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NIOP News Flash: December 17, 2015


Philippine government to challenge ban on GMO imports ordered by top court
The Philippine government said it will challenge a ban on GMO imports ordered by the country’s top court, after the ruling rattled global markets this week over the threat of disruption to millions of tonnes of soybean meal shipments. Last week, the Supreme Court struck down a 2002 government regulation that allowed the import of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and imposed a temporary ban until new rules were formulated. Reuters


Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2014, 2015 and 2016 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2017
Under section 211 of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to set renewable fuel percentage standards every year. This action establishes the annual percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel that apply to all motor vehicle gasoline and diesel produced or imported in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. The EPA is establishing a cellulosic biofuel volume for all three years that is below the applicable volume specified in the Act, and is also rescinding the cellulosic biofuel standard for 2011. Federal Register


Use of supplemental corn and canola meal can boost dairy cow production, finds Australian research
Adding corn and canola meal to dairy cattle diets may improve their production, regardless of where feed is given. A team of Australian researchers reported results of experiments looking at both the use of supplements in dairy cattle diets and where they were fed in the Journal of Dairy Science.  Feed Navigator

Growing better canola starts with seeding rates

Before Dan Orchard shifted his concentration to clubroot, he was an expert on canola fertility. The Canola Council of Canada plant scientist now has expertise in both aspects of the crop, and he recently attended the Farming Smarter conference to talk about how to attain “colossal canola.” The Western Producer


Improving US soybean and corn yield a research priority at Purdue
Vitamin A boosted corn, improved feed crop production practices and soybean yield development will be among the projects looked at within a new facility at Purdue University. The university is building a plant phenotyping site at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education in Indiana, to further its works in plant sciences. Costing over $20m in total, the new facility is open in spring 2016. Feed Navigator


Palm oil sector the one to watch for indicators for El Niño and oilseeds in 2016
Oilseed price levels are at a six-year low and soybean prices are down more than 52 percent from their 2012 peak. Will the decline continue? What impact will El Niño have on major origins of oilseeds and feed grains? Keynote speaker David Hightower will address these issues and more at the Oilseed Congress Europe/MENA in Barcelona, Spain, 9-10 February 2016, at the Hilton Barcelona. Black Sea Grain

Stocks of Palm Oil at Record Levels in Malaysia, Despite Slump in Production
Dry weather and a choking haze that has hung over palm oil plantations in Southeast Asia in recent months have led to slumping production of the commodity. Yet that is still not enough to offset sharp falls in overseas demand for the world’s most-used cooking oil, with stocks now at record levels in Malaysia, one of the world’s largest producers. Wall Street Journal


Soy growers back proposal to designate Cottonseed as Oilseed
The American Soybean Association (ASA) wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this morning to support a request from the National Cotton Council urging the Department to use its discretionary authority to establish a cottonseed program under Title I of the Agricultural Act of 2014. KMA Land