The U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance's Domestic Working Group last week held a technology meeting in Montreal, Canada, to recommit to address any worldwide asynchrony regulatory risks associated with the commercial possibilities for biotechnology during the next three years.
During the meeting, representatives worked together to create an understanding of biotech products that have or may gain U.S. regulatory approval, their international approval status and possible market risks.
The evaluation is in an attempt to help farmers understand the status of new products in world markets before they plant these varieties.
Held in conjunction with the U.S. Grains Council's Annual Board of Delegates Meeting, USBCA laid the groundwork for ongoing discussions on how to move forward as an industry that simultaneously values farmer access to valuable biotechnology-based tools and export markets for their end product.
The discussions will continue this December during regularly scheduled meetings.
In the coming years, several corn products and as many as four soy products with full U.S. approval could be ready for planting season in 2016.
Established under a memorandum of understanding signed in 2012, the USBCA already has developed, and is working to implement, consensus positions on key policy issues designed to improve introduction, stewardship, domestic and international regulatory policy, and distribution in U.S. and export markets of commodities and processed products containing or derived from biotechnology.
The USBCA's founding organizations are the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, American Seed Trade Association, Biotechnology Industry Organization, National Grain and Feed Association, and North American Export Grain Association.
Other national organizations that subsequently have become participants in the USBCA include American Farm Bureau Federation, Corn Refiners Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Oilseed Processors Association, North American Millers' Association, United Sorghum Checkoff Program, U.S. Canola Association, U.S. Grains Council and U.S. Soybean Export Council.