Motherwell worked to get back into the match but couldn’t find a way past Craig Gordon as Celtic kept possession and pushed for a third.It wasn’t to come but the final whistle brought a treble and a sixth successive trophy win for Brendan Rodgers and his players. Celtic have become the first Scottish club to win back-to-back trebles after defeating Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden.A 2-0 win means Brendan Rodgers’ side added the trophy to the Premiership title and League Cup they had already won this season, successfully defending all three trophies to take a place in the record books.The holders dominated the match at Hampden, taking the lead after just 11 minutes when Callum McGregor fired in a powerful shot.Celtic doubled their lead 14 minutes later when Olivier Ntcham hit a low shot that spun into the bottom corner beyond Trevor Carson.
In a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and Ranking Member Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) joined eight other major agricultural associations in expressing support for a provision in the Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations bill that would give growers assurance that biotech crops that have already been approved by USDA can be planted and harvested under temporary stewardship conditions in the event of litigation against USDA’s decision. Introduced by Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), the provision addresses a costly vulnerability in the regulatory process for biotechnology that is discouraging innovation in agriculture and unnecessarily putting farmers at financial risk.”Opponents of agricultural biotechnology have repeatedly filed suits against USDA on procedural grounds in order to disrupt the regulatory process and undermine the science-based regulation of such products,” wrote the groups in the letter. “These lawsuits have also created tremendous resource constraints for USDA and have resulted in significant delays in approval of new, innovative products that will help growers provide Americans with an abundant and economical food supply while remaining competitive in the world market.””Section 733 provides certainty to growers with respect to their planting decisions. If enacted, growers would be assured that the crops they plant could continue to be grown, subject to appropriate interim conditions, even after a judicial ruling against USDA,” continued the groups. “The inclusion of Section 733 is a positive step to ensure that U.S. farmers and our food chain are shielded from supply disruptions caused by litigation over procedural issues unrelated to sound science or the safety of biotech crops. This legislative solution ensures that national agricultural policy is not being decided by the court system while providing a level of certainty that is critical to ensure that our agricultural producers continue to lead the world.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Patrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, firstname.lastname@example.org