Friday, November 21, 2014

What Does the Future Hold? Industry insiders give Seed World a sneak peek at their CSS presentations

Corn, soybeans and sorghum as crops face new challenges in an increasingly high-tech, globalized world. Don’t miss your chance to hear influential industry insiders give their thoughts on these new challenges and how the industry can best facilitate them.

Thursday’s Joint Corn, Sorghum and Soybean General Session begins with General Session I: Future Global Outlook. Talking with Seed World, Sonny Ramaswamy says the projected global population of over nine billion within just the next few decades will require us to find ways to feed, clothe, and shelter everyone without wreaking havoc on the environment. This means major biological, environmental, behavioral and policy implications for agriculture and science. Read More Here.

Seed Treatments

The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship is the product of industry-wide collaboration between seed companies, seed treatment providers and universities – and it draws from data collected worldwide. Jointly produced by the American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America, its purpose is to provide farmers and seed companies with critical information and up-to-date guidelines for managing treated seeds effectively to minimize the risk of exposure to non-target organisms.

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Protecting Pollinators Part 3 – Crop Protectants and Honey Bee Health

Commercial beekeepers across North America have been witnessing losses of honey bee colonies for several years now. While neonicotinoid-based pesticides have taken much of the blame publicly, honey bee experts caution that the relationship between crop protection products and bee health is extremely complicated and research is still in its infancy. Part three of Seed World’s Protecting Pollinators series. Read More Here.


What's in a Word – As the buzz around sustainability continues to grow, seed industry leaders consider its meaning. [continue reading]


Change is in the Wind – In the wake of global climate change, the seed sector may have to adjust the way it does business. [continue reading]



Growing More with Less – The U.S. seed industry is rising to the challenge of increasing yields with fewer resources  [continue reading]


Neonicotinoid Restriction – The European Commission’s restriction on the use of neonicotinoid-treated seed could cost in the billions of Euros. [continue reading]


Feast or Famine –  Low supplies and high demand are fueling price increases in forage and turf grass markets. [continue reading]


Advancing Alfalfa - A new genetically engineered trait is in the works that promises to deliver a higher quality forage crop. [continue reading]


Farm Bill Frustration -  Uncertainty and tension continues to mount as a result of Congress’ inability to reach consensus on a new federal farm bill. [continue reading]


Opportunities in AfghanistanSeed World columnist Dennis Thompson offers an in-depth look at Afghanistan and the opportunities for the seed industry in that country. [continue reading]


Everybody's Friend - Friends and former colleagues of the late Kurt Austermann remember this pillar of the industry. [continue reading]


Protecting Pollinators, Part 3 - In the public arena, neonicotinoids have taken much of the blame for declines in honey bee health. Recent scientific studies do not offer conclusive evidence linking colony die-offs to these pesticides.  [continue reading]


Cross Pollination


World Status

Regulatory Roundup

Industry News



Technology Takeoff – Production and sustainability benefits draw more farmers into biotech crops. [continue reading]


Globalization Reshaping Seed Sector – The modern seed sector is becoming more globalized every day and agri-businesses are benefitting as a result. [continue reading]



Treated Seed Stewardship – Seed associations in North America and Europe are taking action to enhance stewardship standards for treated seed and help reduce environmental risks. [continue reading]


Modernizing Seed Movement in Europe – New marketing regulations are expected to provide stronger private sector involovement, experts say. [continue reading]


Greece Hosts ISF World Seed Congress  - Intellectual property and its enforcement were among the topics discussed during the 2013 ISF World Seed Congress recently held in Athens, Greece. [continue reading]


Greek Triumph - Seed World publisher Shawn Brook tells us why the ISF World Seed Congress in Greece was such a rousing success. [continue reading]


A New Tool For Plant Breeders - PINTO is a new database that provides access to patent information on plant varieties commercially available in the European Union and European Free Trade Agreement countries. [continue reading]


Bowman Vs. Monsanto - A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling provides the seed industry with a sense of security. [continue reading]


African Seed Industry Faces Challenges - Seed World columnist Dennis Thompson discusses some of the challenges facing the African seed industry and the potential for growth across the continent. [continue reading]


Sizing Up the Seed Market - The global seed market is expected to enjoy continued growth in the years to come. [continue reading]


Plant Breeding Community Gathers in Tampa - Members of the National Association of Plant Breeders and the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee gathered in Florida to network and strategize during their annual conference. [continue reading]


Protecting Pollinators Part 1 - Understanding Colony Loss

This five-part series will examine the health and welfare of the honey bee, whose future may have a substantial effect on critical industry decisions. Read More Here.


Protecting Pollinators Part 2 – Bee Health Stressors

Part two of Seed World’s Protecting Pollinators series delves into the combination of stressors affecting honey bee health and threatening the honey bee pollination industry, potentially placing our global food supply at risk. Read More Here.






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