Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Just in from Washington

Farm Bureau Urges Approval of New Herbicide-Tolerant Corn
The Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service should approve non-regulated status for a new variety of herbicide-tolerant corn, AFBF said last week in regulatory comments to APHIS and a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The corn variety is resistant to the widely used herbicide 2, 4-D.
AFBF wrote that APHIS’ plant pest risk assessment justifies a determination of non-regulated status for DAS-40278-9, the regulatory name of the genetically engineered corn variety developed by DowAgroSciences. Farm Bureau said the new variety would give farmers a way to manage hard-to-control weeds and deal with potential herbicide resistance.
“U.S. agriculture must stay on the cutting edge of technology” to remain competitive and meet growing world demand for agricultural commodities, said AFBF President Bob Stallman.
 “U.S. agriculture has nearly two decades of experience with herbicide-tolerant biotechnology, which has proven to deliver exceptional economic, environmental and conservation benefits,” AFBF said in its regulatory comments. “Going forward, continued advancements in multi-modal, herbicide-tolerant biotech crops, such as those facilitated by DAS-40278-9 technology, will be essential for U.S. farmers to maintain their lead as the world’s most productive, innovative and sustainable growers.”

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