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News Flash: March 24, 2016


Back to square one on federal GMO labeling, as Pat Roberts’ bill is defeated in the Senate
Sen. Pat Roberts’ GMO labeling bill (S. 2609) has been defeated in the Senate (48:49), as lawmakers proved unable to hammer out a compromise that all stakeholders could get behind in the race to create a federal GMO labeling standard before new laws take effect in Vermont in July. Food Navigator


Big Corn finds unlikely allies in U.S. biofuel push: carmakers and drivers
U.S. corn producers may have found two unlikely allies in their decade-long battle with big oil to get ethanol into the nation’s fuel stream: automobile manufacturers and American drivers. Reuters


Canola growers asked not to use quinclorac herbicide this year
Canadian canola growers are advised not to use the herbicide quinclorac on their canola in 2016 because China, one of Canada’s biggest customers, has not yet approved it. “Until these questions are resolved, growers should use other options to control cleavers on their farms,” the Canola Council of Canada says on its website. Manitoba Co-operator


USDA regulators clear two GM corn traits from Monsanto, Syngenta
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will no longer regulate a genetically-modified corn developed by Monsanto Co to resist its dicamba herbicide, the agency said on Wednesday. Reuters


France moves to cut ‘Nutella tax’ after protests
France has voted to slash the “Nutella tax” – a surcharge on imported palm oil, which is used in the famous chocolate spread – after protests from world growers Indonesia and Malaysia. The tax of €300 per tonne of palm oil was approved by the country’s upper chamber under pressure from environmental groups as part of a bill on biodiversity, but now French MPs have backed down to reduce it to just €90 per tonne. Independent


Approval delays for new soybean means canola market safe for now
The U.S. soybean industry is struggling to take back the market it has lost to high oleic canola from Canada. The original goal of the industry was to have full commercial introduction of two high oleic soybean traits by 2014. The reality is that won’t happen until 2017 or later. The Western Producer