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SYNGENTA HALTS SALE OF AGRISURE DURACADE TRAIT IN CANADA
BrownfieldAgNews reports:

Syngenta has halted the sale of their new Agrisure Duracade trait in Canada.

Canadian farmers who have already purchased the seed are asked to return it.

While approved for cultivation in Canada, the corn rootworm-resistant variety has not been approved by several export customers, most notably China.

In light of China's rejection of a number of U.S. corn shipments containing another unapproved Syngenta trait; Viptera or MIR 162, export companies including ADM, Bunge and Cargill have stated they would not accept Agrisure Duracade.

In a statement, Syngenta says "The limited launch volume of corn seed will be concentrated in areas most in need of this corn rootworm technology. The 'Right to Grow' program enables participating farmers to have access to this critical new technology with added confidence in grain marketing options. Canada is not in the 2014 launch area."

The company goes on to say they "look forward to working with growers and other stakeholders to plan for and support the introduction of Agrisure Duracade technology for the 2015 growing season."

The "Right to Grow" program is an arrangement with Gavilon, a Nebraska-based grain marketing company with locations around the globe.

The full Syngenta statement follows:

Syngenta is implementing a limited-acre introductory launch of Agrisure DuracadeTM for the 2014 season. The plan involves partnering with Gavilon, a major grain handling and marketing firm in our "Right to Grow" program. The limited launch volume of corn seed will be concentrated in areas most in need of this corn rootworm technology. The "Right to Grow" program enables participating farmers to have access to this critical new technology with added confidence in grain marketing options. Canada is not in the 2014 launch area.

While Canada is not in the 2014 launch area, Syngenta believes Canadian growers need and should have access to new technologies. We look forward to working with growers and other stakeholders to plan for and support the introduction of Agrisure Duracade technology - which will provide growers a step-change in corn rootworm control - for the 2015 growing season.

The Syngenta-Gavilon collaboration has been well received by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the American Farm Bureau Federation, the US Grains Council and the American Seed Trade Association.



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