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Monsanto to Invest $355 Million in Argentina Corn-Seed Plant

Agricultural-biotech-company Monsanto Co. (MON) plans to invest 1.6 billion pesos ($355 million) to build a new corn-seed-production plant in Argentina, the company said in a press release Friday.
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US: Nebraska corn fields hit by disease

(Reuters) - U.S. plant scientists have found the debilitating disease Goss's Wilt in multiple corn fields across Nebraska, raising fears of yield loss in the No. 3 U.S.
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BASF Says Drought-Tolerant Corn’s Value to be Determined by Farmers

The drought-tolerant corn, a collaboration between BASF SE (BAS.XE, BASFY) and Monsanto Co. (MON), is being marketed under the DroughtGard brand and is scheduled for widespread introduction in 2013.

It is being tested by 250 farmers this year, and the results will take precedent over the Union of Concerned Scientists’ report that was released Tuesday, said Peter Eckes, president of BASF’s plant science division.

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Scientists complete most comprehensive genetic analysis yet of corn

Scientists complete most comprehensive genetic analysis yet of corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
An interdisciplinary team, led by researchers at Cornell University and the US Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, today published the most comprehensive analysis to date of the corn genome.
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Kenya: Disease Threat to Vital Maize Crop

Nairobi — Maize lethal necrosis (MLN), a disease which has affected at least 300,000 maize farmers mainly in Kenya's Rift Valley Province, could adversely affect harvests of the staple nationally if it is allowed to spread, warn experts.
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World Bank urges Zambia to stop setting maize price

World Bank urges Zambia to stop setting maize price | MAIZE | Scoop.it

(Reuters) – The World Bank has urged Zambia’s government to stop setting prices at which it buys maize from local farmers and allow the prices to be determined by the market to promote sustainable growth in the agriculture industry.

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China may begin importing corn from Argentina as demand soars|Business|chinadaily.com.cn

China may begin importing corn from Argentina as demand soars|Business|chinadaily.com.cn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
China, the world's second-largest corn consumer, may soon start importing Argentine corn, which has been barred because some genetically modified varieties are yet to be approved by Beijing.
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Angola: Maize drying and storing agro-industrial complex to regulate prices

Lubango – The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Afonso Pedro Canga, said on Wednesday in Matala district in the southern Huíla province that the A maize drying and storing agro-industrial complex will encourage the regulation of the cereals price in the market and generate new jobs in the region.

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Zambia: FRA destroys 23,978 tonnes of rotten maize

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UK: Perennial cereals could be the way forward for plant breeders

LAST week's announcement by minister for universities and science, David Willetts, that the UK Government is to invest £250 million in bioscience is good news for the farming industry.
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French ban of Monsanto GM maize rejected by EU

French ban of Monsanto GM maize rejected by EU | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The EU's food safety body ruled there is 'no specific scientific evidence' that the insect-resistant strain is harmful to health or the environment...
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DuPont Unveils New Local Investments in Africa and Innovative Global Food Security Index

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman today announced two key efforts that will support collaborative, world hunger initiatives. First, DuPont will invest more than $3 million over the next three years to help smallholder farmers in Ethiopia to achieve food security.

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Corn Traders Most Bullish Since March on U.S. Heat: Commodities

Corn Traders Most Bullish Since March on U.S. Heat: Commodities | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Corn traders are the most bullish since March on mounting concern that hot and dry weather will curb U.S. yields at a time of accelerating demand from China, the second largest buyer of U.S. farm goods.
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Kenya: Viral Disease Hits Maize in Kenya's South Rift | Seed Today

The disease affected more than 150,000 farmers, with agriculture officers warning of reduced harvests. The government has identified a resistant variety.

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Report Finds GE Drought Tolerant Corn More Hype than Help

Report Finds GE Drought Tolerant Corn More Hype than Help | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--June 12, 2012. Monsanto’s new drought tolerant corn, DroughtGard, reduces crop losses only modestly during moderate droughts, and will not reduce the crop’s water requirements, according to a report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The report finds that traditional breeding and improved farming practices have done more to increase drought tolerance, and that further improvements in genetic engineering are unlikely to solve the drought problem in coming years.
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Corn discoveries may ease global food demand | Grains content from Southwest Farm Press

Corn discoveries may ease global food demand | Grains content from Southwest Farm Press | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Two new studies provide a new and more comprehensive understanding of genomic variation in maize, which will be critically important to plant breeders as they work to increase corn yield in the face of global population growth and climate change.
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Zambia Corn Policy Hurts Other Crops, World Bank Says

Zambia shouldn’t set a producer price for corn because farmers are discouraged from growing other crops like soy and peanuts, the World Bank said.
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EU: EFSA opinion rejects French ban on GM corn

EU: EFSA opinion rejects French ban on GM corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The European Foods Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected French efforts to ban genetically modified corn across member states.
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China may begin importing Argentina corn

China may begin importing Argentina corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
China may soon start importing Argentine corn, which has been barred because some genetically modified varieties are yet to be approved by Beijing.
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IGC’s World Corn Harvest Forecast to Jump 5.4% on Big U.S. Crop

World corn production will jump 5.4 percent in the 2012-13 crop year, more than predicted a month ago, on a “huge” U.S. corn harvest, the International  Grains Council forecast. The outlook for wheat output was cut.

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India/ Punjab: No increase in area under maize in last three years

No increase in area under maize in last three years - Despite Punjab being asked by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) to decrease at least 10 lakh hectare under water-guzzling...
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South Africa Approves Partnership of DuPont Business Pioneer Hi-Bred and Pannar Seed

DES MOINES, Iowa and CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred, one of the world's leading agricultural businesses, and Pannar Seed (Pty) Limited, a South African-based seed company with operations throughout Africa and other parts of the world, were today given approval to implement their agreement for Pioneer to purchase a majority share of Pannar.

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Zambia: Farmers threaten to quit maize production

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Kenya: Mysterious blight will destroy maize harvest

After almost seven months of silence, the government now says there is little it can do about a disease that is damaging maize crops across the country.
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Kenya to commercialize genetically modified foods by 2014

Kenyan scientists, researchers, crop engineers and seed manufacturers discuss ways of boosting the status of science and technology to emphasis chances of advancing scientifically and economically

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