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US Drought Area Smallest Since 2020 as of the end of March 2024, NOAA

Apr 04

TSTA Weekly Update - 04/04/2024


EU unable to approve new gene-editing plans in current mandate
Avian Flu Infects Man Dairy Worker in Texas
G&S Communications Releases Results of Survey on Consumers' Knowledge of Food System's Sustainability
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Winter growouts results from Costa Rica and Puerto Rico posted soon.

Feb 22

TSTA Weekly Update - 02/22/2024


Growouts
USDA Forecasts fewer planted acres in 2024
NCC Survey Suggests US Producers to Plant 9.8 Million Acres of Cotton in 2024
USDA Issued A Record $2.8 Billion in Conservation Grants to 45,000 Landowners

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AG Economists Compare Cost of Corn Production in the US and Brazil

Jan 11

TSTA Weekly Update - 01/11/2024


Growout Update
2024 Annual Membership & Policy Meeting
American Farmland Trust Releases Manual on Carbon Markets and Climate-Smart Practices for Farmers
AG Economists Compare Cost of Corn Production in the US and Brazil
Factoids
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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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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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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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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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STUDY REPORTS FARMWORKERS MAKE SUBSTANTIALLY LESS THAN ALL WORKERSSTUDY REPORTS FARMWORKERS MAKE SUBSTANTIALLY LESS THAN ALL WORKERS
Oct 12

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/12/2023


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
HOUSE NOMINATES SCALISE FOR SPEAKER, THE FARM BILL NEEDS AN EXTENSION
How a heat-tolerant wheat crop offers hope for water-stressed countries
Test project in Morocco described as 'truly revolutionary'
STUDY REPORTS FARMWORKERS MAKE SUBSTANTIALLY LESS THAN ALL WORKERS
Factoids:
Mississippi River water levels are plummeting to an all-time low
The Global Agricultural Productivity (GAP) Report
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USDA RELEASES CHART SHOWING MARKET SHARES OF SEED COMPANIESUSDA RELEASES CHART SHOWING MARKET SHARES OF SEED COMPANIES
Oct 05

TSTA Weekly Update, 10/05/2023


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
A new wheat variety available for licensing
USDA RELEASES CHART SHOWING MARKET SHARES OF SEED COMPANIES
The Tree of Sex - Important Stuff for Plant Breeders
Kansas Department of Agriculture to conduct a public hearing on Thursday, October 19, 2023, to consider the adoption of proposed regulations that govern the administration of the Kansas Seed Law
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CDC REPORTS RATE OF SUICIDE AMONG FARMERS IS 3.5X HIGHER THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION
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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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R&D EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES OF LARGEST SEED COMPANIESUSDA RELEASES CHART SHOWING R&D EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES OF LARGEST SEED COMPANIES
Sep 21

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/21/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership Renewals have been mailed
Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6 at the Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas
A new wheat variety available for licensing
USDA RELEASES CHART SHOWING R&D EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES OF LARGEST SEED COMPANIES
Factoids:
Ukraine files WTO lawsuit against Poland, Slovakia, Hungary over agri import ban
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AI tools for plant analysisTexas A&M Agrilife researchers integrating new AI tools for plant analysis
Sep 07

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/07/2023


Inside this Issue:

Join your TSTA compatriots next Friday in Amarillo!
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
Access an interesting article in Communications Biology entitled "Improved pearl millet genomes representing the global heterotic pool offer a framework for molecular breeding applications"
New long-term experiments at Rothamsted will shed light on potential impacts of regenerative agriculture - Early results show interactions are complex with many possible outcomes
Texas A&M Agrilife researchers integrating new AI tools for plant analysis
PURDUE/CME SURVEY FINDS FARMER SENTIMENT DIPS AMID WEAKER VIEW OF CURRENT CONDITIONS
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USDA REPORTS PRICES FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS HAVE RISEN MUCH FASTER THAN NON-GM SEEDSUSDA REPORTS PRICES FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS HAVE RISEN MUCH FASTER THAN NON-GM SEEDS
Aug 17

TSTA Weekly Update, 08/17/2023


Inside this Issue:

American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 5 - 8, 2023
35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6
A new wheat variety available for licensing.
USDA REPORTS PRICES FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS HAVE RISEN MUCH FASTER THAN NON-GM SEEDS
USDA ANNOUNCES FARMER SEED LIAISON INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS AG COMPETITION
RABORESEARCH: GRAIN DEMAND BOOMS IN EASTERN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
U.S. consumers spent an average of 11.3% of their disposable personal income (DPI) on food in 2022
Plant inbreeding secret unlocked, shedding light on Darwinian theory
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TSTA Weekly UpdateTSTA Weekly Update, July 06, 2023

Jul 06

TSTA Weekly Update, 07/06/2023


Inside this Issue:

USDA TO HOLD WEBINAR "CONCENTRATION AND COMPETITION IN U.S. AGRIBUSINESS"
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort
Crop Acreage Report
EPA ANNOUNCES NEW REGULATIONS FOR GENE EDITING FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CROPS
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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


Inside this Issue:

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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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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AG ECONOMISTS REVISE CORN AND SOYBEAN BUDGETSAG ECONOMISTS REVISE CORN AND SOYBEAN BUDGETS
Jun 01

TSTA Weekly Update, 06/01/2023


Inside this Issue:

US EPA Has Regulatory Power Reduced by the US Supreme Court
Drought, quality drive TAMU peanut breeding
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15
TSTA Legislative Update
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency turns back the clock on innovation
AG ECONOMISTS REVISE CORN AND SOYBEAN BUDGETS, BOTH SHOW LOSSES IN 2023
The grim reality of herbicide resistance
Factoids
AG, INDUSTRIAL TRADE BETWEEN RUSSIA AND CHINA IS BOOMING
 
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Placing Gregor Mendel back among the MendelianPlacing Gregor Mendel back among the Mendelian
May 25

TSTA Weekly Update, 05/25/2023


Inside this Issue:

Clarification of Federal Seed Act Varietal Labeling Requirements
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15
TSTA Legislative Update
Placing Gregor Mendel back among the Mendelian
Researchers find new mechanism for sodium salt detoxification in plants
Factoids
AG ECONOMISTS REPORT SHOWS WHICH STATES AND CROPS RECEIVE MOST GOVERNMENT PROGRAM PAYMENTS
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Trademarking LettuceTrademarking Lettuce?
May 18

TSTA Weekly Update, 05/18/2023


Inside this Issue:

Biden Administration's recent seed competition report 
A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15
TSTA Legislative Update
A brand new screening method to boost plant breeding
PROMINENT ECONOMIST WARNS AG MAY BE HEADED FOR A REPEAT OF THE 1980S
Sorghum seed production companies and commodity group at the forefront of new opportunities in the global sorghum industry
Factoids
A US company is trying to trademark the shape of its lettuce – but this is just the tip of the iceberg
U OF ILLINOIS STUDY SHOWS POOR SOILS LOSE CARBON REGARDLESS OF CROP RESIDUE AND NITROGEN INPUTS
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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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Newly discovered gene overcomes limitations of earlier dwarf wheatNewly discovered gene overcomes limitations of earlier dwarf wheat
May 04

TSTA Weekly Update, 05/04/2023


Inside this Issue:

A meeting of the TSTA Board of Directors is scheduled for July 13-15
Johnston Seed Company Celebrates 130 Years in Business!
TSTA Legislative Update
Second revolution ahead for Green Revolution grains - Newly discovered gene overcomes limitations of earlier dwarf wheat
NAWG PRESIDENT TESTIFIES DURING "PRODUCER PERSPECTIVE ON THE FARM SAFETY NET" HEARING
Have You Tried Chat GPT?
MILLENNIUM RESEARCH: FARMERS HAVE A PHD IN BS DETECTION
CAUSE OF FIRE IN MASSIVE TEXAS DAIRY RELEASED, 18,000 COWS PERISHED
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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
Tid-Bits
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The first 3D-printed biodegradable seed robot, able to change shape in response to humidityThe first 3D-printed biodegradable seed robot, able to change shape in response to humidity
Apr 20

TSTA Weekly Update, 04/20/2023


Inside this Issue:

Legislative Update
Federal Reserve: Observations on the Ag Economy- April 2023
The first 3D-printed biodegradable seed robot, able to change shape in response to humidity
HOUSE AG CHAIRMAN'S OPENING STATEMENT ON EPA ADMINISTRATOR REGAN'S HEARING
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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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Rice gene identified that boosts number of flowers when inactivatedRice gene identified that boosts number of flowers when inactivated
Mar 30

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/30/2023


Inside this Issue:

Rice gene identified that boosts number of flowers when inactivated
HERE'S A RUNDOWN ON THE WATERS IMPACTED BY THE EXPANDED WOTUS REGULATIONS
IOWA STATE OFFERS FREE WEEK OF SEMINARS ON SEED TECHNOLOGY
USDA REPORTS ON STATES PRODUCING PEANUTS, PLAY BALL!
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Male-sterile sorghum may offer dairy cows needed energy with less water useMale-sterile sorghum may offer dairy cows needed energy with less water use
Mar 23

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/23/2023


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Male-sterile sorghum may offer dairy cows needed energy with less water use - Texas A&M AgriLife research indicates water-efficiency and highly digestible fiber is possible
 
SORGHUM MARKETING TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM LAUNCHES VENTURE CAPITAL PLATFORM
TEXAS JUDGE GRANTS LIMITED INJUNCTION FOR WOTUS CHALLENGE
Farmers in Nigeria urged to buy hybrid seeds to boost food security
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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


Inside this Issue:

“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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Farm Futures Growers SurveyFarm Futures Growers Survey - Planted Acreage of Major Crops to Increase
Jan 26

TSTA Weekly Update, 01/26/2023


Inside this Issue:

Membership renewals
2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
Our Costa Rican Growouts earlier this month
Adapting growing seasons to climate change can boost yields of world’s staple crops - New research estimates impact of farmer adaptation to climate change on maize, wheat, rice, sorghum and soybean
CRISPR gene editing is in clinical trials to treat sickle cell disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS and some rare inherited diseases.
Clemson University receives FFAR grant to promote sorghum health benefits
FARM FUTURES' GROWER SURVEY: PLANTED ACREAGE OF MAJOR CROPS TO INCREASE
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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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TSTA Annual Meeting and ConventionTexas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting and Convention
Nov 17

TSTA Weekly Update, 11/17/2022


Inside this Issue:

2023 Annual Membership Meeting Registration & Hotel Reservations
Participants & Sponsors Meeting Registration
Hotel Room Block: Texas Seed Trade Assoc. Annual Conference 2023
Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 6-7 in Bryan
Changing markets, pesticide, fertilizer, weather outlook to be discussed
Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)
Russia moves to end import dependence on seeds
ADAMA'S SORGHUM CROPPING SOLUTION DOUBLE TEAM RECEIVES PRODUCT AWARD
UPL'S ADVANTA SEEDS AND BUNGE TO ACQUIRE STAKE IN BRAZILIAN SOYBEAN GERMPLASM CO. SEEDCORP HO
Corteva Agriscience has won a Crop Science Award in the “Best Industry Collaboration” category together with BASF Agricultural Solutions and M.S. Technologies L.L.C.
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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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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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Genome editing successfully used to induce chicory plants to accumulate important medical compoundGenome editing successfully used to induce chicory plants to accumulate important medical compound
Sep 22

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/22/2022


Inside this Issue:

Seed trade crucial to curb global food insecurity
Genome editing successfully used to induce chicory plants to accumulate important medical compound
Texas A&M AgriLife to lead historic investment in Texas’ efforts to become ‘climate-smart’ - Texas A&M AgriLife Research receives largest competitive grant in its history
DEPT OF ENERGY PROVIDES U OF ILLINOIS RESEARCHERS $1.85M GRANT TO STUDY SORGHUM PHOTOSYNTHESIS 
ENVIRONMENTALISTS, ACTIVISTS BLAST USDA'S CLIMATE SMART PROGRAMS
Government Roundups 
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Farmers Report Carbon PaymentsFARMERS REPORT CARBON PAYMENTS THEY ARE RECEIVING
Sep 08

TSTA Weekly Update, 09/08/2022


Inside this Issue:

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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Soybean Photosynthesis ImprovementSoybean Photosynthesis Improvement
Aug 25

TSTA Weekly Update, 08/25/2022


Inside this Issue:

Texas A&M AgriLife offers wheat ‘Picks’ as planting time arrives - Tough 2022 resulting in short wheat seed supplies
RiceTec hosted nearly 220 growers, vendors, and staff for its Arkansas Field Day event on August 11 where the company introduced new Global CEO, Karsten Neuffer,
ASTA’s largest event of the year
Canada is urging farmers to reduce fertilizer emissions to curb greenhouse gases, triggering a backlash.
INTERNATIONAL TEAM OF RESEARCHERS IMPROVE SOYBEAN'S PHOTOSYNTHESIS PROCESS, INCREASES YIELDS BY 20%
Multi-scale research uncovers microbes that affect sorghum drought response
USDA ANNOUNCES $300 MILLION IN NEW ORGANIC TRANSITION INITIATIVE
SURVEY OF CONSUMERS GRADE U.S. FOOD SYSTEM, HIGHEST TRUST IS WITH FARMERS
They Say Misery Loves Company
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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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Research Reveals Lack of Consumer Awareness about the Contributions of Science in Food and AgricultureResearch Reveals Lack of Consumer Awareness about the Contributions of Science in Food and Agriculture
Jul 14

TSTA Weekly Update, 07/14/2022


Inside this Issue:

Weed zapping - Do electrocution treatments have a place in weed control?
Research Reveals Lack of Consumer Awareness about the Contributions of Science in Food and Agriculture
Proof that Mendel discovered the laws of inheritance decades ahead of his time
USDA: AGRICULTURE ACCOUNTED FOR 11.2% OF U.S. GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN 2020
USDA EXPANDS INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR DOUBLE CROPPING
REPUBLICAN HOUSE AGRICULTURE LEADERS CALL ON EPA TO CEASE POLITICIZATION OF CROP PROTECTION TOOLS
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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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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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USDA - Adoption of Fall Cover CropsUSDA Adoption of Fall Cover Crops

May 26

TSTA Weekly Update - 05/26/2022


Inside this Issue:

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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Corteva invests almost €13m in Afumati facility to meet demand from European farmersCorteva invests almost €13m in Afumati facility to meet demand from European farmers

May 19

TSTA Weekly Update, 05/19/2022


Inside this Issue:

CORTEVA AGRISCIENCE EXPANDS ITS SUNFLOWER SEED PRODUCTION IN ROMANIA
Competition and the Intellectual Property System: Seeds and Other Agricultural Inputs
REPORT SHOWS IT COSTS 3X MORE IN REGULATORY PROCESS TO DISCOVER NEW GM TRAIT
WISCONSIN CORN MILLER DIDION MILLING INC. CHARGED WITH OSHA CRIMES FOR CAUSING WORKER DEATHS
Treated Seed a Hot Topic in State Legislatures
USDA ACCEPTS APPLICATIONS TO HELP LOWER COSTS OF ORGANIC, TRANSITIONING PRODUCERS
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USDA/NASS forecasts winter wheat production down in 2022USDA/NASS forecasts winter wheat production down in 2022

May 12

TSTA Weekly Update, 05/12/2022


Inside this Issue:

Recertification of Texas Wheat Seed
Nominees for Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Public Comments due 05/16/2022 for President Biden's Executive Order to Investigate Competition and the Intellectual Property System: Seeds and other Agricultural Inputs
Food Conversations Started as a Result of the Ukraine - Russia Conflict
USDA/NASS forecasts winter wheat production down in 2022
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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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A drone shot of the irrigated uniform variety wheat trial near Bushland gives a perspective on the differences in hard red winter wheat varieties, including those bred by Texas A&M AgriLife. (Texas A&M AgriLife drone photo by Shannon Baker)A drone shot of the irrigated uniform variety wheat trial near Bushland gives a perspective on the differences in hard red winter wheat varieties, including those bred by Texas A&M AgriLife. (Texas A&M AgriLife drone photo by Shannon Baker)

Mar 24

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/24/2022


Inside this Issue:

French president Emmanuel Macron on Europe’s pro-organic, anti-biotechnology sustainable food strategy: ‘It was based on a pre-Ukraine war world and should be reviewed’

Texas A&M AgriLife-bred wheat varieties top Texas producer choices - Federally conducted wheat survey shows TAM 114 leads planted wheat acreage

EU ANNOUNCES PROGRAM TO INCREASE CROP PLANTINGS, FARM GROUPS URGE USDA TO OPEN UP CRP GROUND

USDA: FARMERS' SHARE OF THE FOOD DOLLAR ROSE ONE CENT IN 2020, LARGEST INCREASE IN NEARLY A DECADE

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WHEAT MARKET SETTLES IN MORE NARROW RANGEWHEAT MARKET SETTLES IN MORE NARROW RANGE

Mar 17

TSTA Weekly Update, 03/17/2022


Inside this Issue:

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) Celebration of Modern Agriculture on the National Mall

Nuseed and Richardson Seeds International breeding teams advance Nuseed sorghum through marker assisted selection

U.S. agriculture department opens inquiry into fertilizer, seed prices

WHEAT MARKET SETTLES IN MORE NARROW RANGE

USDA ISSUES REPORT SHOWING A DECADE OF CONSERVATION TRENDS

The Four R’s of Media Relations for Small-Shop Ag Communicators

 

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Photo via PixabayWho Determines Ownership of Water Rights in Texas?

Feb 24

TSTA Weekly Update, 02/24/2022


Inside this Issue:

Level of stakeholder interest in advancing and supporting accessibility of evapotranspiration (ET) data in Texas survey

The primary elections - VOTE!

DEPT OF JUSTICE STARTING NEW INITIATIVES TO MONITOR PRICE COLLUSION

Researchers discover when pollen comes of age - Finding has major implications for plant breeding process

EPA Proposes Registration of Trifludimoxazin, a New Herbicide Active Ingredient
For Release: December 11, 2020
 
Who Determines Ownership of Water Rights in Texas?
 
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First Place Team "Care Less" Cole Young, Bag Supply Co., and Chuck Cielencki, Scott Seed CompanyFirst Place Team "Care Less" Cole Young, Bag Supply Co., and Chuck Cielencki, Scott Seed Company

Feb 17

TSTA Weekly Update, 02/17/2020


Inside this Issue:

Texas Seed Trade Association Annual & Membership Meeting was an outstanding success

The Primary Elections - VOTE!

A Letter and a Warning About Losing Our Identity

Update - USDA/APHIS will no longer accept unoriginal electronic phytosanitary certificates and forms after September 30, 2022

STATE AGRICULTURE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE THEIR PRIORITIES FOR THE 2023 FARM BILL

There Is Nothing 'Green' About Ethanol

RFA: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES OF THE RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD

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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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Studying the genome of thale cress, a small flowering weed, led to a new understanding about DNA mutations. (Pádraic Flood)Studying the genome of thale cress, a small flowering weed, led to a new understanding about DNA mutations. (Pádraic Flood)

Jan 13

TSTA Weekly Update, 01/13/2022


Inside This Issue:

  • Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting / Membership Meeting
  • Southern Seed Association Annual Meeting
  • Study Challenges Evolutionary Theory That DNA Mutations Are Random - Findings Could Lead to Advances in Plant Breeding, Human Genetics
  • Purdue Scientists are One Gene Closer to a Sorghum Superman
  • KC Fed Reports Ag Loan Volume Dropped 13% Last Year - Lowest Leven since 2012
  • SORGHUM EXPORTS CLOSE 2021 WITH MARKETING-YEAR HIGH COMMITMENTS AND SHIPMENT
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