Monsanto Completes Regulatory Submission
Monsanto Company recently completed regulatory submission to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for dicamba-tolerant soybeans, and expects to complete regulatory submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and key global markets in the coming months. Upon commercialization, the dicamba-tolerance trait is expected to be stacked with the Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean trait to provide soybean farmers with more weed management options.

Standard Tests For Seed Count Labeling Passes Vote
The National Conference on Weights and Measures has passed a vote to standardize testing methods and procedures for seed count labeling. The American Seed Trade Association filed a petition to amend Handbook 133 of the National Institute of Science and Technology, which includes procedures for testing packages labeled by weight, volume, measure and count. The petition requests the handbook match the standards of the Association of Official Seed Analysts for testing seeds. The amendment, effective January 1, 2011, is specific to corn, soybean, field bean and wheat seed. It’s designed to reduce confusion from a regulatory compliance standpoint and provides uniformity and harmonization of state laws.

USDA/APHIS Opens New Plant Inspection Station
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced the opening of a new plant inspection station in Miami, Fla. The new $25 million, state-of-the-art facility was built to meet the increasing demand for plant inspection and processing services. The Miami facility is the busiest plant inspection station in the United States, handling 78.5 percent of all propagative plant material imported into the United States in 2009. The update will enable APHIS to better meet the needs of importers and protect Florida’s $87 billion agriculture industry and natural resources from foreign plant pests and diseases.


Monsanto Corn Technologies Receive EU Approval
Monsanto Company has received European Union authorization of two of its corn technology combinations: Genuity VT Double PRO and YieldGard VT Triple. The decisions cover the import, processing and food and feed use of grain and processed products. The final step in the approval process is publication of the decision by the European Commission. Import approvals for both products have already been obtained in all key countries that import corn from the United States.

EU Approves Corn Trait Stacks
The European Commission has granted import, food, feed and processing approvals for biotechnology maize products jointly developed by DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred and Dow AgroSciences LLC. Maize products containing the Herculex I insect protection and the Herculex RW trait stack and maize products containing the Herculex RW, Herculex I and Roundup Ready Corn 2 trait stack are now permitted for import into the European Union. Maize products containing these traits were assessed to be safe for use in food and feed by the European Food Safety Authority last April and have already been approved in nine countries around the world. These products are now authorized for import into the EU in accordance with EU regulations, including the appropriate labeling and traceability of the products.

Japan And Taiwan Approve Corn Amylase For Import
Syngenta Seeds Inc. has received import approvals from Japanese and Taiwanese regulatory authorities for its Enogen corn amylase trait, which has demonstrated improved productivity and sustainability in the production of ethanol from corn in tests conducted at ethanol plants. These regulatory approvals allow the importation of grain or co-products like dry distillers’ grains grown from corn hybrids containing the Enogen trait for food or feed use in Japan and Taiwan.

Monsanto Extends Post-Patent Commitment to 2021
Last December, Monsanto announced plans for the Roundup Ready soybean patent expiration in 2014. This included continuing global regulatory approvals through 2017. Since the announcement, Monsanto has worked with licensees, customers and the industry to develop further plans. Based on these conversations, Monsanto is extending this regulatory commitment through to 2021. By maintaining the RR soybean regulatory approvals in other countries through 2021, Monsanto is enabling farmers who continue to plant that technology post-patent to have access to broadly market their grain for many more years. It also gives farmers and the industry more than a decade to develop plans and mechanisms to assure continuing import approval support in export markets beyond 2021.

Argentina Wins Monsanto GM Patent in Europe
Monsanto cannot block Argentina’s soy meal exports to European Union countries, according to the EU’s Court of Justice, even though the meal is made using a technology the company has patented in Europe. Monsanto attempted to stop the exports, arguing that Argentinean soy meal infringed the European patent, even though it had previously allowed the technology to be freely used in Argentina. Monsanto holds European patents for Roundup Ready technology, which makes a transgenic soybean plant resistant to the widely used herbicide glyphosate. Argentina argued the patents only applied when the transgene was used for protecting living plants from the RR herbicide. The EU’s highest court upheld this decision, ruling that RR technology did not apply to products derived from soy containing the patented DNA sequence in a residual state. The ruling will make it easier to market the main soy products that Argentina sells to the EU, like flour and oil.

Mexico And Philippines Approve Syngenta Trait Stacks
Syngenta Seeds Inc. has received approval from regulatory authorities in both Mexico and the Philippines for both the Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack and the Agrisure Viptera 3110 trait stack. These regulatory approvals allow the importation of U.S. corn grown from hybrids containing either the Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack or the Agrisure Viptera 3110 trait stack into Mexico and the Philippines for food, feed or processing use.

Monsanto RR2 Soybeans Approved In Brazil
Monsanto Company has received approval by the National Technical Biosafety Committee for its Bt Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans for planting in Brazil. This is an important step toward the Brazilian commercialization of the first biotechnology trait Monsanto has developed specifically for a non-U.S. market. The company will commercialize Bt RR 2 Yield soybeans in Brazil upon completion of global approvals in key export markets.

ISTA Offers Proficiency Test on GMO Testing
The International Seed Testing Association will be holding its ISTA Proficiency Test on
GMO Testing on glycine max (soybean). Since GMO testing has been included in the ISTA Accreditation Programme, the participation in the ISTA Proficiency Tests on GMO Testing is compulsory for those ISTA member laboratories that have GMO testing methods in their scope of accreditation. The ISTA Proficiency Test on GMO Testing is also open to any other laboratory involved in GM seed testing. A laboratory can select the method appropriate to detect the presence or absence of GM seeds and to quantify its presence in samples of conventional seeds.