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Bob Dole and Marshall Matz: Private Sector Distribution System is Missing Link in Food Security

By Senator Bob Dole and Marshall Matz, as published in The Des Moines Register The World Food Prize Foundation, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is again focusing attention on food security by honoring Dr. Akin Adesina, the president of the African Develo… Read More
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John Block: Ag Issues 2017

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture posted the announcement of this year’s World Food Prize Foundation laureate.  At one time, he was the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, and he now runs the Afric… Read More
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John Block: This and That

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I will cover a list of issues today. I am encouraged to note that Secretary Vilsack made a wise suggestion to the House and Senate Ag Committees. He said they should change the “Farm Bill’s” name. He is r… Read More
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Borlaug’s Dream is Within Reach in Africa

By Marshall Matz, as published in The Des Moines Register Norman Borlaug, the father of the World Food Prize and the winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, had a dream. His dream was to extend the Green Revolution to Africa. His work introducing hi… Read More
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OFW Law’s MMXIII in Retrospect

As MMXIV starts, it’s time for a retrospective look at MMXIII.  What follows is a list of noteworthy events from MMXIII in our food, drug, medical device, and agriculture corner of the universe, focusing on matters that were of particular interes… Read More
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The Vatican Enters a GMO “Palaver,” Supports Use of Biotechnology

By Marshall L. Matz with Peter Matz, as published by Agri-Pulse “Palaver” is a wonderful word used in Africa to mean a patient and thorough exploration of a major problem.  It is a process that brings together all stakeholders to respectfully… Read More
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Universities Salute World Food Prize Commitment to Sound Science & Biotechnology

As I mentioned last week, a major coalition of farm, food and anti-hunger organizations joined 30 institutions of higher education in praising the World Food Prize Foundation for shining a spotlight on agricultural biotechnology with this year’… Read More
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Major Coalition, including Academia, Commends World Food Prize for Supporting Biotechnology

A very broad coalition of 100 food and agriculture organizations, including 30 research universities and anti-hunger organizations, have sent a letter to World Food Prize Foundation in Iowa commending them for a focus on biotechnology this year. The… Read More
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