold Champions - Women

Feb 17

TSTA Weekly Update, 02/17/2023


Inside this Issue:

2023 Annual Membership Meeting notes
NAT'L COTTON COUNCIL ISSUES INDUSTRY OUTLOOK, FORECASTS 17% LESS PLANTED ACRES IN 2023
MEXICO IMPLEMENTS ITS BAN ON SOME BIOTECH CORN TODAY, NCGA SAYS IT THREATENS USMCA
HOUSE AG CHAIR SAYS MOST OF THE 2023 FARM BILL HAS ALREADY BEEN WRITTEN
USDA TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL $19.5 BILLION IN FUNDING FOR CONSERVATION PROJECTS
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Median Commercial Farm Household IncomeMedian Commercial Farm Household Income Increases

Jan 19

TSTA Weekly Update for 01/19/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals
2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
Germany's BASF SE expects to post a net loss for 2022
Seed Prices Have Soared-Is intellectual Property the Problem?
SEED COMPANIES URGE USDA TO MAKE BIOTECH REGULATIONS MORE EFFICIENT
USDA REPORT SHOWS TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME HAS RISEN FOR COMMERCIAL FARMS
USDA REPORTS AG IMPORTS BY PRODUCT, HORTICULTURE IS BY FAR THE LEADER
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The Year of Millets2023 - The Year of Millets
Jan 12

TSTA Weekly Update, 01/12/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals
2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
Let’s welcome the International Year of Millets!
The Philippines - Malusog Rice (Golden Rice) harvested
Molecular mechanism behind nutrient element-induced plant disease resistance discovered​​​
AG SEC'Y VILSACK: U.S. WON'T COMPROMISE WITH MEXICO ON THREATENED CORN IMPORT BAN
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2022 US Corn and Soybean Yeilds fall below trend lines2022 U.S. Corn and Soybean Yields fall below trend lines
Dec 15

TSTA Weekly Update, 12/15/2022


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals
2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)
Researchers identify elusive carbon dioxide sensor in plants that controls water loss
An article of interest on the subject of Intellectual Property.
Texas researchers say they’ll have new hemp varieties ready by 2024
2022 U.S. CORN AND SOYBEAN YIELDS FALL BELOW TREND LINES
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Historic Low Food Dollar Farm Share in 20212021 Food Dollar Farm Share at Historic Low
Dec 01

TSTA Weekly Update, 12/01/2022


In this Issue:

Growout Update
2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
ASTA’s largest event of the year, the CSS & Seed Expo 2022
Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 6-7 in Bryan
Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)
Netherlands to buy out and close 3,000 farms to meet climate goals
A way forward for strengthening food systems resilience and autonomy in times of crisis
Genetic ‘hitchhikers’ can be directed using CRISPR
USDA REPORTS FARMERS' SHARE OF FOOD DOLLAR REACHED HISTORIC LOW IN 2021
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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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Turning up the dimmer switch on P450sTurning up the dimmer switch on P450s
Oct 27

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/27/2022


Inside this Issue:

Attention Sorghum, Sunflower, and Millet Seed Producers - It's Growout time again
The annual Texas Seed Trade Association conference
Western Seed Association will convene their annual meeting on Monday October 31
ASTA’s largest event of the year, the CSS & Seed Expo 2022,
Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 6-7 in Bryan
Changing markets, pesticide, fertilizer, weather outlook to be discussed
IPSA's 34rd annual conference will be held January 23-24, 2023 in Tucson, AZ.
Turning up the dimmer switch on P450s 
Texas’s Allium/Onion leafminer program recognized by APHIS under the federally recognized State Managed Phytosanitary (FRSMP) Program
The Latest EPA Ban
NAT'L CORN GROWERS ASSN URGES U.S. TRADE REP TO ACT ON TRADE ISSUES WITH MEXICO
What type of grass is best for beef cattle?  Maybe it's Natives.
 

 

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AiMS for genetic analysis of microbime traitsSchematic diagram of the AiMS for genetic analysis of microbiome traits
Oct 06

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/06/2022


Inside this Issue:

It's Growout Time for sorghum and millet seed producers
Texas Tech University taking the lead in $1.6M sorghum project
EPA takes welcomed action on pesticide-coated seeds
AMERICAN SEED TRADE ASSN RELEASES UPDATED COVER CROP SEED GUIDE
STUDY SHOWS MEXICO'S BAN ON GM CORN WOULD COST U.S. PRODUCERS $3.56 BILLION
Genetic analysis of Sorghum bicolor affect the human gut microbiome
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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


Inside this Issue:

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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USDA REPORTS ORGANIC TRADE REACHES $3.4 BILLION IN 2021USDA REPORTS ORGANIC TRADE REACHES $3.4 BILLION IN 2021
Sep 15

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/15/2022


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Corteva Inc announced on Tuesday plans to exit about 35 countries and lay off roughly 5% of its global workforce
DANFORTH PLANT SCIENCE CENTER RESEARCHER DISCOVERS BREAKTHROUGH IN DROUGHT TOLERANCE
USDA REPORTS ORGANIC TRADE REACHES $3.4 BILLION IN 2021
Overcoming a Major Technical Hurdle for Gene Editing in Growing Produce
Purple Tomato Is First Genetically Engineered Plant To Be Deregulated Through USDA’S New Regulatory Status Review Process
HOUSE AG COMMITTEE LEADER THOMPSON REACTS TO USDA'S UNILATERAL CLIMATE INVESTMENT
HERE ARE THE AG ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVING USDA CLIMATE SMART GRANTS
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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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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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Sorghum production susceptible to yield damages from extreme heatSorghum production susceptible to yield damages from extreme heat

Feb 10

TSTA Weekly Update, 02/10/2022


Inside this Issue:

Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting / Membership Meeting

The upcoming primary elections
 
Sorghum production susceptible to yield damages from extreme heat
 
Safeguarding seed health protects Texas agriculture - Texas A&M AgriLife diagnostics, research, outreach reduce risk
 
Hemp hampered no more with research showing potential as cash crop
 
U.S, Ag Exports Set Records in 2021
 
Outside Agriculture the Story Is Not As Good
 
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Horseshoe Bay Resort GolfHorseshoe Bay Resort Golf at the TSTA Annual Membership Meeting

Feb 03

TSTA Weekly Update, 02/03/2022


Inside this Issue:

Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting / Membership Meeting

The upcoming primary elections

UC Davis team identifies wheat gene that increases yield - The findings could help growers produce more wheat without expanding operations

GM versions of fall armyworm can effectively control the insect pest, study confirms

 

Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria Are the Latest Genetic Engineering Breakthrough

USDA, DOJ LAUNCH TOOL ALLOWING FARMERS, RANCHERS TO REPORT ANTICOMPETITIVE PRACTICES

National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) reports:

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