Category Archives: Agricultural Policy

One Year After GE Wheat Contamination & Still No Answers

One Year After GE Wheat Contamination, Wheat Farmers and Advocates Demand Immediate Action from USDA May 29, 2014—On the one-year anniversary of the Department of Agriculture’s announcement of finding an unapproved, genetically engineered (GE) wheat in an Oregon field, farmers and … Continue reading

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Organic Ag Research Symposium

Call for Papers Organic Agriculture Research Symposium February 25 – 26, 2015 La Crosse, WI The deadline for paper submissions has been extended to June 30, 2014. The Organic Agriculture Research Symposium invites submissions for proposed research papers to be … Continue reading

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Washington Post Misses the Mark on Molecular Breeding Story

A recent Washington Post article by Adrian Higgins, titled, “Trait by trait, plant scientists swiftly weed out bad seeds through marker-assisted breeding” (April 16, 2014) overstates the potential of marker-assisted selection (a molecular plant breeding method) and makes the dubious … Continue reading

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Open Source Seed Initiative Launches ‘Free Seed’ Pledge

This morning the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) is hosting a rally on the campus of the University of Wisconsin – Madison to kick off the release of 29 plant varieties under a new open-source pledge. The initiative is inspired … Continue reading

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Seed Stewards, Policy Advocates are ‘Farmers of the Year’

OSA was thrilled to see the seed stewarding Podoll family recognized as farmers of the year at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service‘s (MOSES) 25th organic farming conference. Theresa and David Podoll of Fullerton, North Dakota, are pioneers of organic seed … Continue reading

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