(Posted Tue. Aug 9th, 2016)
The National Corn Growers Association welcomed two regulators from the Ministry of Agriculture in China today for discussions on the need to better synchronize regulatory systems and the importance U.S. farmers place upon the availability of new technologies. The meeting was only one stop in a three-month long program designed by Dr. Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, director of the Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center at the University of Missouri – Columbia, through which the officials will delve into how the U.S. regulatory testing system functions.
In addition to NCGA, the team has already met with farmers, the U.S. Soybean Export Council and various private companies. Next, they will travel to Washington for discussions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
NCGA Vice President of Production and Stewardship Paul Bertels and Director of Biotechnology and Crop Inputs Nathan Fields participated in today’s discussion. In addition to learning more about the regulatory system as a whole, the group is looking at how data is generated to support these processes.