Fortunately, U.S. and international biotechnology companies will have dozens of new transgenic events that increase crop yields and quality ready for registration by 2015. Unfortunately, the world is lacking a synchronized, science-based system for securing approval of this new technology. Regulatory roadblocks and divergent approval systems are slowing the biotechnology-driven yield advances needed to feed our growing world. Indiana Soybean Alliance is a sponsor of the International Biotechnology Symposium on Monday, August 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, Ill. the day before the 2013 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. The Symposium will bring together biotechnology regulators, international trade experts and farmers from around the world to discuss ways to streamline regulatory and trade approvals for farmer use of biotech seed and the worldwide trade of soybeans, corn and other crops grown with biotechnology.
There is still an opportunity to register to attend the day-long event hosted by the Illinois Soybean Association along with leading U.S. agricultural organizations and biotechnology providers. Visit www.biotechnologysymposium.com to learn more. Attendees will hear from presenters and panelists from around the world regarding current systems, challenges, progress made and what individuals and organizations can do to help this process. The agenda includes discussions by an international biotech panel, who will review the current pipeline and process; an international regulatory panel and an international farmer panel, who will cover the importance of technology from a production standpoint. Keynote speakers who will address the economic impacts of delayed approvals and the affects biotechnology has on world development and global food security include Dr. Bob Thompson and Dr. Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes.
Visit www.biotechnologysymposium.com for registration and a full agenda.
In addition to Indiana Soybean Alliance – the state soybean checkoff, sponsors include USSEC, Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Dow AgroSciences, Penton/Farm Progress, Nebraska Soybean Board, WinField, Ohio Soybean Council, and Bayer CropScience.