(Posted Mon. Oct 22nd, 2012)
Oct. 22: Last week, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a team of government officials from the Philippines brought here by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service to look at current trends and legislation relating to biotechnology and to examine the effects biotechnology has on small farms and rural incomes.
The team, which included Committee Affairs Bureau of the House of Representatives Executive Director Viola Veloso, Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary Edilberto De Luna and National Corn Competitiveness Board Executive Director Salvador Umengan, was brought to the United States in the hopes that their training would continue to support the Philippines’s implementation of science-based agricultural biotechnology regulations.
NCGA consistently promotes the development of science-based regulations for biotechnology and in many other areas. In helping develop the knowledge base necessary to do so abroad, NCGA increases opportunities to commercialize biotech crops abroad. This team in particular could benefit corn farmers due to the Philippines’s role as a biotech leader in the region.
NCGA Director of Biotechnology and Economic Analysis Nathan Fields provided the team with an overview presentation on how new varieties of corn developed through biotechnology have helped corn farmers as individuals and the industry as a whole.