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Distinction between genetic engineering and conventional plant breeding becoming less clear, says new NAS report on GE crops (05/23/2016)

WASHINGTON – News reports out last week garnered much attention for the release of a long anticipated study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) on genetically-engineered (often termed GMO) crops. Following is the news announcement direct from the NAS and links to the study report.

ASA cheers release of NAS study on genetically-modified crops (05/23/2016)

WASHINGTON – The American Soybean Association (ASA) said welcomed a report issued May 17 by the National Academy of Sciences Board on Agriculture and Natural Sciences that points to the safety and benefits of continued use of genetically modified crops for soybean producers, with specific regard to economic and environmental impact.

U.S. organic food & beverage sales rose 10.6% to $39.8bn in 2015, says OTA (05/23/2016)

U.S. sales of organic food and drink surged 10.6% to $39.8bn in 2015, significantly ahead of the 3% growth in the overall food market, with some segments up more than 30% year-on-year, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), Food Navigator reports.

Bayer makes move to takeover Monsanto in global agrichemicals shakeout (05/23/2016)

NEW YORK/FRANKFURT- German drugs and chemicals group Bayer has made an unsolicited takeover proposal to U.S. seeds company Monsanto, aiming to create the world's biggest agricultural supplier and take advantage of converging pesticides and seeds markets, according to news wire reports out last week.

MnDOT seeks public comment on Minnesota Statewide Freight System Plan; May 25 Open House meeting set in St. Paul (05/23/2016)

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is inviting the public to comment on the 2016 Minnesota Statewide Freight System Plan. The public can also review the freight plan and provide feedback online at The deadline to submit comments is June 24.

Intermodal sector rolls with rapid change; new rail corridors emerging (05/16/2016)

An analytical feature story last week in the May 12 issue of Cargo Business News provided insights to the advance of the intermodal shipping sector, how it is rolling with rapid changes and becoming an ever more vital component of the national transportation system. Following are select portions of the feature.

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