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Statement by Bob Stallman, President,American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding USDA Decision to Deregulate Roundup Ready Alfalfa

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 28, 2011 – “The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased by Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’sannouncement that the Agriculture Department will fully deregulate Roundup Ready alfalfa. The decision follows the completion of the comprehensive environmental impact statement (EIS) conducted by USDA that analyzed the potential environmental impact of Roundup Ready alfalfa, and concluded that it is safe and does not represent a plant pest risk. The action is consistent with the department’s statutory authority and the United States’ commitment to a science and risk-based regulatory system for agricultural biotechnology. Decisions based on sound science are the underpinning of U.S. domestic and international biotech policy.

“This week’s action by USDA clears up uncertainty for producers and allows them to move forward with planting decisions. Ensuring farmers and ranchers have access to the latest, proven-safe technology for food production is vital to their productivity in meeting the world’s growing food demand.”

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