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  • University of Georgia professor William “Bill” Branch was named the Georgia Seed Development Professor in Peanut Breeding and Genetics. Branch, the breeder behind Georgia-06G, joined UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1978, and has developed more than 20 new peanut varieties to increase yield and grade, as well as strengthen resistance characteristics, better…

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  •  The American Institute of Biological Sciences is holding a webinar on Thursday, February 27 when Patrick Reilly from the U.S. State Department will discuss the Nagoya Protocol, the system of rules for sharing genetic resources.  During “Life Finds A Way: An Overview of the Nagoya Protocol from the U.S. Government,” Reilly will give a short history…

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  • Funding is available for 20 scholars from African universities or research institutes to attend this year’s International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research, but the deadline to apply is fast approaching. This conference, held in Cordoba, Argentina, has the theme “Accelerating Bioeconomy Growth Through Applied Research and Policy Change.” Applicants go through the regular abstract process…

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  • The Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement soon will begin accepting applications for Centers of Innovation, National Agriculture Research System institutions that would work with the innovation lab on crop improvement research, variety development and release. Projects through the ILCI must be led by a Principal Investigator (PI) based at a NARS institution from a Feed the Future target…

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  • USAID is accepting concept papers for a consortium-style Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Animal Health. The solicitation is an Annual Program Statement (APS), which allows for implementing partners to co-design, alongside USAID and other stakeholders, programmatic solutions to priority development objectives.  The goal of this APS is to provide a framework and mechanism through…

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  • Planters, the Virginia-based snack food company known for peanuts, is getting a lot of media attention after killing off its iconic mascot, Mr. Peanut. The company released a commercial last week depicting the top hat-wearing character driving the Nutmobile (a peanut-shaped mini-bus) over a cliff. As Mr. Peanut and two passengers – actors Wesley Snipes…

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  • Agrilinks is hosting a webinar on digital technologies and their potential in the ag sector on Dec. 11 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Digital technologies have demonstrated the potential to redefine economic growth models, empower poor people with new communications tools, and facilitate more productive interactions and financial transactions across agricultural market systems and value chains.…

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