By Ross Korves - Economic Policy Analyst, Truth About Trade & Technology
Virginia Tech University and Monsanto recently announced a collaborative wheat breeding effort in which Monsanto will gain access to Virginia Tech’s wheat germplasm pool and Monsanto will provide Virginia Tech with current advanced breeding technologies and new ones as they are developed. Attributes that affect yield will be the initial breeding focus, including Fusarium head blight (scab) and drought tolerance. This agreement is the latest development in the U.S. over the last five years that will affect wheat breeding around the world.
Ross Korves joined Truth About Trade & Technology in 2004 and writes a weekly economic and trade policy analysis. Mr. Korves served the American Farm Bureau Federation as an Economist from 1980 – 2004. He served as Chief Economist from April 2001 through September 2003 and held the title of Senior Economist from September 2003 through August 2004. His analyses can be found at http://truthabouttrade.org/news/editorials/trade-policy-analysis