The U.S. Grains Council has applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its decision, made in collaboration with the American Seed Trade Association, to purchase Cry9C affected corn seed from small seed companies.

The decision reportedly demonstrates the U.S. grains production system is taking responsible and prompt action to assure foreign customers that StarLink will not be inadvertently planted in 2001.

“This announcement will go a long way toward assuring importers of U.S. grains that concrete action is being taken to address their concerns about StarLink. We will continue to work with producers, industry groups and our foreign customers to reinforce the message that the U.S. grains production system is acting responsibly,” stated Ken Hobbie, council president and CEO.

Not import approved

StarLink corn has not been approved for import by key U.S. customers such as Japan, which purchases more than 600 million bushels of U.S. corn each year. “Its presence in the U.S. corn supply has been a concern for U.S. export customers. The U.S. Grains Council continues to work closely with corn producers and our trading partners to address their concerns,” said Hobbie.

The U.S. Grains Council is a private, non-profit partnership of agribusinesses and producers committed to building and expanding international markets for U.S. barley, corn, grain sorghum and their products. The council has 10 international offices which oversee programs in more than 80 countries. Support for the council comes from its producer and agribusiness members and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.