Syngenta this week announced an agreement with Gavilon Grain, LLC, that provides grain marketing opportunities for farmers who choose to plant Syngenta's Agrisure Duracade through the "Right to Grow" program.
For farmers participating in the program, Gavilon will accept Agrisure Duracade grain at market price while providing stewardship and distribution services for producers. The move follows concern about grain rejections in export markets due to unapproved traits.
"Our unique program will help farmers remain competitive while navigating a more complex global supply chain," said David Morgan, Syngenta Seeds, Inc., president. "The 'Right to Grow' program is a collaborative effort, giving farmers the choice to adopt new technology with the confidence of knowing they have options for marketing their grain."
Jim Anderson, Gavilon chief operating officer, added: "In supporting farmers who choose to grow Agrisure Duracade, we will demonstrate the supply chain's capability to expand beyond the basic commodity model in grain marketing, which is the future of market access for U.S. grains."
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Also in on the plan is the National Corn Growers Association, which will continue to provide information regarding the status of import approvals with key importing markets and reference stewardship plans in place through its Know Before You Grow website as they become available.
"We are pleased to see Syngenta's efforts to administer a limited trait release of Agrisure Duracade that seeks to balance the importance of maintaining farmers' access to technology while maintaining markets for U.S. corn," NCGA President Martin Barbre said. "NCGA consistently strives to optimize opportunities for U.S. corn growers and values efforts from parties across the value chain to support achievement of our goals."
"As it is in the best interest of corn farmers and the value chain as a whole, NCGA strongly encourages all farmers to consult with their seed providers and their first purchasers when making planting decisions," added Barbre.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman also supported the agreement.
"While the U.S. regulatory system is built on predictability and ensuring that new technology is safe, we also recognize that our international customers are subject to their own regulatory systems. As such, it is important that U.S. exporters meet the needs of our export customers.
"The 'Right to Grow' program will serve as a model to provide confidence for the American farmer that they will continue to have access to new technologies while meeting the needs of our international customers," Stallman concluded.
Agrisure Duracade is Syngenta's next-generation CRW trait, offering corn insect control in two trait stack options for above- and below-ground insect control. Agrisure Duracade technology features the industry's first hybrid Bt protein and is the first trait technology to be launched with trait preservation in mind.