Power Hour: Biotech and Water Top Farm Bureau D.C. Lists

March 27, 2014 07:00 AM
Power Hour: Biotech and Water Top Farm Bureau D.C. Lists

Among Farm Bureau leaders’ top talking points in Washington this week: Biotechnology, the Clean Water Act, trade and the farm bill.

"I think probably at the top of our list is implementation of the farm bill," says Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, in an interview with AgriTalk radio host Mike Adams. His delegation included 91 members such as county presidents, young farmers and ranchers, and members of the state board.

Meanwhile, the unveiling of a statue honoring late Iowa scientist Norman Borlaug spotlights the need for legislators to address biotechnology development, adds Craig Hill, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau.

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"There are 400,000 flowering plants that we’ve used in agriculture in some fashion or form, and 7,000 that we’ve cultivated," Hill explains. "But there are only 30 today that provide 95% of all of our food and fiber and fuel. We can draft a genetic blueprint of these plants today pretty readily and inexpensively, and we can modify those plants—as we’ve modified plants throughout the course of agriculture—and design new events that can lead to better productivity, efficiency, profitability and, in the name of Norman Borlaug, better feed the world. We need to get these events approved, and we need to get them through the pipeline of course responsibly, but effectively."

Click the play button below to hear the complete AgriTalk interview with Hurst and Hill. The interview begins at about the 5-minute mark:

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