Seed Today The most complete tool for marketing your business in the seed processing industry Self-burrowing Rotary Seeds Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:46:41 EDT Humidity-responsive burrowing of seeds inspires scientists to model the mechanism and find more efficient ways to penetrate soil for agricultural applications An awn of the seed of Pelargonium carnosum unwinds in response to humidity changes, and the seed digs into the ground. Washington, DC (April 24, 2017) -- Researchers in South Korea have quantitatively deconstructed what they describe as the “ingenious mobility strategies” of seeds that self-burrow rotationally into soil. This is an example of the many ways nature uses biological geometry to provide plants with muscle-like capabilities. Professor Ho-Young Kim, from Seoul National University in Korea, brought Ag Groups Showcase Technology, Sustainability at Maryland Field Day Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:39:02 EDT Newburg, MD (April 26, 2017) – A trio of industry groups hosted federal officials for a field day of demonstrations on seed treatments, planting practices, and equipment innovations that are bringing continuous improvement to sustainable farming practices. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) hosted more than three dozen officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs for a series of hands-on presentations and product demonstrations. The event offered an opportunity for producers and manufacturers to demonstrate cutting-edge technologies in each respective Commodity Groups Welcome Sonny Perdue to USDA Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:59:58 EDT NCGA Welcomes Sonny Perdue to USDA Washington, DC (April 24, 2017) – Today the United States Senate voted to confirm Sonny Perdue as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The following is a statement from the National Corn Growers Association: “The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Secretary Perdue on his confirmation. USDA has been without a Secretary for too long, but we are confident that Secretary Perdue will bring strong leadership to the Department. There are still more than 200 political appointments at USDA that have yet to be made. We strongly urge the Administration to move quickly in filling Proposed Nebraska Legislation Seeks Hybrid Seed Corn Clarity Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:58:15 EDT LINCOLN, NE (April 24) -- State senators in Nebraska approved a measure April 24 that updates the definition of hybrid seed corn and allows a restraining order or injunction to be imposed on anyone who sells or represents corn seed as a hybrid variety that does not meet identity standards. Introduced by Sen. Joni Albrecht of Thurston, the proposal clarifies the definition of hybrid seed corn and the process of cross fertilization as it relates to hybrid seed corn. Hybrid seed corn is limited to seed of the first generation of a cross involving two, three, or four different inbred lines Trump 100 Days Countdown: A View from the Agriculture Industry Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:35:22 EDT (April 25/Thomson Reuters) -- With President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office coming up this week, Daniel Redo, Head of Agriculture Research at Thomson Reuters, takes a look at what has happened in the agriculture industry since Trump took office and what the future may hold for the industry: “This week marks Donald Trump’s 100th day in office and the Agriculture industry has had its fair share of attention. However, much of the coverage is still based on the potential for what will or may happen, rather than what has actually happened. In the meantime, the futures market has continued to ChemChina Reconfirms Timeline for Public Offers for Syngenta Shares and ADSs Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:13:35 EDT Basel, Switzerland (April 25/BUSINESS WIRE)-- In response to speculation in the market, ChemChina today reconfirmed on behalf of the Offeror that all regulatory approvals and conditions required for the closing of the offers have been obtained or satisfied. Subject to at least 67% of Syngenta’s issued shares and ADSs being validly tendered into the offers and not withdrawn as of May 4, 2017, the Offeror will purchase and pay for all such shares and ADSs at the first settlement on May 18, 2017. For further assistance in connection with the Swiss Offer and/or additional information on how to accept the Owen J. Newlin Honored with ISU Seed Science Center Lifetime Achievement and Service Award Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:27:39 EDT Ames, IA -- The Seed Science Center at Iowa State University honored one of the seed industry’s greatest champions, Owen J. Newlin, with a Distinguished Lifetime Achievement and Service Award for Seed Science, Technology and Systems. Newlin was honored April 12 during the center’s annual Leroy and Barbara Everson Seed and Biosafety Symposium in Ames. The award recognizes Newlin for his exemplary leadership and commitment to excellence as a tireless advocate for Iowa State University and the seed industry around the world. “It is our great privilege to recognize Dr. Newlin for the outstanding achievements that he has accomplished during the more Forage Genetics International Files Suit Against Alforex Seeds Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:10:12 EDT Complaint alleges false advertising of Hi-Gest® seeds Shoreview, MN (April 17, 2017) -— Forage Genetics International, LLC (FGI), a leading global forage technology company, filed suit today in U.S. District Court against Alforex Seeds, LLC, alleging that Alforex makes false and misleading claims in its advertising and promotional materials in violation of federal and state law. The suit alleges that Indiana-based Alforex promotes its Hi-Gest® alfalfa as a low-lignin variety that is comparable or superior to FGI’s HarvXtra® alfalfa reduced-lignin trait, when in fact it is only comparable to conventional alfalfa varieties already on the market. Lignin content increases as alfalfa plants New Seed Today Editor Named Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:09:45 EDT Decatur, IL (April 14) – Seed Today Publisher Deb Coontz today announced the appointment of Chris Lusvardi as Seed Today editor. He will replace Joe Funk who will semi-retire and move to the newly created role of Executive Editor. The transition will occur in May upon the completion of the second quarter issue. Before coming to Seed Today, Lusvardi was agricultural news director and reporter for the Decatur (IL) Herald and Review. He earned a Bachelor's of Science degree from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, and a Master's Degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois, Springfield, Seed Today Origin Agritech Sells Commercial Corn Seed Production and Distribution Business Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:05:15 EDT Des Moines, IA (April 13, 2017/PRNewswire) -- Origin Agritech Ltd. (Nasdaq: SEED) announced the shareholders of the company voted to approve the agreement to sell its proprietary China-based commercial corn seed production and distribution business to Beijing Shihui Agricultural Development Co, Ltd ("Beijing Shihui") at a special general meeting of shareholders held at the company's office in Des Moines, Iowa today. This transaction was originally announced on September 27, 2016. This transaction is expected to close in second half of 2017, subject to the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions. "This sale represents a critical milestone in repositioning Origin's commercial seed