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USDA Clarifies Rules for Buying and Receiving Seeds and Plants from other Countries

Last year, there was quite the uproar as people reported shipments of unsolicited seeds arriving from other countries. This was the subject of an initial newsletter article in July 2020 and a follow up article earlier this year in March.

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USDA Clarifies Rules for Buying and Receiving Seeds and Plants from other Countries

Last year, there was quite the uproar as people reported shipments of unsolicited seeds arriving from other countries. This was the subject of a newsletter article in July 2020. Many dozens, if not hundreds, of these unwanted seed shipments were reported

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Beware of Unsolicited Gifts (Seeds)!

People in several states, including several residents in Kentucky, have received unsolicited small packages of foreign seeds in the mail from China. Potentially these can pose a threat to Kentucky agriculture and the environment through the introduction of invasive plants

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Insect Winter Survival Strategies – A Season of “Arrested Development”

Surviving Kentucky winters is a challenge for cold-blooded arthropods. A few species, such as the monarch butterfly, cede cold weather to the hardy and fly south for the winter. Those that remain use a state of arrested development called diapause

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When Genetic Engineering is the Environmentally Friendly Choice

(First published July 27, 2017 at: https://ensia.com/voices/genetically-engineered-crops/) CRISPR gene editing can fight crop disease far more benignly than conventional practices Which is more disruptive to a plant: genetic engineering or conventional breeding? It often surprises people to learn that GE

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