WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to allow commercial planting of Forage Genetics International’s glyphosate-tolerant alfalfa, which is genetically engineered to tolerate Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. The plans are moving forward without any federal requirements to prevent contamination of the rest of alfalfa seed and plantings. The genetically engineered technology exclusively is licensed to seed maker FGI by Monsanto.
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Jan. 20 made his first appearance before the House Agriculture Committee since Republicans gained controlled of the House and said he would make a decision on the regulatory status of Roundup Ready alfalfa “very, very shortly” after a comment period comes to an end Jan. 24.
An uncertain weather forecast offers farmers in the region an uncertain future for the crop of 2010, but so far, things are looking good. Notably, this is the longest period that’s drought-free anywhere in the state in a decade, according to climatologists.
FARGO, N.D. — The June 18 U.S. Supreme Court decision that sent the Roundup Ready alfalfa case back to the district court, and may give U.S. Department of Agriculture authority to partially deregulate Roundup Ready alfalfa, could have an effect on a similar Roundup Ready sugar beet case.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court justices are questioning a lower court’s decision that has prohibited biotech giant Monsanto Co. from selling genetically engineered alfalfa seeds, possibly paving the way for the company to distribute the seeds for the first time since 2007.
Minnesotans are advised to avoid eating raw alfalfa sprouts, including sprout blends containing alfalfa sprouts after food safety investigators linked raw alfalfa sprouts to cases of human illness involving Salmonella Saintpaul.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has issued a consumer advisory for Jack and The Green Sprouts brand alfalfa sprouts after routine product testing found a package of the product to contain Salmonella bacteria.
Including grasses in your new alfalfa seeding is worth considering. Years ago, mixing grasses with alfalfa was standard practice, whether seeding an oat companion crop and/or including timothy or smooth bromegrass with the under-sown alfalfa. This practice lost favor for a time, but recent developments in forage testing and some frustrations with alfalfa winter injury have helped restore the respect that grasses, somewhat unfairly, lost.
by Jim Stordahl, Clearwater/Polk Extension?
March 30, 2008
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