Syngenta is not ready to comment officially about settling lawsuits related to the marketing of Agrisure Viptera seed, which resulted in China rejecting U.S. corn shipments, but there is speculation that settlements might happen if China follows through with importing such corn in the near future. Yet law firms have announced they are expanding class-action lawsuits against Syngenta to include farmers in more states.
Industry sources and analysts said China's change of heart was down to a warmer political climate between Beijing and Washington since the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum last month, where the two announced a joint plan to limit carbon emissions and made breakthroughs on eliminating duties on technology products.
The overall quality of the United States’ 2014 corn crop was good, with 88 percent of samples rating at grade No. 2 or better, according to the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) 2014/2015 Corn Harvest Quality Report.
Chinese authorities have informed some agriculture industry officials that the government has approved U.S. imports of a type of genetically modified corn that has sparked lawsuits against seed maker Syngenta AG, according to reports from Agri-Pulse and Bloomberg.
By Alexander Lindsey, Peter Thomison, Rich Minyo and Allen Geyer, Ohio State University
Ohio producers have begun using drought-tolerant corn hybrids that were developed for use in the Western Corn Belt to manage for drought events, but limited research has been conducted on these hybrids in the Eastern Corn Belt.
An Oregon judge ruled last week that a recount of a measure that would require foods containing genetically modified ingredients in that state to be labeled would not change the outcome of the original vote that took place in early November, the Associated Press reported.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is issuing a final environmental impact statement (EIS) on varieties of cotton and soybeans that have been genetically engineered for resistance to several herbicides, including the one known as dicamba. APHIS is issuing the final EIS today as part of its review to determine whether to deregulate these GE crops.
Syngenta AG expects to win Chinese government approval soon for imports of a type of genetically modified corn at the center of lawsuits over U.S. grain shipments rejected by Beijing, a company spokesman said on Friday.
Ethanol Producer Magazine reported earlier this week that the U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, reporting new records for average weekly and monthly ethanol production. The EIA also increased its 2015 production forecast.