The American Soybean Association and eight other ag associations joined together in a letter this week to the House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers and Ranking Member Norm Dicks. The letter expressed the associations’ support for a provision in the Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations bill that would assure biotech crops already approved by USDA can be planted and harvested under temporary stewardship conditions in case of litigation against USDA’s decision. The groups say opponents of agricultural biotechnology have repeatedly filed suits against USDA on procedural grounds in order to disrupt the regulatory process and undermine the science-based regulation of such products. The provision – introduced by Ag Subcommittee Chairman Jack Kingston – would provide growers with certainty regarding their planting decisions – according to the groups – who say it’s also a positive step in protecting U.S. farmers and the food supply.
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