USGC Urges US Farmers, Handlers, Exporters to Strictly Adhere to Stewardship Program Statement from

February 27, 2014 | Commerce

“The U.S. Grains Council welcomes the announcement of an aggressive stewardship program for the release of Syngenta seed trait Agrisure Duracade to minimize the risk of export trade disruption. It is important for all sectors of the value chain -- individual farmers, technology providers, shippers and exporters alike -- to recognize the potentially significant international implications of their actions. The Council therefore urges producers who choose to plant Agrisure Duracade in 2014 to adhere carefully to their stewardship responsibilities in order to minimize the risk to U.S. export sales.

“Today’s unfortunate reality is that biotechnology approval systems around the world are...

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Ethanol firm to resume production at Valley plant

February 27, 2014

Feb. 27--Sacramento's Pacific Ethanol Inc. has come back.

Five years after mothballing its production plants and placing them in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the pioneering ethanol company announced record earnings Wednesday and said it will restart its Madera plant this spring.

The company brewed its first batch of ethanol at the facility in 2006, which has been idle for five years. It's the last of the four Pacific Ethanol plants to go back into service after horrendous market conditions forced the company into hibernation when the market went into a tailspin.

"We are excited to achieve this important milestone for the company," said President and Chief...

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