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March 2017

Dow Enlist Duo® Herbicide Registered by EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently registered Dow’s Enlist Duo for use on cotton and in 34 states, including Delaware and Maryland. This means the Enlist Duo can be applied to Enlist cotton, corn and soybeans on the majority of U.S. row crop acres, once all necessary state registrations are received. The herbicide is a combination of glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline, as well as glufosinate. Tolerance to these three modes of action offers growers more flexibility and better performance in their weed control programs.

In addition to controlling weeds, Enlist Duo stays on target. Enlist Duo® herbicide features Colex-D® technology, which provides four key benefits: minimized potential for physical drift, near-zero volatility, low odor, and improved handling characteristics. 
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Plenish High Oleic Soybean

Soybean oil is by far the most widely used edible oil in the United States. However, in the last decade, soybean oil has lost market share to other oils due to the transition of the food industry away from partially hydrogenated oils, which are the primary dietary source of trans-fats. Plenish high oleic soybeans developed by DuPont Pioneer are a key product innovation with the potential to take back markets lost to alternative edible oils. The oil from Plenish high oleic soybeans has a fatty acid profile similar to olive oil, with an abundance of heart-healthy monounsaturated oleic acid and a 20% reduction in saturated fats compared to traditional soybeans. Read more.

November 2016

Why These Moms Are Avoiding Non-GMO Labels

We all have noticed the intensive labeling that has taken over our food packages. "Natural, no artificial preservatives, made with real sugar, heart healthy, USDA certified organic, no high fructose corn syrup, grass fed, immune support, antioxidant plus, gluten-free, cage-free, fat-free, free-range" and more. A group of moms, who are also scientists and active communicators, are avoiding non-GMO labels, and the ubiquitous Non-GMO Project (NGP) label in particular. 

The mothers explain that they avoid the label because "NGP leads consumers to believe that choosing non-GMO is consistent with values that consumers (including ourselves) seek out, such as healthy diets and sustainability. However, choosing non-GMO is often inconsistent with these values and we are concerned about the impact of an expanding non-GMO market share. The financial, environmental and health impacts of adopting non-GMO ingredients include changes in food formulations,reduced nutritional quality, higher prices, increased pesticide use, and reduced food availability. Consequently, we would like companies to know why we and many others actively avoid the Non-GMO Project’s labels." Full story.

Model Predicts Elimination of GMO Crops Would Cause Hike in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A recent study out of Purdue University analyzed how a global ban on GM crops would raise food prices and add the equivalent of nearly a billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Not surprising, that the study found that poorer countries would be the hardest hit by increased food costs. It also states that in order to compensate for lower crop productivity, more pastures and forests would need to be converted to cropland. "Some of the same groups that want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions also want to ban GMOs. But you can't have it both ways," said Wally Tyner, the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics. "Planting GMO crops is an effective way for agriculture to lower its carbon footprint." Full story.

October 2016

Get to Know GMOs

October was celebrated as "Get to Know GMOs" Month. With over 18 million Google search results for the term “GMO” alone, and many misconceptions pervading the internet, it is important to educate consumers on the importance of GMOs. This year’s focus was “are GMOs safe for the environment”. GMO Answers spearheaded this movement, sharing information about the role of GMOs in sustainability, biodiversity, and land use all month. 

GMO Answers is an initiative committed to responding to questions about how food is grown. Their goal is to make information about GMOs in food and agriculture easier to access and understand. GMO Answers is funded by the members of The Council for Biotechnology Information, which includes BASF, Bayer, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, Monsanto Company and Syngenta. 
If you have not visited the GMO Answers website yet, follow the link below and check it out. It is truly a great resource for all. https://gmoanswers.com/  

 Contact: Lindsay A. Thompson, lindsay.mdag@gmail.com 

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Why These Moms Are Avoiding
Non-GMO Labels

Model Predicts Elimination of GMO Crops Would Cause Hike in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

DMAA Bids Farewell to Lynne Hoot and Welcomes Lindsay Thompson as New Executive Director

Get to Know GMOs

MD Senator Receives CropLife America's State Legislator Award

Delmarva 4R Advocate Program Now Accepting Applications

Farmers Care About the Bay, Too!

Bayer Buys Monsanto for $66 Million


IARC Classifies 2-4,D as Group 2B

Lowes Announces Gradual Phase out of Neoniconoids

USGS Presentation on GroundwaterMonorting and Conservative Practices

EPA Approves Enlist Duo in Nine More States

News Release from the Coalition
for Safe and Affordable Food

CRS Determines: Inconclusive Evidence that Pesticeds are
a Manor Contributor to Bee
Health Decline

USDA Awards Funds for Farmers
to Implement Conservation Practices Improving Delmarva Water Quality and Habitat


The State of the Science on Phosphorus - A Collaborative Symposium

Maryland Farmer Named
4R Advocate for 2015

The Bay Model and Agriculture