EU Gives Green Light to Balance GTLL
Bayer and MS Technologies gained approval for Balance GTLL soybeans for food and feed uses from the European Commission. The companies have already gained approval from U.S., Canada and Brazil for cultivation.
The two companies have been collaborating on soybeans since 2007. Balance GTLL soybeans are the companies’ newest weed management system. The soybeans are tolerant to glufosinate, glyphosate and HPPD inhibitors. The first launch will be in 2019 in the U.S.
The herbicide component of Balance GTLL soybeans, Balance Bean, has not yet been approved by EPA. For more, visit www.balancegtsoybeans.com.
Plenish Soybeans Gain Global Regulatory Approval
After waiting for years, DuPont Pioneer’s Plenish high oleic soybeans finally received full global regulatory approval. This means farmers can plant more of the product without fear of rejection.
Farmers are growing high oleic soybeans to meet consumer demand for fewer trans fats and help win back the share of the edible-oil market they lost to competitors when trans fat labeling became mandatory in 2006. Those who plant the high oil crop can receive premiums of approximately 50¢ per acre.
“Achieving high oleic global regulatory approval enables us to meet end-user needs with a product they want and increase use of U.S. soybean oil,” says Lewis Bainbridge, United Soybean Board (USB) chair.
High oleic soybeans are grown in 13 states and were planted on more than 625,000 acres in 2017. “High oleic soybeans are expected to become the fourth-largest grain and oilseed crop in the U.S., with a goal of planting 18 million acres,” according to USB.
Make sure the market is established before planting high oleic soybeans because there aren’t processing plants in every state. Visit www.plenish.com for additional information.
USDA Cracks Down On Organic Fraud
Imagine slapping an organic label on anything you want—food or drink. You don’t have to do any of the extra work but can charge consumers a hefty premium for the label. It’s dishonest and unfair to farmers who put in the extra hours to become certified organic. This is why USDA is dedicating efforts to stop organic fraud.
Recently, two more companies were added to the list of frauds: Cloud Vaping Industries (U.S.) and Viet Nam Agricultural Biotechnology Joint Stock Company (Vietnam).
“Using fraudulent documents to market, label or sell non-organic agricultural products as organic is punishable by fines of up to $11,000 for each violation,” according to USDA. Right now, USDA has identified more than 90 companies fraudulently marketing their products as organic.
Frauds copy the form that certifies real organic companies to convince consumers they’re up to snuff without doing any of the work. To do this, fraudulent companies use the information of certifying agents—often without their consent.
USDA encourages legal organic operations and certifying agents to watch for fraud and report any suspected cases to the National Organic Program’s compliant and enforcement division. This USDA division closely monitors domestic and foreign suppliers to ensure anything labeled organic meets U.S. specifications.
All organic certifiers are required by USDA to “evaluate each organic operation’s Organic System Plan, verify an operation’s compliance with record keeping requirements and conduct annual on-site inspections.”
Organic operations must keep records regarding the production, harvesting and handling of any product. Imported products must keep a full audit trail back to the last operation that produced, processed or packaged the product to show regulatory compliance.