The 2012 Farm Bill cleared the Senate Agriculture Committee this week, and includes Senator Debbie Stabenow’s “Grow It Here, Make It Here” initiative, which will provide bio-based manufacturers access to capital, strengthen market opportunities for bio-based products, and spur commercialization of agricultural innovations.
The initiative will benefit the ag biotech sector by increasing investment in bio-manufacturing processes, such as the production of biofuels, that require inputs of staple crops like corn and soybeans. Additionally, the initiative’s implementation will lead to job creation in the agricultural sector, contributing to economic rejuvenation in several states. Read more.
Engaging with the public on the benefits of plant science is a must, Dyer says
According to the European Crop Protection Association, the UK Crop Protection Association’s chief executive Dominic Dyer said at a gathering of industry leaders that continued innovation in plant science is crucial in addressing food security and climate change challenges. . He warned that restrictive EU legislation on modern crop technologies discouraged investment and would ultimately put Europe’s farmers at a competitive disadvantage.
Mr. Dyer emphasized, “In a world of rapid population increase and ever-growing demands on our land, water and energy resources, we must do more to communicate the values of our industry to policy-makers and the wider public.” Read more.
Secretary Vilsack supports a new generation of farmers
Farm Futures reports that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s address to the participants of the 2012 Commodity Classic was met with enthusiasm as he outlined his priorities for the 2012 Farm Bill, which include support for biofuels, expanding exports, and increasing funding for agricultural research.
Secretary Vilsack called for America to support measures that would provide fresh incentives for farmers, creating “a new generation of farmers.” Read more.