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Farm Bureau comments on coexistence


The Agriculture Department is soliciting public comments on how to strengthen agricultural coexistence—the concurrent use of organic, conventional and modern biotechnology in agriculture production—in the United States. USDA is seeking public comment to identify ways to foster communication and collaboration among those involved in all sectors of agriculture production.

The comment period is related to AC21, a committee that advises the secretary of agriculture on issues related to coexistence and consists of 23 members representing a range of production agriculture, organic, biotechnology and academic interests. Barry Bushue, vice president of AFBF and president of Oregon Farm Bureau, serves on the committee.

Farm Bureau strongly believes that coexistence is working and, as of The Hoosier Farmer’s March 3 deadline, was planning to submit comments to USDA by the March 4 deadline. For more information on coexistence, visit the USDA’s website,, click on “Topics” then “Biotechnology,” and then on the link labeled “Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).”

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