(Posted Fri. Aug 24th, 2012)
Aug. 24: This week, the National Corn Growers Association and the American Soybean Association brought together key industry stakeholders to continue a dialogue on ways to improve cooperation and communication on biotechnology and market access issues. The meetings built upon prior discussions, during which representatives from a broad array of interests agreed that it would be beneficial for the industry to communicate more regularly and openly on such matters.
ASA President Steve Wellman and NCGA Chairman Bart Schott opened the meeting by welcoming farmers, members of the grain trade, biotechnology company leadership and others from the grain and oilseed trade and by extending thanks for the efforts invested in this dialogue. In his remarks, Schott reinforced that NCGA and ASA chose to play a leadership role in this process because of the value their members see in providing the entire industry with an open space in which to find ways to improve communication.
“Only through open, honest communication, like that fostered here, will we be able to find the solutions vital to the future of our industry as a whole,” explained Schott during his introductory remarks.
Additionally, expert panels led discussions on a variety of topics including low-level presence policies and the status of trait approvals worldwide, specifically addressing the current status of approvals in China and the European Union.
In addition to NCGA and ASA, a variety of groups participated including the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the American Seed Trade Association, the North American Export Grain Association and the National Grain and Feed Association.