(Posted Fri. Sep 9th, 2016)

Keywords: Trade Biotech

  Representatives of the National Corn Growers Association, along with leaders from seven state departments of agriculture and 22 U.S. ag organizations and companies have embarked upon a trade mission to Hong Kong and Shanghai led by Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Alexis Taylor. This mission extends activities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Women in Agriculture initiative into foreign markets while working to grow export opportunities for U.S. farmers and ranchers.   "Women play an important role in U.S. agriculture, and they have a story that is powerful both for those in domestic and foreign markets," said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team member Janna Fritz, who is with the delegation. "This trade mission allows us to examine opportunities and strengthen relationships between the United States and China from a unique perspective. Together, we are working to grow trade for tomorrow while expanding...

(Posted Mon. May 13th, 2013)

Keywords: biotech

May 13: The National Corn Growers Association expressed support today for the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Bowman v. Monsanto. The court ruled unanimously that Bowman, an Indiana farmer, violated Monsanto's patent on genetically modified soybeans when he purchased some from a grain elevator and used them to replant his own crop in future years. In doing so, the court reaffirmed the importance of maintain the integrity of intellectual property laws as they pertain to agricultural biotechnology. “In their ruling today, the court upheld the American values that underpin our economic system and help maintain our national spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship,” said NCGA Chair Garry Niemeyer, a farmer from Illinois. “It is essential to future research that companies are able to profit from their innovations already on the market and under patent protection. In upholding the integrity of this right, the court shows that the American dream of achieving success through hard...

(Posted Fri. May 10th, 2013)

Keywords: Biotech Regulatory USDA

May 10: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement today that it will prepare a full environmental impact statement regarding certain herbicide-resistant crops is bad news for corn farmers, the National Corn Growers Association said. “NCGA is extremely disappointed in USDA’s decision to require a full environmental impact statement for a much-needed corn biotechnology trait,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “Particularly troubling in today’s decision was that this trait has languished in USDA’s regulatory system for nearly four years. Despite this longer-than-normal review, USDA failed to provide any new scientific justification for requiring a full EIS versus the normal environmental assessment.” Growers need new herbicide products in corn, soy and cotton to manage weed pressure and limit their environmental footprint while helping ensure we can meet all needs for food, feed and fuel, Johnson said. This is why NCGA has promoted weed resistance management among corn...