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TITLE:  Farm Progress Survey shows widespread acceptance of biotech
        grain by corn belt elevators
SOURCE: Pioneer Hi-Bred press release
        http://www.pioneer.com/pioneer_news/press_releases/biotech_
        survey_2000.htm
DATE:   February 24, 2000

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Farm Progress Survey shows widespread acceptance of biotech grain by 
corn belt elevators

DES MOINES, IOWA Đ More than 80 percent of grain elevators throughout 
the Corn Belt have said they are planning to accept biotech corn 
grain containing Bt and LibertyLink (1) traits in the fall of 2000, 
according to a survey by the Farm Progress Companies. More than 88 
percent of these elevators will accept biotech soybeans produced with 
the Roundup Ready (2) trait. Nearly 1,200 elevators throughout Iowa, 
Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska and other Corn Belt states 
were surveyed in February 2000. The survey was conducted by the Farm 
Progress Companies and commissioned by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, 
Inc.

The survey among elevators was conducted to examine the marketability 
of biotech grain at U.S. elevators next fall amidst speculation that 
some farmers may not have a market for this grain. The results show 
widespread acceptance of biotech grain across the Corn Belt. Among 
all elevators surveyed, over 78 percent said that they do not market 
any grain overseas, eliminating the issue for most growers.

Over 75 percent of elevators said they were not planning to segregate 
biotech and conventional corn this fall. Nearly 80 percent of 
respondents said they were not planning to segregate biotech and 
conventional soybeans. More than 85 percent of the elevators said 
they were not going to test their corn or soybean deliveries this 
fall for biotech traits. Nearly 90 percent of those surveyed said 
they were not going to pay a premium for non-biotech corn and over 85 
percent said they were not paying a premium for non-biotech soybeans.

"These results show a widespread acceptance of biotech grain 
throughout the Corn Belt," says Greg Wandrey, Ph.D., biotechnology 
policy manager for Pioneer. "If growers have questions on grain 
acceptance, they should contact their local grain handler. However, 
this survey shows that most grain elevators, even in states with 
large export markets like Illinois, will accept biotech grain without 
a penalty.

"Growers can make their seed purchase decisions this spring on 
overall value, rather than concerns over market acceptance." Results 
from the survey vary slightly from state to state. However, the state 
survey results generally match the overall Corn Belt results.

The Farm Progress Companies survey was conducted February 11-18, 
2000. The national sampling has a standard error of +/-3 percent. A 
summary of the survey by Farm Progress Companies among the Corn Belt 
elevators follows. Individual survey results are listed for Iowa, 
Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, other corn and soybean 
producing states and the overall summary. The number of elevators 
surveyed within each geography is also listed.

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a DuPont business, is the 
worldŐs leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics to 
farmers worldwide. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer 
develops, produces and markets a full line of top-quality seeds, 
forage and grain additives, and provides services to customers in 
nearly 100 countries. DuPont is a science company, delivering science-
based solutions that make a difference in peopleŐs lives in food and 
nutrition; health care; apparel; home and construction; electronics; 
and transportation. 

1 Registered trademark of the Aventis Group.
2 Registered trademark of Monsanto Company.

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U.S. RESULTS:

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1. Are you planning to purchase biotech corn such as BT or
   Liberty Link in the fall of 2000?

       Iowa  Illinois  Indiana Minnesota Nebraska  Other States  U.S.
No    15.7%    11.3%    33.9%    13.5%    13.9%       24.3%     18.4%
Yes   84.3%    88.7%    66.1%    86.5%    86.1%       75.7%     81.6%
Base    204      204      174      200      201         202      1185

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2. Are you planning to test corn deliveries this fall to determine
   if they are conventional or biotech?

       Iowa  Illinois  Indiana Minnesota Nebraska  Other States  U.S.
No    84.8%    82.4%    79.9%    85.5%    89.1%       92.1%    85.7%
Yes   15.2%    17.6%    20.1%    14.5%    10.9%        7.9%    14.3%
Base    204      204      174      200      201         202     1185

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3. Are you planning to pay a premium for non-biotech corn this fall?

       Iowa  Illinois  Indiana Minnesota Nebraska  Other States  U.S.
No    93.1%    75.5%    92.5%    83.5%    94.0%       97.5%    89.3%
Yes    6.9%    24.5%     7.5%    16.5%     6.0%        2.5%    10.7%
Base    203      204      174      200      201         202     1184

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4. Are you planning to segregate biotech corn and conventional corn
   this fall?

       Iowa  Illinois  Indiana Minnesota Nebraska  Other States  U.S.
No    68.6%    69.6%    69.6%    74.0%    81.6%       89.6%    75.7%
Yes   31.4%    30.4%    30.1%    26.0%    18.4%       10.4%    24.3%
Base    204      204      173      200      201         202     1184

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5. Are you planning to purchase biotech soybeans such as Roundup
   Ready in the fall of 2000?

       Iowa  Illinois  Indiana Minnesota Nebraska  Other States  U.S.
No     4.4%     5.9%    13.2%    11.6%    16.5%       21.1%    12.0%
Yes   95.6%    94.1%    86.8%    88.4%    83.5%       78.9%    88.0%
Base    204      204      174      199      200         199     1180

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6. Are you planning to test soybean deliveries this fall to determine
   if they are conventional or biotech?

       Iowa  Illinois  Indiana Minnesota Nebraska  Other States  U.S.
No    88.2%    80.9%    82.8%    81.0%    89.6%       89.6%    85.4%
Yes   11.8%    19.1%    17.2%    19.0%    10.4%       10.4%    14.6%
Base    204      204      174      200      201         202     1185

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7. Are you planning to segregate biotech soybeans and conventional
   soybeans this fall?

       Iowa  Illinois  Indiana Minnesota Nebraska  Other States  U.S.
No    77.5%    71.6%    79.9%    75.4%    87.5%       87.4%    79.8%
Yes   22.5%    28.4%    20.1%    24.6%    12.5%       12.6%    20.2%
Base    204      204      174      199      200         199     1180

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8. Are you planning to pay a premium for non-biotech soybeans this
   fall?

       Iowa  Illinois  Indiana Minnesota Nebraska  Other States  U.S.
No    85.8%    72.1%    88.5%    82.9%    94.5%       91.0%    85.7%
Yes   14.2%    27.9%    11.5%    17.1%     5.5%        9.0%    14.3%
Base   204   204    174   199    200    199   1180

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9. What percentage of grain do you market overseas?
                               
            Iowa  Illinois Indiana Minnesota Nebraska   Other    U.S.
                                                       States
 0%        77.9%   73.2%    85.4%    69.4%    84.9%     83.3%  78.8%
 1 -  10%  10.3%    3.1%     7.3%     8.7%     8.6%      4.7%   7.1%

US market3 88.2%   76.3%    92.7%    78.1%    93.5%     88.0%  85.9%

11 -  20%   2.5%    2.6%     1.8%     4.1%     2.7%      2.6%   2.7%
21 -  30%   2.5%    1.5%     2.4%     2.0%     0.5%      1.6%   1.8%
31 -  40%   1.5%    2.1%     0.6%     3.1%     0.0%      0.5%   1.3%
41 -  50%   1.5%    3.6%     0.0%     3.6%     1.1%      2.1%   2.0%
51 -  60%   0.5%    3.1%     0.0%     1.5%     0.0%      0.5%   1.0%
61 -  70%   0.0%    0.5%     0.0%     2.6%     0.0%      1.6%   0.8%
71 -  80%   2.5%    2.6%     1.8%     3.1%     0.5%      1.6%   2.0%
81 -  90%   0.0%    1.5%     0.0%     1.5%     1.1%      0.0%   0.7%
91 - 100%   1.0%    6.2%     0.6%     0.5%     0.5%      1.6%   1.8%

Base         204     194      164      196      186       192   1136

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3: line added by HM, GENET

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
Jerry Harrington
harringtonje@phibred.com
(515) 334-6908
or 
Doyle Karr
(515) 270-3428
karrda@phibred.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


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