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News last update:6 Aug 2012

Un-authorised corn risk for DDGS exports

Ethanol industry leaders say a new trait that helps corn plants fight off pests could end up in exported animal feed and put the industry's relationship with foreign markets at risk.

At issue is a new rootworm control trait, Agrisure RW, developed by Minnesota-based Syngenta Seeds Inc. In a letter to Syngenta the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), a leading industry group, expressed its concerns over the product.

The RFA said the trait has not been approved for export markets but is being sold to growers in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin. RFA said the trait could end up in exported distillers grains, the byproduct of ethanol production that's fed to livestock.

Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen asked Syngenta to "ensure this product stays out of unapproved market channels" by educating customers of marketing issues and removing dry mill ethanol facilities -- where distillers grains are produced -- from its lists of points of sale for grain containing the trait.

High yield demand
Syngenta's global head of corn and soybeans, Jeff Cox, said without products like Agrisure RW, farmers won't be able to keep up with the ethanol industry's demand.

"As we have been communicating to growers, only ethanol facilities that do not export their byproducts should use grain from Agrisure Rootworm," Syngenta spokeswoman Anne Burt said. "Syngenta welcomes the RFA's reinforcement of this point with their members."

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