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American Crystal to go with Roundup Ready beets

March 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Federal court case made growers consider conventional seedAmerican Crystal Sugar Co.’s board of directors decided late this afternoon to go with Roundup Ready beet seed this year, despite the threat posed by a federal court case mounted by opponents of the genetically modified product. Continue Reading

Dakota Resource Council helps challange unrestricted planting of Roundup Ready alfalfa

March 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Dakota Resource Council in North Dakota has joined a March 18 lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to allow unrestricted planting of Roundup Ready alfalfa. Continue Reading

Appeals court overturns sugar beet injunction

February 25, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A federal appeals in court in California has overturned a temporary injunction that called for the destruction of sugar beet seed plants genetically modified to withstand the popular weed killer Roundup Continue Reading

Court fight leaves beet growers hanging

February 22, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The tussle is over genetically engineered seedAs February slips toward March, sugar beet farmers in the Red River Valley still face “massive uncertainty” about whether they’ll be planting the new and successful genetically engineered “Roundup Ready sugar beets in 2011, according to David Roche, president of Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative in Wahpeton, the smaller of the Red River Valley’s two sugar makers. Continue Reading

American Crystal sues USDA over new rules on Roundup Ready beets

February 16, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Leaders brief shareholders in private meetingsCorporate leaders of American Crystal Sugar Co. met behind closed doors with shareholders Wednesday morning in Grand Forks and Fargo to talk about the ongoing battle over genetically modified sugar beets. Continue Reading

USDA will allow planting of modified alfalfa

January 27, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Agriculture Department is allowing widespread planting in the United States of genetically modified alfalfa, attempting to bring to a close a lengthy legal and regulatory process in which organic producers tried to curtail use of the modified seeds.
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