JULY 2012


(Posted Wed. Jul 25th, 2012)

July 25: The National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team met last week in Washington for discussions and updates from government and industry experts.  The team addressed issues across biotechnology and trade in part looking at the multitude of situations in which biotechnology policies, regulations and approvals can impact trade.


“We were very impressed with the perspective the government experts offered into rapidly evolving situations that may affect trade,” said Chad Blindauer, team chair and South Dakota grower.  “Our team also appreciated the chance to interact with Argentine corn industry leadership and representation from technology providers. The in-depth look at each facet of the issues facing farmers allows us to form the most solid assessments possible heading into Corn Congress.”


Broadening their global perspective of the corn industry, the team met with representatives from MAIZAR, the Argentine trade association representing all aspects of the corn and sorghum value chain. MAIZAR Executive Director Martin Fraguio and President Alberto Morelli spoke with the team on a variety of issues, providing a first-hand analysis of Argentina’s corn production and perspective on a variety of issues common between the two countries.


Representatives from the five largest technology providers in corn, BASF, Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto, Pioneer and Syngenta, addressed new products in the pipeline and the regulatory status of new events close to coming to market.


NCGA’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team supports the organization in efforts to maintain and develop grower opportunities by increasing congressional support for NCGA’s international trade agenda, increasing funding for market development programs, supporting biotechnology availability, marketability and acceptance around the world while protecting the integrity of U.S. corn and education on these subjects.


“With numerous new products in the pipeline and the Trans Pacific Partnership talks underway, our team faces multiple situations that could impact the profitability of the average grower,” Blindauer said. “Drawing upon the deeper understanding we gained this week both through speakers and discussions, we feel ready to tackle these challenges in a thoughtful and comprehensive, yet still energetic, manner.”