AP Seeks to Legitimize the Cultivation of GM Cotton

Andhra Pradesh government has set up a panel to study the efficacy of the seed in the fields based on a representation from local farmers, in a move that seeks to legitimize the cultivation of Roundup Ready Flex or Glycel BT hybrid cotton (BG II RRF).
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S&W Granted Patent for Stevia Variety SW129 for Commercial Production Market

S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW) announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted S&W a patent covering its unique stevia plant variety ‘SW 129.’
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S&W Seed Company Receives Trademark for 'Kandi Leaf' Stevia

S&W Seed Company has received a trademark for the use of the brand name ‘Kandi Leaf’ stevia. On S&W’s unique stevia lines bred for enhanced flavor characteristics, the trademark will be applied and marketed for the fresh and dry leaf market.
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USAID Project Enhance Seed Industry

To stimulate improved seed production, processing, and marketing, with a loan programme of $9 million, the Feed the Future – Ghana Agriculture Technology Transfer Project (ATT) is partnering reputable financial institutions in northern Ghana.
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Sakata Seed Corporation Joins the ‘ILP Vegetable’

Sakata Seed Corporation Joins Patent Pool, Vegetable International Licensing Platform or ‘ILP Vegetable’, promoting the use of patents, covering biological material with the aim to enhance research activities and development of new varieties.
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Plan to Set Up Hub in Jalna to Boost Seed Industry

To boost the seed industry in Jalna, the Maharashtra state government announced its decision to set up an Rs 110-crore seed hub project in the city. The announcement was made by the state water supply and sanitation minister, Babanrao Lonikar and four term MLA from the Partur assembly constituency in Jalna.
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The Syngenta North America Seedcare Institute Expansion

As construction continues on the North America Seedcare Institute expansion in Stanton, Minnesota, in anticipation of a late-2016 opening, it’s an exciting time for the seed industry.
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First U.S. Sorghum License Agreement Signed by S&W Seed Company.

S&W Seed Company announced the Company has signed a licensing agreement with a leading U.S.-based seed company for production and marketing of a proprietary hybrid grain sorghum variety in the United States as well as Mexico. With an estimated 597 million bushels harvested from approximately 7 to 8 million acres in 2015, the United States is one of the largest sorghum markets in the world.
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Germains Seed Technology is Supporting the Seed Industry through Education

Germains Seed Technology believe that educating younger generations about seed technology and their relevance to the agriculture industry plays a vital role in supporting the industry’s future.
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Seed News: Flying Squads to Check Seeds and Fertilisers

To check for substandard seeds and fertilisers during the coming kharif season hence May to October, 16 flying squads are appointed by the agriculture department of the state government. The move will ensure that the farmers get quality seeds.
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Seed News: PAU Signed MOU with the Star Agriseeds Private Ltd, Jaipur

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) signed a memorandum of understating with The Star Agriseeds Private Limited, Jaipur. Under the pact, the company has agreed to produce certified seed of the University developed moong variety SML 668 for seed distribution by the University to the farmers of Punjab.
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Seed News: Seed Production Training at Punjab Agricultural University

In April, The Directorate of Extension Education of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) would hold training courses on “Seed Production of Vegetable Crops” and “Vocational and Career Development Programme”.
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Seed News: Announcement of New Seed Internship Program by OSA and MESA.

The launch of the Seed Internship Program announced by Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), the first of its kind in the U.S. The six-month internships combine hands-on education, farm-based independent study, and classroom and online learning.
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ASTA Requested Action on Seed & Food Labelling Proposal.

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) applauds Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts for his leadership in introducing a common sense food-labelling proposal to bring consistency and transparency to the marketplace.
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ASTA Organized Session on Native Seed Production

At the recent Society for Range Management Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) co-hosted an educational session on pollinators and native seed production.
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Policies for the Promotion of Seed Industry

The 8th National Seed Congress requested to the Telangana State government to formulate policies for the seed industry promotion. National Seed Congress has asked the government to take relevant steps for development of a Seed Mission in line with flag ship of government, Mission Kakatiya.
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India Will Become Global Supplier of Hybrid Seeds.

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that India with a domestic seed market size of about Rs 15,000 crore has a huge potential to become a global supplier of hybrid seeds, especially vegetables, field crops and flower.
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Telangana Government Requested Seed Companies to Help Farmers.

Agriculture minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said that seed manufacturing companies should ponder on farmer's issue and figure out ways they can contribute to reduce the difficulties.
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To Boost Exports Seed Industry Seeks Policy Support.

To facilitate exports from the country the seed industry has called for policy support from the Centre.
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For Overhaul of Agriculture Sector the Special Committees Called.

Nigeria: The four special committees inaugurated by the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sonny Echono, on July 13, 2015, over the revitalisation of the agriculture sector have submitted their reports which called for the total overhaul of the sector.

The committees are the storage and agro processing facilities; resuscitation of cotton, textiles and garments; development of grazing reserves and stock routes nationwide; and revitalisation of agricultural extension services in Nigeria.

On cotton seed multiplication and seed supply, the committee recommended a virile and systematic breeder foundation and certified seed regeneration system while mandating the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) to always certify and regulate the cotton seed industry. Part of the recommendation of the committee on ginnery development was for operational ginneries to work with the Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing system for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) and Bank of Agriculture (BOA), through the growth enhancement support scheme (GES), to increase the quantity and quality of seed cotton and lint.

The committee on grazing reserves and stock routes nationwide, chaired by Professor B.Y. Abubakar, as part of its recommendations called for the establishment of a National Livestock Development Authority that would have the mandate for the implementation of a national livestock breeding policy while also pushing for the development of grazing reserves and stock routes. It also advised the government to have a national programme on grazing reserves and stock routes development; to strengthen existing conflict resolution and prevention mechanisms; and embrace the diversification of the agricultural sector with more attention and emphasis on the livestock sub-sector.

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