Source: GreenBio, CheckBiotech.org

Farm groups and scientists before the Montana State Senate last week said they'd reached an agreement for investigating patented crop theft, which has become a significant issue as more state acres are seeded with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

A divide quickly opened between pro- and anti-GMO forces six years ago as the Legislature began crafting rules governing lawsuits and evidence gathering related to patented crops grown illegally.

Other states' fights over illegal possession of patented crops have financially devastated farmers entangled in sticky lawsuits over ownership rights.

On Tuesday, Sen. Donald Steinbeisser, (R-Sidney), presented a bill to the Senate Agriculture Committee to require seed companies to get permission before accessing private farmland for sample gathering when illegal plantings are suspected.

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