NCGA ASA AFBF Concerned About Compliance Infractions

first_imgThe National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Soybean Association (ASA), and American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) today reaffirmed their support for developing pharmaceutical and industrial crops through agricultural biotechnology. The groups expressed confidence that these new technologies can be introduced without jeopardizing the safety of the food supply. The groups’ joint statement came following announcement that USDA is investigating possible contamination of crops in Nebraska by field trials of pharmaceutical corn.According to reports, Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) inspectors have evidence that soybeans harvested on a farm in Nebraska were mixed with residue from volunteer corn (stalks from leftover seed in the field) following a field trial of genetically-altered corn conducted last year. APHIS determined that ProdiGene, the biotech company responsible for the trial, had failed to properly control volunteer corn plants that emerged when the field was planted to soybeans this year.ASA President Dwain Ford said: “ASA is pleased that USDA’s regulatory and monitoring procedures prevented the affected soybeans from moving beyond the single elevator where they were first stored, and that all soybeans that may have been commingled with the ProdiGene corn product will be destroyed. The action taken by APHIS clearly displays the regulatory process is working.”The NCGA noted that it has worked closely with regulatory agencies for the past two years in developing its policies and regulations as they relate to testing and production of pharmaceutical proteins in corn. “It is very unfortunate that any company would allow an infraction of this magnitude to occur,” said Leon Corzine, chairman of the NCGA Biotech Working Group. “NCGA has had numerous meetings with every company producing these proteins, including ProdiGene. NCGA supports using all scientific, management, and mechanical measures available to eliminate the potential for such occurrences.”“Plant-made pharmaceuticals offer tremendous benefits in preventing and treating diseases,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman “It is imperative, however, that these opportunities not be jeopardized by failure to adhere to regulations. We believe this strong enforcement action by APHIS should boost consumer confidence and ensure the stability of foreign as well as domestic markets.”last_img read more

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first_img – / 23 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact When you try to catch a pass, but Big Red Bryant is in the way! ? pic.twitter.com/4x5hmWSNu8— #CardsCamp (@AZCardinals) August 4, 2016 Top Stories Just no one would have expected those complications to come in the form of Red Bryant, a 6-foot-4, 323-pound defensive tackle who just so happened to drop into coverage that play.“Yeah, I didn’t even know it was him,” the 6-foot, 190-pound Shipley said. “I felt I got hit, I felt it, and some guys told me it was him, and I believed it because it felt like it was him.”The pass fell incomplete.Shipley said he recognized the defense was coming with a blitz, which necessitated a quick, short pass. He admitted he did not see Bryant before the defensive lineman “plowed me over.”Bryant, who is known for his ability to help stop the run but does have two career interceptions, praised the play call.“It was a little play we have where I drop and I just caught him coming across the middle,” he said. “If I could gotten my head around faster I might have been able to intercept it.“I’m glad I didn’t hurt him. Just tried to throw him off a little bit, make it difficult for him. And it just happened to be a good play.”center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — Like any receiver, Arizona Cardinals wideout Jaxon Shipley understands that if you cross the middle of the field to catch a pass, there’s a chance a defender will be waiting for you when the ball arrives.So, it’s fair to reason that on a play early in Thursday’s practice, when he lined up to the right of QB Matt Barkley and ran left at the snap, he knew any catch he made could come with some complications. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more