(Posted Mon. Nov 6th, 2017)
The National Corn Growers Association issued this statement today, in response to the Administration's announcement that it will withdraw the Part 340 proposed rule in favor of taking a closer look at reforming biotechnology regulatory processes.
"The National Corn Growers Association is encouraged by today's announcement and applauds USDA’s reconsideration of the proposed rule," said NCGA President and North Dakota Farmer Kevin Skunes. "The proposed rule had desirable elements, but the deficiencies found in key areas would have rendered the overall product unworkable for innovation and America’s farm families.
"On behalf of America's corn farmers, I commend Secretary Perdue for the serious nature with which he has approached this important and sizable task. The intent he has expressed in regard to working with stakeholders is heartening, and we look forward to collaborating with him to ensure that our nation's system regulating all agricultural technologies facilitates both the current and future needs of innovations important to families both on and off the farm."