Close to 30 representatives of the animal agriculture industry are meeting in St. Louis tomorrow to discuss the challenges of feeding the world’s growing population.
The international roundtable is being hosted by St. Charles-based Novus International. Novus produces animal feed additives and nutritional supplements.
An event starting Monday at the Danforth Plant Science Center is looking to match up investors with emerging agricultural technology companies from across the globe.
The third annual Ag Innovation Showcase will draw international venture capitalists and corporate agricultural investors like Monsanto, Syngenta and Dupont.
Showcase organizer Mark Gorski says sixteen agricultural start-ups from the Netherlands, India, and a number of other countries will be vying for their attention.
Missouri exports are up 18 percent in the first quarter of 2011. That’s according to data released Thursday by the World Trade Center Saint Louis.
The total dollar value of Missouri exports in Q1 was $3.4 billion, compared to $2.9 billion in 2010.
Tim Nowak is the Director of the World Trade Center. He says Asian markets continue to show the biggest growth potential for Missouri.
“Some of the highest growth that we’re seeing, double-digit growth is in Singapore, Indonesia, Korea, China,” says Nowak.
Missouri farmers stand to benefit under a free-trade pact currently before Congress.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in St. Louis today to urge Congress to pass the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
He said Missouri exports large amounts of pork and soybeans, products that have a ready market in South Korea.
Monsanto is entering a multi-year research collaboration with San Diego-based Sapphire Energy.
Sapphire specializes in genetically-engineering algae with the goal of producing drop-in replacements for fuels like gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
The collaboration between Sapphire and Monsanto will focus on identifying genes that positively affect growth in algae and that might also increase agricultural crop yields.
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