BIO Thanks Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Energy Secretary Chu for Biomass Program and R&D Grants

BIO thanks Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Energy Secretary Steven Chu on the announcement of Biomass Research And Development Initiative grants and the establishment of a Biomass Crop Assistance Plan project area.

Civilian and Military Aviation Biofuels: Companies to Highlight New Technologies and Markets at BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

During BIO's 8th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, biofuel research and development companies will present progress in bringing new advanced biofuels to market, while military officials and civilian airline executives discuss industry requirements for readily available, cleaner fuels.

Business Executives to Highlight Opportunities for New Product Development from Renewables at BIO’s World Congress

Corporate leaders will discuss benefits for businesses and consumers through incorporation of industrial biotechnologies in manufacturing of traditional products during BIO’s 8th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing.

Corporate Leaders to Present Global View on Commercialization of Industrial Biotechnology at BIO’s World Congress

Business executives, scientists and policy makers will highlight opportunities to commercialize new manufacturing technologies at BIO’s 8th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing.

Report Highlights Benefits of Biotech Crops

Annual report prepared by UK-based PG Economics highlights agricultural biotechnology as continuing to provide important economic and environmental benefits as well as make positive contributions to global food production and food security.

BIO Announces On-line Product Database of Ag Biotech Products

Internet users can now access a searchable and easy-to-use database of ag biotech products online at

BIO comments on Draft Environmental Assessment: Use of Genetically Modified, Glyphosate-Tolerant Soybeans and Corn on National Wildlife Refuge Lands in the Mountain-Prairie Region

BIO urges the Fish and Wildlife Service to allow other GE herbicide-tolerant crops (in addition to GE glyphosate-tolerant corn and soybeans) to be planted on National Wildlife Refuge System lands. Rotating crops such as these will help reduce the risk of herbicide resistant weeds and have the least impact on the environment.

World’s Farmers Favor Biotech Crop Varieties

The ISAAA report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2010, says a record 15.4 million farmers in 29 countries are growing biotech crops on 366 million acres.

USDA Lets Farmers Plant Biotech Sugar Beets for 2011 Season

The USDA announces that it will issue a “partial deregulation” for the most popular variety of sugar beets, Roundup Ready (RR) sugar beets, which are genetically engineered to tolerate the herbicide glyphosate.

Statement of Support for Montana SB218

"An Act establishing procedures for sampling plants protected by patent or other intellectual property laws; requiring mediation of claims involving protected plants; providing an exception; providing rulemaking authority; and providing an immediate effective date."