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USSEC Distributes Pesticide Data Report, Assures Overseas Regulators And Customers Of U.S. Soybean Safety And Quality

USSEC recently distributed the 2013 USDA Pesticide Data Program (PDP) report to their overseas offices and applicable consultants.  The PDP chronicled the extensive 2012 testing by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) of both U.S. soybeans and U.S. rural drinking water supplies for any violative agricultural chemical residues.  No residue violations were detected.  The PDP, while not designed for enforcement of tolerances, does inform the U.S Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) if residues exceeding the tolerance are detected or if no EPA residue tolerance has been established for a residue found.  The EPA uses PDP data in its verification process to ensure all sources of exposure to pesticides meet the safety standards set forth in the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act.

USSEC Technical Issues Director Kim Nill explains that because the USDA stopped issuing its annual U.S. Ag Chemical Usage report some years ago due to budgetary reasons, some anti-biotech activists recently begun publishing their own unofficial reports in which they asserted that U.S. farmers

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The state of Missouri is known as part of the Corn Belt, but it’s also known for another major crop — soybeans. The University of Missouri at Columbia boasts one of the top soybean research programs in the country, and the key to success in the realm of soybean is attracting bright young researchers to the field.

Thanks to a slate of forward- thinking sponsors, the Borlaug Scholarship is helping with that. The Borlaug scholarship program strengthens the plant breeding profession by helping support attendance of future leaders at the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) annual meeting.

Greg Luce, director of research at Missouri Soybeans which sponsors the Borlaug scholarship, says soybeans are the top crop in Missouri and most economical crop to be grown in the state, and as such have such tremendous value. Opportunities in the sector are many.