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Published June 05, 2014, 02:50 PM

Ag groups renew support for biotech wheat

Sixteen organizations in Australia, Canada and the United States have officially reconfirmed their commitment to innovation and biotechnology in wheat.

By: Agweek staff report,

Sixteen organizations in Australia, Canada and the United States have officially reconfirmed their commitment to innovation and biotechnology in wheat.

The new agreement, which comes five years after the previous document was signed, calls for the “responsible advancement of biotech traits and other breeding advancements in wheat,” according to U.S. Wheat Associates, one of the 16 organizations signing the new agreement.

U.S. Wheat Associates develops markets for U.S. wheat in more than 100 countries.

The 16 groups encourage the governments of wheat producing and importing countries “to maintain sound, science-based regulatory systems, as well as to adopt reasonable low-level-presence policies to minimize trade disruptions.” The groups say it will work toward “synchronized commercialization of biotech traits in wheat in the three countries.”

The group adds that customer choice is paramount. “We stand ready to assist all industry segments to assure supplies of non-biotech wheat within reasonable commercial tolerances to markets that require it,” according to the agreement.

The new agreement includes the addition of the broad-based American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union.

Other U.S. organizations signing the agreement are the National Association of Wheat Growers and the North American Millers’ Association.

The Canadian signatories are:

•Canadian National Millers Association

•Cereals Canada

•Grain Farmers of Ontario

•Grain Growers of Canada

•Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association

Australian signatories are:

•AgForce Queensland

•Grain Growers Limited

•Grain Producers Australia

•Grain Producers SA

•Pastoral and Graziers Association of Western Australia

•Victorian Farmers Federations Grains Group

The full statement is available online at www.uswheat.org/biotechnology and www.wheatworld.org/biotech.

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