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2-Plants: U.S. wheat growers making the case for biotech wheat

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TITLE:  NAWG Making the Case for Biotech Wheat
SOURCE: National Association of Wheat Growers, USA
DATE:   5 Aug 2005

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NAWG Making the Case for Biotech Wheat

At a meeting this week with the Monsanto Growers Advisory Council, NAWG
President Sherman Reese announced NAWG is talking to other agribusiness
groups about the future of growing and selling biotech wheat.

Underpinning these discussions are the beliefs that:
- Biotechnology has a critical role to play in the future of the U.S.
wheat industry, and producers will be direct beneficiaries. Therefore,
producers need to take a more active role to bring about its introduction.
- The domestic market will be more welcoming of the first biotechnology
trait than foreign markets.
- Wheat growers have a narrow window of time to make a successful
introduction, or risk becoming an "orphan crop" and supplanted
domestically by drought-tolerant corn, soybeans and other crops. Drought
tolerant corn is expected on the market no later than 2011.
- The mainstream commodity channel will eventually be indifferent to
biotechnology, and we will support that direction. Efforts to segregate
should focus on non-biotech varieties for customers who demand it. This
demand may be satisfied by organic wheat or by the evolution of a
commercial non-biotech channel.

For additional discussion and comment on this vitally important issue to
our industry, read the NAWG Blog.

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TITLE:  Monsanto announces advisory council
SOURCE: Associated Press
DATE:   2 Apr 2001

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Monsanto announces advisory council

Recently retired Illinois Congressman Tom Ewing will head a growers
advisory council at agriculture and biotechnology company Monsanto Co.,
which will look to it for advice and guidance on its business, policies
and the needs of American farmers.

"I believe Monsanto is setting an important precedent," Ewing said.
"Opening a direct line between American producers and the senior
management at Monsanto is a tremendous step toward a dialogue process
that should benefit all parties."

Along with Ewing, the council is made up of leaders of agricultural and
commodity organizations in the United States.

The decision to ask Ewing to head the 17-member group stems from a report
he asked the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of
Congress, to prepare during his last term.

The report, on price differences in agriculture between the U.S. and
Argentina, drew Monsanto's attention, said Carl Casale, Monsanto's vice
president and general manager for its North Americana agriculture business.

The panel, which met for the first time last month, will serve as a
sounding board for reviewing policy at the St. Louis-based Monsanto
policy, will provide growers a forum within the company, and help
identify the future direction of work in commodity and value-added crops.

Ewing, 65, represented the heavily agricultural 15th District in eastern
Illinois for 10 years. The Republican from Pontiac, Ill., served on the
House Committee on Agriculture while in office.

Shares of Monsanto fell 63 cents to $35.02 in trading on the New York
Stock Exchange.


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