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Successful Farming Mid-November 2018

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Meredith Corporation
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launch a change

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview PepsiCo’s Mehmood Khan and Cargill’s Jill Kolling. While you may think these two individuals have little in common, the fact is, they both represent companies working to bring innovation to agriculture to help produce a safe, abundant, sustainable, and nutritious food supply. “We will have 2 billion more mouths to feed by 2050, which means food demand will go up by 30% to 40% in the next 30 years,” says Khan. “It’s going to take several players to improve efficiency and productivity; while at the same time, ensuring we reduce agriculture’s environmental impact.” By bringing together technologists, agriculturalists, academics, investors, and hopefully policy-makers, notes Khan, we can start to ask questions and share ideas on what the next generation of biological technology for plant breeding…

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There will be a 50% increase in food demand by 2050. – FAO 1 billion people worldwide live in poverty. – World Food Bank By 2030, 62% of the crops used the most in any nation’s diet will originate from some other country. – International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) The substitute meat market is expected to grow 8.4% annually over the next three years, reaching $5.2 billion globally by 2020. – Allied Market Research 7 in 10 consumers agree modern agriculture (conventional farming using today’s modern tools and equipment) can be sustainable and produce high-quality, nutritious food. - IFIC Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology 2014 study 2018/2019 World corn production is estimated at 1.06 billion tons; soybean production is estimated at 366 million tons. This is up 12 million tons and 7 million tons, respectively. – International Grains Council 62% of…

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1 genes 2.0

IF GENE EDITING COULD CREATE DOMESTIC PIGS RESISTANT TO THE AFRICAN SWINE FEVER (ASF) VIRUS, WHAT VALUE WOULD THAT HAVE TO THE SWINE INDUSTRY WORLDWIDE? With a devastating ASF outbreak in at least 10 provinces right now, China is probably too busy cleaning up farms to calculate. In Scotland, animal biotechnology professor Bruce Whitelaw, chair of genomics at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, is working on this very research. Details of the ASF studies are top secret, but Whitelaw will say that the research is ongoing and the ASF virus challenge on the pigs “will happen later this year.” The world is waiting. In the U.S., it’s full speed ahead for gene editing in animal agriculture. In August, the biotech company Recombinetics, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, received $34 million in new…

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2 out of the lab, into the field

This fall, soybeans grown by 78 farmers in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa churned out of combine augers into awaiting trucks destined for a new type of market. They’re high-oleic soybeans developed by Calyxt, a Roseville, Minnesota, company. These soybeans differ from conventional soybeans in that they have a fatty acid profile that contains 80% heart-healthy oleic acid. Monounsaturated fats – such as oleic acid – have been linked to reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the bad kind) and triglycerides while raising high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the good kind). These soybeans also have 20% less saturated fatty acids (they’re bad) compared with commodity soybean oil and zero trans fats. Trans fats are unhealthy fats that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned earlier this year. These beans have other attributes that…

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3 wheat’s new look

Last winter, Paul Sproule read an article regarding niche wheats being developed by Arcadia Biosciences, a Davis, California, agricultural biotechnology firm. “When I researched it, I got excited. I got on an airplane and went to California,” says the Grand Forks, North Dakota, farmer. “It was an opportunity to share our story of North Dakota agriculture, wheat production practices, and the technology that we embrace on our farm.” In turn, it gave him an opportunity to check out niche non-genetically modified wheats that Arcadia BioSciences is developing under the GoodWheat brand. They include: • High-fiber, resistant starch wheat that boosts fiber content of food products without the bitter taste of whole wheat. • Reduced-gluten wheat that diminishes allergenic gluten by 75%. • Improved quality wheat that’s a step up in nutritional value and protein quality…

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4 small wonders

On the surface, a crop field seems as dull as, well, dirt. Underneath it, though, is an invisible war that’s constantly being waged. Soil microbes (like bacteria and fungi) continually slug it out for food and dominance. Some of these microbes are bad, but many are good since they aid in tasks like the transfer of crop nutrients or pest control. It’s into this fray that microbial and biological products enter. At best, microbes introduced to the soil as seed treatments or as liquid can play well with existing soil organisms and help crops better use nutrients or slay pests. Soybean farmers have long used inoculants to jump-start nitrogen-fixing rhizobia bacteria in the soil. At worst, these products suffer from a “bugs in a jug” stigma of the days when salesmen sold…