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Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Regarding Right to Grow GMO Program

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 21, 2014 – “Now more than ever, it is imperative that American farmers have access to new technologies to continue to provide a safe, healthy and affordable food supply both domestically and internationally. While the U.S. regulatory system is built on predictability and ensuring that new technology is safe, we also recognize that our international customers are subject to their own regulatory systems.  As such, it is important that U.S. exporters meet the needs of our export customers.

“In this vein, The American Farm Bureau Federation applauds the announcement between Syngenta and Gavilon Grain, LLC, concerning their agreement to ensure that farmers who are looking to plant new technologies have a reliable way to market their product.  The ‘Right to Grow’ program will serve as a model to provide confidence for the American farmer that they will continue to have access to new technologies while meeting the needs of our international customers.”

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