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GE Wheat Found Growing Wild in Oregon

On May 29, USDA announced that a western white wheat variety genetically engineered to withstand applications of the herbicide glyphosate (RoundUp©) had been discovered growing wild in an Eastern Oregon field.  The ultimate source of the wheat is no mystery: USDA confirmed that it was the same variety which Monsanto had been authorized to field test in sixteen states, including Oregon, between 1998 and 2005.  What remains unknown is how the wheat, which was never approved for commercial release, migrated from those research fields onto a commercial farm.

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Will Congress have the foresight to pass a bill that supports organics?

“A good hockey player skates to where the puck is, a great hockey player skates to where the puck is going to be.”  - Wayne Gretzky

Last week, the San Jose Mercury newspaper published an article on new research from scientists at the University of California, Berkeley. The report identifies how the brain tracks fast-moving objects. How do those hockey players, baseball batters, and tennis players know where that ball or puck is going to be? How do humans predict the path of moving objects when it can take one-tenth of a second for the brain to process what the eye sees? 

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Deadline for 2013 Conservation Stewardship Program Fast Approaching

Thinking of enrolling your farm or ranch in USDA’s dynamic Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) which pays farmers to implement and upgrade a wide variety of conservation practices? CSP is a natural fit for organic farmers because it compensates them for many practices already required by certification including cover cropping, managed grazing, and providing habitat to conserve biodiversity.  If you think CSP could work for you, contact your local NRCS office very soon because the deadline for participating in 2013 will likely close before the end of May.  Submitting some simple paperwork before the deadline allows you more time to work with NRCS and develop your conservation plan.

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