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Chinese Delegation Seeks to Improve Regulatory Approval Process


Today, the National Corn Growers Association met with officials from China’s Ministry of Agriculture to discuss the need to improve the synchronization process of the regulatory systems and the importance U.S. farmers place on the availability of new technologies.

Paul Bertels, NCGA vice president of production and stewardship, and Nathan Fields, director of biotechnology and crop inputs, participated in today’s discussion. In addition to learning more about the regulatory system as a whole, the group is looking at how data is generated to support these processes.

The meeting is part of a three-month long program designed by Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, University of Missouri director of the Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center. During the program, officials will learn how the U.S. regulatory testing system functions.

The Chinese delegation has already met with farmers, the U.S. Soybean Export Council and various private companies. Next, they will travel to Washington for discussions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.