The US Fish and Wildlife Service, following a public hearing recently is asking for comments regarding the use of GMO crops on refuge lands in the southeast. The Environmental Assessment what is being working on is to limit GM crops on approximately 44,000 acres of refuge croplands in the southeast region only. It was originally reported that GM use would also be excluded within a 10-mile radius of any US refuge land, but that provision has been dropped.
Three NC Counties Quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer
An emergency quarantine order was signed yesterday by Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock and other ash materials from Granville, Person and Vance counties following the confirmation of the emerald ash borer in trees there. This marks the first time emerald ash borer has been found in the state.
North Carolina is the 20th state in the country to confirm the presence of the destructive pest, following the discovery of an adult beetle and other signs of borer activity in trees in Granville County by staff with the N.C. Forest Service.
EU Backing Off of Potential Trade Deal with US over GMO’s
The European Union appears to be backing away from a broad trade deal with the U.S. – raising the possibility farm trade may be off the table. analysts looking at the EU planning text for the talks say it points toward a more limited agreement – according to the Washington Post – which reports EU concerns over GMO wheat found in Oregon – and U.S. phone and internet surveillance.
National Corn Growers Trade Adviser Sarah Gallo…
“Our concern would be that if at all the agreement is narrowed that issues like genetically modified crops would be put off the table and for us that is not an acceptable outcome.”