(Posted Mon. Nov 10th, 2014)
The National Corn Growers Association today applauded the inclusion of biotechnology on the agenda at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit this week in China.
During the summit, President Obama is expected to press Chinese President Xi Jinpig on delays in approving biotechnology traits for corn and other commodities.
“Biotechnology is important to U.S. corn farmers, allowing them to increase yields and reduce their environmental impact,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair John Linder. “China could be an important market for U.S. corn, but without timely approval of new biotechnology products, trade becomes unpredictable.”
NCGA joined 12 other farming and agribusiness organizations in signing a Sept. 30 letter to Obama requesting biotech approval to be a central focus of the summit agenda. Click here for the letter.