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NATIONAL

Syngenta Refuge In-A-Bag Corn Seed Approved
Syngenta has announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency has granted registration approval for two refuge-in-a-bag trait stacks. Agrisure Viptera 3220 E-Z Refuge and Agrisure 3122 E-Z Refuge feature five percent blended refuge and multiple modes of action for corn insect control. Both products will be available for the 2013 planting season. “We are able to offer growers convenience and flexibility, enabling them to comply with refuge requirements and to manage the development of resistant insects. Our above-the-ground refuge product Agrisure Viptera 3220 E-Z Refuge will be distinguished by the incorporation of the Viptera trait, which offers unrivalled control of broad lepidopteran pests,” says Davor Pisk, chief operating officer at Syngenta.

Cp Bio Energy Offers Seed Discard Programs
During the Independent Professional Seed Association’s Annual Conference held recently, CP Bio Energy announced two new national programs for the management of discarded seed of all varieties, including treated seed, regulated seed and any other seed types that create disposal challenges. The first program is for the purchase of corn, sorghum, barley and wheat seed for the production of ethanol. The second program relates to all other seed types, which will be utilized in the production of bio-methane to produce renewable electricity. Both programs ensure that the discarded seed (treated or regulated seed) is managed properly, without entering the food or feed chain.

Monsanto And ICIA Expand Trait Agreement
Monsanto Company and the Illinois Crop Improvement Association have added one more trait technology to the parties’ trait introgression services agreement. The stacked combination of Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield and Bt soybean technologies is now part of IL Crop’s trait introgression services that facilitates access of the traits to licensees authorized by Monsanto. This provides the licensees with broader and faster access to new Monsanto soybean trait technologies while maintaining full regulatory compliance and comprehensive stewardship. IL Crop already provides trait introgression services for Monsanto’s Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield and dicamba-tolerant stacked traits.

INTERNATIONAL

EC Contributes to Crop Diversity
The European Commission has announced that it will contribute more than €5 million (US$6.5 million) towards the benefit-sharing fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The benefit-sharing fund helps farmers in developing countries manage crop diversity for food security and climate change adaptation. This is the single largest contribution made to the benefit-sharing fund since it was established in 2008. It will help to increase the capacity of smallholder farmers to manage traditional crops like potato, rice, cassava, wheat and sorghum.

ESA launches EU Seed Treatment Assurance Scheme
The European Seed Association has officially launched its European Seed Treatment Assurance Scheme for quality assurance during the application of plant protection products to seed and the handling and use of treated seed. The scheme establishes the first comprehensive system and respective processes for quality assurance and management of seed treatments. Within the coming one to three years, ESA plans to target a nearly full-market penetration throughout the European Union and plans to extend the scheme to further crops and all seed treatment applications.

EU Parliament Plans to Protec European Breeders 
The Parliament of the European Union wants to protect breeders from excessive patent protection, which it believes could stifle innovation and progress. In a non-binding resolution adopted recently, Parliament says products such as anti-carcinogenic broccoli or high-yield dairy cows, produced by conventional breeding techniques, should not be patented. Parliament calls on the European Patent Office to exclude products derived from conventional breeding and all conventional breeding methods from patenting. It also wants the commission and the Member States to ensure that the EU continues to exempt breeders from its patent law on plant and animal breeding.

Russia Signs Biotechnology Program
The Russian government has put in place the Complex Program of Biotechnology Development in Russia (2012 to 2020). The program aims to put Russia in the leading position in biotechnology and to make the country globally competitive in bioeconomy, nanotechnology and information technology. The program will be implemented successively in two phases: 2012 to 2015 and 2016 to 2020 and will require a total of US$40 billion. The Russian Federation will develop plant varieties and hybrids which are resistant to drought, diseases, herbicides, pests and adverse environmental conditions using post-genomic technologies—methods of breeding based on the use of molecular markers—and genetic engineering.

Abrasen Welcomes EU Approval of Transgenic Soy 
The European Commission’s recent approval of the commercialization of transgenic soy technology, which combines herbicide tolerance and insect resistance in a single seed, represents market acceptance of the benefits and safety of genetically modified seed for the world, according to the Brazilian Association of Seeds and Seedlings. ABRASEM welcomes the opening of new doors to varieties of high technology seed, and now, the guarantee that they can also export soy produced in Brazil from the new seed to the European Union. The new soy, with the commercial name of Intacta RR2 Pro, was approved for growing and commercialization in Brazil in 2010.

Dupont and Panner Partnership Approved
DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred and Pannar Seed Limited, a South Africa-based seed company with operations throughout Africa and other parts of the world, have been granted approval to implement their agreement for Pioneer to purchase a majority share of Pannar. The South African Competition Appeal Court announced its approval of the transaction, overturning an earlier decision by the South African Competition Tribunal. The transaction has already been approved by the competition authorities in other African countries where approval was required, including Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia.

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