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‘Right to Grow’ program to help give farmers access to new technology

—From Syngenta& the American
Farm Bureau Federation

Syngenta has announced an agreement with Gavilon Grain LLC that provides grain marketing opportunities for farmers who choose to plant Agrisure Duracade, the cutting-edge corn rootworm control technology that has been approved in the U.S.

For farmers participating in the “Right to Grow” program, Gavilon will accept Agrisure Duracade grain at market price while providing stewardship and distribution services for producers.

“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,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “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.

“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,” Stallman added.

“The ‘Right to Grow’ program is a collaborative effort, giving farmers the choice to adopt new technology with the confidence of knowing they have options for marketing their grain,” said David Morgan, president of Syngenta Seeds Inc.

“We are pleased to see Syngenta’s efforts to administer a limited trait release of Agrisure Duracade that seeks to balance the importance of maintaining farmers’ access to technology while maintaining markets for U.S. corn,” said Martin Barbre, president of the National Corn Growers Association.

NCGA will provide information regarding the status of import approvals with key importing markets and reference stewardship plans in place through its Know Before You Grow website as they become available.

“As it is in the best interest of corn farmers and the value chain as a whole, NCGA strongly encourages all farmers to consult with their seed providers and their first purchasers when making planting decisions,” added Barbre.

For more information about Agrisure Duracade and the “Right to Grow” program from Syngenta and Gavilon, visit www.agrisureduracade.com.

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