Roundup Ready Alfalfa to Be Tracked by Lot to End-user

USDA revises its rules on handling the 'outlawed' hay and seed.

Published on: Dec 27, 2007

On December 18, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service revised its administrative order regarding the production, shipping and labeling requirements for Roundup Ready alfalfa. Its initial order followed last May's injunction by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the production and marketing of Roundup Ready alfalfa seed or hay.

The latest changes arose from an appeal by the National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance. NAFA asked APHIS for additional options and greater flexibility in handling court-declared illegal RR hay.

Initially, APHIS required all alfalfa leaving the farm where it was produced be "identified by a bale tag attached to the binding twine or wire and marked 'Roundup Ready Alfalfa.'" NAFA sought an additional option, allowed for identification by "lots" and being accompanied by detailed documentation relating to the buyer, seller and load.

The supplemental order published Tuesday - see the link below - includes the additional, NAFA proposed option. "APHIS's supplemental order is a great relief to alfalfa producers," says Beth Nelson, NAFA President. "It makes compliance more affordable, practical and much safer. We're very pleased with the outcome."

For more details, visit USDA's Web site at: www.aphis.usda.gov/biotechnology/current_initiatives.shtml#alfalfa.